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Monthly Archives: May 2014

10 Tips for travel savings this summer

Canadians are currently a population of 35 million and each year we travel to the tune of at least 50 million trips abroad and 200 million excursions at home, with 90 per cent of those in our own province. If you too are busy making travel plans this summer, take a look at these top 10 tips to plug the holes in your wallet every step of the way: • Many of us don’t have time to comparison shop online, so why not ask a travel agent to alert you to discount opportunities? Stay loyal to that agency for VIP treatment. • Book air reservations early. Prices typically go up 21, ... Read More »

Home security market about to be Googled?

Imagine being out for dinner with friends or family and suddenly realizing your home is being burgled. This is no wild hunch or premonition; it’s real. An app on your iPhone has just alerted you that there’s an intruder in your home. As you sit in the friendly, bustling atmosphere of the restaurant, blocks from home, you endure the somewhat surreal experience of watching a thief moving through your darkened home, stealing your stuff. Because your home surveillance cameras are equipped with speakers, you are able to activate  them through the smartphone app and yell at the thief. “Get out of my house!” The burglar flees. This real-life scenario played ... Read More »

Solar Roadway crowdfunding surpasses $1.5 million

This is an update on a story we posted back in April (Solar Roadway would make dumb roads smart). At the time, the inventors of the exciting new solar roadway technology were trying to raise $1 million on IndieGoGo. With time to spare, they have surpassed their goal and raised more than $1.5 million. To recap: the idea is to replace all existing (and new) road surfaces with specially engineered glass solar panels capable of generating enough electricity collectively to supply all energy needs wherever they are installed. The roadway panels would also contain smart features that would communicate with drivers about road and traffic conditions. And they would contain ... Read More »

Canadians positive about their mortgages, but housing supply needs addressing

A new look at the residential mortgage market in Canada places the blame for troubles in the housing market today squarely on the shoulders of the federal government. Mortgage lending in pre-recession days was “clearly too lax” and needed tightening, says Will Dunning, in “Looking for a New Normal in the Residential Mortgage Market.” The government’s three interventions in the mortgage market between 2008 and 2011 produced “a reasonable state of balance” in most communities, and further tightening, he says, was not warranted. But the government, concerned about what was happening in cities like Vancouver and Toronto, intervened again in 2012 with a fourth set of mortgage insurance criteria intended ... Read More »

Tridel introduces Atmosphere: signature suites at Front and John

Amid reports that sales of properties listed at $1.5 million or more are soaring in Toronto, Tridel  is introducing its own high-end line of luxury suites at the newly completed 300 Front Street West condominiums. Atmosphere is a collection of penthouse and signature suites on the top floors of the forty-nine-storey ultra-modern building across the street from the Rodgers Centre. The suites are “move-in ready,” and several are already sold out. The Atmosphere collection includes the three-bedroom corner penthouse (PH1) with approximately 1,764 square feet and a wrap-around balcony approximately sixty feet long. priced from $1,640,000. Next door is PH2, with about 1,443 square feet and a price of $1,440,000. ... Read More »

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