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Consumer group targeting toxic products at discount stores

Consumer group targeting toxic products at discount stores

Bargain stores are great for some products, not so great for others. Everybody likes to get a bargain, after all, but there is that inescapable truth about getting what you pay for. Bargain or not, the customer still expects satisfaction. That depends somewhat on one’s budget and one’s expectations, but barring unforeseen catastrophes such as… Continue Reading

Realtor named CEO of the year by PR group

Realtor named CEO of the year by PR group

The CEO of Canada’s oldest and largest residential real estate company is the latest winner of the Canadian Public Relations Society’s CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations. Phil Soper of Royal LePage was honoured with the award, first given in 1992, for his work in “defining the company’s vision and communicating it with impact.”… Continue Reading

Does choice of bike-friendly architect signal hope for Toronto’s bike plan?

Does choice of bike-friendly architect signal hope for Toronto’s bike plan?

Toronto will be getting another building from famous London-based architect Norman Foster. Reports have it that he has been hired to design something for the corner of Yonge and Bloor where the old Stollery’s men’s clothing store stood for more than one hundred years. The city already has several Foster buildings, including the Leslie Dan… Continue Reading

S&P fined $1.4 billion for subprime mortgage fraud

S&P fined $1.4 billion for subprime mortgage fraud

The integrity and credibility of one of the three major credit rating agencies that matter, Standard & Poor’s, has been given a severe beating. It is being fined about $1.4 billion for its role in the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the agency that regulates the US financial sector,… Continue Reading

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Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Size is relative. An object that is small to you may be quite large to another person, and vice versa. The same holds true for nearly everything. A relatively small space that leaves one person feeling claustrophobic can — with a little planning and some modular furniture (see videos below) —  be considered spacious and…

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

Ontario has recently introduced legislation geared toward homebuyers and seniors. If the legislation passes, it should make housing much more affordable — although the intended result isn’t always the same as the final outcome in a real market.     Aside from the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (previously reported>>) for non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian…

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

In an effort to improve livability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, while protecting the environment, Ontario has passed updated land use plans intended to encourage sustainable communities. The plans were released on May 18, 2017 after two years of review.     These include updates to the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden…

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