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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Feng shui tips for finding love

Feng shui tips for finding love

The Chinese take feng shui very seriously. How seriously? In Hong Kong, developers are reported to pay “feng shui compensation” if their buildings have adverse effects on the neighbours. Bridges have been realigned, telephone lines repositioned, builders taken to court, when they were found to be interfering with the local feng shui. Two days are… Continue Reading

“Compulsory” designation makes sprinkler installer trade safer

“Compulsory” designation makes sprinkler installer trade safer

Once again it took a tragedy to highlight the importance of adequate training and high safety standards in preventing and handling disasters. A coroner’s investigation into the fire that killed thirty-two in a Quebec seniors’ home last year found that parts of the building had no fire sprinklers, and the local fire chief was inadequately… Continue Reading

Nova Scotia architect MacKay-Lyons named RAIC gold medalist

Nova Scotia architect MacKay-Lyons named RAIC gold medalist

In this age of glamorous, world-famous “starchitects”— Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava, Zara Hadid, Norman Foster—whose work is often conceived on a monumental scale and often has very little apparent connection to the place it occupies, it’s refreshing to see that the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has given its prestigious Gold Medal to an… Continue Reading

New sustainability standard covers ovens and ranges

New sustainability standard covers ovens and ranges

Home owners who prefer that their kitchen appliances are built to the highest standards of sustainability will be happy to know that a new industry standard has been released by the group that represents appliance makers in North America. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), in conjunction with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), announced… Continue Reading

Putting a cost on love

Putting a cost on love

Now here’s some information that could throw icy water on anyone’s ardour, romantic or otherwise. RateSupermarket.ca, normally a very useful online comparison shopping site for a variety of personal finance products like mortgages and car insurance, has done lovers a big favour by doing what many a Romeo (or Juliet) has probably wondered about but couldn’t face actually… Continue Reading

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What to do Victoria Day weekend: the most fun for the lowest cost in the Greater Toronto Area

What to do Victoria Day weekend: the most fun for the lowest cost in the Greater Toronto Area

  We’ve all been waiting for that first big, warm weekend of the year — Victorial Day. Schools are closed, and many people have extra time off work, and we’re primed and ready to go after all the rain and cool weather this spring. With summer beginning, and a long, celebratory weekend ahead, it is the…

Sellers rushing to cash out? Listings up 32% April while prices increased Nationally an average of 10 % over the last year

Sellers rushing to cash out? Listings up 32% April while prices increased Nationally an average of 10 % over the last year

The impact of the Ontario Government “Fair Housing” rules is starting to be felt, manifesting in the move of some sellers to list their properties – likely to “beat” the  anticipated moderation of prices. Based on Vancouver’s experience with similar rules, economists aren’t expecting a major cool down, and almost certainly a short one.  …

Condo Community Alliance: building a network to keep your family and neighbours happy and safe

Condo Community Alliance: building a network to keep your family and neighbours happy and safe

If you have any experience living in condos and apartments, then you know that living in such close proximity to your neighbours means getting to know them on a really personal level, whether you like it or not. You see and hear far more than you anticipated, from rambunctious children and barking dogs to midnight…

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