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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Bowery Project takes urban agriculture to the street

We live in a mobile age, the age of the pop-up. Everyone is hyper-connected with everyone else electronically, and we demand the ability to do everything mobile. We pay bills, shop, chat, text, Skype. snap, sext, blog, game, read, listen, watch, remotely control home appliances and generally live in a state of perpetual mobility. But gardening? Mobile gardening, it turns out, is not as oxymoronic a concept as it sounds at first. Basically, all plants need is soil, water and light, and those simple needs can be met just as well in a milk crate on a vacant city lot as in a picturesque garden plot on a sprawling country ... Read More »

More choice for renters with big jump in purpose-built apartments

Finding an affordable apartment to rent in Toronto should be a little easier these days, thanks to growing numbers of condos for rent, as well as more purpose-built rental apartments. The number of condo apartments that are rented continues to grow steadily. Urbanation, the firm that studies and reports on the condo market in Toronto, says that nearly 5,000 condo units were rented through the city’s MLS system in the first quarter of the year. That’s an increase of 11 per cent compared to a year ago, and is consistent with the previous two quarters. The number of new rental listings, however, grew at nearly double that rate, showing a ... Read More »

Toronto, Vancouver outliers as national housing markets soften

Whether you call it a “soft landing” or simply a rational response to larger economic forces, housing prices in many parts of Canada have been “softening” over the past three months, according to the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey. The “natural cycle” of the market was disrupted by two unanticipated and opposing factors: the steep drop in oil prices and the Bank of Canada’s lowering of the overnight rate to 0.75 per cent. The one had an “unsettling” effect on the economy and on consumer confidence, while at the same time giving consumers a break at the gas pump; the other has been supportive of the housing market by ... Read More »

Luxury design from the world’s great hotels in online emporium

There are several things that make Discover & Deliver one of the best sites on the www for design buffs and shoppers. Whether one is looking to purchase some special object for the home—a lamp, a table, a chair—or just interested in seeing how the creations of some of the world’s top designers are adorning the hotels, villas, chalets and galleries of the world, this is the place to pay a visit. Not only can you ogle beautiful things, but you can see them in the beautiful surroundings many of them were designed for. And, if you are so inclined, you can order these items for your own home. Created ... Read More »

Royal LePage honoured for work with women’s shelters

The terrible part of this story is that thousands of women and children in Canada endure domestic violence every day. Shockingly, every six days, on average, a Canadian woman is killed by her partner. The violence against women occurs in all cultures and religions, at every age, and in every income group. Half of all women experience at least one incident of physical or sexual violence after the age of sixteen. The cost of this abuse is estimated at over $4 billion a year, including social services, criminal justice, lost wages and productivity, and healthcare. Responding to all that suffering and waste, in 1998 real estate company Royal LePage established ... Read More »

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