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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Christmas no-no: a puppy under the tree

No surprises. If you give a puppy as a gift, make sure the person wants it, expects it, and knows how to take care of it.  If you’re thinking of surprising someone with the gift of a pet this Christmas, don’t. Nowadays, responsible groups that deal with animals, from the American Veterinary Medical Association to the ASPCA to the Toronto Animal Services, agree: it’s a bad idea to give a dog or cat (or any other critter) as a gift, particularly if the intended recipient doesn’t know it’s coming. Some Humane Society shelters won’t even let a person adopt a pet if they intend to put it under the tree ... Read More »

Higher US housing starts reflected in Canada’s lumber trade

More US housing starts means more Canadian lumber. Lumber and construction material costs are up, indicating rising demand.  The number of Americans buying houses in October was higher than economists had expected, and that is good news for Canada. According to Bloomberg, the index of pending home resales—a measure of the number of purchase agreements signed—rose 5.2 per cent that month. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had called for a rise of just 1 per cent. Low interest rates, steady job creation and good housing affordability are all factors in the improving housing market, according to analysts. Apart from the fact that the US remains a very attractive market for retirement ... Read More »

Salvation Army troubles highlight problem of scams at Christmas time

When asked to give to charity, at Christmas or any time, be skeptical. Don’t give to anyone you don’t know and trust. It’s the time of year when even the best-intentioned among us can be driven to distraction. It seems that every time the phone rings, it’s someone else asking for a donation. We want to give, we want to be helpful, but there’s a limit. We can’t give to every charity that asks, even if we’d like to. So we must decide: how much can we afford, and who should get it? You could be at risk, though. Just as the Christmas season is the time when legitimate charities ... Read More »

Toronto offices recognized for energy reduction efforts

The second annual Race to Reduce awards were handed out last night by the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance to dozens of winners in the Toronto office sector. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by commercial building landlords and tenants in reducing energy consumption. Top awards in the Building Performance category went to Brookfield Office Properties and Crown Property Management, which led the way in Lowest Overall Energy Use. Crown Property Management and the City of Toronto also took awards for Greatest Energy Reduction year over year. In the Action and Innovation category, which rewards participants for demonstrating leadership and commitment to energy reduction, Royal Bank of Canada and Cadillac Fairview Corporation ... Read More »

7-minute condo workout keeps you fit in no time

The 7-minute condo workout, including pushups, is designed for the busy condo dweller who has no time for the gym, There are many benefits associated with buying a condominium. Many developments include fitness amenities and facilities that an individual owner may not be able to afford on their own, such as a swimming pool, exercise room or tennis courts. But not everyone takes advantage of these amenities, even though they are just an elevator ride away. Why don’t they? As a personal trainer, I can list all the benefits of exercise until I’m blue in the face. However, let’s focus on the number one excuse most people give for not exercising ... Read More »

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