Toronto homeowner fined $10,000 for using agencies like Airbnb

Toronto homeowner fined $10,000 for using agencies like Airbnb
Justice of the peace wants to send message to stop short-term rentals. The defendant was “thumbing his nose at the community and the city,” he said. An empty wine box sits on the street in front of the house 5 Glenelia Ave. last March. The house was a notorious destination for short-term renters and the owners have been fined $10,000 for violating Toronto bylaws. A justice of the peace has imposed a $10,000 fine on the owner of a Willowdale home who violated city bylaws by accepting short-term renters, often using web sites such as Airbnb to find them. Justice of the Peace Gerry Altobello rejected...
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New Toronto Land Transfer Tax Hike

New Toronto Land Transfer Tax Hike
Toronto City Council has approved changes to the Toronto land transfer tax percentages for some home buyers with closings March 1, 2017 or after. The good news is that first time buyers will not be affected. A recommendation to harmonize Toronto’s land transfer tax with the province’s rates will cost other residents an additional $750 to move house. NEW CHANGES TO TORONTO LAND TRANSFER TAX! City of Toronto Council has approved changes to the Toronto Land Transfer Tax that mean additional Toronto Land Transfer Tax costs for some home buyers with a closing date on or after March 1, 2017,...
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35 Things Every Homeowner Must Know To Prevent Expensive Screw-Ups

35 Things Every Homeowner Must Know To Prevent Expensive Screw-Ups
35 Things Every Homeowner Must Know to Save Money and Prevent Big Screw-Ups Protect your biggest investment, make smarter decisions, and avoid costly mistakes. Save Hundreds Simply   Technicians report that up to 30 percent of their service calls require only the push of a button or the flip of a switch. Those small actions can cost you a minimum service charge (typically $50 to $100)—plus embarrassment. Try these tactics first. Check a Warm Fridge’s Temperature Dial  Make sure it hasn’t been turned way down. Kids may have messed with it, or someone might have bumped the knob. Also, make...
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5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make

5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make
2016 is coming to a close, and with the new year just around the corner, people across the world are gearing up to set their intentions for the upcoming year in the form of New Year’s Resolutions. And while you’re bound to make at least one standard resolution (like “finally get in shape” or “eat more vegetables”), as a homeowner, there are some home-specific resolutions you’ll want to think about to get the most out of your property and the experience of owning a home this upcoming year. Here are 5 New Year’s Resolutions every homeowner should make for 2017: 1. Bump Up Your Mortgage...
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S.M.A.R.T. Get Smart With Your Success Goals

S.M.A.R.T. Get Smart With Your Success Goals
At this time of year, people traditionally set goals for next year. Do you have something you want to achieve over the coming months? If so, then you’ll have a much better chance of reaching your goal if you make it “SMART”. SMART is an acronym that refers to the five ingredients of a successful goal: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. It is based on the work of famed management guru Peter Drucker, but the technique is equally applicable to personal goals. Here’s how it works: Let’s say your goal is to lose weight. To make this goal SMART, you would need to make...
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Tips to beat the holiday blues

Tips to beat the holiday blues
We’re supposed to look forward to the holidays and hope that they will be a time of happiness, friendliness, fellowship, and harmony. Yet often our anticipation and excitement turns into feelings of depresion, commonly called holiday blues. Symptoms can include headaches, insomnia, uneasiness, anxiety, sadness, intestinal problems, and unnecessary conflict with family and friends. Part of what happens in the holiday season, in terms of mood changes and anxiety, may occur because of the stressfulness of holiday events. Overdrinking, overeating, and fatigue may also cause it. The demands of the...
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August Is A Great Month To Plant More Seeds

August Is A Great Month To Plant More Seeds
August is an ideal time to plant seeds for a second gardening season that can be as productive as your major early spring plantings. Late summer is the time to plant these vegetables and herbs. Beans: Start planting both bush and pole beans now that the soil and air are warmed up. Try a continual 7-10 day sowing of different varieties. This will give you continual bean crops and not one large harvest with wasted crop. Early August is the last practical sowing date. Suggested variety: Contender, Kentucky Wonder, Topcrop Cucumbers Fast growing vine or bush cucumber plants can produce an abundance of...
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Mowing Your Lawn the Correct Way

Mowing Your Lawn the Correct Way
Grasses are like most plants – if you clip off the growing points (for grass, it’s in the crown, where the new leaves develop), the plants branch out and become denser, which in this case, turns thousands of individual grass plants into a tightly woven turf or a lawn. If you didn’t mow at all, your yard would look more like a prairie than a lawn. But the mere act of mowing isn’t what makes a lawn look good. Mowing height and mowing frequency determine how healthy and attractive your lawn looks. After all, cutting a lawn is stressful for the grass. Know the equipment. Read...
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What your eye colour says about your personality

What your eye colour says about your personality
Brown/Black eyes You’re a natural leader, seemingly born to lead people through life. People with darker eyes are often seen as more agreeable too. You tend to drink less alcohol and love playing sports. Find your inner strength and you could rule the world. Blue eyes. You have great inner and physical strength, though it’s sometimes a struggle for people to see it. People are often quick to judge you before they know you. They see you as weak or timid. Despite that, women with blue eyes were found to tolerate the pain of child birth better. You’re also able to handle some forms of...
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Unleash Your Mind Power

Unleash Your Mind Power
Is your power of mind really so great that you can condition it to achieve anything you want, such as gaining more profits and finding your desired relationship? What exactly are mind power secrets and is there any way that you can unlock these secrets to help attain success. Over the years, there have been numerous studies done to prove the power of our minds and the results have been positive. If you have yet to discover the keys to these secrets, this article may be a life-changing experience for you! The Potentials of Your Power of Mind. Expert’s studies have discovered that there are actually a...
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How To Protect Your Home Against Termites

How To Protect Your Home Against Termites
Spring’s arrival brings a smile to most, but warmer weather can also bring homeowner concerns in the form of unwanted guests-termites! One of the major things termites require to thrive is warm temperatures. As the temperature rises, it is important to recognize the conditions conducive to termite infestation and how you can protect your property. Dan Dawson, National Marketing Manager at Orkin Canada explains the magnitude of the threat posed by termites: “Subterranean termites typically cause the most structural damage and are most prevalent in the southern coastal areas, the dry climate...
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The Best Drinks When You Are Feeling Sick

The Best Drinks When You Are Feeling Sick
When you are feeling sick, the best drinks make you feel better both physically and psychologically. Depending on whether you are weathering the flu, recovering from a stomach ailment or soothing a head-cold, the best beverage for you will hydrate your body, provide you with nutrients to mitigate your symptoms and aid a speedy recovery. Herbal Tea A cup of warm herbal tea can help relieve the symptoms of many illnesses, from an upset stomach to a nasty cold. Ginger tea relieves nausea, including queasiness related to morning sickness. Chamomile tea has a mild floral flavor and may help soothe an upset...
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