Monthly Archives: October 2015

Month: October 2015 Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Divides Auto Parts Industry

  As the auto parts sector awaits the appointment of a new trade minister, the industry is split over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal that Canada signed and will soon have to ratify. Although the TPP, agreed to in principle on Oct. 5, mandates that tariffs on autos and auto parts be reduced to zero in all 12 member countries, the pace at which the tariffs are removed was negotiated separately. Where does the new Liberal government stand on auto? Trans-Pacific Partnership: Officials claim it’s a win for auto sector   Bad deal for some parts makers The full

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Month: October 2015 Title Insurance Limitations Buyers Need To Know

    It is important for home buyers to be aware of title insurance matters during transactions. It is helpful if real estate agents can point out issues that their clients need to investigate further. After all, the seller’s disclosures may affect their client’s title insurance coverage for future claims.   Here we clarify eight common misconceptions that consumers and real estate professionals may have about title insurance. 1. Title insurance only insures “clear title.” Policies typically cover defects, liens, or encumbrances on titles. But, depending on the form, they may also cover losses related to access, building permits, subdivision of

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Month: October 2015 House prices overvalued in 11 of Canada’s 15 biggest cities, CMHC says

  Canada’s national housing agency is warning of “problematic housing market conditions” in most of the country’s major housing markets. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said in its Housing Market Assessment report on Thursday that many housing markets are showing troubling signs in four criteria: Overheated home sales. Too many homes being built. Prices increasing too quickly. High prices. When all four factors are taken together, the agency singled out four cities for being particularly troubling: Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg and Toronto. Read the report “In Toronto, strong evidence of problematic conditions reflects a combination of price acceleration and overvaluation,” the CMHC said. “Strong evidence of

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Month: October 2015 Ballots and Baseball Complicated Toronto Fall Real Estate Market

  In Toronto’s capricious fall real estate market, agents have been trying to predict the moves of buyers while also reining in the unbounded optimism of some sellers. This week, with the added suspense surrounding voting night in the federal election and tension-filled Blue Jays baseball games, choosing a deadline for offers – or deciding whether to set one at all – has become even more complex. Monday nights are not popular among agents who are setting offer deadlines. With voting in the federal election and a Jays playoff game both taking place on Monday of this week, no one

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Month: October 2015 Home Staging Enlarge your Interiors with Mirrors

  Give the Illusion of Space with Wall Mirrors Strategically placed mirrors are some of the simplest home staging tricks to increase your small spaces visually. Bringing in light, breaking visual clutter, or expanding walls, mirrors can help you solve almost any design dilemma. And of course, they are great decorative pieces as well. If you are looking to make your home appear bigger in order to appeal to more home buyers, these helpful tips will get you started. Create a Mirror Wall to Enlarge your Room For rooms that lack windows, accomplishing the feel of additional square footage can often

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Month: October 2015 NSAIDs Linked to Heart Attack and Stroke

  Martin Barraud/OJO Images/Getty Images What are You Using for Pain Relief? Over the counter (OTC) and prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are being heavily researched for their links to increased risk of heart attack and severe gastrointestinal complications.  The feedback so far is not favorable for NSAID use and according to Clinical Medicine and Research, NSAIDs have been a significant contributor to cardiovascular events and caution needs to be taken by clinicians and doctors prescribing NSAIDs to their patients.  If the Federal Drug Administration is beefing up the warning labels, we as consumers really need to pay attention to

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Month: October 2015 8 Ways to Cook Chicken

  8 Ways to Cook Chicken One of the most versatile foods on the planet, chicken can be roasted, baked, grilled, sautéed, braised or fried. Whether you’ve never cooked a chicken before, or you’re looking for a new twist on the same old bird, here’s the ultimate guide on how to cook chicken. Iain Bagwell/Photolibrary/Getty Images 1.  Roasted Chicken Roasted chicken is one of the tastiest, most satisfying dishes you can make. Not only that, but roasting a chicken is also one of the easiest ways to prepare a delicious family dinner. Here’s a tutorial on how to roast a

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Month: October 2015 Rise of Willowdale, Toronto’s Hottest New Neighborhood – Part 1

  Builders are always looking for bargains, so it caused quite a stir when a pleasant backsplit went on the market in North York’s Willowdale area earlier this month for what may have seemed like a crazy amount to anyone else — $1.1 million. All that counted to the dozens of interested builders who filed through the front door the first two frantic days was the patch of grass and asphalt on which the house has stood since 1961 — all 40 by 131 feet of it. By Day 3 some 17 offers had been registered. The best was for

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Month: October 2015 Rise of Willowdale, Toronto’s Hottest New Neighborhood – Part 2

  “It’s pretty easy to understand why people are doing this — the economics are completely in line with the market when you consider that a detached house in the City of Toronto is worth over $1 million now. “It’s definitely changing the character of neighbourhoods and it’s certainly not good for affordability. But it’s inevitable. We’re becoming a victim of our own success as a city.” Values have especially skyrocketed in central Willowdale because its quiet, tree-lined streets are close to two subway lines (Yonge and Sheppard), highways, top-ranked schools and a host of big-city amenities — all of

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Month: October 2015 Yoga for Back Pain

  Yoga and the Problem Back: If you have a back problem, it’s best to get an okay from your doctor before trying yoga. Back pain is often the result of a biomechanical imbalance in spinal structures. Your doctor can advise you of: Any movements to avoid The most productive level of challenge Safety modifications Effects of interaction between exercise and your medications What a Good Yoga Teacher Can Do: Once you have had this conversation with your doctor, tell your yoga teacher about it. A good teacher will be able to respond to your medical limitations with the use

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