Monthly Archives: May 2016

Month: May 2016 11 Foods to Help Prevent Iron Deficiency

  Iron deficiency anemia is the most common cause of nutritional deficiency. It can cause severe anemia and appears to be related to cognitive delays in children. For many people, the key to preventing iron deficiency is ensuring an adequate amount of iron in the diet. Below are some foods that are rich in iron. Liver is not included in this list. Although it is an excellent source of iron, it is also high in cholesterol. Iron comes in two forms: heme iron (from meat) and non-heme iron. Heme-iron is better absorbed than non-heme iron, but that doesn’t necessarily mean people who are

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Month: May 2016 10 Fantastic Uses of Baking Soda for Green Clean

  The baking soda is much more than an ingredient used for baking. It’s also an awesome and super effective green cleaner! Effective at deodorizing, whitening, scrubbing, and more, give it a try today.   Banish burnt stainless steel pots and pans. Combat burnt-on foods by simply boiling some baking soda and water in your pan and then letting it cool. Let it soak overnight if necessary. Another alternative is to leave a paste of baking soda and green dish soap in your pan for several hours. Wash your pan well and if anything remains, sprinkle some more baking soda into

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Month: May 2016 10 Reasons to Start Yoga Today

  Your time is precious, so why should you spend it doing yoga? You could be doing Zumba or spinning or Tae Kwan Do. Taking a nap, taking a walk, taking a swim. Actually, those things are all great and you should definitely do them. But you should also do yoga. Here’s ten reasons why. 1 You are stressed Unfortunately, stress and its friends worry and anxiety are problems for many people and have been shown to have an adverse effect on health. Yoga is great for relieving the physical symptoms of stress (even during an anxiety attack) and for introducing

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Month: May 2016 10 Uses for Dish Soap

  Dish soap can be used for so many more chores than just dishes.  Dish soap is actually one of the most versatile cleaners in your arsenal.  Find out all the varied places that dish soap can help around the house. Westend61/Getty Images 1.  Mopping A mild dish soap is a surprisingly good floor cleaner.  All that is needed is 1-2 tablespoons of dish soap mixed in with a bucket of water.  Floors will be clean and shiny in no time at all. More »   Photo Credit: Janis Christie/Getty Images. Photo Credit: Janis Christie/Getty Images 2.  Stain Removal Some

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Month: May 2016 How a house can become a prison after it soars in value in Toronto

  Toronto’s housing market is teaching all Canadians a lesson on how overrated it is to have your house soar in value. April was a routinely brisk month for housing in the city and surrounding region – average prices rose to $739,082 from $636,094 a year ago, or 16.2 per cent. Commentary from the Toronto Real Estate Board noted an interesting detail, however. Actual sales of detached and semi-detached houses were down in the city because of a lack of listings. There are a few theories about why people aren’t selling. TREB’s thought is that some Toronto households are choosing

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Month: May 2016 Toronto Detached Home Average Price $1.3-million – as listings dry up

  Toronto home prices surged in April as listings dried up, sparking a tumble in sales. “As we move into the busiest time of the year, in terms of sales volume, strong competition between buyers will continue to push home prices higher,” Jason Mercer, director of market analysis at the Toronto Real Estate Board, said today as the group released its April statistics. “A greater supply of listings would certainly be welcome, but we would need to see a number of consecutive months in which listings growth outpaced sales growth before market conditions become more balanced.” The average price for

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Month: May 2016 Province of Ontario now allows Toronto to force developers to build affordable housing

  Municipalities will have the power to force developers to build affordable housing under new legislation introduced at Queen’s Park Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The Promoting Affordable Housing Act will allow municipalities to implement “inclusionary zoning,” which would mandate affordable units be included in residential properties. Inclusionary zoning is used in the United States and the United Kingdom as a way to boost affordable housing units. The framework under consideration would let municipalities offer incentives, such as reducing parking requirements and waiving fees, to make the developments more profitable. Ana Bailao, Toronto’s Housing Advocate, said in a news release that

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Month: May 2016 Condo market joins in Toronto’s real estate boom in 2016

  The bidding melees that have flummoxed Toronto house hunters for years are erupting with increasing frequency in the condo market. A one-bedroom-plus-den near Trinity Bellwoods Park on Queen Street West recently landed on the market with an asking price of $499,000. Robin Pope, of Pope Real Estate Ltd., took a pair of buyers to see the unit and told them it was under-priced, based on recent sales in the building. He estimated a more realistic selling price was around the $565,000 to $570,000 level. The unit drew 13 offers and sold for $585,000. “There really isn’t very much inventory,”

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Month: May 2016 5 things to know when buying a home in the GTHA

  If you’re thinking about buying a place to live in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), the price of housing is likely top of mind. And with prices continuing to go up — such as in Hamilton’s hot market — you may feel that what you can afford will limit where you can live. However, a little research reveals some surprising facts that can impact the long-term cost of your home and tell you more about buying in a neighbourhood that will make you happier, healthier and even a little bit richer over the time you live in

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Month: May 2016 Landlord licensing passed first major hurdle at Toronto City hall

  The push to license landlords of the City of Toronto’s apartment buildings is now in council’s hands, despite what some called an attempt to delay the issue by Mayor John Tory’s office. On Thursday, the licensing and standards committee voted unanimously to ask council to move ahead with consultations on a licensing framework that would ensure building standards are uniformly maintained and more effectively penalize landlords who don’t keep up. “Too many tenants are living in conditions that are sub-standard, even awful, and city hall doesn’t have the tools to protect them,” said Councillor Josh Matlow, who, as chair

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