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Home prices steadily rise across the country

Sep 14th, 2017 | By

(NC) Canada’s residential real estate market posted strong home price appreciation in the second quarter of 2017, with most regions displaying healthy housing trends. According to Royal LePage’s House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast, the price of a home in Canada rose 13.7 per cent year-over-year to $609,104 in the second quarter. Over the
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Explore parts of Canada’s oceans for the first time

Sep 14th, 2017 | By

(NC) Despite space being the “final frontier,” our oceans are an even bigger mystery. We often hear that we know more about the surface of the moon or Mars than the ocean floor. In fact, 95 per cent of the world’s oceans are unexplored. Oceana, an advocacy group focused on ocean conservation, has been conducting
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Four kitchen fixes for great compliments

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

(NC) No matter if you’re an aspiring chef or TV dinner connoisseur, if the look of your kitchen makes you want to dine out it may be time for an upgrade. The kitchen should be the heart of your home where you entertain, hold family meetings and even pay bills. So why not take it
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Transform your dark attic into usable bright space

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

(NC) An attic or loft conversion is a terrific way to maximize the unused square footage and increase the value of your home. Depending on your family’s needs, you can renovate the space to turn it into a bedroom, studio, office/study, or playroom. Here are some ideas to help you turn this design challenge into
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Get an energy audit

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

If you’re thinking about renovating or installing a few new features in your home, why not add some energy-saving upgrades to your list? Whether it’s replacing the furnace, updating your insulation or replacing the windows, first consider having an energy audit done. You could lower your energy bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and receive incentives
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The years may have gone by, but the memories linger … new book by The Trivia Guys

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

(Y@H) Randy Ray is a familiar name with readers of Y@H.  The Ottawa resident and his long-time collaborator Mark Kearney of London, Ont., provide readers with interesting facts and stats in their monthly It’s a Fact column as well as their contribution to Over The Back Fence. The Trivia Guys have just released their 10th
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Three great books for summer reading

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

(NC) As you pack your bags before a cottage long weekend or a family vacation, here are three Canadian books recommended by writers for the Amnesty International Book Club. Carnival: In this novel, author Rawi Hage takes us into the world of Fly, a taxi driver in a crime-ridden apocalyptic city. The son of a
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What’s next when kids leave the nest?

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

By Lisa M. Petsche When the last of your offspring has left home, the adjustment can be difficult. This may be particularly so if you have focused the majority of your time and energy on raising your children, or if you’re a single parent and now find yourself alone. Feelings of emptiness may be profound,
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Celebrate Canada’s 150th on your family’s dinner plate

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

As you celebrate our special anniversary year, don’t miss the amazing foods we have to offer. Here Lynn Crawford, one of Canada’s most iconic chefs, shares some of the food trends she’s currently seeing in our 150th year. Canadian-international fusion: From far and wide, our multicultural mosaic means infusing Canadian favourites with international flavours. “Earlier
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Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by planting the Canadian Shield Rose, the 2017 Flower of the Year.

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

(NC) Looking to take on an outdoor patio or deck project as the weather warms up? There are several deck materials to consider, that each have their own unique features and benefits. It is important to weigh these considerations carefully prior to starting your project. Here are a few insights from Steve Trescher, director of
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