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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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Top gardening trends for 2017

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by planting the Canadian Shield Rose, the 2017 Flower of the Year. (NC) With warm weather on its way, there’s never been a better time to start planning your garden. To help you get started this season, we asked Frank Ferragine, aka Frankie Flowers, for his thoughts on top gardening trends
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Save money on energy bills with new Ontario program

May 12th, 2017 | By

(NC) A new incentive program is making it easier for you to pocket big savings on your energy bill. The Home Energy Conservation Incentive Program from Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas, in partnership with the Province of Ontario, is now available to all Ontarians who heat their home with natural gas, propane, oil or
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Creating sustainable, beautiful landscapes

Apr 12th, 2017 | By

For most homeowners, the first signs of spring lead to thoughts of more time spent relaxing in their own backyard. If you’ve considered revamping your open-air landscapes, let this be your season to bring the elements of beauty and design to the environment. Homeowners who want to enhance both the aesthetics and efficiency of their
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Three tips for a thriving flower garden

Apr 12th, 2017 | By

(NC)  There’s no better way to embrace the warm weather than planting a beautiful flower garden. Enhance the curb appeal and aesthetics of your home with these simple tips. 1. Don’t be afraid to get wild: Choosing a wide variety of wild flowers doesn’t just help your garden to stand out — wild flowers suited
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Seven elements to include in your renovation contract

Dec 9th, 2016 | By

(NC) “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.” While historians disagree on who came up with this timeless quote, its accuracy isn’t questioned. That’s why when you hire someone to work on your home, you need a written contract. A contract can be a simple one-page document or a “contract package” of
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