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Naturalist Michael Runtz

Nov 15th, 2017 | By

Michael Runtz is well known throughout Canada as one of the country’s true naturalists. His interest in wildlife goes back to when he was a small boy, when he held his first pair of binoculars. Since that time, he has authored many books and written countless articles on everything from birdwatching to Algonquin Park, and
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The ins and outs of renovation warranties

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

(NC) When you hire a contractor to renovate or improve your home, there are many details that need to be spelled out in your work order or contract. These include a thorough description of the work to be done, the work schedule to be followed, and what amounts you will pay the contractor and when.
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Renovate with fire safety in mind

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

By Scott McGillivray (NC) The best time to improve the fire safety of your home is during its construction or when renovating. I’m a big believer in building fire protection directly into the structure of a home. After all, active fire measures, such as smoke detectors, combined with built-in or passive fire safety measures can
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The most important question to ask before renovating

Oct 13th, 2017 | By

You’ve decided it’s time to move ahead with your long-planned renovation project. You’ve collected all sorts of great ideas and product pictures, visited the local home show and spent many hours online looking at what other homeowners have done in their projects. Now, you’re shopping for a professional contractor who will make it all happen.
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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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An exercise program for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease

Sep 14th, 2017 | By

One hundred thousand Canadians suffer from Parkinson’s Disease, and it is estimated that 25 new cases are diagnosed every day. Early symptoms can include a tremor, slowness in movement and stiffness. Most Parkinson sufferers are in the 60 and over age group, although some who are under 50, called early-onset cases, have been diagnosed with
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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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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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Friends of caregivers can help – 10 ideas for providing support

Aug 11th, 2017 | By

By Lisa M. Petsche In approximately one-quarter of households, care is provided to someone age 50-plus. In most cases, family members and friends provide all assistance. These unpaid helpers enhance the quality of life for ill or frail older people who might otherwise require placement in a long-term care facility. Typically, they are spouses or
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Exploring Gatineau’s MosaïCanada 150 – and more

Jul 13th, 2017 | By

By Katharine Fletcher Imagine a serene sculpture of Mother Earth, complete with outstretched hands, where a deer grazes, a waterfall pours into a pond, and a bald eagle perches. With downcast, perhaps reverential eyes, the horticultural statue, where flowers and plants describe her hair, skin and features, emanates grace and peace. Mother Earth is possibly
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