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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 035: The Regrettable #1 Trap of Retirement Downsizing

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

It’s easy to dream about the leisurely days you’ll enjoy with the high price your home will fetch.  Perhaps the neighbours sold their home for a sky-high sum, or so they told you as a limo whisked them off to who knows where.  The fact is, you likely don’t know: a) how their home differs from yours relative to the qualities prospective buyers value most; b) their home’s condition or upgrades; c) the net proceeds of the sale; or d) whether the real estate market was better or worse than it is now. Done right, downsizing can be a good idea.  Most homeowners count on financing retirement by selling their home, buying a smaller home and investing the difference for income.  Regrettably, they sometimes reap much less than they hoped for by overlooking or underestimating closing costs, realtor fees...

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Hands-on music & food at Hirut

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017

Although it’s possibly better known these days in the East York area as an entertainment room with a mix of eclectic genres featured several nights a month, cozy but elegant Hirut at 2050 Danforth Avenue a bit west of Woodbine should not be overlooked for its culinary attractions. Ethiopian-born namesake and chef Hirut was under the weather for a while earlier this year and the kitchen was actually closed for a couple of months so the entertainment was a life-saver. The roster includes monthly first-Thursday Jazz, last-Friday comedy, first-Friday Roots in-the-round and Pop and Jazz nights peppered throughout the month. The room’s anchor event is the delightful weekly Sunday 3-6 eclectic open stage with Nicola Vaughan, which has been running for six years now. There’s always a lot impromptu jam-style improvisational combos and that spirit also carries over somewhat...

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CRAFTY TIPPLER 035: Craft vs. Shaft

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017

This is a column I have wanted to write for a while, and I would love to get readers’ feedback, which I will print as a tag at the end of my next column. Whenever I am in a bar where I am compelled through lack of choice to drink a Molson Coors or Labatt product, I invariably get a headache. I couldn’t find any studies on the subject, so this is purely an opinion piece, based on my own anecdotal evidence. The difference between craft beer and what the big guys produce is the majors’ use of enzymes for a variety of purposes, primarily to speed up brewing time.  It also adjusts the sugar content and a variety of other functions.  The reason it is not widely known is because they are not required to list these enzymes...

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Traditional Chinese Medicine offers autumn health fillips

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017

By Emily Babaris R,TCMP, R.AC. BES emily_babaris@hotmail.com As the days become shorter and cooler and the beginning of sniffles and a tingle in the throat start up, what can Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) do for you. In TCM, each season is connected with different organ systems and emotions. Fall is connected to the lungs and large intestine, acceptance and moving forward. With the shift of season also comes a shift within our bodies. Autumn is a time of harvest and preparation for winter. This is a season to strengthen the body, maximize nutrition and mindfully think ahead to the coming cold winter months. The main factor at this time of year is to focus on strengthening our immune systems. This can be achieved using a combination of exercise, nutrition, sleep and TCM. TCM helps each patient strengthen and protect their...

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EY’s Cool East is now exclusive TO distributor of popular new Xero ‘barefoot’ shoes

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

A popular new trend in footwear towards minimalist construction to emulate the barefoot experience has been taken to the max by a U.S. company that started in a home bedroom and now exports an expanding line of products around the world.

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Agricultural projects to get 500K through Greenbelt fund

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017

Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts was on hand at Shoppers World Metro October 6 to announce new funding of $500,00 for 19 projects supporting local food investments, to be administered by the Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization supported by public and private sources. Burkhard Mausberg, the CEO of the Greenbelt Fund, was also on hand for the announcement along with a representative of the grocery chain excited about a initiative in partnership with the Grape Growers of Ontario organization.  It is receiving $20,000 from the fund to send Doug Whitty, “the “Grape King,” to ten Metro stores throughout the province to offer sampling and wine tips for VQA wines made entirely from Ontario grapes.  The Metro store at Shoppers World is the only store in the Toronto area involved at this time. The funding announcement is a continuation of...

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