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ADOPTABLE PETS 037, Shepherd mix Granite needs space and time

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

Granite is a one-year-old Akita Shepherd, toy collector, snack aficionado, and self-styled “ladies man”.  He can often be found working out his guns at the dog park, watching over his favourite toys, sharing his opinions with a bark, and showing off for the lucky ladies who visit him at his pad. While Granite is social, affectionate, and often overexcited around women, he is distrustful, fearful and over-reactive towards men.  Whether this is due to a rough upbringing or just some juicy gossip he’s heard from his lady friends, Granite has a ways to go with some positive reinforcement training.  But he’s already shown us how eager he is to improve!  He’s a total pro at basic commands like sit, down, and shake. He’s looking for a patient family dedicated to continuing his training while providing him an outlet for...

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EAST YORK ADVOCATE 037: Transition topples tradition at East York churches

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

Presteign-Woodbine United Church, a landmark in Parkview Hills at 2538 St. Clair Ave. E. (or 16 Presteign Ave., depending on your map view), will soon be gone, replaced by five or perhaps six single-family detached homes. P-W closed last summer and its congregation merged recently with another East York church, Leaside United Church at the corner of Millwood Road and McRae Drive.  P-W’s property at 16 Presteign Avenue was sold just prior to Christmas to Laurentide Development Corporation.  I have been told that a number of the church’s neighbours know the owner of Laurentide and encouraged him to buy the property after receiving assurances that the site would be redeveloped with new single-family detached homes in keeping with the existing physical character of the Parkview Hills community. Because of declining membership, in recent years many of East York’s churches...

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SEEING GREEN 037: Making the Carolinian Zone great again

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018

Do you need an antidote to recover from one of the most brutal winters in decades and a severe flu season?  Getting our minds to focus on the spring that will be here can help.  The World Wildlife Fund has announced a special project to encourage us to bring back the diversity of our Carolinian life zone. Ontario has four major ecological regions that are characterized by the combination of species that occur and make up recognizable landscapes.  The particular climatic conditions and physical and biological factors developed over thousands of years of natural selection and adaptation determine the zones.  Plant species that are in their present locations have been here for about 7,000 years.  The dominant forms of vegetation provide the food, shelter and breeding conditions for the specific animals that have adapted to the location. Toronto is...

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@ HOME WITH KEVIN 037: Tips to ensure you get the most out of buying and owning a rental property

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018

2018 just may be the year to take advantage of East York’s hot rental market!  If you’re not planning to sell your home anytime soon, consider leveraging the equity in your home to buy an income property. I’ve got four thought starters to help ensure you make a profitable investment. Frame of Mind: Before you dive in, what’s your frame of mind around an investment buy?  Are you seeking financial freedom?  Is this to occupy your retirement or spare time hours?  Is it to have an asset to pass on?  Will you be happy with neutral income and passive property value growth?  Or do you need immediate, positive monthly cash flow?  Maybe it’s a combination of these or other factors, but the financial needs and personal reasons why you want an income property deserve ample consideration and will guide...

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GET OUTTA TOWN 037: Tales of travelling agents

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018

In the 2012 action-comedy movie “This Means War”, one of the main characters, named Tuck Hansen, played by British actor Tom Hardy, uses being a travel agent as a cover for his real occupation —undercover CIA operative.  Blaming the work as a travel agent for his long absences away from his family, his ex-wife bemoans “You’re the only travel agent I’ve ever met who actually travels for his job.” It is true —travel agents normally don’t have to travel all the time as part of their work.  But there are times they actually do… One of those times is when travel agents attend what is known as a “familiarization trip” or more commonly in the business as a “fam trip”.  Cruise lines and tour operators will often hold fam trips as a way to allow travel agents to learn...

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ANDREA’S MUSINGS 037: Keeping it all in the family on Feb. 19

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018

It used to be that after the hoopla of the Christmas holidays was over, many of us had to accept the fact that we were in for a long haul as far as waiting for the next statutory holiday and, let’s face it, an excuse to take another day off of work. It was all fun and games during the festive holidays when we were planning vacations down south or looking forward to a couple of relaxing weeks off at home; but soon after the champagne popped at midnight on New Years Eve reality set in and many of us dreaded what seemed like an endless stretch of winter ahead, having to get up early, go out in the extreme cold weather and drag ourselves in to work five days every single week until Good Friday.  Well, not anymore!...

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