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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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East York Advocate 035: Decisions made at City Hall and by the Province aren’t truly local!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

New provincial appeals board’s adherence to Smart Growth Act will undermine local EY neighbours’ wishes and concerns Have you ever heard someone complain about the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)? Well, as of last May, appeals from decisions of Committee of Adjustments in Toronto are now heard by Toronto’s own Local Appeal Board (LAO) rather than the OMB.  We can only wait to see if this new board will be more sympathetic to neighbours’ concerns. However, appeals from all other planning decisions continue to be heard by the OMB.  But, according to Premier Kathleen Wynne, that will soon be over.  “Planning decisions have to be made locally,” she says. To accomplish that the Ontario government plans to replace the OMB with what it calls the Local Planning Appeal Board (LPAT).  The LPAT, the Province says, will provide a faster, fairer,...

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East York Moments 035: A new way to get around East York!

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017

East York is a veritable pet playground, filled with four-legged friends.  Animal aficionados will love a new arts and crafts studio and clothing boutique that has recently opened on Danforth Avenue. Proprietor Priya Rajan’s concept for The Right Side, just east of Woodbine Avenue, is to take the cruelty-free commitment to a whole new level.  Priya sources Canadian clothing designers and other creators that can carry a vegan-friendly stamp of approval. “Everything is sweat-shop free, I don’t carry any fast fashion,” she says. “We carry small batches of artisanal clothing and the people who sew them are paid a fair wage.” Priya is herself a hands-on maker, and her array of statement handbags will have you making unsubtle hints for holiday gift-giving. “Shopping has become such a lifestyle thing, but my store is more about how people feel, not...

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EY ADVOCATE 034: Will it ever end?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

Endless appeals allowed under Planning Act put EY family on bureaucratic merry-go-round Have you ever received a NOTICE from city council’s Committee of Adjustment informing you that your next door neighbour wants to build an addition on his house and needs a “minor variance” from the zoning by-laws in order to do so? In 2015 a Queensdale Avenue family got one of those notices and immediately realized that the “minor variance” requested by their next door neighbour would have a drastic impact on their own property.  Fortunately for the family, when they attended the Committee of Adjustment hearing their next door neighbour did not show up and, after hearing what the family had to say about the drastic impact the requested “minor variance” would have on their property, the committee rejected the proposal on the grounds that the requested...

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ADOPTABLE PETS 034: Anxious Izzy looking for his calm place

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

Meet 6 year old Izzy! He is a sweet fellow who is looking for his perfect match.  He is part of our facilitated adoption program so he does not live here at the Toronto Humane Society and is instead trying to find a new home from the comfort of his current residence. This handsome lad suffers from separation anxiety.  Izzy can be vocal when left alone and would rather keep his family at home and all to himself.  We have been told that Izzy has lived with both cats and dogs and has done very well.  He also enjoys being in the company of children. Due to his anxiety and size, Izzy would do best in a house with a fenced in backyard where he can burn off some of his excess energy.  If you would like to meet...

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SEEING GREEN 034: Moving ahead on TO’s climate change plan

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017

On July 4, Toronto City Council unanimously approved the city’s long term climate change plan “Transform TO, Report 2: The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future.”  This is intended to help reduce greenhouse gases 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 through extensive changes in transportation, buildings, energy and waste diversion. To reach this goal will take a significant effort and will be a major challenge for the city.  Work is now proceeding to make the business case to get funding from the 2018 budget. The Transform TO team is encouraging residents to take advantage of the city’s Eco-Roof Program, the Home Energy Loan Program and the province’s Electrical Vehicle Incentive Program. You can download a pdf document of the report from the city’s website.  Go to toronto.ca and search “climate goals” and click on the first result to go...

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