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ADOPTABLE PETS 031: Sweet Nessa likes people and other dogs

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017

Nessa is a gentle and very sweet young pooch.

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EAST YORK ADVOCATE 031: How do rent controls and house speculation impact on East York?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

As a former federal Minister of Housing, I have been watching with great interest government efforts to help make housing affordable in East York and elsewhere in the Golden Horseshoe. Although our municipal government has expressed concern, its legal ability to impact the situation is extremely limited.  Any federal government action, such as increasing interest rates, would have to be applied nationwide rather than regionally.  While this might help in Toronto and Vancouver, it would be devastating to other cities, towns, businesses and farmers in Canada.  That means that any government action can only be applied at the provincial level.  In the early 1970s the Ontario government imposed both a foreign buyers’ tax and a land speculation tax.  They were very effective in cooling off housing prices at that time. Recently, the present Ontario provincial government has reacted to...

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SEEING GREEN 031: “Going native” in backyard helps all of us

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

Native plants in our yards are the key to preserving our rich urban biodiversity of birds, butterflies, pollinating insects, and other wildlife …

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EAST YORK MOMENTS 031: Making our streets safe for all of us

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

  On the evening of June 27 I attended a memorial at Nathan Phillips Square’s Peace Garden honouring pedestrians and cyclists who had lost their lives to Toronto traffic.  The event was called “27 is Not Zero: A Vigil for Victims of Traffic Violence” and it was hosted by Friends and Family for Safe Streets Toronto ( The group placed 27 pairs of shoes on stone steps representing the 27 people who have been killed by cars since the beginning of the year and invited attendees to speak about the loved ones they lost.  They came, some holding photographs, and talked about their mothers, their friends, their wives, their husbands.  They cried but were thankful for the opportunity to publicly remember. We lose children too. I was driving home from my Dad’s in Etobicoke shortly after five-year-old Xavier Morgan...

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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 031: The Dog House – home upgrades with Sparky in mind

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017

I love my dog.  He’s pampered with a healthy, fresh diet and accouterments fit for canine royalty.  But despite millions of Canadians living in harmony with their fur-babies, canine wear and tear on their homes can impact negatively on the selling process for owners. With some thoughtful planning and redesigned elements, however, you needn’t upset your home’s feng-shui to present it in the best light for daily living and for potential buyers. Flooring:  Since Sparky spends considerable time on the floor, durable pet-friendly flooring is a necessity.  Install flooring that is ideal for pets and will sustain value over time.  Properly sealed hardwood and eco-friendly bamboo are durable but will show wear and tear (i.e. scratching).  Due to their easily cleanable and durable properties, consider laminate, vinyl, marble, stone, marble, cork or concrete flooring. Carpeting:  Hard floors may present...

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Mirror Image by Stephen Lay: “Border Collie”

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017


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