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Streetsville Centre

Streetsville Centre

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Streetsville Centre

Making luxury more affordable

Dunpar Homes has made buying a new townhome in the heart of Streetsville a whole lot easier. Streetsville Centre is a 200-unit enclave of luxury towns and semis starting from the mid-$800s.

Home ownership is becoming out of reach for new purchasers in the GTA. While still a great investment, affordability and debt loads are of great concern. In addition, commuting and traffic congestion are getting worse, and finding the perfect (affordable) location is harder to find.

With the Ontario government’s Fair Housing Plan unveiled last April, the real estate market slowdown is no secret. Intended to bring stability and affordability to renters and homebuyers, the plan included a 15 per cent foreign buyer tax, and stricter regulations on real estate agents.

To help offset any further deterrents, Dunpar Homes is offering a three-year mortgage, for qualified buyers, at an interest rate of 1.99 per cent. New home buyers will also receive $25,000 off the purchase price, or $30,000 in design credits for upgrades.

The well-established community of Streetsville was founded in 1818, and still maintains its historic charm. With easy access to the GO train and major thoroughfares, getting to where you need to go is comfortable and convenient. Located within the city of Mississauga, Streetsville also benefits from a plethora of amenities, medical services, shopping and entertainment – many within walking distance. Streetsville Memorial Park includes a soccer field, baseball diamond, community centre, outdoor pool, picnic grounds and hiking trails. The Ontario Racquet Club is a 150,000-square-foot facility with indoor, and outdoor, tennis courts, squash courts and hot yoga classes, as well as pilates and spinning studios. Rattray Marsh Conservation Area and the Riverwood Conservancy are located close by.

With plenty of green space, there’s room to breathe, along with a wide variety of outdoor activities like cycling, rollerblading and hiking. The nearby Credit River offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities. The river is also well-stocked thanks to the stewardship of the Credit River Anglers Association (CRAA). Migrating birds tend to like this area, as well, making it popular with bird watchers.

Streetsville Centre showcases a selection of well-designed homes, with the one thing that is often lacking – lots of storage. All models include three bedrooms and two-car garages, and range in size from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet.

Downsizing baby boomers, who are active and want to remain so, are on a quest to find the perfect home that satisfies their desire for a (somewhat) slower pace, while remaining vital and engaged. Dunpar Homes has come up with the perfect new home community at Streetsville Centre.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Call or register online to book an appointment.

(416) 318-9112
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42 Mill Street

42 Mill Street

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42 Mill Street

Georgetown’s most sought-after address

Luxury living has come to Georgetown with the landmark address of 42 Mill Street. Located at Mill Street and Highway 7, this boutique-style condominium community, by Amico, offers an intimate, carefree living environment.

New home buyers can choose from an incredible array of spacious floorplans up to 1,900 square feet. One-, two- and three-bedroom designs are priced from the mid $400,000s. Well-appointed, open-concept suites include custom-built, European-style kitchens with integrated appliances, in addition to engineered hardwood flooring. Thoughtful consideration, as it relates to the environment and to the residents, includes a water softening system for the entire building, as well as underground electric car stations.

IT’S ALL WITHIN REACH

Located adjacent to the Lions Club Park, garden suites at 42 Mill Street will include a private outdoor space, while tower suites and penthouse suites boast large balconies and terraces – some with panoramic views of Georgetown. An elegant entrance, and lushly landscaped grounds, set the tone for the rest of the community. Building amenities include a state-of-the-art gym, an outdoor patio with a barbecue, an indoor party room and a business lounge – all available for exclusive use of the residents of 42 Mill Street and their guests.

Steps from historic downtown Georgetown, 42 Mill Street is close to other recreational activities, excellent schools, the Halton Hills Public Library and The Club at North Halton. The renowned Georgetown Farmers’ Market is a popular destination. Nearby is Georgetown’s Silver Creek Trail and the Terra Cotta Conservation Area. With convenient access to the Georgetown GO station, residents can be at Union Station in less than one hour.

WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO

Amico is a family-owned construction and development company that has been in operation for more than 30 years. With three decades of professional expertise under their collective tool belts, this award-winning company has built a wide range of sophisticated communities across southern Ontario. Amico incorporates sustainability concepts and conscientious building practices in every project that they undertake. In each community in which they operate, Amico also uses locally supplied resources wherever possible. In addition to a heightened level of execution, Amico’s continued success is due in part to their integrity and an unwavering commitment to providing first-rate customer service.

To complement Amico’s dynamic construction team, the renowned Chicago-based Holabird & Root Architects (founded in 1880), as well as the talented, Toronto-based interior design firm of Tomas Pearce, are collaborative partners in the creation of your new home address – 42 Mill Street.

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The Sales Office and Tomas Pearce-decorated Model Home are now open.

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CMHC Housing Starts November 2017

CMHC reports housing starts realizes large gain in November 2017

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CMHC reports housing starts realizes large gain in November 2017

Trend in housing starts reached its highest level in almost 10 years, reflecting a second consecutive increase in multiple starts

OTTAWA (CNW) — The trend in housing starts was 226,270 units in November, compared to 216,642 units in October, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

“The trend in housing starts reached its highest level in almost 10 years this November, reflecting a second consecutive increase in multiple starts,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist. “This largely reflects construction of multiple units in Toronto, where evidence of overbuilding is low due to the decreasing inventory of completed and unabsorbed multiple units and strong demand.”

Monthly Highlights

 Toronto

Total housing starts in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) trended higher in November. Multiple-family dwelling starts trended significantly higher and contributed to the overall increase. Given escalating house prices of single-detached homes, more homebuyers continued to shift demand towards lower priced condominium apartments and townhomes. Higher sales of pre-construction condominium units in the past two years will continue to break ground throughout this year resulting in more condominium apartment starts.

Guelph

Guelph builders started 269 homes in November, significantly higher than the 62 homes started a year ago. This increase was due to the jump in apartment starts, which are above the 10-year average in response to strong demand from downsizing seniors, young households, immigrants and students. The rental market in Guelph is tight with a vacancy rate of 1.2 per cent. The strong demand for rental apartments has translated into more apartment starts. Single-detached and townhouse starts are lower this year. Fewer lowrise new home sales this year have translated into lower starts.

Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

KitchenerCambridgeWaterloo builders started 658 homes in November, significantly higher than the 222 homes started a year ago. For the first 11 months of 2017, single-detached starts are lower, while starts for townhouses are up 51 per cent and for apartments, 26 per cent. Demographics are playing a role in new home construction, as there has been a shift to smaller households. One-person households, couples without children households and lone-parent households are increasing at a much faster pace than couples with children households, which stimulates demand for affordable options such as townhouses and apartments.

London

Total housing starts in London CMA posted one of the highest levels ever recorded for the month of November. Strong population growth and a low supply of resale home listings have strengthened demand for new single-detached homes, resulting in a 13 year high for single-detached starts during the month of November. In addition, stronger rental demand this year, indicated by the lowest vacancy rate since 2001, has already led to a higher number of apartment starts this year than the annual record set in 2016.

Vancouver

Seasonally adjusted monthly starts in the Vancouver CMA were lower in November mostly due to a pullback in apartment starts as the construction sector remains at full capacity. Fewer multi-family condo and rental projects are getting underway in the City of Vancouver, Richmond, and on the North Shore, meanwhile, Burnaby and New Westminster have observed higher multi-family starts so far in 2017, relative to the same period last year.

CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of Canada’s housing market. In some situations, analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as they are largely driven by the multi-unit segment of the market, which can vary significantly from one month to the next.

The standalone monthly SAAR of housing starts for all areas in Canada was 252,184 units in November, up from 222,695 units in October. The SAAR of urban starts increased by 14.4 per cent in November to 235,412 units. Multiple urban starts increased by 16.9 per cent to 175,016 units in November. Single-detached urban starts increased by 7.5 per cent, to 60,396 units.

Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16,772 units.

As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers objective housing research and information to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry.

Preliminary Housing Start Data in Centres 10,000 Population and Over

Single-Detached

All Others

Total

Nov. 2016

Nov. 2017

%

Nov. 2016

Nov. 2017

%

Nov. 2016

Nov. 2017

%

Provinces (10,000+)
N.-L.

66

55

-17

27

57

111

93

112

20

P.E.I.

16

29

81

11

55

400

27

84

211

N.S.

127

113

-11

230

216

-6

357

329

-8

N.B.

62

83

34

65

107

65

127

190

50

Atlantic

271

280

3

333

435

31

604

715

18

Qc

520

546

5

2,325

3,536

52

2,845

4,082

43

Ont.

2,672

2,303

-14

2,466

6,202

152

5,138

8,505

66

Man.

190

202

6

309

303

-2

499

505

1

Sask.

188

141

-25

81

186

130

269

327

22

Alta.

1,016

1,000

-2

1,027

1,774

73

2,043

2,774

36

Prairies

1,394

1,343

-4

1,417

2,263

60

2,811

3,606

28

B.C.

832

1,005

21

2,826

2,813

0

3,658

3,818

4

Canada (10,000+)

5,689

5,477

-4

9,367

15,249

63

15,056

20,726

38

Metropolitan Areas
Abbotsford-Mission

15

57

280

5

112

##

20

169

##

Barrie

44

83

89

12

73

##

56

156

179

Belleville

**

34

##

**

18

##

**

52

##

Brantford

8

8

14

2

-86

22

10

-55

Calgary

346

390

13

399

1,114

179

745

1,504

102

Edmonton

436

400

-8

550

526

-4

986

926

-6

Greater Sudbury

12

18

50

2

6

200

14

24

71

Guelph

16

19

19

46

250

443

62

269

334

Halifax

46

51

11

195

171

-12

241

222

-8

Hamilton

91

59

-35

81

366

352

172

425

147

Kelowna

93

88

-5

51

145

184

144

233

62

Kingston

38

11

-71

7

11

57

45

22

-51

Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

97

88

-9

125

570

356

222

658

196

Lethbridge

**

34

##

**

6

##

**

40

##

London

141

163

16

84

478

469

225

641

185

Moncton

29

23

-21

16

91

469

45

114

153

Montréal

209

237

13

1,188

1,921

62

1,397

2,158

54

Oshawa

43

111

158

78

188

141

121

299

147

Ottawa-Gatineau

201

242

20

267

787

195

468

1,029

120

Gatineau

24

48

100

77

33

-57

101

81

-20

Ottawa

177

194

10

190

754

297

367

948

158

Peterborough

27

16

-41

9

0

-100

36

16

-56

Québec

90

66

-27

409

975

138

499

1,041

109

Regina

68

36

-47

30

102

240

98

138

41

Saguenay

17

19

12

26

41

58

43

60

40

St. Catharines-Niagara

122

110

-10

28

132

371

150

242

61

Saint John

6

25

317

6

2

-67

12

27

125

St. John’s

54

42

-22

24

52

117

78

94

21

Saskatoon

99

79

-20

25

60

140

124

139

12

Sherbrooke

28

22

-21

141

130

-8

169

152

-10

Thunder Bay

12

16

33

2

12

##

14

28

100

Toronto

1,308

886

-32

1,435

3,014

110

2,743

3,900

42

Trois-Rivières

16

13

-19

103

35

-66

119

48

-60

Vancouver

379

497

31

2,272

2,141

-6

2,651

2,638

0

Victoria

69

67

-3

199

156

-22

268

223

-17

Windsor

77

45

-42

63

96

52

140

141

1

Winnipeg

166

153

-8

291

291

457

444

-3

Total

4,403

4,208

-4

8,183

14,074

72

12,586

18,282

45

Data for 2016 based on 2011 Census Definitions.
Data for 2017 based on 2016 Census Definitions.
Source: Market Analysis Centre, CMHC

Preliminary Housing Start Data – Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates (SAAR)

Single-Detached

All Others

Total

Oct.2017

Nov.2017

%

Oct.2017

Nov.2017

%

Oct.2017

Nov.2017

%
Provinces (10,000+)
N.L.

517

526

2

511

612

20

1,028

1,138

11

P.E.I.

480

284

-41

252

660

162

732

944

29

N.S.

1,226

1,047

-15

1,180

2,420

105

2,406

3,467

44

N.B.

813

789

-3

2,154

1,266

-41

2,967

2,055

-31

Qc

6,191

6,440

4

43,848

38,311

-13

50,039

44,751

-11

Ont.

21,190

24,470

15

36,626

71,271

95

57,816

95,741

66

Man.

2,384

2,414

1

1,968

3,636

85

4,352

6,050

39

Sask.

1,825

1,570

-14

3,372

2,232

-34

5,197

3,802

-27

Alta.

11,960

11,078

-7

15,416

21,100

37

27,376

32,178

18

B.C.

9,604

11,778

23

44,341

33,508

-24

53,945

45,286

-16

Canada (10,000+)

56,190

60,396

7

149,668

175,016

17

205,858

235,412

14

Canada (All Areas)

69,161

73,247

6

153,536

178,937

17

222,695

252,184

13

Metropolitan Areas
Abbotsford-Mission

260

688

165

1,140

1,344

18

1,400

2,032

45

Barrie

836

1,048

25

600

876

46

1,436

1,924

34

Belleville

391

489

25

276

216

-22

667

705

6

Brantford

151

142

-6

0

24

##

151

166

10

Calgary

4,465

4,178

-6

6,816

13,368

96

11,281

17,546

56

Edmonton

4,396

4,351

-1

4,764

6,312

32

9,160

10,663

16

Greater Sudbury

102

160

57

48

72

50

150

232

55

Guelph

254

263

4

288

3,000

##

542

3,263

##
Halifax

850

628

-26

840

2,052

144

1,690

2,680

59

Hamilton

708

752

6

1,080

4,392

307

1,788

5,144

188

Kelowna

748

839

12

1,212

1,740

44

1,960

2,579

32

Kingston

221

97

-56

168

132

-21

389

229

-41

Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

865

968

12

1,236

6,840

453

2,101

7,808

272

Lethbridge

452

462

2

948

72

-92

1,400

534

-62

London

1,632

1,858

14

504

5,736

##

2,136

7,594

256

Moncton

340

190

-44

1,680

1,092

-35

2,020

1,282

-37

Montréal

2,653

2,741

3

38,178

23,021

-40

40,831

25,762

-37

Oshawa

491

1,485

202

3,096

2,256

-27

3,587

3,741

4

Ottawa-Gatineau

3,004

2,669

-11

3,816

9,444

147

6,820

12,113

78

Gatineau

423

471

11

504

396

-21

927

867

-6

Ottawa

2,581

2,198

-15

3,312

9,048

173

5,893

11,246

91

Peterborough

249

191

-23

48

0

-100

297

191

-36

Québec

769

737

-4

3,276

11,700

257

4,045

12,437

207

Regina

521

399

-23

1,212

1,224

1

1,733

1,623

-6

Saguenay

274

246

-10

324

492

52

598

738

23

St. Catharines-Niagara

870

1,101

27

2,376

1,584

-33

3,246

2,685

-17

Saint John

189

279

48

48

24

-50

237

303

28

St. John’s

368

391

6

504

624

24

872

1,015

16

Saskatoon

1,094

887

-19

1,884

720

-62

2,978

1,607

-46

Sherbrooke

202

247

22

1,092

1,560

43

1,294

1,807

40

Thunder Bay

114

149

31

360

144

-60

474

293

-38

Toronto

6,975

9,040

30

21,048

36,168

72

28,023

45,208

61

Trois-Rivières

188

176

-6

348

420

21

536

596

11

Vancouver

4,376

6,171

41

30,408

25,692

-16

34,784

31,863

-8

Victoria

881

795

-10

8,460

1,872

-78

9,341

2,667

-71

Windsor

615

574

-7

648

1,152

78

1,263

1,726

37

Winnipeg

1,783

1,842

3

1,524

3,492

129

3,307

5,334

61

Data based on 2016 Census Definitions.
Source: Market Analysis Centre, CMHC

SOURCE: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation



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Model Home Feature: Amuse By The Lake

Model Home Feature: Amuse By The Lake in Fort Erie

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Model Home Feature: Amuse By The Lake in Fort Erie

Silvergate promotes a one-on-one, customer-focused approach to home building

A short walk to the waterfront, Amuse by the Lake is the epitome of luxury living. Tastefully designed by Silvergate Homes, each lake-view residence is situated as such, so that there aren’t any neighbouring homes visible from the rear of the house.

This exclusive collection features smooth, nine-foot ceilings throughout, as well as hardwood flooring. Upgraded finishes also include kitchen cabinets with soft-close drawers and doors by Artcraft, quartz countertops and a full appliance package, in addition to a walk-in, glass and tile shower in the master ensuite, and much, much more.

This spectacular location is ideally situated to take advantage of the shores of Lake Erie, but close to all the amenities of Fort Erie, as well as easy access to the Peace Bridge and the Queen Elizabeth Way.

SILVERGATE HOMES

A new model home is now open at 741 Lakeshore Road (Lot #2) in Fort Erie from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment.

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Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018

Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018: Ultra Violet

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Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018: Ultra Violet

Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come: Pantone

Pantone, a provider of professional colour language standards and digital solutions, today announced Pantone 18-3838, Ultra Violet, as the Color of the Year for 2018. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counter-culture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of Western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” added Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with colour and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts comb the world looking for new colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, travelling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations as well as new lifestyles, play styles and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact colour, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 19 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Ultra Violet in Home Decor

In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art or accent wall. As a colour that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness. In hospitality, we are seeing purples like Ultra Violet take centre stage in interior spaces as large and small hotels harness color and design to entice travelers and stay relevant.

Saatchi Art

As an expression of the imagination and creativity that Ultra Violet provokes, Pantone has partnered with Saatchi Art (SaatchiArt.com), the world’s leading online gallery for emerging art, to create a limited edition collection of official Pantone Color of the Year 2018 prints. The collection, available for purchase beginning January 1, 2018 will include new works by international artists working in painting, sculpture and printmaking, that embody the spirit of Ultra Violet.

Pantone Color of Year 2018 Guides

For the first time, Pantone will also release limited edition collections of Pantone Color of the Year 2018 guides as collector items for designers to enable them to more easily integrate Ultra Violet into their workflow. Sold exclusively on Pantone.com, these guides are perfect gifts for designers who are already on the pulse of colour trends, or for up-and-comers who want to deck out their desk with the sleekest tools.

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Active Life Magazine - January/February 2018

Active Life – Jan/Feb2018

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Active Life – Jan/Feb2018

The award-winning Active Life is your guide to new homes in adult-lifestyle communities across Ontario, with detailed colour-coded maps/charts.

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Call Me Cerise

When Le Creuset’s best-selling hue was introduced in France, decades ago, the master enamellers who crafted the now-iconic shade of red, called it Cerise. When the colour was introduced to North America, its name was translated to Cherry. Although a literal translation, it never quite captured the authentic passion of its roots. Le Creuset now pays homage to its origin. Say bonjour to Cerise.

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Smell Good, Naturally

Using only food grade material (without perfumes), Freshback is a laundry treatment that eliminates body odours at the source. Through a patented molecular bonding process, antimicrobial agents bond to any washable fabric to help prevent body odours from returning to the garment for up to 25 washes. Clothes stay fresh during, and after, any activity.

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Personal Light Source

GE’s C by GE Sol is the first lighting product enabled with Amazon Alexa. Sol pairs the skills of an Alexa product with convenient lighting features, which include tuneable white light, sleep-enhancing light, a visual clock, a visual timer and more. Smart device also offers control of GE’s C by GE connected light bulbs. Sol combines functional illumination, visual indicators for everyday tasks and sleep-based light in a contemporary table lamp without the need for a stand-alone Alexa device. Available through amazon.com.

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Breathe Deeply

The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link is a multi-functional unit that intelligently purifies, heats and cools you. The machine captures gases and 99.97 per cent of allergens and pollutants from the air, trapping it in a 360 ° glass HEPA. When the air purifier is set to auto mode, it will automatically monitor the air quality, adjust the airflow and report the information back to the Dyson Link App.

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Sculpted Perfection

Flore, by THG, features intricately etched floral patterns on sculpted crystal. Inspired by Asian jade carvings, colour is infused throughout the handles. The DAUM collection is produced by the historic French art crystal atelier of the same name, using old-world techniques to make hand-made crystal handles. No two are alike and each piece is signed. THG Paris products are available at Ginger’s.

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Liquid Gold

From a family who has been in the business for more than 80 years, comes Oleiva Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This high-quality oil is produced by carefully hand-picking the olives, which are then cold pressed within hours in order to maintain their exquisite taste and purity. Tunisia is one of the world’s largest producers of extra virgin olive oil, and Oleiva harnesses the bounty of its homeland in each bottle. Now available at Loblaws.

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Visual Intrigue

Solid sheet and handworked, perforated iron squares are alternated in a circular configuration to create a modernist, multi-dimensional centrepiece. Impression’s unique interplay of textures and finishes provides a rich contrast of visual intrigue. Hidden light sources disseminate a deep, warm glow that spreads onto the sides of the iron squares. Available in a 10- or 14-light pendant, and a coordinating sconce.

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25 Leonard Avenue

25 Leonard Avenue

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25 Leonard Avenue

Condo and homebuilders join forces to help house the homeless

(CNW) — As the weather turns cold for Toronto’s homeless population, the city’s Kensington Market neighbourhood is seeing construction begin on Toronto’s first purpose-built homes for homeless people in more than 10 years.

An excavator broke ground earlier this week in preparation for spring construction on the small strip of land beside St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society’s existing building at 25 Leonard Avenue, just east of Bathurst Street. This unique three-storey, 22-unit project was backed by neighbours and made possible with government and private sector support.

St. Clare’s construction partners — including home and condo builders, unions and construction associations — are stepping up to the plate in a $1 million fundraising effort.

The corporate donors are Aspen Ridge, Brown Group, Great Gulf, Greenpark, Heavy Construction Association of Toronto, Laurier Homes, Liberty Development, Lindvest, LiUNA Local 183, LiUNA Ontario Provincial District Council, Mattamy Homes, Menkes, Ontario Formwork Association, Silvercore, Tridel and Yorkwood.

Through its Open Door Program, Toronto is assisting the project with a $500,000 capital grant and waiving municipal fees and development charges.

“This was a must-do project for St. Clare’s. We are relieved to finally be through a two-year planning process and are grateful for the support of RESCON, Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, Councillor Joe Cressy and our very supportive neighbours, said Andrea Adam, St. Clare’s operations manager.

“I applaud the hard work and vision of St. Clare’s to make this innovative project a reality,” said Bailão, chairwoman of Toronto’s affordable housing committee. “St. Clare’s is a model that works. Their partnership-based approach has created new opportunities for those seeking a safe, clean, affordable place to call home.”

“Ensuring access to safe and affordable housing for all our friends and neighbours is critical,” Cressy added. “We have a housing crisis in our city, and the new affordable homes at 25 Leonard Avenue are a crucial and welcome addition to our community.”

According to Michele McMaster, affordable housing consultant of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, “CMHC has investigated St. Clare’s operating model and found it to be replicable and scalable. We are delighted that St. Clare’s is inspiring private developers, and we hope to encourage more in the future.”

“We chose to support this project because we believe the construction industry should give back. St. Clare,s is a caring and effective organization that we respect, and we know that they have the right leadership to steer this project to success, said RESCON chairman emeritus Phil Rubinoff.

This latest intensification of the site follows the award-winning 2006 addition of 26 apartments to the roof of the building at 25 Leonard.

St. Claire’s is a charitable foundation and landlord responsible for 413 rental units in five buildings across Toronto to help get the homeless and hard-to-house into their own home to give them privacy and dignity.

RESCON is the non-profit association that represents more than 200 of Ontario’s residential builders. Its members build highrise, midrise and lowrise homes, including rental apartments and social housing.

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Simply Tech: Safe & Secure

Simply Tech: Safe & Secure

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Simply Tech: Safe & Secure

by Greg Gazin

Home security in a smart light fixture

It’s always comforting to know that your home, and it’s contents, are well-protected, whether you’re away on holidays, or hunkered down for the evening with a good movie and a bowl of popcorn.

Photo: bigstockphoto.com
Photo: bigstockphoto.com

You may have installed motion sensor lights, cameras and an intercom, but if you don’t remember to turn them on or to set the timer, they’re not doing much good. Instead, you could control all your security features from your smartphone or tablet with the Maximus Craftsman Smart Security Light. Designed to provide peace-of-mind, the Maximus Smart Light, by Jiawei Technology, is an outdoor, waterproof, lantern-style light. It’s as easy to install as an ordinary light fixture, but with a cloud-based app by Kuna, it’s anything but ordinary.

Security features include an adjustable HD video camera with a 160-degree field-of-view that’s housed inconspicuously near the bottom of the wall mount. There’s also a built-in speaker and a microphone to capture audio. All of these features come together in real-time. If someone approaches your door, Maximus’ motion sensor is triggered, the light turns on and an alert signal is sent to your smartphone. At this point, you can view who is at the door and engage in a two-way conversation by pushing the mic button on your app, or you can choose to play a pre-recorded message or greeting. In extreme cases, you can have the phone dial 911 or sound a 100-decibel alarm. All of this, and more, can be configured to execute automatically.

The Maximus Craftsman Smart Security Light is as easy to install as an ordinary light  fixture – but it’s anything but ordinary.

Interactions can be recorded (two-way audio and one-way video), and you can review captured events for up to two hours without a subscription. If you’re away, you can live-stream to check on your property and see if the sidewalk needs shovelling. Program the smart light fixture to detect motion, or to come on at a certain time. A separate weekend schedule can also be programmed.

If a courier shows up and you’re not available, you can talk to them directly to make alternate arrangements. In the event of a fall and you can’t get to the door, you can also give permission for someone else to monitor your system.

The Maximus Craftsman Smart Security Light requires a Bluetooth-enabled iOS or an android mobile device, as well as a Wi-Fi or data connection. To configure your Maximus, download the app and set up a free Kuna account. Available at Best Buy and Home Depot.

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Greg Gazin (a.k.a The Gadget Guy and Gadget Greg) is a syndicatedtech columnist, blogger, podcaster (host and producer), and contributes to Canoe.com, Troy Media and Active Life.

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Body & Soul: Dynamic Duo

Body & Soul: Dynamic Duo

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Body & Soul: Dynamic Duo

by Agnes Ramsay

Exercise + Nutrition = Active Immune Booster

Staying healthy throughout the winter months can be a challenge. Even if you take care to wash your hands, use an antibacterial sanitizer and get the flu shot, your immune system can always use an extra boost.

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Source: bigstockphoto.com

Keeping your body strong with proper nutrition and exercise helps to avoid illness at anytime of the year, but it is especially important during the fluctuation of weather patterns over the next few months when we’re most vulnerable to colds and flus.

EXERCISE WITH CAUTION

Exercise increases the number of white blood cells in your body, which are the body’s natural defence in fighting illness. I’m by no means suggesting strenuous exercises or that you become a marathon runner, but simply by taking a brisk 20- to 30-minute walk each day, can dramatically cut down your risk of catching a cold.

To mix it up (or if the weather isn’t conducive), alternate with going to the gym – but don’t overdo it. If you exercise to the point of exhaustion, without letting your body recover, then it becomes a negative stressor, which can compromise your health.

NUTRITION FACTS

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, is actually quite fitting. Proper nutrition helps to keep your immune system strong. If you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, you are fuelling your body with disease-fighting vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, C, B6, D, Folate Acid, Iron, Selenium and Zinc – all of which are widely considered to help lower the risk of a host of ailments. When you eat a variety of foods throughout the day, you have more energy to engage in physical activity, plus it keeps you in that immune boosting zone.

SOLUBLE FIBRE
oat bran
barley
nuts
seeds
lentils
citrus fruits
apples
strawberries
carrots

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Source: bigstockphoto.com

The down side of using supplements, is that you’re not getting the added benefit of fibre. The fibre content found in whole foods not only helps to keep you ‘regular’, but it also strengthens your immune system.

Insoluble fibres tend to have more-bulky traits (for staying regular), like those found in whole grains and flax, as well as vegetables like celery and tomatoes.

Soluble fibres are found in many fruits, nuts, beans and oats. They not only help to control your blood sugar and serum cholesterol, but they also help to reduce inflammation throughout your body, which helps to support your immune system.

Agnes Ramsay is a Registered Nurse, Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach specializing in Electric Muscle Stimulation Training.

agnes.ramsay@xbodyworld.com



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