Showing posts from July, 2016

3 local activities you need to try this summer

Late summer weather and changing seasonal colours create the perfect atmosphere for exploring your city or town. But pleasant local outings can be daunting for women with sensitive bladders. From finding the nearest bathroom to worrying about sudden leaks, bladder leaks can hamper even the best plans – even if you're only a few neighbourhoods away from home. “Urinary incontinence affects one in three women between ages 18 and 75, but it doesn't have to hold you back from the activities you enjoy,” says Barbara Hannah Grufferman, positive aging expert and best-selling author of The Best of Everything After 50. “Keep doing the things you love, and with a few tips to help manage your sensitive bladder, those little leaks can feel like no big deal!” This fall, don't let bladder leaks stop you from enjoying life. Have fun with these local activities and keep in mind that although managing urinary incontinence on the go can be frustrating, the right products and tips will let y…

3 eco-friendly ways to love the outdoors with your family

Wonderful weather is still in full swing all across the country, even as kids gear up to go school. While it lasts, get friends and family together and enjoy the great outdoors with these three fun eco-friendly ideas. 1. Go for a picnic. All of our provinces and territories have scenic spots where we can unroll a blanket, set out a spread and dine al fresco. It's a delicious way to make the most of our short warm weather season and to catch up with loved ones in the fresh air. Keep the love for your location going by using reusable dishes, cups and utensils. They're easy to wash once you're back at home and you won't risk ruining your pretty picnic spot by leaving anything behind to threaten wildlife or damage the ecosystem. 2. Go for a stroll, a hike or a bike ride. Spectacular scenery is our national calling card — from coast to coast to coast, we've got wild places and pretty panoramas that'll take your breath away. Choose one near you, load essentials in you…

3 must-see Canadian summer music festivals

If you're in England, one of the hottest summer music festival tickets is Glastonbury; if you're in the United States, it's likely Lollapalooza. For concertgoers in Canada, must-see music festivals take place across the country all summer long. Between June and September there are hundreds of music festivals in Canada. Whether your favourite is jazz, blues, folk, country, rock, indie or classical — during the summer months there's sure to be a festival catering to your musical tastes somewhere in our home and native land. Check out these top contenders for great music, both internationally and locally renowned. Osheaga. Montreal's late-July Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Routinely attracting 120,000 fans over the course of several days, the festival showcases local and national talent alongside acclaimed international headliners. The main event takes place at parc Jean-Drapeau with concerts and art exhibitions held th…

Listen to some of the world's best jazz right here in Canada

While New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz, the genre is flourishing in Canada. Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald and many other greats shaped and developed early jazz, and Canadians like Oscar Peterson and Moe Koffman helped secure the nation's position on the international stage. Following in their footsteps are contemporary national treasures Diana Krall, Molly Johnson, Kellylee Evans and countless others, each adding their own distinctive style. An ever-evolving genre, jazz is influenced by rhythm and blues, gospel and popular music and expands to welcome new artists and sounds into the mix. The result is a fusion of sounds from many cultures, making a country as diverse as Canada the perfect platform for this eclectic musical form. And what better way to embrace this spirit than by experiencing live jazz at one of Canada's many festivals dedicated to the genre? Most are outdoors, family-friendly and stretch over multiple days, making it an ideal…

5 secrets for the perfect summer road trip

With the solstice behind us, summer is now officially here. For many of us that means it's time to hit the road with family and friends to take advantage of the warm weather and long weekends. Just remember that summer is also construction season and that road work is a temporary but necessary inconvenience. As such, it's every driver's responsibility to ensure road worker safety. As you plan your road trip, keep in mind these five tricks for maximizing your fun while staying safe. 1. Plan ahead. Planning ahead will help you avoid delays. Use a GPS to plan out your route and to check for traffic updates. If you're going far, plan a pit stop for gas and to stretch your legs. Fuel up more than your gas tank — make sure to stock a cooler with snacks and water to stay hydrated and energized. Check the local traffic report for construction zones and other delays so they're expected. Ontario511 is an excellent tool to help plan your drive. 2. Follow the rules of the road.…

3 worry-free travel tips for travellers in Canada

You don't need to book time off work to satisfy your wanderlust and hit the road — a few hours or a weekend are all it takes to get out there and explore. But for one in three women who may be looking to take a day trip or embark on a full-fledged adventure, the possibility of experiencing bladder leaks has a way of putting the brakes on travel plans. For those living with adult incontinence, travel can be a stressful part of vacationing. If you're planning on travelling by plane, train or automobile, use these helpful tips to travel with confidence: 1. Speak up and plan. There's no need to feel anxious about bladder leaks when you travel. If you need to make extra stops en route, let your companions know ahead of time. This will help them plan for longer travel times (and create a longer playlist!) so no one feels rushed or stressed. 2. Wear the right clothing. Travelling is more enjoyable when you're dressed for your environment. Choose fabrics that breathe and allow a…

How to keep your kitchen reno headache-free

The thought of a kitchen renovation may cause your eye to twitch and your sweat to trickle. You've heard the horror stories — work costing more than expected, lasting too long, or not ending up the way you expected. While you can't predict everything, there are ways to keep the road to a shiny new kitchen relatively stress-free. Robin Saxberg, principal designer at Hamilton, Ontario's DESZA Design, advises that leaving the project to a professional may save you headaches in the long-run. “Occasionally, the client will want to do the demolition themselves either for cost-savings or for fun, which it is. However, there may be a risk of accidently damaging something important,” she reveals. “Most demos require the rental or purchase of tools, safety equipment and waste bin rental which could eliminate much of the potential savings.” If you're thinking of taking on the demolition yourself in hopes of saving a few bucks, look at other options. Contact your local Habitat fo…

Great tips for night sky photography

One of the best parts about camping at one of our parks is the breathtakingly clear night sky. These clear skies provide the perfect backdrop to see the wonders of our solar system sprawled out above you. Seeing these magnificent skies is one thing, but being able to capture them adds a whole other level to the experience. Here are our top tips for night sky photography:  Watch the weather Perhaps the most important part of getting a perfect night sky shot is having a clear night sky. One really big obstacle is a bright moon. While a bright moon may save some battery power on your flashlights, it can really overpower the  stars. (Although, if you’re looking to take some pictures of the moon, this is your time to shine!) Many smartphones are equipped with apps that can check sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset times. You can also try taking some night sky photos on your smartphone. Park staff may be able to provide you with weather information if you’d prefer to drop off the social me…

5 questions with an Ontario park clerk

Welcome to our “5 Questions” series! We chat with park staff around the province to give you an inside look at what it’s like to work at Ontario Parks. Laurie Dulmage is now in her 16th season as the Park Clerk at Rideau River Provincial Park. She answered five questions from Marketing and Communications summer student Mitch Jackson about her career with Ontario Parks. What’s your favourite part of your job? I enjoy the finance and accounting part of it (things like expenses, revenue and payroll). The financial side is my favourite as I have an accounting degree. Other components of my job include completing contracts and all hiring documents for all staff. I also supervise, hire and train the Gate Attendants. Where’s your favourite paddling spot in the park? Out on the Rideau River, along the shores of the park. There is the main channel for boaters, but along the shores of the park it’s shallower. Campers can rent canoes and kayaks here at the park. The Rideau River itself is actually…

Greater Toronto Area Housing Problem: Here's Where You Can Buy A House Near The GTA On A Condo Budget

If you're looking to buy a home in Greater Toronto Area here is something for you to consider. You can find a decent houses on the edge of GTA or even within for the price of Toronto's condos. 

If you had the choice between buying a downtown condo or a house far off in the suburbs for the same price -- which would you choose? Millennials considering their first foray into homeownership are often placed into a box -- or more aptly put, a box in the sky.  x
Regularly depicted as through-and-through urbanites who, in the tug-of-war between square footage and location, will always choose the latter, 20-to-30 somethings are seen as open embracers of the condo lifestyle. But not all millennials are swept up in the high-rise boom. For some, a minute's drive to the GO Train is a worthy enough replacement for steps to the TTC if that means owning a spacious yard and two-car garage.  In fact, of the Greater Toronto Area's 1.4 million millennials, about 54 per cent don't live w…

What to do in Montreal if you're visiting for the first time

So you've decided to see the Cultural Capital of Canada (It is nonofficial, you don't mind me calling it that, right..) - Montreal?  Here are some things that you should do during your visit.

1. Mount Royal.

Do you remember The Whole Nine Yards movie's episode when Matthew Perry is showing his famous neighbour Bruce Willis the city? Exactly. They're having conversations at Kondiaronk Belvedere - one of the best Montreal lookout.

You can climb there, take a bus or drive. It is free. You only would need to pay for a parking or bus tickets.

2. Old Montreal.

Well it is one of the best part of Montreal. Just walk and enjoy a little bit of Paris' spirit there.

3. French Cuisine

After some good walk through Old Montreal you would be hungry for sure but no problem there are plenty of nice restaurants in Old Montreal. I would suggest to chose something with french cuisine with beautiful decor. Onion soup... Yum, yum.

4. Old Port of Montreal

And we are still here in Old Mo…

How to drive safely on the road this summer

There's a saying in Canada that we only have two seasons: winter and construction. As Ontarians hit the road this summer we need to remember that road construction is a temporary but necessary inconvenience and that road safety is every driver's responsibility. This is especially true in construction zones. Collision data from the Ministry of Transportation shows an increasing number of collisions and fatalities in construction zones. Across the province, there were 1,519 collisions in construction zones in 2011, followed by 1,592 in 2012 and 1,694 in 2013. These collisions led to three, four and eight fatalities, respectively. It's every driver's responsibility to help prevent these tragic statistics by doing everything they can to ensure construction workers' safety. Follow these tips to keep road workers, your passengers and yourself safe this summer. 1. Plan ahead to avoid delays. Know where construction zones and other delays are beforehand so they're not …

Toronto Real Estate Market Update | June 2016 | Chestnut Park

June was, as have been all the months in 2016, exceptional. What we did not see however is a new monthly average sales price record, notwithstanding that June’s average sale price was almost 17 percent higher than the average sale price recorded last June. June’s average sale price came in at $746,546, about $6,000 less than the record of $752,335, established this past May.
One should not read anything into this decline. It is quite normal to see prices decline as we approach the summer months and families start focusing on the end of the school term and the holidays that lie ahead. For example, last June the average sale price dropped by about $10,000 compared to the previous month. Generally, the peak months for establishing record average sale prices are May and June, so the record average sale price established in May of this year ($752,335) will probably still be a record at year end.

And that is good news for buyers. Toronto and area’s average sale prices have been reaching da…