Keeping the Peace: Apartment Noise Etiquette
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Jun 13, 2017 / Other /
Everyone in an apartment building realizes that they are in a shared space. However, it is possible for your life to become so insular that you forget about the rights of others. Every community has its noise by-laws to adhere to, but it doesn't hurt to display some common courtesy toward the neighbors on your floor (and above and below it, for that matter). Most people keep similar hours, particularly during the week. Avoid making excess noise before 7AM and after 11PM. If you are planning ...
How to Furnish Your New Apartment for Little Money
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Jun 12, 2017 / Furniture /
If you are just moving into your first apartment, chances are you are freshly graduated from college or university, or have just gotten out of your parents' basement. In any case, you probably don't have a lot of money to spare. And that means furniture is not something you can spend a lot of money on. However, don't despair! There is an alternative beyond cruising around the neighborhood scooping up tattered, waterlogged chairs people have left by the curb. First and foremost, check with your friends and ...
’tis the Season to De-clutter Your Apartment
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Jun 09, 2017 / Other /
What is that you say? Spring cleaning season is over? Well, sort of. Yes, we are now in June, so summer is imminent, but it is never too late to clean your apartment. Do you find yourself stepping over boxes? Are your closets over flowing with clothes?  Are your kitchen cupboards filled with expired food? Answering yes on any of these? Well, then it is time to hunker down and get cleaning. Having a large of number of things can lead to much accumulation of dust ...
Need a New Fridge that is Not Too Big, Not Too Small, but Just Right?
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Jun 09, 2017 / Interior Design /
There are certainly appliances that everyone has to have and a fridge is one of them. No one can live on canned foods alone and those much healthier fruits and vegetables will spoil if you can’t put them into cold storage. So you almost certainly already have a fridge, but are in the market for a new one, yes? Well, as you probably already noticed, there are many different brands, sizes, and colours to choose from. A few things to keep in mind: If you have a ...
Ontario and Its Newly Expanded Rent Controls
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Jun 07, 2017 / Other /
If you are already an apartment renter, you have no doubt noticed that rents have been getting quite steep in parts of the province. Never mind a big city like Toronto: unless you are planning on living in some Podunk town in the farthest north, renting will eat up an increasingly large portion of your take home pay. In response to this, the Ontario government expanded the province's rent control program. Previously, only apartments built before 1991 applied to these controls, which limited the amount that ...
The Death of Civility in Politics
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Jun 06, 2017 / Other /
The recent documentary BEST OF ENEMIES looked at a series of 1960s television debates between Liberal Gore Vidal and Conservative William F. Buckley. Aside from one moment where Buckley lost his cool and derided Vidal's sexuality, these debates were remarkably intelligent and sophisticated affairs. The documentary provided an intoxicating look at the past, but also provided a stark reminder that the days of such political commentary are dead, buried, and seemingly long past the point of recovery. Don't believe me? Just select any random day of ...
Activities For Kids To Enjoy
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Oct 27, 2015 / Other /
There are lots of drop-off and pick-them-up things parents can manage to get their child involved in like karate or dance school. Some places have a natural playground through the summer as well. The best way to find activities is to look through your newspaper, online, or in the phonebook. The internet has great deals for activities with children during the summer time. The best time to start planning is the winter time, so do not delay. Some places take reservations very early and some ...
Random Ramblings About Outdoor Bbq Island
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May 26, 2015 / Dream Homes /
People who love to cook often dream of having a luxurious kitchen, especially one in the garden of your house can sure be the perfect place to escape under the wide open horizon. The form of space that an outdoor kitchen offers gives the cook a freedom and expression that is visible in the cooking. A kitchen island can save you the hassles of masonry, plumbing and the chaos of construction. A kitchen island is the next big remodeling rage in the popular open-spaced houses ...
Hvac Repair Contractor?
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Apr 27, 2015 / Dream Homes /
While you surely have the entitlement to try your hand at DIY HVAC repairs, it's normally not the smartest idea. Even if you are pretty handy, heating and cooling systems are complex, and if you do not know that's what you are doing, you could end up making things much worse. Or it is possible that a poor repair job will make your system run more inefficiently, costing you money and shortening the lifetime of the unit. Simply put, if you do not have extensive experience ...
What Is The Canadian Shield?
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Mar 27, 2015 / Other /
There is uncertainty in life and insurance is designed to reduce the burden of this uncertainty. The principle of operation is simple, the insurer (that is Blue Cross Insurance company or Blue Shield in this case) pays the medical expenses of the insured (you) if the insured becomes sick due to covered causes like disease, disability, accident etc. In return the insured (you) pays a monthly or annual premium (a monetary amount usually around 200 dollars a month, however the exact amount varies with the insurance ...