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In April of 2019, I was putting the final touches on my rental house in Prince Edward County to re-open it for the season. It is available for rent year-round, though it is booked sparingly in the winter months when the lake is ice cold and travellers are weary of heavy snowfall and long drives. April to September marks the beginning to end of the main season, with a peak in July and August. In...

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Spring in Canada typically means a flurry of real estate activity. But this year, with the declaration of a global pandemic, things are not business as usual. Here’s what you need to know about Covid-19 and its impact on real estate in Canada. A cooler than expected spring Before a pandemic was declared on March 11, Canada’s spring real estate market was gearing up for record-breaking sales for 2020. The Canadian Real Estate Association revealed...

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In Canada, debit and credit card usage made up 57% of the country’s total of 21.1 billion transactions in 2018. Credit and debit more than doubled the number of cash purchases. These days we can tap our card to pay for purchases and even pay in-app for goods and services. In fact, Canadians are among the biggest per capita users of debit cards in the world. But does that put us at a higher risk...

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Whether you submit your own tax returns using software on your computer, have an accountant or use a walk-in tax service, there are many things you need to know about tax season 2019. Here are some of the new changes as well as some tips for what you can do to help make this year’s tax return happen without a hitch. Understand the deadline April 30 is the date for most Canadians to file their...

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Your team is your most important asset. Without them, your organization could not function. When you leverage each individual’s ability and inspire them to put forth a team effort, your team can be your company’s biggest resource. Learn how to inspire your people as a team to achieve goals with these top five tips. 1.    Set specific and measurable goals Your employees need to know what they’re working towards or else they won’t have the level...

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As a small business owner, you have to find ways to keep your budget trim while at the same time investing in the priorities that will yield the best return on investment. Here are a few areas you should focus on to stay competitive in 2020 and beyond. Selectively invest in tech It’s easy to forgo spending on tech when cash is tight. Yet, spending on tech that will automate or eliminate manual or redundant...

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All the leading paint brands release their colour of the year. Sometimes bold and daring other times soft and understated, the colour of the year is always fresh. Here are all the colours of the year according to Behr, Dulux and Benjamin Moore. We will outline how you can incorporate these stunning new hues into your home or office this year. Behr’s colour of the year: Back to Nature (S340-4) The environment and sustainability have...

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Five Canadian real estate firms have called on Canadian governments to implement consistent building regulations and requirements for disclosing energy and carbon data. Why? Because energy benchmarking and data transparency programs can help set performance baselines, identify efficiency opportunities, reduce GHG emissions, and meet environmental targets. Buildings contribute almost 40% to global carbon emissions — existing AI technology (like energy management platforms) can help reduce building energy output by 30-40 percent across Canada. Rethinking how...

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The modern office space has gone through many changes in the past century; sometimes brand new, and sometimes a refurbishment of something already done. In fact, the cubicle may have been used by medieval monks for manuscript writing. Technology and our ideas of an efficient work day has come a long way since then, allowing for new and interesting office design cases, including open concept, co-working and green buildings. In all cases throughout history, though,...

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Nearly everything that we do is inside of a building. Whether it’s going to work, living at home, shopping or eating at a restaurant, the expectation is that the buildings we live and work in are safe and built with high standards. However, one blind spot for many buildings is energy efficiency. According to one University of British Columbia report, in Canada, operating a building draws 50% of the energy produced, and buildings emit 35%...