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BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

May 17th is National Real Estate Day. This is a day for Canadians to come together and celebrate home ownership. Owning a home is important to Canadians, with 101,299 homes sold last year alone, a 9.2% increase over 2014.

In Toronto specifically, there are various options for potential homeowners, with different communities designed to for different lifestyles. However, buyers are looking to confirm that their home ownership is also an investment for the future. Mark McLean from the Toronto Real Estate Board confirms that real estate is a good investment. Getting into the market sooner than later will work to your favour.

Mark McLean has picked out four neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area that deliver the biggest return on investment.

1. The Canary District

This is a brand new neighbourhood with most residential buildings having opened up in the past year. Condos in this neighbourhood are noted for their clean, modern architecture. The Canary District is also within walking distance of the historic Distillery District, which includes many of Toronto’s best dining and entertainment options.

2. Danforth and Main

This once gritty intersection is now booming! Danforth and Main is an up and coming East end neighborhood with a more residential feel. Many of the side streets are lined with bungalows and homes with backyards, making this a great option for homebuyers looking for extra space.

3. Landsdowne and DuPont

Three years ago, there was not much development in this area of Toronto, however, much has changed in recent years due to what Mark McLean calls the “Brooklyn-effect”. Many Torontonians are choosing this neighbourhood as a more affordable alternative to nearby High Park or Roncesvalles. New condos are being constructed, century homes are being renovated, and tons of restaurants are opening up.

4. West Queensway and Islington

This neighbourhood is sometimes forgotten, due to its lack of proximity to the downtown core. However, many large condos and stacked town-homes are being built. The selling point? This neighbourhood is right off the Gardiner Expressway, which makes buying in this area great for car owners.

4 preventive measures to lower risk of vision loss

Devon Johnson | posted Monday, May 9th, 2016

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An eye exam is an important part of looking after your eyes, but did you know it’s more than a simple test of your sight? City health expert Bryce Wylde explains how your eyes can be an indicator of your overall health, and shares tips on how one can lower their risk of vision loss.

Eye management 101

Vision loss can happen at any time, at any age. As of 2015, 4.25 million Canadians live with a serious eye disease. Out of every seven Canadians, at least one is developing one of the four most common eye diseases in their lifetime. These eye diseases include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is important to manage your eyesight with a healthcare professional.

Preventive eye care tips

  1. Perform eye health exercises daily. With the prevalence of vision loss expected to increase 30 per cent in the next decade, these exercises are very important. Canadians spend on average 376 minutes a day looking at screens on their computer, tablet, or smartphone.

    One popular eye health exercise is the 20-20-20 computer rule. Take your eyes away from the screen every 20 minutes, and look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to take a much-needed break from the computer screen, and allows your eyes a chance to refocus.

  2. Wear only UV sunglasses and UV contacts. Be wary of sunglasses or contacts that are not UV protected. Although the price might be cheaper, non-UV protected eyewear can dilate your pupils and increase the amount of radiation your eyes are exposed to.
  3. Make smart diet choices. Consume dark and leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, broccoli, sweet potato, carrots, squash, and red peppers. These vegetables gives your eyes much-needed antioxidants that can prevent vision loss. Seven cups of  vegetables or fruit each day. A large intake of Omega-3 fatty acids are also important to prevent eye problems. These acids can be found in fresh fish, nuts and seeds.
  4. Supplement your diet. Many Canadians are not getting enough essential vitamins and minerals in their diet plan. There are various products that will help benefit your eye health. These include eye healthy vitamins, lutein, beta carotene, and omega-3 supplements.

6 tips for dealing with student debt

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Student debt

With thousands of students earning their degrees in the coming weeks, repaying student debt is top of mind. Bruce Sellery shares his top six tips for dealing with the pressure, managing your loans and repaying them in a timely manner.

1) Live like a student

It’s hard to control your income, but Bruce recommends that you try and control your spending. Start by avoiding “lifestyle inflation” and live within your financial means—instead of living on your own, live with roommates.

2) Write it all down

Keep track of your financial obligations, (e.g. student debt, credit card debt, loans to parents), and be aware of the terms of the loans, including the interest rate and the minimum payments you need for each.

Keep in mind that new Canadian regulations state that you don’t have to start repaying your student debt until you make $25,000 a year.

3) Look at your cash flow

Take a hard look at your cash flow to see how much money is coming in and what your fixed expenses are (rent, internet, transit etc.) to set achievable goals. How much can you realistically put towards debt? Look at the big picture: how much are you making on an annual basis to determine a financial plan to pay off debt.

4) Set it and forget it

Set up auto-transfers to various debts on your payday. Make a plan to meet the minimums every month, no matter what.

Avoid not paying your debt as this will affect your credit rating. If your payment goes to collections, it will be a hit to your rating that can take years to fix.

5) Build a buffer

In other words, save extra money that acts as a safeguard. This is also known as an emergency fund, rainy day fund, or back-up savings.

6) Put 10% of income towards debt

Take a percentage of your income to put towards debt. If you do not receive a yearly salary and are working cheque to cheque (e.g. freelancers, contract), take out 10% of each cheque and put it towards debt.

How to donate to Fort McMurray fire relief efforts

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Alberta Strong

You can donate $10 dollars to help the people in Fort McMurray when you text the word FIRES to 45678.

Other ways to donate:

  • Text the word REDCROSS to 30333 and a $5 donation will be added to your wireless bill
  • Text the word REDCROSS to 45678 and a $10 donation will be added to your wireless bill

Additionally, Rogers is partnering with Red Cross to support those affected by the Fort McMurray fires by waiving the cost of calls and texts to/from Fort McMurray to help our customers stay safe and in touch with loved ones. Rogers will also be donating $100,000 to Red Cross to help those affected by the Fort McMurray fires.

Rogers is the parent company of City and this website.

Drake Drops New Album ‘VIEWS’!

KiSS 92.5 | posted Friday, Apr 29th, 2016

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After months of anticipation, Drake has finally released his new album Views (listen HERE)!

The album feature collaborations with Rihanna, Future, PartyNextDoor, Jay Z, Kanye and more!

Drake took to Instagram to reveal the collaborations ahead of the release…

 

He also revealed the full producer list for Views.

Views features 19 tracks, with the smash hit ‘Hotline Bling‘ being offered as a bonus song (see tracklist below).

Drake revealed the cover art on Sunday which features him sitting on top of the CN Tower, of course a tribute to his hometown of Toronto.

Drake has already released a few songs from the album, ‘Pop Style’ featuring Kanye West and Jay Z and ‘One Dance’ (which earned him his first ever solo #1 in the UK).

Drake is set to embark on his ‘Summer Sixteen Tour’ (with rapper Future) which will kick off July 20th in Austin, Texas and wrap up September 18th in Vancouver (full dates below).

https://twitter.com/Drake/status/725308585471823872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Views is available on iTunes HERE.

 

 

Clean your home with these simple these food items

Carina Kresic | posted Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016

It’s that time again! Spring has sprung and the cleaning has started.

Did you know that Canadians waste approximately $14.6 billion worth of food every year… about 47% of the total amount purchased!

With all these leftovers, you could easily re-purpose some of these food items and turn them into cleaning products.

Here are seven unlikely ways you can use food to clean around the house:

  1. Potato peels remove rust – Have you ever removed your silverware from the dishwasher, only to find that it’s beginning to rust? Just use the skin of a potato and dip it into baking soda, then rub it along your silverware.
  2. Cucumber removes marks from your walls and shines your shoes – Much like an eraser, the unused ends of a cucumber can be used to remove scruff marks from your walls, and even shine your shoes.
  3. Black tea can be used to polish wooden furniture – Many commercial furniture polishes contains toxic chemicals, which can be harmful to your health and the environment. Instead of reaching for your lemon polish, use a little bit of black tea to polish your wooden furniture. But remember that it must be black tea!
  4. Basil Leaves can be used to keep fruit flies at bay – Basil is a great natural remedy to keep pesky fruit flies at bay. Just keep a bunch in your bowl and let the magic happen.
  5. Egg yolks remove coffee stains from clothing – Some baking recipes call for egg whites only. So, what should you do with the leftover yolks? If you have recently spilled coffee on one of your favourite shirts, use the egg yolk and rub it into the coffee stain. Then wash and voilà!
  6. Onion can be used to clean your BBQ grill – Instead of throwing a less-than-fresh onion into the compost, why not use it to clean your BBQ grill? Cut it in half, and rub it over the grills.
  7. Banana peels clean and polish silverware – The peel of a fresh banana is a great natural cleaning remedy to clean and polish your silverware.

Cleaning

Trying any of these at home? Let us know how it works @BTtoronto!

Happy cleaning!

Tips courtesy of Molly Maid.

For more information visit www.mollymaid.ca

Watch this adorable child blame Batman for drawing on his mom’s mirror

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016

Laura Hopkins may have the most adorable two-year-old on Earth.

Check out him blaming Batman for drawing on his mom’s mirror.

Laura wrote on YouTube, “Our 2 year old blaming batman for the lipstick art on my mirror!! 
Far too cute to get mad taking over Facebook!!!”

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All children should be born with foreign accents.

Originally seen on Blake and Wylde, KiSS 92.5

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