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Canada Day 150th home party etiquette

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Canada Day 150th home party etiquette

Our country’s big birthday deserves an equally big celebration. But there are limits — including on the number of revelers, the music volume, cooking, fireworks, decorations and the behaviour of guests.To start, house parties can be shut down by police for noise complaints, rowdy behaviour or safety issues like overcrowding a structure.Moving the party to…

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My condo board voted to remove a director was this wrong?: Condo Law

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My condo board voted to remove a director  was this wrong?: Condo Law

Our condo board recently excluded one of the directors from an executive board meeting at which the other four board members voted to remove the excluded director from the board. Was this proper?No, it was not. The other directors could not exclude one of the directors from the board meeting and could not vote on…

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My date only wanted to talk about his cat and his car: Dating Diaries

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My date only wanted to talk about his cat and his car: Dating Diaries

Lily is 38 years old, lives in midtown, and works in education. She says “I’m extremely outgoing, patient, friendly, and helpful. I love to smile. I tend to go out of my way to help others.” Lily likes “Baking, cooking, writing poems, going to comedy shows, trying different kinds of foods from different places, and…

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Aurora estate will bring you out of your shell: Home of the week

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Aurora estate will bring you out of your shell: Home of the week

AURORALocation: 45 Steeplechase Ave.,Bayview Ave. and Bloomington Rd.Asking price: $5,788,000Size: about 4,500 square feet plus 1,175 -square-foot. finished basementArticle Continued BelowLot: More than 2 acres, three-car attached garage, private driveTaxes: $15,111 (2016)Bedrooms: 4 plus 1

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My wife finds my mother infuriating: Ellie

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My wife finds my mother infuriating: Ellie

My wife hates my mother because my mother is self-absorbed and only wants to talk about herself (this is true).She finds my mother infuriating and became enraged at a recent episode where she felt my mother was overly competitive with her and denigrating to her.She’s vowed never to speak to her again.My mother is blissfully…

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Celebrate Canada's 150th in a gorgeous garden: Mark Cullen

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Celebrate Canada's 150th in a gorgeous garden: Mark Cullen

With Canada’s big birthday just a week away, have you decided how to celebrate? If travel is an option, and you are considering sights to see, I have a suggestion: our country’s great gardens. Sightseeing in Canada has its advantages: no need to change money, no long lineups to talk to customs officials — or…

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What these condos got: $665,000 downtown, $530,000 midtown

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What these condos got: $665,000 downtown, $530,000 midtown

YONGE-CHURCH CORRIDORLocation: 30 Hayden St., Unit 204,Yonge St. and Bloor St. E.Asking price: $549,000Selling price: $666,000Article Continued BelowPrevious selling price: $374,000 (2011)Size: about 827 sq. ft.Parking: one owned underground space, one owned locker

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What these houses got: $512,000 in Leslieville, $1,525,000 in West Rouge

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What these houses got: $512,000 in Leslieville, $1,525,000 in West Rouge

LESLIEVILLELocation: 40 Boston Ave., TH 02,Queen St. E. and Carlaw Ave.Asking price: $449,000Selling price: $512,000Article Continued Below$377,000 (2015)about 653 sq. ft.Lot: N/A, one underground parking space, one owned locker

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Lettuce thats head and shoulders above the rest: Real Dirt

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Lettuce thats head and shoulders above the rest: Real Dirt

Let us talk about lettuce.The truth is, I’ve wimped out. I no longer grow any. The likes of Lactuca sativa got banished from my garden, because infuriating intruders kept beating me to the punch.Caterpillars, earwigs, rabbits, groundhogs, birds, deer . . . They all dropped by. Plus, of course, slugs, scores of those slithery, slimy…

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Creemore is a beer lovers dream and a taste of the small-town life

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Creemore is a beer lovers dream and a taste of the small-town life

This is the first in a weekly series exploring the perfect day trips within 200 kilometres of Toronto. This week, beer lovers will find Creemore goes beyond mere suds. Mention Creemore to a co-worker or neighbour and you’re likely to start a conversation about beer. But the zero-stoplight village just south of Georgian Bay is…

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