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It’s that time of year again! Time for sun, fun …and bedbugs. You might not realize it, but the months of June through October are peak bedbug season in this part of the world. When the weather is warmest, bedbugs reproduce the fastest, and this is also when they can more easily find their way from place to place. Read More
In a report prepared by Maxim Jean-Louis of Contact Nord, entitled An Apprenticeship Skills Agenda-Executive Summary, it was noted that “40% of the jobs which will be created in Canada over the coming decade will be skilled trades positions. Just in construction, the forecast for the next decade is that there will be some 86,100 retirements and over 80,000 new recruits needed by 2026 to sustain the sector.” Read More
Spring Rain Can Lead to Homeowner Pain
Although we are all thrilled that the warm weather is finally here, the spring rains may be giving some homeowners serious headaches, in the form of a leaky basement or worse.  Heavy rains, while great for the plants, are not great for homes with deficiencies in their foundations.
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Andy DeSantis RD MPH

The Trendy Garden in 2017
Special guest post by Denis Flanagan of Landscape Ontario, discussing what's new and on-trend for Canadian gardens in 2017. Just like food, fashion and music, the look of your garden from year to year is heavily influenced by trends. Certain colours come in vogue, and then fade back in with the crowd. Tastes in décor change as you grow older. Materials gain favour, and then become commonplace as the latest and greatest emerges the following season.
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Keeping cool without a pool
Would you love to have a cool refreshing way to relax at home during the summer months, but don’t have the space or want the added maintenance and expense that comes with pool ownership? You are certainly not alone. You’ll find that this is a common sentiment among many Canadian home owners. While our summers may be shorter than they are in other places, for many provinces, the weather can still be intensely hot.
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Darla Grant-Braid

How to Create Your Dream Closet
We all want a closet that is beautiful and organized, but sometimes our closets become a dark, messy place filled to the brim with things we don’t need. Here are six simple steps to create the closet of your dreams, no matter what size space you’re working with.
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Alexis Perikleous

What to look for in a new pool heater
A good quality swimming pool heater not only keeps your pool comfortable during the summertime, but also allows you to start backyard swim season early or extend it into the fall. When you consider how short Canadian pool season can be in many parts of the country, having the ability to extend it can really help you make the most of your investment.
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Darla Grant-Braid

Family Sun Safety 101
The warmer weather is finally here (at least in most part of the country). For homeowners, that means it’s time to work in the garden, mow the lawn, fire up the grill, and spend time in the backyard with family and friends. Of course, that also means prolonged exposure to the sun. One of the cool things about the sun (no pun intended) is that it can improve our moods and help our bodies produce vitamin D by interacting with the cells in our skin.
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Andy DeSantis RD MPH



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