Tuesday, June 1, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Tired of cooking in your cramped kitchen? Are your circa-1980 cabinets ready for the dumpster? A new kitchen can help boost property values and greatly improve your overall enjoyment of the home.
The catch? A kitchen remodel isn’t a weekend project. Depending on how involved your plans are (replacing cabinet doors vs. gutting the whole room), your project can either be affordable and simple, or expensive and complicated. Here’s how to figure out whether you have the resources to go the DIY route or if you’re better off hiring a professional.
Evaluate your goals and your skills
Kitchen renovations take money and time, says Brandon Fuchs, owner of North Canadian Construction Group (NCC), which operates in Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
“You have to determine: are you planning on selling your home and just renovating it to freshen it up, or is this your forever home?” he says. “And if you’re in an expensive neighbourhood and ...
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
We've never been closer to one another in a world where social distance has become the norm. You can FaceTime your mother, hang out with friends, or join a Zoom call with your team of 30 coworkers with the click of a button. There are so many unique and entertaining ways to interact with one another online, from birthday parties to scavenger hunts.
Below is a comprehensive guide that will walk you through the ins and outs of hosting a virtual event, as well as etiquette and expectations, as well as several fun and engaging virtual group activities to try for your next event.
What to consider when hosting a virtual event
1. Good internet
One of the most fundamental and important components of a successful virtual event is your internet connection. Even though your bill says “high-speed internet,” you might have a less than optimal connection. Ensure you have a minimum upload speed of 15MB/s so your video and audio quality is good–nobody likes choppy or glitchy fo ...
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Community gardens are a growing addition to many urban neighbourhoods. They provide a space for bartering, collaboration, education, and sometimes pizza! Across Canada, communities are extending their shared spaces to include pizza ovens, beehives, yoga classes, and gardening lectures.
Most gardens encourage family members of all ages to participate. The multi-generational approach allows for ideas and resources to be shared with greenhorns and green thumbs alike. And as more and more Canadians show interest in pursuing self-sufficiency and food security by growing their very own menus, it’s time to get involved!
Just keep in mind that COVID-19 may impact how some gardens operate. Your local municipality should have more information on their website.
History 101: The wartime victory gardens
During WWII, “victory gardens” (homegrown vegetable gardens) were promoted by the U.S. and Canadian governments to help alleviate food shortages. Any available greenspace was ...
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
The Bank of Canada has kept its overnight lending rate target at its effective lower bound of 0.25 percent for more than a year to support the country's economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, as the country enters its second year of the pandemic, the Bank appears unlikely to change its tune anytime soon.
The Bank announced on March 10 that it would keep the overnight rate at 0.25 percent, possibly until 2023, during a regularly scheduled announcement. Furthermore, since August 2020, the conventional five-year mortgage rate has remained unchanged at 4.79 percent.
James Laird, co-founder of Ratehub.ca and President of CanWise Financial, explains the latest news on the Canadian mortgage market and how it may affect consumers in 2021.
What the latest Bank of Canada rate announcement means
In the mortgage industry, the Bank's decision to keep the overnight rate at 0.25 percent was not unexpected, according to Laird. What's more important, he says, is the Fed's reaffirma ...
Friday, April 30, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
A bird house is one type of home with a view that comes with no mortgage! With spring in full bloom, we're sharing some backyard birding tips, as well as information on birdseed and how to make a bird feeder or birdhouse. This spring and summer, create a safe and happy haven for birds, and enjoy your new feathered friends!
A feast for a finch
Feeding wildlife is generally frowned upon, but backyard birds are an exception. You can feed birds guilt-free because they don't become reliant on feeders. Feeders should be cleaned on a regular basis, placed near but not too close to trees or shrubs, and at least four metres away from windows to help keep birds safe. Choose high-quality seeds such as sunflower or niger seeds instead of seed mixed with oats, rice, corn, or wheat, which can attract pests and provide fewer nutrients to birds. Look for birdseed that is suited to the birds in your area at your local garden or hardware store.
Build it and they shall come
Birdhouses are another opt! ...