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Aug
28
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Many of us refer to Labour Day as "the weekend before kids return to school". Although this may not be the case this year for BC families, the tradition of celebrating Labour Day weekend continues as many hotels on the Island are already fully booked After Labour Day, trailers and boats are parked back beside the house and lakeside cottages are once again empty. However, most of us do not know the origin of the Labor Day and I thought that I would share it with you. The origins of Labour Day actually began on April 15, 1872, when the Toronto Trades Assembly organized Canada's first demonstration to release the 24 leaders of the Toronto Typographical Union who were imprisoned for striking to campaign for a nine-hour working day. In 1872, trade unions were actually illegal and the Toronto Trades Assembly had been recognized as a powerful organization that encouraged workers to form trade unions and looked after disputes between employers and employees. Because of the overwhelming public support, and parades and demonstrations that continued that same year throughout Canada, Sir John MacDonald eventually promised to repeal all of the Canadian laws that barred trade unions. Labour Day became known as a time to campaign for and celebrate workers' rights during parades and picnics organized by trade unions.
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Aug
21
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Have you ever thought about doing renovations to your home? Well, if you have, you are in good company among your fellow Canadian home owners. According to a 2013 Hanley Wood survey, reno sales were up 10% compared to 2012, and 45% with a projected growth of another 10% in 2014. Clearly, a trip to Rona or Home Depot is common for Canadian households! What are the hot trends? One trend that has been mentioned in various design magazines as enjoying a resurgence in 2014 is the use of brass hardware and accents. This type of brass is a little different that its predecessors as dull or hammered brass is the popular choice now, rather than the shiny brass your grandmother might still boast of. According to David Stafford, Managing Director of Real Estate Secured Lending at Scotiabank, "the value-add depends on so many factors, including location and current trends, so whether or not you fully recover your investment may vary". This is true and valuable advice.
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Aug
15
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So last night I woke up at 1:30 am and lay awake for an hour or more thinking, which is extremely unusual for me as I sleep like a log. As I lay there my mind was going a million miles an hour thinking about moving shortly, filling the little holes left by the hanging art work and pictures then touching them up with paint so the walls are once again unblemished, cleaning the roof, refinishing the exterior of all the Fir doors to protect them from the winter weather, refinishing the beam over the water falls, refinishing the beams over the front entrance, refinishing the massive "Gong" on the dock so everything looks new for the new owners. Wait a minute...I have pretty much finished all this stuff so why am I laying in bed at 1:30am thinking about something that is basically now done? Then that little voice in my mind pipes up remembering what someone said to me last week. "Why would you be doing all this work now when your house is already SOLD and you have been paid out, your just house sitting now for a few weeks...relax, no one does this stuff after it is sold" Well Johanna and I do and we are both the same that way, thank God because I swear if either of us was with someone else we would drive them crazy. I am so lucky to have not only a beautiful wife but she is ever so clean and orderly and what one would call a perfect match....but I digress.
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