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Canadian connection to 50 years of Princess

Posted October 25, 2014 by Phil Reimer

Princess Cruises is about to begin celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was in 1965 that its founder, Stanley McDonald, made the decision to get into the cruise business after successfully using cruise ships as floating hotels during the 1962 Seattle […]

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Africa

Boomerang

Posted October 24, 2014 by Lyn Brown

I always felt that I would return to Moshi but I didn’t expect it to be so soon.Yup – we’re heading back to Tanzania. In just a few days Jill and I will once again be shrouded in the hot humid air of Moshi with the taste of burnt dust on our lips. And …

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CBSA officers seize 28 kg of suspected cocaine at Toronto Pearson International Airport

Posted October 24, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today a significant seizure of 28 kg of suspected cocaine at the Toronto Pearson International Airport (TPIA).

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Touring Daniels’ One Park Place Townhomes and Suites

Posted October 24, 2014 by Anonymous

UrbanThe award-winning redevelopment plan transforming what used to be Canada’s first and biggest social housing complex is well underway in Regent Park. The area continues its rebirth as more buildings from the second phase of the multi-phase redevelo…

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Harper Government Focused on Canadian Jobs

Posted October 24, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State (Democratic Reform) and Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton, announced the awarding of a $137.8-million co…

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Federal Investment Enables Development of a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre in Peel Region

Posted October 24, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, Minister of Justice Peter MacKay announced $249,195 in funding for the Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin to develop a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) in the Peel Region.

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Copyright

About That Copyright Exception for Political Advertising. . .Never Mind

Posted October 24, 2014 by Michael Geist

Earlier this month, a political storm hit in Canada when it was revealed that the government was considering including a new copyright exception for political advertising in its forthcoming omnibus budget bill. The reports sparked claims of fascism, ce…

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Business

Equity futures shaken by ebola’s arrival in New York City

Posted October 24, 2014 by Anonymous

Your top financial and economic news for Oct. 24

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Ossington Development Offers British City-Inspired Townhomes

Posted October 23, 2014 by Jack Landau

UrbanHigh-rise condominium developments are a major driving force behind our ongoing building boom, but a home in the sky isn’t necessarily fit for every buyer. Many new home buyers are looking to invest in lower-density, well-established neighbourhood…

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Electronics

How to travel and stay connected without breaking the bank

Posted October 23, 2014 by Anonymous

It’s the number one question we have during our travels. How do you stay connected to the Internet when you travel the world? It used to be difficult to keep up to date with our social media and blog posts, but in today’s world, it’s a snap. Staying connected when traveling Use Local SIM Cards to Stay Connected The first thing we do is buy a local SIM Card when we land at the airport of the country we are [...]

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The Craftsman Comes to Clarkson Village in Mississauga

Posted October 23, 2014 by Jack Landau

Urban

A new condominium development is coming to Clarkson Village in Mississauga with’ The Craftsman Condominium Residences. The 300-suite mid-rise project is being developed by the VANDYK Group of Companies, a developer with a long history in the western GTA and beyond. The Craftsman takes name from the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 1800s, and its architectural cues from the tenets of the Prairie Style, first established by the famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright who was heavily influenced by the movement. The building, designed by SMV Architects, will take the form of three connected four-storey wings in the shape of an elongated ‘W’ along the north side of Clarkson’s main drag, Lakeshore Road. 

The Craftsman Condominium Residences, VANDYK Group of Companies, SMV ArchitectsRendering of The Craftsman Condominium Residences, image courtesy of VANDYK Group of Companies

The Craftsman’s exterior will be finished in a warm mixture of stone and brick, arranged to emphasize the horizontal over the vertical, while the ‘divided lights’ of the windows frame views from the suites to the verdant surroundings. Long, wide balconies, generous overhanging eaves along the roofline, and a welcoming porte cochère all maximize The Craftsman’s sense of shelter.

Domenic Zita, Executive Vice President of VANDYK, explained the thinking behind The Craftsman’s design. “The driving force behind the architecture was to promote the lifestyle of this area,” said “To that end, we brought the nature of its surrounding natural environment inside the core of the development.”

The Craftsman Condominium Residences, VANDYK Group of Companies, SMV ArchitectsRendering of The Craftsman Condominium Residences, image courtesy of VANDYK Group of Companies

Frank Lloyd Wright’s distinctive warmth and love of geometric patterns found in nature also influences the design of the buildings’s interior. The Craftsman will feature a large three-storey lobby flooded with light from floor to ceiling glazing, intricate screens, warm wood, and contemporary stone finishes.

The Craftsman Condominium Residences, VANDYK Group of Companies, SMV ArchitectsLobby at The Craftsman Condominium Residences, image courtesy of VANDYK Group of Companies

Residents at The Craftsman will enjoy a selection amenities including the Clarkson Club, a party room/entertaining space suited for parties of up to 10, exercise areas, and gathering spaces throughout the complex to foster community interaction. Outdoor amenities include landscaped courtyards and rooftop terraces, with barbecue and dining facilities, a even fire pit and waterfall feature. 

The Craftsman Condominium Residences, VANDYK Group of Companies, SMV ArchitectsClarkson Club at The Craftsman Condominium Residences, image courtesy of VANDYK Group of Companies

Suites at The Craftsman range in size between 602 square-feet and 1,750 square-feet. Much thought has been put into the layouts by the developer, with an emphasis on the placement of doors and even the positioning of light fixtures and electrical outlets to make furniture placement easy and intuitive, and to give the suites a comfortable flow. Outdoor private space has been carefully considered too, so on upper floors residents will appreciate large balconies, while many ground floor suites will provide comfortable patios clustered around one of the landscaped courtyards.

If The Craftsman appeals, you can find additional information is available in our dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

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Business

British supermarket chain will have 40MW of rooftop solar by 2015

Posted October 23, 2014 by Sami Grover

Sainsbury’s is now the largest, multi-roof solar array operator in Europe. More importantly, investing in solar has made good commercial sense.

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Hidden Gems: The Orlando You Never Knew

Posted October 23, 2014 by Anonymous

You can feel it can’t you? The breezy mornings and chilly nights. Winter is indeed coming to Canada and it seems to be coming early this year. After last year’s “Polar Vortex”, it’s not surprising that so many of us […]

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Business

The world’s 10 greenest economies of 2014 may surprise you

Posted October 22, 2014 by Margaret Badore

A new report ranks countries by their green investments, and also compares performance to our perceptions.

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Amenity Details Emerge for Daniels Erin Mills First Phase

Posted October 22, 2014 by Jack Landau

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Last month, we introduced our readers to The Daniels Corporation‘s Daniels Erin Mills, a new condominium community whose first phase is now under construction at the heart of the eponymous ‘New Town’ on Mississauga’s west side. The eventual multi-tower master-planned community has begun to rise across Eglinton Avenue from the Erin Mills Town Centre—currently undergoing its own $100 million revitalization—and across Erin Mills Parkway from the Credit Valley Hospital. The first phase of the new development comes in the form of a 25-storey, Kirkor Architects Planners-designed tower containing 300 residential units, which range in size from 359 ft² to 871 ft² and start in price from $194,900.

Daniels Erin Mills, Kirkor Architects, Daniels Corporation, MississaugaRendering of Daniels’ Erin Mills, image courtesy of The Daniels Corporation

A double-height lobby with a 24-hour concierge service will greet residents and visitors to Daniels Erin Mills. Residents will have access to a wide assortment of amenities on the fourth and fifth floors, called “CLUB 5ENSES”. This area will house a party room with a kitchen and dining space, plus an outdoor party room terrace. Next door is an indoor lounge featuring a big-screen TV and sofas, as well as a media nook.

Daniels Erin Mills, Kirkor Architects, Daniels Corporation, MississaugaLobby at Daniels’ Erin Mills, image courtesy of The Daniels Corporation

Daniels Erin Mills will also offer another terrace with an outdoor yoga studio and barbecue area, as well as the popular community gardening plots found in several other Daniels developments throughout the region. Adjacent to the outdoor terrace, the development will house a two-storey multi-purpose gym featuring a fitness studio as well as a multi-purpose space for community activities. The gym will be equipped with a virtual fitness program called WELLBEATS™, which will allow residents to workout with a professional instructor remotely using a large screen projector.

Daniels Erin Mills, Kirkor Architects, Daniels Corporation, MississaugaGym (left) and outdoor terrace (right) at Daniels’ Erin Mills, image courtesy of The Daniels Corporation

There are a number of studio, one, one plus den, two and two plus den suite designs to choose from at Daniels Erin Mills, as well as a limited collection of urban townhomes. Suites come standard with 9′ ceilings, laminate flooring, and kitchens which include stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops.

Daniels Erin Mills, Kirkor Architects, Daniels Corporation, MississaugaUpper floors at Daniels’ Erin Mills, image courtesy of The Daniels Corporation

This new development is very close to home for the Daniels organization. Daniels Executive Vice President Niall Haggart spoke on behalf of the company; “We are very excited to be building a new master-planned community in the heart of Erin Mills. Daniels’ history in the area goes back to its beginnings, when our founder and CEO, John Daniels, was instrumental in creating the ‘New Town’ of Erin Mills. Since then, we have helped to shape the area with Daniels Gateway Rental Communities, Picket Fences neighbourhoods, the Mississauga City Centre community and many Daniels FirstHome™ Communities. Daniels Erin Mills is the next generation of new homes for people who are attracted to this incredible location.”

Additional information can be found in the project’s dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

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Onni Group’s Westlake Encore Coming to the Etobicoke Waterfront

Posted October 22, 2014 by Jack Landau

Urban

The Onni Group‘s master-planned Westlake community on the Etobicoke Waterfront is set to grow once more with the addition of Westlake Encore, a 46-storey, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed condominium tower soon to rise from the north end of the site where Lake Shore Boulevard and Park Lawn Road meet at the Mimico Creek. 

Westlake Encore, The Onni Group, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoRendering of Westlake Encore, image courtesy of The Onni Group

Encore will join Westlake’s first three towers and an assortment of convenient ground level stores including a red-brick clad Metro supermarket scheduled to open in early 2015, a Shoppers Drug Mart, two banks, and several more shops and places to eat. Construction progress means that the first three towers, two of which have topped off and the third of which will do so shortly, will begin to occupy in the coming months.

Westlake, The Onni Group, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoConstruction of Westlake’s first three buildings, image by Craig White

Westlake Encore is offering 523 condominium units ranging in size between 472 ft² to 1,270 ft², with prices starting from $239,000. Residents of the development will have access to a long list of amenities, including an outdoor pool, rooftop deck with cabanas and fire pits, BBQ area, indoor squash/basketball court, steam room, golf simulator, games room, as well as a media room and business centre.

Westlake Encore, The Onni Group, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoPool at Westlake Encore, image courtesy of The Onni Group

The highlight of the amenity spaces will be the Club Encore Sky Lounge and Fitness Centre, seen in the rendering below, which makes up the building’s entire penthouse floor. The extra-high ceilings will contribute to the amazing views that residents and guests will enjoy here, whether they be relaxing or partying or working out. From here, people will be able to see across Humber Bay to the city’s skyline, or across Lake Ontario to the twinkling lights on the southern shore.

Westlake Encore, The Onni Group, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoUpper floors of Westlake Encore, including The Westlake Encore Club, image courtesy of The Onni Group

Suites at Westlake Encore will feature large windows which maximize natural light. Kitchens contain stone countertops, undermounted stainless steel sink and chrome faucets, glass tile backsplashes, flat-panel cabinets and under-cabinet puck lights. Bathrooms will feature marble or limestone tile flooring, European-style vanity setups with hardware and mirrors, composite stone countertops with 4″ backsplashes and undermounted sinks with chrome faucets. Bathrooms at Westlake Encore will also contain walk-in shower stalls with porcelain mosaic tile base and frameless glass doors, plus dual flush toilets and low flow faucets. Every suite comes with a balcony or a terrace.

Westlake Encore, The Onni Group, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, TorontoLobby at Westlake Encore, image courtesy of The Onni Group

Once Encore is completed, a new and vibrant community will have been born along the treed east bank of the Mimico Creek, close to Downtown Toronto, Sherway Gardens, Pearson Airport, and miles of lakefront parks and trails. The growing charm of the Mimico-on-the-Lake shopping strip is a short walk away, while groceries and more will just mean an elevator trip to ground level.

Additional information and renderings can be found in our Westlake Encore dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.

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Family

Adventure Found In Turks And Caicos!

Posted October 22, 2014 by Stephanie

Not going to lie, not only have I fallen in love with the Turks and Caicos, but I’m head over heels in love with these pictures! This trip, these moments of pure joy, this is why I travel.  Feeling tired, thankful and truly blessed.   See y’all back in Canada!

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Ready, Set, Go! With Kids Travel Zone! {Giveaway}

Posted October 21, 2014 by Anonymous

Do your kids play house? My boys play ‘Hotel’ instead! We are a family who loves, loves, loves to travel! When you have three babies in three years, travel seems to cease for a bit, but when my youngest turned one we started back in slowly with weekend trips around Ontario. By the time he was [Read On]

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Tribunal Issues Report on the Impact of Canadian Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Measures

Posted October 21, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal issued a report highlighting the impact of Canadian anti-dumping and countervailing measures on domestic shipments, investments, employment and imports from 1989 to 2013.

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Industry Minister James Moore Announces New Measure to Enhance Cross-Border Public Safety

Posted October 21, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Industry Minister James Moore today announced that the Government of Canada and the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have reached an agreement that will help emergency responders from Canada, including police officers, firefighters and paramedics, do critical work to enhance the safety of citizens living along the Canada¿U.S. border. Public safety officials from Canada will be able to use their radios in border areas in the U.S. and vice versa.

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Copyright

Copyright and attack ads: Progressive mayor uses Sona image to attack conservative challenger

Posted October 20, 2014 by David Akin

Karen Farbridge is the the four-term left-of-centre, progressive mayor for the city of Guelph, the city and federal riding that is ground zero for the robocalls controversy. Farbridge is facing a stiff challenge from Cam Guthrie who is pitching ideas familiar to small-c conservatives.  Last week, the Farbridge campaign bought a half-page of ad space […]

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Ohio man sentenced in gun smuggling incident at Carway

Posted October 20, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that Daniel E. Helton, 51, of Goshen, Ohio, was convicted of smuggling pursuant to the Customs Act on October 15 in Lethbridge Provincial Court. He received a $6,000 fine, 10-year weapons prohibi…

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Saturday Morning Confusion About Censorship!

Posted October 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: As you know, your often maligned reporter goes on rants and raves about stuff that seems grossly unfair, unjust, or just plain ridiculous. I have campaigned against the far left, far right, feminists, (especially the femi-nazi’s) special interest groups, animals lovers and vegetarians, bigots, racists, survivalists, cops, minorities, immigrants, liberals and conservatives, lobbyists, […]

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How to stay for free around the world

Posted October 18, 2014 by Anonymous

Have you ever thought about travelling with as little expenses as possible? Staying at the beautiful home of a stranger on the top of a hill which looks out to a yacht harbor? Having access to a secret beach in New Zealand that even locals could not get to! Or meeting the most popular chef in Christchurch and being offered private accommodation in a kauri wooden house which is over 100 years old? Well , would you believe me if [...]

Read the original post How to stay for free around the world on Adventure Travel blog for Couples | The Planet D.

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The Government of Canada to Introduce Changes to CSIS Act

Posted October 16, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced that the Government of Canada intends to introduce legislative changes to the CSIS Act.

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U.S. resident charged after firearm found at the Pigeon River port of entry

Posted October 16, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

On October 8, 2014, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) investigators at the Pigeon River port of entry (POE) charged Elaine Margaret Schwab-Sunderlin with non-report of goods, wilful evasion, possession of illegally imported goods, and smuggling unde…

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Canada

New TPP Leak: Canada Emerges as Leading Opponent of U.S. Intellectual Property Demands

Posted October 16, 2014 by Michael Geist

This morning Wikileaks released an updated leaked version of the draft Trans Pacific Partnership intellectual property chapter. The latest leak dates from May 2014 (the previous leak was current to August 2013. I assessed it in posts here, here, here, here and here). The 77-page document provides a detailed look at the proposed chapter, complete with country positions on each issue. While a comprehensive assessment of the chapter will take some time, the immediate takeaway is that the U.S. remains fairly isolated in its efforts to overhaul patent and copyright law around the world with Canada emerging as the leading opponent of its demands.

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Italian Scientists Appeal Absurd Conviction for Quake Deaths

Posted October 15, 2014 by Anonymous
Italian Scientists Appeal Absurd Conviction for Quake Deaths

This month in Italy, three judges have a chance to undo the Kafkaesque nightmare that has ensnared some of the country’s top scientists for almost five years. So far it looks doubtful they will. In 2012, seven scientists and engineers were convicted of manslaughter for things they said and did not say in the days […]

The post Italian Scientists Appeal Absurd Conviction for Quake Deaths appeared first on WIRED.



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CNSC invites comments on new REGDOC-3.2.2, Aboriginal Engagement

Posted October 15, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is asking the public to provide their comments on draft REGDOC-3.2.2, Aboriginal Engagement.

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Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Justice and Public Safety

Posted October 15, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers responsible for Justice and Public Safety will be held in Banff, Alberta, on October 16 and 17, 2014.

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It’s A Dream Come True! Turks and Caicos!

Posted October 15, 2014 by Stephanie

The count down is finally over and we are on our WAY!  We’re packed, some might say over packed.  (it’s one of the things I do best)  The house sitter’s booked and my family is headed to the beautiful island of Turks and Caicos!  If I’m dreaming, please don’t wake me!  An entire week with […]

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Harper Government Awards Contract to Create Jobs and Preserve National Wildlife Area in Norfolk County

Posted October 14, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, today announced the awarding of a construction contract to build a new facility for Environment Canada in Norfolk County, wit…

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How To Prepare For A Family Getaway Without Losing Your Mind

Posted October 14, 2014 by Guest Author

Before having kids, we travelled all the time. My husband and I loved visiting new cities and exploring new places. When our twin girls arrived we were all of a sudden limited – by time, energy, finances – and travelling […]

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Copyright

Broadcaster Copyright Misuse and Collusion?: Why Criticism Over the Government’s Political Ad Copyright Exception May Be Pointed in the Wrong Direction

Posted October 14, 2014 by Michael Geist

The Canadian Thanksgiving weekend featured escalating rhetoric over the government’s proposed copyright exception for political advertising with claims of fascism, censorship, expropriation, and more. The commentary bears almost no relationship to reality. The truth is that the government and the broadcasters both agree that the current law already permits use without authorization. For all the claims of “theft”, the copyright owner (broadcasters) and user (political parties) both agree that the works can be used without further permission or payment. As Ariel Katz points out this morning, the bigger issue may well be whether Canada’s broadcasters violated the Competition Act by conspiring to not air perfectly lawful political advertisements.

I wrote about the controversy in my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version), but the debate can be boiled down to three issues.

The post Broadcaster Copyright Misuse and Collusion?: Why Criticism Over the Government’s Political Ad Copyright Exception May Be Pointed in the Wrong Direction appeared first on Michael Geist.

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Federal Investment Enables Halifax Child and Youth Advocacy Centre to Expand Services for Young Victims and their Families

Posted October 14, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, Minister of Justice Peter MacKay announced $339,000 to support an expansion of the services currently being offered by the Sea Star Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) operating out of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Minist…

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Japan refuses to eliminate agricultural tariffs, and spikes the TPP (Take 2)

Posted October 13, 2014 by Ian Welsh

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement in in trouble, and one of the reasons is Japan has refused to eliminate agricultural tariffs.  Japan is entirely correct in this. Japan’s agriculture is not efficient: it costs more to grow food in Japan than it does in many other nations.  If Japan removed its tariffs, its agricultural [...]

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Allan's Perspective

I will NOT be censored or silenced!

Posted October 13, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Ladies and Gentlemen, this article was originally called “We got trouble in River City,” and for good reason! The politically correct crowd has taken over the asylum and woe to anyone who gets in their way! Your often maligned reporter wrote an article a few months ago about the injustices and inequities in this world, […]

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Escape To The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Posted October 12, 2014 by Loukia

I was only 12 years old the first time I fell in love with a resort. I was in Orlando with my family and we were staying at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, and to this day, the resort is one of my favourite places to stay—and the memories I have from that vacation, although so many years ago, are very vivid in my mind, still.

I’m so excited, because this winter (it’s coming, you guys…) I’m fortunate to be going to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress with my family to review the resort—so thankful I’ve been invited to write about my favourite place to stay in Orlando!

The award-winning Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Disney World and it’s close to Universal Orlando and SeaWorld.

The 1,500 acres Grand Cypress resort has gorgeous guest rooms and suites and it’s located along 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong. The 800,000 gallon, 1/2 acre, free-flowing lagoon pool has 12 waterfalls (the waterfalls and the pool is my favourite part about this resort—it’s simply amazing!) and there are heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, a Water Slide Tower Pavilion, a children’s Rock Climbing Station, a Water Jet Splash Zone, the awesome rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sun decks that’ll take your breath away. Wow!

As if that’s not enough to  make you want to book your getaway now, this resort also has a S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, water sports, marked jogging areas, walking and biking trails, four exclusive Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf courses, and a tennis and racquet club.

Right now, there are some great deals going on at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, and I wanted to share you with you these deals in case you were itching to get away before the snow falls—because really, it’s always a great time to visit Florida.

Maybe you want to get away for with the girlfriends, or get away on a couples retreat, or even bring the kids for some fun in the sun. Whatever you’re craving, they Hyatt has you covered.

Rise and Relax with a gourmet breakfast at Cascade American Bistro followed by a morning cruise on Lake Windsong or leisurely stroll on the resort’s many jobbing, walking, and biking trails. This package starts at $199.

Splash in Orlando’s Coolest Pool (it really is) while enjoying classic American favourites poolside including chicken quesadillas, pressed Cuban sandwiches, and fish tacos. Then salute our Orlando getaway with a refreshing cocktail from On the Rocks pool lounge while you float in the quiet-zone pool, kick up your feet in a poolside hammock, or catch a game on TV.

There is also a great Hyatt Romance package and a golf and tennis package for those wanting to spend some time out on the courts and golf course.

You can also experience Orlando with a quick ride on the resort’s complimentary shuttle to the theme parks, museums, sports arenas, shopping centres and entertainment venues.  (Although I have such a hard time leaving this resort, because it’s so gorgeous and there is always so much to go!)

The only problem I have when staying at this resort is it’s hard to get away to do the other fun things Disney has to offer, because this resort will keep you busy all day and night—no matter what it is you love doing, you’ll love everything this resort has to offer. I promise it will be a vacation of a lifetime!

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit GrandCypress.Hyatt.com; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; and follow on Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.

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Riding the South Simcoe Railway

Posted October 12, 2014 by James Hamilton

With cool temperatures in the air and fall colours in the trees it is time for a journey on a steam train through the countryside of New Tecumseth. The South Simcoe Railway station is located on Mill Street off County Road 10 in the town of Tottenham w…

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A weekend away at Le Canotier: why it took so long to get there

Posted October 11, 2014 by andrea tomkins

The thing about getting older is that you get better at knowing yourself. It took me awhile to figure it all out but I now know that there are some things I need to do in order to keep myself happy and healthy. I need to eat well, I need to exercise, I need sunshine, I need […]

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