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P&G in Cincinnati

Posted May 21, 2015 by Loukia

I spent the last two days in beautiful Cincinnati, Ohio, thanks to P&G. I had the chance to learn all about Tide HE Turbo technology at P&G’s Research and Development Headquarters.

But first, Cincinnati… not a city that was on my personal bucket list, but one that I am very glad I got to see and experience. I left with many happy memories and I can’t wait to visit again. The city is charming and beautiful, with great history and a cool vibe. It’s also very clean, which I loved. The people were super friendly, and the hotel I stayed at—21C Museum Hotel—was amazing. It was modern and hip and had a great roof top bar with fantastic city views. And very comfortable beds.

I flew to Chicago and from there, landed in Kentucky, which is actually where the Ohio airport is located. (I did not know that… I thought I got on the wrong plane and ended up in the wrong State!) Now I can say I was in three States in one day.  Anyway, Kentucky, from what I saw of it, was charming and lovely and now I want to move there… in a pretty little farm house with lots of beautiful, lush green trees on my property, and, of course, the classic white picket fence.

21C Museum Hotel had a giant yellow penguin greeting me in front of my hotel room. This really helped me not get lost going back to my room. (Thanks, yellow penguin!)

The view from the roof top bar of the 21C Museum Hotel were lovely, too. (Hello, Macy’s!)

The city was just lovely.

And this is the bridge I was dying to drive over… and had the chance to as I was leaving the city. I only wish I had taken a better picture, but it was an overcast afternoon.

Okay, enough about awesome Cincinnati. The picture below is why I was brought to Ohio! This is the Resesarch and Development building for P&G and Tide. How cool to step inside… and learn all that I did. I truly can’t wait for the chance to go back to see more. To actually be employed by P&G would be a very neat thing, too. Seriously, my entire life I’ve been devoted to P&G products (Crest, Olay, Cover Girl, Pantene, Pampers, Tide, and the list goes on…) so to be a P&G Mom, it’s a very special thing indeed.

Touring this building and seeing and meeting so many researchers and scientists who work hard every day to give us the products we’ve come to know and trust was a very special treat.

I was blown away seeing all the work that goes into developing a new product, like Tide HE Turbo. I think it was equally impressive that I met the team behind the new Tide HE Turbo products, too. Needless to say, everyone at headquarters looked clean because they are the experts when it comes to cleaning clothes. And they do tons of laundry as part of their research. It smelled so very fresh in the entire building! We were shown a few great presentations and some cool experiments that got us thinking about laundry in a new way.

High-efficiency washing machines are becoming the norm in Canada. (Almost half of Canadians own an HE washing machine.) HE washing machines are incredibly advanced, but many HE washing machine owners are still looking for improved laundry performance, because most of the time, they are not using the right product or the right amount to do the job. To get the best results, consumers need to use the right amount of detergent, and use detergents specifically designed for HE washers.

Not all detergents are created equal; many other brands say they are for HE washers but have actually not changed the formula of the detergent. HE Turbo is a new standard for laundry detergents that uses smart suds technology, and attacks dried-on stains better than before. It’s the number one recommended detergent by washing machine manufacturers, too. Also, it’s safe for all washing machines. I love that it uses far less suds than before, thanks to the new Smart Suds technology. The suds disappear almost immediately. This means that less water is being used, which is very important. Also very important? You’re getting incredibly clean clothes, even on a quick cycle, because of the fast-activating ingredients… yay!

We even got to put on the white P&G lab coats to take part in a science experiment, too. It was so cool. Here’s where you can see the difference:

The suds in the new Tide Turbo HE were instantly gone. It was so cool to see. We learned a lot, and had so much fun. Thank you for the most interesting and informative day, Tide and P&G!

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Entertainment

My 5 Minutes Of Fame with David Letterman

Posted May 21, 2015 by Stephanie

Fan girl moment! There is one show my Hubby and I have watched for more years than I can count; The Late Show With David Letterman. A couple of years ago we were gifted tickets to see the big man himself in person.  We dropped everything and headed to the Big Apple for an adventure […]

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Minister MacKay to Make a Funding Announcement.

Posted May 21, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, will make a funding announcement.

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Debt

Location a key factor in getting a cottage mortgage

Posted May 21, 2015 by Special to MoneySense

Most lenders want a cottage to be a four-season property

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This weeks new column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Mayors can’t afford to ignore housing

Posted May 21, 2015 by Laila

Recently, I  shared with you the news of my move from the Duel and why I made that decision-I’m thrilled at the overwhelming support from all of you in this new venture. Today, I’m happy to bring you my first … Continue reading

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Why your home insurance rates are rising

Posted May 21, 2015 by Anonymous

What you can do to keep your home insurance premiums low

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Debt

Loans may be difficult for millennial contract workers

Posted May 20, 2015 by Special to MoneySense

Contract work has grown our times faster than full-time work

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Insolvencies up for first time since the recession

Posted May 20, 2015 by Special to MoneySense

Affect of lower oil prices is starting to show in the West

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How To Ride The Rock N Roller Coaster; Screaming Optional

Posted May 20, 2015 by Stephanie

Every once in a while you are presented with an opportunity you simply have to embrace.  While I was preparing to pack my family up for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference I was given such an opportunity; an email with an invitation.  Would my little brood be interested in taking part in a “Ride […]

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Floor Plans Released for Phantom’s Tea Garden Condos ‘Town Lofts’

Posted May 19, 2015 by Anonymous

Urban (Sitewide)

Earlier this year, we introduced Phantom DevelopmentsTeaGarden Condos, a boutique residential project coming to Bayview and Sheppard. Situated amidst the greenery of North York, yet with close proximity to the Sheppard subway line and across the street from the Bayview Village Shopping Centre, the 12-storey development offers an attractive hybrid of downtown amenities and uptown comfort.

Designed by Kirkor Architects, the project will bring 111 residential units to Teagarden court, a leafy cul-de-sac tucked north the intersection of Bayview and Sheppard. The development will feature a combination of condominium suites and unique two storey ‘Town Lofts,’ with the upper floors occupied by penthouses. 

TeaGarden Condos, Toronto by Phantom Developments, Kirkor ArchitectsRendering of TeaGarden Condos, image courtesy of Phantom Developments

The two storey Town Lofts—which will be on the 1st and ground floors—infuse condominium living with a spacious and luxurious twist. Featuring 10 foot ceilings, jacuzzi tubs, and upgraded amenities—including expanded kitchen cabinets and frameless closet doors—these suites offer the spaciousness and the amenities of a townhouse or deatched home within the context of a maintenance-free condo lifestyle. The two level configuration also means that each unit has a balcony and a ground level patio, while a separation between public and private areas—the living and dining rooms are downstairs, the bedrooms are upstairs—ensures a sense of privacy rarely found in condo suites.

Recently released floor-plans offer a first glimpse of what to expect from these unique, two-bedroom suites, which range in size from 987 to 1,119 feet. All suites will feature interiors by Tomas Pearce.

TeaGarden Condos, Toronto by Phantom Developments, Kirkor Architects    Floor Plan of ‘Town Loft’ suite, image courtesy of Phantom Developments

While all Town Lofts feature two-bedroom suites, the eight available configurations offer a significant variety of layouts. Some suites feature an enclosed den or a walk-in closet in lieu of a larger living/dining room, though other suites forgo these amenities in favour of a bigger central space. The range of square footage means that some units have substantially larger living and dining areas than others, accommodating a variety of lifestyles and budgets. Nonetheless, a relatively spacious and livable design is maintained throughout. 

TeaGarden Condos, Toronto by Phantom Developments, Kirkor Architects    Floor Plan of ‘Town Loft’ suite, image courtesy of Phantom Developments

There are significant variations in balcony size and format, with corner units featuring a wrap-around balcony on the first floor, while other units feature rectangular balconies and patios. Most of the balconies are impressively spacious, with many spanning the entire length of the unit. Even the units that do not boast the luxury of a full-length balcony will appreciate the connection to the outdoors offered here at the base of TeaGarden Condos.

TeaGarden Condos, Toronto by Phantom Developments, Kirkor Architects    Floor Plan of ‘Town Loft’ suite, image courtesy of Phantom Developments

Residents of the Town Lofts will also be able to enjoy TeaGarden Condos’ communal amenities, which include a gourmet hosting kitchen with wine bar seating, as well as a fitness centre, dining lounge, and guest suites. 

We will keep you updated on the project’s development as new details continue to emerge. In the meantime, additional information and all of the loft townhome plans can be found in our dataBase file for the project, 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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Third Rooms A Charm? Best Western Plus Milton

Posted May 19, 2015 by Stephanie

I recently had reason to stay in Milton, Ontario.  My youngest daughter and I were in town for a dance competition and choose to stay at the Best Western Plus.   Many dancers from the competition were staying there, we’ve stayed at a Best Western before, and this hotel was offering two queen size beds […]

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Business

Powered by Marmite: Unilever turns food waste into CO2 savings

Posted May 19, 2015 by Sami Grover

The corporate giant is now using its efforts to pressure political leaders and CEOs to step up their own climate fight too.

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12,300 megawatts of coal power will shut down in the US in 2015, lots more to come

Posted May 14, 2015 by Michael Graham Richard

4,600 MW were already down by April, only 7,700 MW to go for the remainder of the year. 46,000 MW to shut down in the period between 2012-2022!

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The Gupta Group Opens New Dual-Brand Hotel in Markham

Posted May 14, 2015 by Jack Landau

Urban

Developer and hotelier Easton’s Group, owner of a number of successful hotel franchises in Ontario and Quebec and recipient of ‘Best Developer’ in the GTA for 2014 by RealNet, recently launched a new company brand called The Gupta Group. The new brand has just opened two new hotels in Markham called Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Northeast Markham and the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Toronto Northeast Markham, both to be located within an existing building at 7095 Woodbine Avenue, formerly a Holiday Inn hotel.

Ribbon Cutting party for the new Gupta Marriott hotels in Markham, OntarioRibbon Cutting party for the new Gupta Marriott hotels

On hand for the ribbon-cutting, from left to right in the image above are Jack Heath, Deputy Mayor of Markham; Mike Jackson, Senior Vice President, Easton’s Group; Michael J. Beckley, Senior Vice President, Lodging Development Canada Marriott Hotels of Canada; Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham; The Gupta family: Reetu Gupta, Managing Director of The Gupta Group and Vice President Easton’s Group; Suraj Gupta; Rashmi Gupta, Sr Vice President of The Gupta Group/Easton’s Group and Steve Gupta, President and CEO, The Gupta Group and Easton’s Group; Michael Chan, MPP Markham-Unionville; Joe Li, Markham Regional Councillor and Oscar Fernandes, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Northeast Markham and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Toronto Northeast Markham. 

“The City of Markham is extremely delighted to welcome The Gupta Group and Marriott Hotels,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Not only does this significant investment by two industry leaders signal confidence in Markham, but also recognizes the growing business base in the city and the number of business travelers Markham attracts.”

For travellers expecting traditional business accommodations, The Courtyard by Marriott hotel offers rooms on floors 2-8 of the building, while the TownePlace Suites by Marriott offer spaces with kitchenettes similar to individual apartments on floors 9-14. These suites are better suited to business travellers planning on staying in the area a little longer.

“The opening of two new Marriott Hotels has marked a return to the foundations of the company’s significant growth,” said Steve Gupta, President and CEO, Easton’s Group and The Gupta Group. “The timing is right to introduce The Gupta Group, which is testament that while we have grown dramatically over the past many years, we are still very much a family-owned and operated company. By branding with our family name, we are staying true to our family values of excellence in quality and service which run throughout our company and all of our businesses,” added Gupta.

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What Do You Learn At A Disney Social Media Moms Conference? #DisneySMMC

Posted May 14, 2015 by Stephanie

Last week I had an incredible experience. I hopped on a plane with my very excited family and we headed off to Walt Disney World! I was one of 180 Bloggers from across the United States and Canada that had the incredible privilege of being invited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Conference in […]

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Illegal Fishing of Crab Pots Results in Fines and Forfeiture of Catch

Posted May 11, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

May 11, 2015 – St-John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Basil Diamond and Gary Hoffe, both of Change Islands, have been convicted on a total of three counts under Section 22(7) of the Fishery (General) Regulations. All three charges relate to a crab pot s…

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Weekend in (Great Wolf) Paradise

Posted May 9, 2015 by James Bow

For a variety of reasons, we got out of the habit of giving the kids their allowances back in October. One of the reasons was money was tight due to a delayed advance cheque; the other reason was things…

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Statement by Minister Poilievre and Minister Blaney

Posted May 8, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

We would like to congratulate Service Canada’s Integrity Services Branch and the RCMP Federal Operations Unit on their successful collaboration regarding the investigation of an Employment Insurance (EI) fraud scheme committed by Ryan Bear from Burnt C…

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Lobster Fishery Violation – Eastern New Brunswick

Posted May 8, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

May 8, 2015 – Moncton, New Brunswick

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Gulf Region announced today a fisherman has been fined for a fishing violation in Eastern New Brunswick.

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Statement from Minister MacKay to mark Belonging: National Day to End Bullying

Posted May 6, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Peter MacKay, issued the following statement to mark Belonging: National Day to End Bullying:

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MPCC Chair in Annual Report 2014: “Ensuring accountability depends on access to information”

Posted May 6, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

‘Ensuring Accountability’ is more than just the title of the annual report tabled today in the House of Commons by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC).

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Federal Court Judicial Appointment Announced

Posted May 5, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:

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Nova Scotia Judicial Appointment Announced

Posted May 5, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:

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Ontario Judicial Appointments Announced

Posted May 5, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:

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New Brunswick Judicial Appointment Announced

Posted May 5, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:

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Minister MacKay partners with police associations to launch call for nominations for the Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Awards

Posted May 1, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay launched the call for nominations for the 2015 Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Awards.

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Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award 2015

Posted May 1, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award is presented in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Police Association (CPA).

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March enforcement highlights from southern Manitoba

Posted April 30, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share a sample of March 2015 highlights from the border crossings in southern Manitoba. This sampling underscores the CBSA’s commitment to protecting Canada’s security and prosperity.

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March enforcement/border highlights from southern Alberta

Posted April 30, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share a sample of March 2015 highlights from the border crossings in southern Alberta. This sampling underscores the CBSA’s commitment to protecting Canada’s security and prosperity.

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March enforcement highlights from southern Saskatchewan

Posted April 30, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share a sample of March 2015 highlights from the border crossings in southern Saskatchewan. This sampling underscores the CBSA’s commitment to protecting Canada’s security and prosperity.

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Welcome to Liberland: Europe’s Newest State

Posted April 24, 2015 by Anonymous

Welcome to Liberland: Europe’s Newest State

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Minister Blaney Highlights the Royal Assent of the Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders Act

Posted April 23, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney and Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, David Sweet, highlighted the Royal Assent of the Fairness for the Victims of Violent O…

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Lunenburg County Fishery Convictions

Posted April 23, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Maritimes Region announced today that a Lunenburg County man has been convicted and fined a total of $70,000 under the Fisheries Act for failing to provide an accurate hail of fish on board hi…

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Government of Canada Holds Vancouver Symposium for 10th Annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

Posted April 22, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta-Richmond-East and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, welcomed participants to a federal symposium for the 1…

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Yarmouth County Fishery Convictions

Posted April 22, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA ¿ Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Region announced today that two Yarmouth County men, arrested in 2012 for possessing 6,222 illegal-sized lobsters, were convicted last week and fined a total of $62,500 under the Fisheries Act.

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Business

Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive

Posted April 22, 2015 by Ian Warner

Watch the hand on the clock because unless the batteries are broken that clock never stops ticking. You only have 24 hours every day, and tomorrow is never promised.  You want to jam pack a million things into your day, but at the same time you still have to get a solid amount of sleep […]

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Magna Carta and the Development of Law around the World

Posted April 21, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Notes for an address by
The Honourable Peter MacKay, PC, MP
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
For the
Panel Presentation Global Law Summit Session
“Magna Carta and the Development of Law around the World”

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The Costs of Crime in Canada

Posted April 21, 2015 by Canada News Centre - National News

Notes for an address by The Honourable Peter MacKay, PC, MP Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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Putting On The Ritz At The Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Posted April 20, 2015 by Loukia

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of staying at and reviewing the stunning Ritz-Carlton, Montreal with my family. Montreal has always been one of my favourite cities because of its history and culture, and also because it is charming and beautiful.

Not many hotels are linked to the history of the city in which they are located; the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is one of those hotels. After all, it’s not called the “Grand Dame of Sherbrooke Street” for nothing. This hotel is an iconic part of Montreal. The hotel first opened its doors in 1912 and perhaps that is part of its charm.

The lobby area (also called the Palm Court) is a great place to people watch and enjoy afternoon tea. The Palm Court makes me feel like I’ve stepped into the world of Gatsby. There is also a Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar in the Palm Court – exclusive to the Ritz-Carlton Montral and the first of its kind in Canada. (I’ll have to come back for that!)

I stayed at this hotel a couple of  times before the renovations that took place between 2008-2012.  The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is one of Canada’s most award-winning hotels, and it is actually only one of four hotels designed by César Ritz himself (in addition to London, Paris, and Madrid.) It’s luxurious, for certain—and the service is like no other from the moment you walk in the historic doors.

The old charm of the hotel combined with the comtemporary design (I love that they’ve kept some pieces of antique furniture in the rooms—I think it adds to the charm) makes a stay here very memorable. You’ll never want to leave. The boutique rooms and suites blend historic elements with modern features in an effortless way.

The rooms are luxurious and breathtaking. My children loved the washrooms the most—from the large tubs and TV’s to the heated toilet seats, they were so happy. Our two connecting rooms were very spacious and the boys enjoyed a scavenger hunt in our room as soon as we arrived.

What they loved even more than the amazing bathrooms and candy, though, was the rooftop saltwater pool. With views of downtown Montreal, this pool was breathtaking and a great place to relax with a book, too.

I loved the cute and soft robes they were given to wear to and from the pool. It’s the little things the hotel thought about that made this stay so lovely.

Later in the evening, the boys were treated to an in-room movie complete with drinks and popcorn. It was perfection.

Although there is so much to do in Montreal, (we walked around Crescent Street, had dinner at an excellent Greek restaurant, and more) we enjoyed being inside the Ritz-Carlton the most. There was no need to leave.

 

We were also treated to a delicious breakfast at the renowned Maison Boulud restaurant the next morning, too. The restaurant features an open-kitchen concept and modern cuisine with a twist. It’s a great place to eat, whether you’re enjoying breakfast or dinner. There is a fine wine menu, too, as you can see…

I loved the features and attention to detail in the hotel rooms; the heated bathroom floors, the beautiful views and large windows in the rooms, the neutral colour scheme, the Nespresso machine and turndown service, complete with slippers and lavender hand lotion, the pillow menu, the towel warmer, and the motion sensors that activate lights at night. Absolutely everything was perfection, including the service.

Thank you so much, Ritz-Carlton Montreal, for this incredible stay. We truly loved every single moment, and can’t wait to be back soon.

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Canadian

Top of the World

Posted April 20, 2015 by Lyn Brown

Inuit sculpture in front of a buildingMy work took me to the top of the world last week. Flying over the stark frozen tundra and then landing in Iqaluit to the frigid Arctic elements felt like a homecoming of sorts; oddly familiar.I had my boss in tow …

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