Canadian home sales top expectations

The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in Ontario were stronger than anticipated during the third quarter — resulting in a slightly brighter outlook for CREA’s 2011 and 2012 national forecasts. The industry association is now projecting sales this year will be up 1.4 per cent from 2010, half a percentage point better than the previous… Read More

Can you sell your home by email?

Over the course of three days last October, Marc Girouard and Kelty Druet corresponded by email about the sale of Druet’s condo in downtown Moncton, N.B. After a series of emails and an offer and counter offer, Druet agreed to sell unit 203 at 850 Main St. for $155,000, or so Girouard thought. But Druet… Read More

McGuinty’s Liberals win minority government in close-call finish

It’s a third term and a short leash for Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals. Defying pre-election polls, pundit’s predictions and rookie rivals insisting it was time for a change, McGuinty led the Liberals to a rare “three-peat” win Thursday in the closest Ontario vote of the past quarter century. But he fell short of a majority… Read More

Students’ mock vote gives NDP a squeak win

Ontario students voted in the New Democrats as the next provincial government — but only just. In mock elections held Tuesday and Wednesday in 2,200 schools across the province — covering all 107 electoral districts — students from Grades 4 to 12 gave the NDP 26.63 per cent of the vote and 41 seats, according… Read More

Ontario leaders’ debate turns nasty midway

Ontario’s closest election in decades suddenly descended into one of its nastiest midway through Tuesday’s debate. With 90 minutes to make their case in a televised forum seen as crucial by all parties, the three leaders tore at each other with carefully crafted politeness — until things got personal. Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty accused Progressive… Read More

Fake floating islands help clean up ponds

In a pond in Brampton, Ont., are half a dozen oblong islands that weren’t there last summer. These floating green additions are helping treat the water in these wetlands. Each around 1,000 square feet in size, they float in a storm-water pond operated by Credit Valley Conservation, the local environmental authority, which catches runoff from… Read More

Perkins: Pan Am Games team stumbles out of the gate

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, stalled under a lack of organization and expertise among senior management, have less than four years to the opening ceremonies and the clock is ticking loudly. Time has been wasted. Contracts have yet to be signed with several Ontario municipalities involved. Several venue sites have yet to be decided… Read More

Parties need to address rent, affordable housing, tenants say

Almost half of Toronto residents are tenants and deserve to know where the provincial parties stand on rent controls and affordable housing, advocates say. A report being released Thursday shows vacancy rates across the province fell from 3.5 per cent to 2.9 per cent in the past year while rents rose by 2.6 per cent…. Read More

College students brace for hardships as strike drags on

As Ontario college students go back to school Tuesday, many are nervous about what to expect with 8,000 support staff on strike. The full-time support staff at the province’s 24 community colleges walked off the job last Thursday after contract negotiations broke down. Their absence in bookstores, registration desks and financial aid offices means students… Read More

Canada Post misses crucial delivery in home sale

An Alberta couple who entrusted Canada Post to deliver important legal documents to sell their home in Ontario won’t do that again. That’s because their package, guaranteed to be delivered within two days, got lost for more than a week and put the sale of the house, five months on the market, in jeopardy… Read… Read More