Author: Dave Gordon

No boredom allowed at Markham Fair

Where can you get monster truck races, gymnastic performances, a rodeo, fireworks, a demolition derby and hundreds of other show-stopping, jaw-dropping action all in one place? The Markham Fair, of course and it’s back again – Sept. 27-30 – with thrilling activities and heart-thumping sights for kids and grown ups alike. As always, for the kids, there’ll be the hands-on crafts, sheep shearing demonstrations, circus acts and rides to name but a sliver of what’s in store. Naturally, you needn’t be a kid to enjoy those things, but there’s plenty of fun for the adults too – including beer...

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Enjoy the area’s staycations for the new season

Now that the weather’s looking like springtime again, there’s plenty to appreciate in the great (and warmer) outdoors. And you don’t need to go that far to enjoy fun for the whole family. Fishing fans will be pleased to know there are good carp catches at Milne Dam Conservation Area, Markham’s largest park, at 123 hectares, with the Rouge River running through. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy the lush forest, nearly two and a half kilometers of trails for jogging or cycling and migratory bird watching. It’s located on the east side of McCowan Road, just south of Highway...

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Spring cleaning tips mom never told you about

That time of year has come again – time to break out those Scrub Daddy sponges once more and get ready for spring cleaning. As you grab those plastic gloves, the obligatory bucket, duster, mop and broom, know that those tasks ahead of you might seem exhausting, but one expert says it doesn’t have to be. Kim Dunn, franchise owner of Molly Maid, in Aurora, Oak Ridges and King City, says her team cleans almost 140 homes each week. She adds if you opt to fly solo and not hire help, you need to pace yourself. “Anyone can do...

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The tax man could leave you with less this year

When filing your taxes this year, there might be a few added “ouches”. New changes in federal tax laws mean there could be either more payments, or fewer dollars refunded, for Canadian families. The Canada Revenue Agency e-file portal is going live Feb. 26, with an April 30 filing due date (or June 15, for those self-employed). When filing, know that several benefits have been scrapped since the Trudeau Liberals came to power. The family tax cut – also known as income splitting, initiated during the Stephen Harper government – is an example of many programs eliminated. Previously, for...

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Minimum wage change may see minimum good

Though the rationale to increase the minimum wage in Ontario was to ease financial struggle for low-income earners, the by-product of the new legislation may see businesses cut corners, or downsize, to maintain profits. The Ontario Liberals have been criticized for pushing through a swift, and unmanageable high increase, jumping from $11.60 to $14 an hour on Jan. 1 and, again, to $15 an hour Jan. 1, 2019. Highly competitive industries especially, such as food and hospitality, may not be able to pass along price increases to consumers. Instead, according to the Bank of Canada, the wage spike could...

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