Author: Dave Gordon

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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Kiefer Sutherland to perform at Discovery Gala

He played counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer in the heart-racing show 24, and currently plays the US president in the heart-pounding drama Designated Survivor. But like an unexpected plot twist, Kiefer Sutherland has been crooning about heartbreak and heartache as a real-life country-western singer, and he’ll be bringing his performance to Markham, Nov. 4 at Flato Markham Theatre. It’s the latest stop off the heels of his North America and Europe-wide Not Enough Whiskey tour, supporting his debut album, Down In a Hole. Sutherland, who has been playing piano and guitar since his youth, co-wrote all of the songs. Though...

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Enjoy a staycation of beer and beaches

There’s a hoppin’ beer tour not far away, showcasing a string of off the beaten path distilleries, as well as the beauty of local towns. The Beer Around The Bay is an ongoing tourism partnership involving five breweries, together with nearby Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Creemore and Simcoe County. The initiative also showed tourists that the area – equal to a drive to downtown Toronto – is brimming with history, recreational activities, culture and more. A stroll through Collingwood, for example, reveals the Tremont Café Studio Galleries where up and coming artists show off their wares, the Simcoe Street Threatre...

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