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(NC) Planning a DIY renovation project? Here are some questions to ask yourself first.
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(NC) As Canadians, we rely on heating systems more than most nations in the world. But our need doesn't necessarily translate into knowledge. If you're unhappy with the comfort or cost of keeping your home warm in winter, here are some things to consider.
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(NC) Just because every home has a kitchen doesn't mean every contractor is capable of delivering a great kitchen reno. Kitchen work is specialized, so you need to be sure the contractor you choose has the skills to make it a success.
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(EN) Au Canada, nous sommes privilégiés d'être protégés par des codes en bâtiment rigoureux qui garantissent la sûreté et l'efficacité de nos domiciles. Les codes en bâtiment imposent des normes et des objectifs, mais généralement, le choix des matériaux de construction demeure à la discrétion du propriétaire ou de l'entrepreneur. C'est là que les choses peuvent être bien faites ou aboutir à des erreurs coûteuses. Pourquoi? Parce que tous les matériaux de construction ne sont pas créés égaux. Et tourner les coins ronds avec ce qui se trouve derrière les cloisons comporte de forts risques.
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(NC) In an always-on world, we increasingly want more choices, including the flexibility to use our favourite products and services on whatever device we're on — from our smartphones to tablets.
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(NC) Whether you commute to an office, run your own business, or occasionally work from home, today's tech solutions can help improve your work-life balance and smooth out your daily tasks.
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(NC) In today's digital age, you are likely storing data that includes sensitive, personal information. Whether you simply use the internet to shop online or run a small business, you're likely sharing or storing very valuable information and you may not even know it. This data can contain sensitive information that, if compromised, can have widespread implications. Therefore, it's important to ensure that you're properly protecting your data. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
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(NC) We've all faced shortness of breath, like when climbing a flight of stairs or lifting a heavy box. After a few moments, we catch our breath and move on with our day, forgetting those brief moments. But what would life be like if breathlessness didn't stop?
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(NC) As we fall back into our regular routines, we don't always realize the impact the weather has on our health. For most, feeling the crisp fall air while walking and enjoying the changing colours is a welcome and enjoyable activity, so many of us are looking forward to an active outdoor season.
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(NC) If you think spring is the only time to take cleaning seriously, think again. After your home and central living areas receive a beating from a long summer of humidity, barbecues, sandy bathing suits, grass stains, muddy pets and dirty sports equipment, autumn is the perfect time to create a clean environment. Help your family flourish in a fresh home as the leaves begin to fall with these tips:
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(NC) Creating a home environment where your family can flourish is a central goal for all of us. Using innovative tools that provide protection and create a clean space can help ensure a vibrant home and family life.
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(NC) Poor indoor air quality in residential spaces can be a problem. While you cannot control the allergens and pollutants lurking outside, there are many ways to take action to improve your indoor air quality.
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(NC) The best time to improve the fire safety of your home is during its construction or when renovating. I'm a big believer in building fire protection directly into the structure of a home. After all, active fire measures, such as smoke detectors, combined with built-in or passive fire safety measures can significantly increase protection for your home, family and possessions.
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(NC) When it comes to building or renovating, in addition to greater efficiency and performance, there's an important opportunity to make our homes safer places to live. Although billions are spent on renovations in Canada each year, few realize that what's in their home––or maybe what's not in it––can increase their risk in a residential fire event.
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(NC) We're fortunate in Canada to be protected by strong building codes that ensure our homes are safe and efficient. Building codes set out what we need to achieve and standards that need to be met, but typically, the choice of building materials remains at the discretion of the homeowner or contractor. That's where potential lies to either get things right or to make costly mistakes. That's because not all building materials are created equal. And one of the riskiest places to cut corners is with what's behind your walls.
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(NC) It goes without saying that most of us would appreciate a little more money in our pockets. Believe it or not, it's actually an achievable goal. In fact, a few simple tips can help you uncover meaningful savings each and every month. Need some ideas? Here's a little inspiration to get you started:
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(NC) If your older home holds more chill than charm, it could be that it's time to consider a few energy efficiency upgrades. Many are simple and cost-effective, but can make a considerable impact on your monthly energy bills. The savings from upgrades typically start right away and can really add up over time.
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(NC) Genetically modified foods — also known as GMOs — are blamed for many things, including an increase in the development of allergies. But that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, GMOs like a gluten free wheat or a hypoallergenic peanut could make some foods safer for people with allergies.
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(NC) The country's latest census reveals that for the first time, Canada has more seniors than children. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, the increase in the share of seniors in the 2016 census compared to five years earlier is the largest seen since 1871, a clear indicator that the national population is aging rapidly.
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(NC) There's a perception among some consumers that foods with genetically modified ingredients are a nonstarter and that GMOs should be eliminated.
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(NC) Canadians love Florida citrus — a healthy eating choice, it brings a welcome blast of southern sun into our long, cold winters. However, citrus greening disease is threatening to wipe out every Florida orange grove in the next decade.
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(NC) Bananas are a school lunch and snack favourite for many families, and are widely considered part of a healthy diet.
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(NC) Canadian food products are increasingly decked out in a multitude of food labels about everything from allergens and fat to genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. It's all meant to help consumers make healthy eating choices, but too much information can be overwhelming — especially about a topic like GMOs, where there are a lot of questions.
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(NC) Feeding your family healthy food year-round can be a challenge. On top of being crunched for time, facing allergies and dietary limitations, and dealing with picky eaters, you also need to worry about the affordability of healthy eating.
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(NC) It's no secret that millennials are a data hungry generation, but a recent survey from Fido highlights just how much they love their smartphones. Millennials are five times more reliant on their phone to maintain their sex life and almost three-quarters say they are reliant on their mobile phone for their social life in general.
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(NC) Today's young people are rivaling baby boomers as the largest population segment and are already the biggest generation in the Canadian workforce. As smartphone use and data consumption continues to rise, millennials are setting the new normal for the role that cellphones play in our lives.
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(NC) Data consumption across Canada continues to rise, with people using their mobile devices for everything from checking emails to streaming videos. In fact, a recent survey from Fido found that over half of millennials believe they would be lost without their smartphone and that they send twice as many instant messages compared to older generations.
(EN) La sélection végétale moderne est un terme qui décrit les méthodes employées pour améliorer les plantes. Ces méthodes aident les sélectionneurs à introduire dans les végétaux des gènes bénéfiques, à modifier des gènes existants et à supprimer des gènes nuisibles, le tout à l'aide d'un éventail d'outils très précis.
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(NC) It takes years of tests and meticulous records to bring a new pesticide to market. Proving a product is safe to humans, animals and the environment is paramount.
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(NC) Pesticides are painstakingly researched, tested and regulated. They undergo hundreds of tests, years of evaluation and millions of dollars in investment before reaching the market.
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(NC) Urban pesticides play a significant role in protecting private and public green spaces from insect, weed and disease infestations and controlling threats to human health.
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(NC) Public parks and private yards help make cities beautiful, encourage biodiversity and contribute to happy, healthy communities. Well-cared for green spaces in urban centres reduce vandalism, increase property value and boost physical and mental health.
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(NC) Modern plant breeding describes the methods used to improve plants, which help plant breeders introduce beneficial genes, modify existing ones and remove detrimental genes with a range of very precise tools.
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(NC) Modern plant breeding is a term to describe the methods used to improve plants. These innovations help plant breeders introduce beneficial genes, modify existing genes and remove detrimental ones with a range of very precise tools.
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(NC) Modern agriculture uses tools such as pesticides to protect crops from insects, weeds and disease. These tools are extensively evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
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(NC) Farmer Brett Schuyler loves the responsibility of farming and growing food.
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(NC) Did you know that heart failure is a growing epidemic in Canada? One in five of us will develop the condition during our lifetime, but you can easily make some tweaks to your everyday lifestyle to improve your heart health now.
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(NC) With heart failure on the rise, it's important not to confuse it with other heart conditions.
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(NC) When replacing your countertop, you need to consider both your individual style and your budget before choosing a surface. To help you with your project, Rose DiFonzo, kitchen and installs expert at The Home Depot shares a few helpful insights.
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(NC) Do you keep an eye on your retirement nest egg despite the distracting, day-to-day tasks of running your small business? Many of us don't, but there are some clever ways to be proactive for future financial security.
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(NC) The old adage, do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life, is the mantra many entrepreneurs use to justify the endless time and energy needed to successfully start a small business. And while their passion and energy may be limitless, most of the time their resources are not.
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(NC) When it comes to romantic relationships, the traditional thought is that opposites attract. But personal finance experts say that couples with different attitudes towards money need to find a middle ground to achieve financial bliss.
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(NC) Today, there are teams of healthcare professionals looking after your health and personal well-being. Each professional serves a unique function. While they have distinct skills, the regulatory colleges that oversee them are in place to protect the public interest.
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(NC) What ensures that you receive quality health services? The availability of healthcare services, the accessibility of professionals and their skills all matter. Then there's the important public protection work of Ontario's 26 health regulatory colleges.
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(NC) If you're getting treatment from a health practitioner like a chiropractor, midwife or optometrist, it's a good idea to find out as much information as you can about them. It's simple to view your healthcare professional's record by checking with their regulatory college.
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(NC) Saving energy doesn't have to be hard, and can go a long way towards making sure you meet your family's monthly budget. Here are five simple tips from Hydro One to help keep your electricity costs low:
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(NC) If you're planning a home reno this fall, remember that a building permit doesn't always allow you to perform electrical work. Electrical fires are actually the number one cause of house fires in Canada, so before you tinker with your home's wiring take some steps to protect you and your family.
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(NC) Did you know that phantom power lurking in your home could account for up to 10 per cent of your home's energy use? Also known as standby power, phantom power is energy consumption that is being drawn by many household gadgets, electronic devices and appliances while they are switched off but plugged in.
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(NC) Cottage season is coming to an end, but there are a few things you can do when closing up your cottage this fall to avoid animal infestations and make it easier to open next year. Here's a handy checklist:
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(NC) Many people are settling into school routines, jobs and internships this time of year, but managing a busy schedule can be particularly challenging for the one-in-20 school-aged children and four per cent of adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Furthermore, recent data suggests that stigma and confusion still persist around ADHD: a new poll by Purdue Pharma (Canada) showing that close to one third of Canadians surveyed mistakenly identified ADHD as a mental health condition.“ADHD is actually a neurodevelopmental disorder that has been clinically observed for more than 100 years,” says Dr. Annick Vincent, a psychiatrist and ADHD specialist. “It's a chronic condition characterized as a deficit of the nervous system resulting in inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and often emotional hyper-reactivity. Science has shown that genetic and biologic factors can be involved in the development of this disorder.”
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(NC) The transition from high school to post-secondary education is a significant adjustment for many. With fewer daily reminders to complete homework, eat lunch and exercise – plus increased freedom and responsibility – it can be more difficult to stay focused.
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(NC) It's easy to see why so many top chefs prefer cooking with natural gas. Stoves and grills powered by natural gas allow you to cook with more even, direct and precise heat. Here's a delicious recipe for a kofta, a tasty Middle Eastern dish, simliar to meatloaf or a meatball, from renowned chef Rob Rainford.
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(NC) As the colder months approach, you'll be looking for ways to keep your home warm. This is a great opportunity to look at ways to save on energy costs this fall and winter. Here are some ways to stay warm while improving your energy efficiency:
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(NC) Your garden has flourished beautifully throughout the spring and summer. Now it's time to prepare for the autumn leaves and winter chill. Good fall garden prep is one sure way to ensure that your greenery returns beautiful and bountiful in the spring.
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(NC) Although natural gas is extremely safe and reliable, gas leaks can occur inside or outside your home. Knowing how to detect them can keep you and your family safe.
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(NC) When cold weather starts to move in, rodents and other overwintering pests will be looking for a cozy place to call home. While you may not be using your cottage until spring, you certainly don't want to leave it accessible to little creatures.
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(NC) Many pests are seasonal, with mosquitoes peaking in the summer and rodents seeking refuge in the winter. Fall is no exception to this trend, with many pests looking for shelter indoors as temperatures begin to drop.
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(NC) Canada has witnessed a surge in bed bugs in recent years. Originally perceived as a threat only to travellers and urban dwellers, these parasites are affecting many across the country.
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(NC) Do you ever struggle to find space in your workplace's communal fridge, or go to grab your lunch and find it missing? While Canadians are well-known for being friendly and polite, a recent survey suggests that our behaviour at work — especially in the kitchen — is anything but.