Open houses are banned. That includes vacant cottages for sale: Ask Joe

Open houses are banned. That includes vacant cottages for sale: Ask Joe

I’m planning to list my cottage for sale. Since it is currently vacant, can my real estate person host open houses during the state of emergency in Ontario? During these days of physical distancing and contact-free curbside transactions, the prospect of owning a cottage may whet peoples’ appetites for recreational real estate. As I write […]

Proposed OPEC deal includes 10M barrel a day cut, Saudi state TV reports

Proposed OPEC deal includes 10M barrel a day cut, Saudi state TV reports

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES—The OPEC oil cartel and nations including Russia have agreed to boost oil prices by cutting as much as 10 million barrels a day in production. Even more countries, including the United States, were discussing Friday their own cuts in what would be an unprecedented global pact to stabilize the market. The […]

A good budget includes pleasure with the pain

I have a line on my budget called “Pleasures.” It’s where I put the money I spend getting a massage, buying those delicious ginger/peach candles and anything else that I want to splurge on in a month. I guess I should put all the wonderful teas I buy under this category, but I put them […]

Toronto’s Port Lands plan includes building a new island

Toronto’s Port Lands plan includes building a new island

Toronto is building an island on what’s essentially a flood plain. Which, given what’s happening to the city’s other islands this year, sounds like a terrible idea. But Waterfront Toronto is confident Villiers Island — the first part of the development coming to the Port Lands — will be able to handle any flooding Lake […]