Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What Were They Thinking? #11 in a Series

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The listing calls this a solarium. Three litter boxes says cathouse to me.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

How Much is a Real Estate Commission?

A Gazette reader sent in a question to the paper's popular Open House web page.  I was the poor sap tapped to answer.

Read all about it here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Harper Government Reinstates Popular Energy Retrofit Subsidies

The federal government today announced that it is reintroducing a popular program that paid rebates to Canadian homeowners who undertook renovations to improve the energy efficiency of their homes .

The ecoEnergy Reftrofit program will offer up to $1,400 per eligible household for improvements like better windows, insulation and heating systems. There's a catch, however.  To be eligible, your house must undergo an energy audit by a company registered with Natural Resources Canada. There's another catch, the program will expire on March 31, 2012 or possibily sooner if the $400 million fund  runs out earlier.

It's good news for some, though not for someone like me who just spent $5,000 on a super efficient electric furnace to replace the old oil burner and tank in my basement. No audit, no rebate. You can read up on the program on the the NRC website.  You can read the CBC story and reader reaction here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Spacing Magazine Launch in Montreal

Spacing, the totallygroovy magazine that looks at the past, present and future of our urban spaces, is having a launch party for its new pan-Canadian issue right here in Montreal.

The issue will feature lots of content about our belle ville with  short audio-visual and + talkie content from local thinkers,

The event is being held Jully20, at the McCord Museum's newly created outdoor space on Victoria St.

You can find out more by following this link. I'll be there. Will you?

Sorry for the no-good link. I dunno what that was about. Let's hope this one works.