Buck the old holiday tradition this season
Tired of the same ill-fitting gifts? The busy malls and the race for that last parking spot? Want your gifts to stand out this year? Then leave the mall behind and give a gift from the heart. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
It's Full Spring Ahead at Blue Mountain Village
[ALT: Spring Heating Up at Blue Mountain Village]
April 30th, 2012 --- While many of us are still wondering what happened to winter, Blue Mountain Village has got Spring in full bloom with a diverse slate of events to take you from Victoria Day straight through to Canada Day.
May Long Weekend & Fireworks
Kick off the season with the official patio-opening long weekend. Enjoy family fun each day with free face painting, scavenger hunts, live music and guided hikes. PLUS Saturday night fireworks!
Taxes don't have to be a pain
Tax season is something few of us look forward to. The time and "math" are not ideal -- but something we all look forward to is the refund.
One way to ease the pain of tax season and start focusing on planning for what to do with your refund is by filing taxes online, using a quality tax software program and NETFILE. Math skills are not required, the cost is minimal and many Canadians are even eligible to file for free.
Here are 3 tax tips to make your life as easy and rich as possible:
Tax Tips for Seniors
Tax season is upon us once again.
For the many Canadians who may not have considered or have been uneasy about using technology to file their taxes, tax software companies offer an easy way to ensure that income taxes are filed quickly and accurately.
Living on a fixed income can be difficult at times, so it is important to remember to file your tax return, as there may be benefits that you are entitled to.
Luckily there are a number of ways that seniors can maximize their refund in 2012, if they know where to look.
First-time tax filer? Here are tips to make filing easy!
Nervous about filing your income tax return this year? Imagine how scary it is if it is your first time filing.
Completing your tax forms by hand can be complicated, particularly with changes to the tax regulations each year. If you are unfamiliar with all the available tax credits and how the forms should be completed, you could possibly miss out on a bigger refund. Thankfully, many tax software programs are available to help ease you into the tax filing process. Before you start, remember these quick and easy steps to ensure an accurate and easy return.
How to prevent water damage to your home this winter
According to a recent RBC Insurance survey, 25 per cent of Canadian homeowners have experienced water damage to their home over the past two years. Water seepage/leakage inside their home was the most common (36 per cent) cause with basement flooding (31 per cent) and roof leaks (26 per cent) rounding out the top three.
Depending on your home insurance policy, some of these causes of water damage may be covered, while others may not.
Don't play with fire: Protect yourself with these fire prevention tips
Canadians may be taking some risks when it comes to fire safety according to a recent RBC Insurance survey, as 36 per cent of Canadian homeowners admit they don't have a fire extinguisher in their kitchen.
"Damages from a fire can be a financial and emotional nightmare for homeowners" says Tim Bzowey, vice president, Home and Auto, RBC Insurance. "It's important to understand how employing a few simple safety tips can help protect our loved ones and homes from the dangers of fire."
Canadians Say No to Useless Gifts; Choose Charity This Holiday Season
The holiday frenzy is upon us. The rush is on to find the "perfect" gift for everyone on your holiday list. Unfortunately, for many, the last minute dash to the Christmas Eve finish line is guaranteed to end unhappily -- presents that are too big, too small, and too outlandish. Too bad!
By some estimates as many as a third of holiday gift purchases are returned. In fact, up to 40 percent of all clothing purchased as presents will end up back at the stores it came from.
How-To: Have a Green Holiday This Year
Whether it snows or not this holiday season, more and more Canadians are dreaming of a green Christmas. Green-- as in a holiday that is gentler to the environment.
From the food, to the gifts, to travel, the holidays are traditionally a time of excess and waste. Tons of wrapping paper and plastic packaging are destined for the landfill. Twinkling lights draw extra electricity from power plants. Countless tanks of gas will ferry shoppers from mall to mall to find the "perfect" gift, and back again to return them after Boxing Day!
September Asthma Spike: Proper hand washing important
Every year, around the third week of September, hospitalization rates skyrocket for people with asthma. Research points to two main culprits:
- Over the summer, people with asthma tend to break from routine, including managing their asthma
- Once back at school, kids pass around viral infections (colds) and bring the bug home to family members.
Ways to stop the asthma spike: