How to choose your charitable holiday gifts
Showing your loved ones that you care by making a charitable gift in their name resonates with the true holiday spirit of giving. It also ensures your gifts won't be returned, left unused, or re-gifted. But with so many options to choose from, where do you start your search for the right charity?
Fire Safety Tips During the Holidays
While the incidence of fire increases during the holiday season due to greater use of natural Christmas trees, decorations and electric lighting, Canadians are taking further risks as more than 29 per cent of homeowners admit they don't have a fire extinguisher in their home, according to an RBC Insurance survey.
The GATE challenges media, bloggers to give back this holiday season
TORONTO (November 16, 2012) - The 2012 edition of The GATE's Holiday Gift Guide series launched today, and as is tradition, The GATE kicked it all off with some suggestions for charities you and your family can support.
This year, The GATE selected Plan Canada as our feature charity, and purchased the motorcycle ambulance gift from their Gifts of Hope program.
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
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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."