Alex Newman

A new home or a resale: There are benefits to both

Shopping for your first house can be fun – especially seeing what’s new in home decor -- but with all the choice, making a decision can be a challenge. A good place to start is either new or resale. “Whether it’s your first time buying or your tenth, deciding depends on personal preference and...

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 10:53 PM

Adult literacy: It's never too late to start learning

Thirty-seven-year-old businessman Brian Armstrong has a secret he’s willing to share. Until age 23, one of the few things he could read was a menu, and even that wasn’t always correct. If it hadn’t been for an insightful and determined “former biker” friend, he’d still be that way. Hardly anyone...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 10:23 PM

It is possible to cautiously borrow money

Being cautious while spending money may sound like a contradiction in terms, but financial advisors are the first to recommend this for guilt free shopping. Karin Mizgala, CEO of Money Coaches Canada, a national network of financial professionals based in British Columbia, has never been an...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 7:46 PM

Digital dating

If it hadn’t been for an online dating site, the two worlds of Edward, 44, and Suzanne, 38, would never have collided.Today, five years later, the Scarborough electrician and the Mississauga schoolteacher are married with two small children. Life together is good, although Suzanne is a little...

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 5:30 AM

It's 'crazy time' as university deadlines approach

With university application deadlines looming, “it’s a crazy time,” says Dale Callender. “Students are in my office all the time asking what they should do.” The adviser for Delisle Youth Services at Northern Secondary suggests students make career decisions based on interests, best subjects,...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 9:53 PM

A whimsical waterway on Peterborough's Trent Severn

Created in 1833 as a logging transport route from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, the 45-lock Trent Severn Waterway now provides the passageway for some 10,000 pleasure boats. And if you join the dots on a map, it also offers an incredibly scenic (albeit long at 385 kilometres) driving route. At one...

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 5:58 PM

Finding heaven on Highway 7

Pat Mitchell remembers the day she headed east from Toronto with her sons for a country drive. Within half an hour, she discovered a beautiful conservation area, with trails and a lovely picnic area. They had just set out lunch beside Duffins Creek when a Blue Heron suddenly flew out of the water...

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 5:44 PM

See the sites sans-trip

TorontoNO-FAIL TRAILS Uxbridge, recently dubbed The Trail Capital of Canada, is home to the Durham Forest, which offers dozens of trails for varying levels of hikers and cyclists. Or, for something distinctly different in the same area, try geocaching. Using only a handheld GPS with geographical...

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 2:54 AM

Water quality worries catching up with water waste worries

Although it is important today to be aware of how much water you are using, and possibly wasting -- Canadians consume a whopping 4,400 litres of water per day per person -- water quality is becoming a big issue too, says Mark Mattson, director of the non-profit watchdog organization, Waterkeepers...

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 10:30 AM

Government, business and the greening of Canada

Green responsibility is alive and well at all government levels, says Rick Smith, director of Environmental Defence, a research and lobby group dedicated to protecting Canada’s environment. Environment Canada, for example, provides different types of incentives for businesses and homeowners who...

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 9:30 AM