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Beware the building cost of carbon tax

Beware the building cost of carbon tax

THE introduction of the carbon tax on July 1 has received much attention, with most commentators acknowledging that it will have far-reaching implications. Despite this, Master Builders has been surprisingly unsuccessful in pointing the spotlight at the inevitable impact the carbon tax will have... read more »

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Risks of renovating

Risks of renovating

EVEN the most careful renovations can devalue your home, so how far should you go to improve your house for sale? Real estate expert Andrew Winter has some guidelines to help you decide. 1. Be firm with yourself If you are renovating to sell, you have to be firm with your budget, as very cent you... read more »

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Jury out on organic food

Jury out on organic food

THE debate over whether organic food is better for our health keeps raging on as the conclusion of four decades of studies seems far from clear. The controversy was back in the news last month when a large-scale study by researchers from Stanford University found organic foods no more nutritious... read more »

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BANKS’ failure to pass on full interest ...

BANKS’ failure to pass on full interest rate cuts is forcing more homeowner...

Research by global ratings agency Moody’s reveals that mortgage customers are increasingly defaulting on their payments – albeit at low official cash rates – as house prices slide and equity falls. While the national 30-day delinquency rate remained steady at 1.8 per cent in the... read more »

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Loblaw cuts 700 Toronto head office jobs

The decision by Loblaw Companies Limited to chop 700 jobs from the payroll in administration and at head office in Brampton on Tuesday was met with mixed reviews from analysts and... read more »

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Lance Armstrong steps down as head of foundation, gets dropped by Nike

In his first acknowledgment that his personal brand has been damaged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s voluminous account of what it characterized as “serial cheating” throughout his... read more »

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Stifled West Bank economy drains Palestinians’ hopes

Passers-by linger in front of the window displays on a main shopping street in central Hebron but seem reluctant to enter the stores. In the old market, vendors call out their wares but are... read more »

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Why Russia’s Orthodox Church is teaching teenagers Parkour

The Russian Orthodox Church has come under fire following recent stories about church officials being involved in drink-driving and road rage attacks. But it also provides valuable public services... read more »