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PROTECT YOUR BASEMENT FROM FLOODING IN THE CITY OF TORONTO
Posted on Sun, 22 Feb 2015, 12:47:48 PM  in Yorkville,  Leaside,  Rosedale,  Forest Hill,  Summerhill,  Deer Park,  Little Italy,  Chaplin Estates,  Mount Pleasant,  Davisville,  Yonge and Eglinton,  Casa Loma
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It is time to prepare our houses again for the coming of Spring, which usually brings challenges once the snow melts adding up to the normal rainfall of the season. The City of Toronto has quite a comprehensive guide with professional tips that are worth exploring to make an informed decision regarding the possible solutions to your house based on the area where it is located.

Protect your basement from flooding includes:

  1. Causes of basement flooding
  2. Understanding Toronto's sewer system
  3. What the City is doing to stop the flooding
  4. Stop the flood before it starts
  5. Information on backwater valves and sump pumps
  6. What to do when your basement has flooded
  7. Keep your plumbing clear

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In addition to this information, the city offers a Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program†which translates to a financial aid of up to $3,400 per property to install floor protection devices, including backwater valve, sump pump, capping of the home's storm sewer or external weeping tile connection.

Before doing any work, you should contact a plumbing contractor licensed with the City of Toronto to carry out a site assessment and double check if the works to be done fall under the eligibility criteria.

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Leaside is one of the areas under review as shown in the detailed map below.

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The†following†slides will give you an illustration of the basement flooding findings and its causes. It also establishes some of the solutions for the area but remember, your house is unique as there are many factors that can affect it so use this as a guideline to make an informed decision.

One last piece that needs to be included in the review is the fine print of the home insurance so you need to double check if there†is protection in place to make repairs should there be a flooding issue affecting your basement.

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MEET THE SCULPTORS AT BLOOR YORKVILLE ICE FESTIVAL 2015
Posted on Sat, 21 Feb 2015, 07:38:57 PM  in Toronto Lifestyle,  Toronto Neighborhoods,  Toronto Parks,  Yorkville
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The Ice Festival in Yorkville is another way to celebrate the winter in our city. Stroll around the park and see the wonderful ice sculptures showcased by talented and experienced artists. It takes them only one hour per block of ice but they know what they are doing! New stores have recently opened, including Starbucks right on the park.

We need to bundle up due to the freezing temperatures that are reaching the ones in the moon. Toronto can get to -40C and the moon is only -54C so we are not that far apart!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN TORONTO!!!
Posted on Fri, 31 Oct 2014, 03:35:33 PM  in Toronto Lifestyle,  Yorkville,  Toronto,  Leaside,  Rosedale,  The Annex,  Lawrence Park,  Forest Hill,  Summerhill,  Little Italy,  Mount Pleasant
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Wishing all our friends a special Halloween Day!!!. It is a great moment to celebrate the joy of having children running around in our neighbourhoods filling the air with laughter and happiness and their tummies with nice treats.

It is lovely to see so many houses decorated with ghosts, pumpkins, spiders, black cats, tombstones and all sorts of terrifying monsters.

Let's keep a close eye on the little creatures and have a safe and joyful day!†

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TORONTO ARCHITECTURAL LANDSCAPE ENTERING THE 21st CENTURY
Posted on Thu, 10 Apr 2014, 02:53:40 PM  in Urban Transformation,  Toronto Real Estate Update,  Toronto Lifestyle,  Toronto Neighborhoods,  Yorkville,  The Annex,  Yonge Street Corridor
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WINDS OF CHANGE IN THE ARCHITECTURAL LANDSCAPE OF TORONTO

The process of planning, designing and building defined as Architecture is taking a world class approach in the country and the Greater Toronto Area residents have seen the benefit of unique cultural and residential landmarks representing works of art that are identifying the coming of age in the 21st†century of this ancient practice.

Globalization is a word that is spreading in many realms involving architecture, where sought after firms are competing worldwide to showcase their interpretation of a new cosmopolitan world extending from Shanghai to Buenos Aires in amazing shapes like never seen before.

Locally we have also been impacted by the influx of foreign architects, whose vision have changed our urban landscape with striking elements and forms that have generated a lot of controversy in an environment often filled by monotony and lack of creativity. It is good to see how new structures have been built in several places changing their character and allowing us to enjoy a more diverse streetscape.

The waking up of this movement was done at the end of the last century, when Santiago Calatrava, the brilliant Spanish architect was hired for the pedestrian passage known as Brookfield Place linking Bay to Yonge St as well as the two TD Bank towers in the heart of country’s financial district. This monumental glass and steel masterpiece, covering 16,200 square feet with 85 feet height, allows public gatherings that take advantage from world-class art exhibits. Regardless of weather conditions, even if it is -40 or +38 degrees, snowy or rainy, this marvelous space could be utilized to its full potential throughout the year with the added value of having direct underground access to Union Station.

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Daniel Libeskind approach to revitalize the Royal Ontario Museum is another bold interpretation of a public landmark in one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in the city. The five intersecting volumes, reminiscent of crystals are dedicated to new art galleries, a space for public reflection, vertical circulation named the ‘stairs of wonders” and a restaurant. This is one of those things in life that you either love or hate without any middle point. It is indeed a structure away from any traditional approach to architecture with unconventional angles, sometimes hard to assimilate.
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The multicoloured checkerboard box suspended in the sky by elongated metal posts, looking like a gigantic flying eraser ready to land on top of the older main campus of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) was a courageous and brave statement from Will Alsop, an acclaimed British Architect for the Sharp Centre for Design. The elevated structure allowed for an open space connecting Grange Park with McCaul St, which has enhanced the quality of life in the area. The box on top, serves as a conventional layout where classrooms and offices take place.
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Mr. Libeskind was also awarded with a commission for a residential undertaking on top of the Sony Centre at Yonge and Front St. The L Tower named for its shape was an interesting mix of culture and residential living and the boot type of design he came up with, showcased his different approach to the way architecture is conceived today. Unfortunately due to political reasons the art centre that was supposed to be the lower part of the building was removed and the new design now has a triangular case configuration to host the building amenities.
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Frank Gehry, the most famous globally recognized Canadian architect won the contest for the renovation and expansion of the Art Gallery of Ontario and contrary to his extraordinary designs in other places, in this case the exterior approach is more rational with an attractive sculptural cantilevered staircase protruding from a large titanium blue box that depending on the sunlight blends with the sky. The interior spaces are so interesting that need a full article on their own. There are two fantastic areas to explore where the architect introduced his entire artistic creativeness, one being the sculptural Walker’s Court wooden audacious staircase that brings you all the way up to the Contemporary Art section. The other is called Galleria Italia where beautifully curved wooden columns have turned into a fantastic geometrical pattern that could be seen inside out due to a dramatic glass envelope, extending 440 feet along Dundas St.

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Phillipe Starck, the globally renowned French architect was responsible for the creation of the interior design of the lobby and atrium at Seventy5 Portland, a building that has great character and is well recognized within the design industry. As some of his creations, Mr. Starck through his Yoo office designed a fabulous lobby similar to the ones in his New York hotels where selected pieces of furniture are showcased in an eclectic mix. An endless communal table starts in the lobby and travels throughout the Atrium where the residents mingle and enjoy a more cohesive lifestyle.
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One project that makes heads turn is the Absolute Towers, dubbed as the Marilyn Monroe Buildings due to their curvaceous forms that twist 209 degrees from top to base. This international design competition for the tallest building in a suburban North American city had 92 submissions. A panel including architects, civic leaders, developers and the public awarded the design to Yansong Ma from MAD Office – China. The whole urban skyline has been really improved and the sculptural buildings are a pleasure to look at. The design involved here included additional intricate details as the floor plans change according to the rotation of the plate. The balconies create an eerie feeling of openness.
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We welcome the views of these international creators who in all the cases have teamed up with local talents and are reflecting in their fantastic work the changes of our society and show that we are also opening our doors to a kind of architecture more engaging, creative, courageous and versatile. We hope that if you still have not noticed them, this short article will give you a heads up so you can start participating of these accomplishments and will entice you to look after the ones already in the pipeline such as the Ryerson University Expansion by U.K. Will Aslop, Monde Condominiums by Israel-Canadian Moshe Safdie and a condo tower yet to be unveiled at the elegant Shops of Don Mills by Danish architect Barjke Ingels.
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