Month: December 2017

Artist reflects on time spent in ancient cave town

Toronto-based artist, Linda Martinello, reflects on her time spent in the ancient cave town of Matera in southern Italy. Her exhibit is on display from Jan. 13 to Feb. 24 at The Latcham Gallery. Martinello will be attending the opening reception of her exhibit, Città Rinata, on Jan. 13 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Her drawings and paintings on drafting film explore the landscape through personal memory and research of historical and culturally significant places. As a first generation Canadian with a Mexican-Italian background, growing up in the suburbs of Toronto without family or relatives and little understanding...

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Mongillo wins gold

Angus Glen Community Centre served as one of three host sites for the York Region ‘AAA’ Challenge Cup, held Dec. 8-10. The provincial-title matchup, pitting six regional squads against one another, featured the top ringette players in Ontario between the ages of 16-18. The event was also held at Tom Graham Arena in Richmond Hill and Magna Centre in Newmarket. The Southern ‘AAA’ team, which included York Region goaltender Christina Mongillo, a product of the Bears ringette program, won the final 2-1 over Western. The next challenge cup event will be in Newmarket Feb. 16-18, with games at Angus Glen...

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Don’t sugar coat it

by Shana Daniel, RHN While sugar and spice make everything nice, after 31 days of December indulgence, it’s most likely the last ingredient we want to think about in our New Year. When it comes to sugar, we have mixed notions of whether it’s okay in moderation, downright poisonous or acceptably sweet as a chemical alternative. Natural sugars exist in virtually all you consume. Fruits and vegetables, starches, both solids and liquids contain it. The question is where the nutrient density lies in the choices made to incorporate it into your daily regimen. Your body breaks down proteins and...

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Shopping in York Region now available 364 days a year

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti blasted York Region council for their decision to uphold a controversial holiday shopping bylaw. On Nov. 16, regional council voted, 17-3, in favour of enacting a bylaw to permit local retailers to open on statutory holidays, should they choose to, with the exception of Christmas Day. The purpose: to establish a consistent approach to retail operations in York Region. Stores will now be permitted to open on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day. While retailers don’t have to open, many will, in an...

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New buyer stress test set to limit home price appreciation in 2018

According to a Royal LePage market survey forecast, released on Dec. 13, the House Price Composite, which measures home prices in 53 key Canadian cities, is expected to increase 4.9 per cent by the end of 2018 to $661,919, in the face of a series of measures aimed at affordability challenges in Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). One of the most significant regulatory interventions in the housing industry in years is the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) mortgage financing stress test, which takes effect on January 1. The stress test targets existing and prospective...

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