Author: Markham Review

Uber of real estate connects agents and buyers in real time

Casalova, a real estate platform for prospective buyers and renters, is setting a new standard of service with its on-demand marketplace. House-hunters using Casalova are connecting with agents and receiving replies in less than 30 seconds, far surpassing the industry average of 15 hours. “The real estate market in Canada is a $14 billion annual industry, yet it takes 15 hours – on average – for an agent to respond to client inquiries,” said Ray Jaff, Casalova co-founder and CEO. “We live in an on-demand world: from Uber and Airbnb to online banking and shopping, people expect a response the moment they’re looking for it....

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Local victims in virtual kidnapping scam

Durham Regional Police Service is warning the public about a kidnapping scam after the parents and friends of an 18-year-old student were defrauded of more than $200,000. The scam, known as “virtual kidnapping,” has recently surfaced in Durham Region but has been going on for many years in North America. Virtual kidnapping is an extortion scheme designed to leverage ransom money from the victim’s parents, spouse or friends. The 18-year-old female victim, a student in Montreal, was approached and told she had been implicated in a crime ring. She would be arrested and incarcerated if she didn’t follow instructions....

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Crash course on dangers of impaired driving

On May 16 at Central York Fire Services Training Centre in Newmarket, a group of high school students learned the difference between party and PARTY (Preventing Risk and Alcohol related Trauma in Youth). The York Region version was likely different from any they’ve ever attended. Region paramedics and partners re-created a lifelike vehicle crash to demonstrate the life-threatening situations that can happen when a driver is high and unable to quickly react. Grades 10 through 12 students also heard several powerful survivor stories at the event. The PARTY program was developed in 1986 by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in...

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Police Appreciation Night honours heroes, leaders

A York Regional Police officer who rescued a distraught young person who had thrown himself onto the CN tracks with a train was approaching was among York Regional Police’s Annual Police Appreciation Night Awards recipients. More than 1,000 people attended the May 16 ceremony. “He kept saying, ‘I want to die, I want to die,'” said Sergeant James Ward, recipient of the Garrett Styles Bravery in the Line of Duty Award, in a video. “I was telling him, ‘No! You have so much to live for my friend…I don’t want you to get hurt. We care about you.” Ward had...

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Markham Stouffville Hospital team triumphant in summit to Everest base camp

After two weeks of trekking, a dedicated team of Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) physicians, clinicians and hospital supporters took on an expedition to Mount Everest base camp through the Himalayan region of Nepal and successfully conquered the feat on May 1. The team of 25 had only nine months to prepare for the adventure. They exercised a number of days each week, learned breathing techniques and geared up with all the necessary tools for the journey, all to ensure they could handle the tough terrains and varying conditions of one of the highest peaks in the world. “Our expedition...

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