Month: January 2018

GTA’s new home market slows as prices remain high in November

New home sales in the GTA slowed slightly in November, with condo apartments continuing to drive the bulk of the sales and a record low number of new single-family home sales, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) announced in December.  There were 3,473 new homes sold in November, according to Altus Group*, BILD’s official source for new-home market intelligence. About 91 per cent of these (3,161 units) were condominium apartments in low, medium and high-rise buildings, stacked townhouses and loft units. While condo apartment sales for November were down eight per cent from November 2016, they were still...

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Alliston girl hits the Hollywood big screen

Local girl, 13-year-old Madison Ferguson, has made her big screen debut in Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, The Shape of Water. Her acting career has continued to go from strength to strength since starting to work professionally in 2013. In the film, Ferguson plays the daughter of Michael Shannon, who plays lead adversary, Richard Strickland. She filmed her scenes in Toronto in August 2016. Octavia Spencer also appears in the movie that premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival. The flick is also nominated for seven accolades at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, the prelude to the Oscars, and...

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RVH Transitional Unit now open to address surging volumes

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), in Barrie, opened a 36-bed Transitional Care In-patient Unit (TCIU), an important step toward easing ongoing capacity challenges before the flu season hits. The TCIU is located in a formerly-closed unit on the fourth floor of the health centre and will care for patients who have a firm discharge date but face a temporary obstacle, such as needing additional physiotherapy or home care. Focused, short-term supports will enable those patients to be more quickly and safely discharged back to the community. Operational funding for the unit came from a provincial government $140 million...

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Ski trails reopen after December fire

Hardwood Ski and Bike, at Oro Station, will re-open its trails to the public on Jan. 6. On Christmas Day, the chalet was devastated by fire causing the building and most of the contents unusable. Skiers will need to bring their own gear and use their own cars for getting ready and staying warm, but portable washrooms will be available. “This is the first step in a long journey to full recovery,” said Gareth Houben, Hardwood Ski and Bike president and general manager. “I am optimistic that Hardwood, with the support of our community, will be back stronger than ever before.” The NordiKids...

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