Get those bird feeders up and enjoy the show

Here are some tips so the birds – and those who enjoy watching birds – get the most out of your feeders

Get those bird feeders up and enjoy the showThe last few days have been really exciting bird-wise as hawks, ducks, geese, loons and many small passerines (e.g. kinglets, sparrows and finches) are on the move. Winter is here whether we like it or not and those hardy northern birds have decided it’s time to migrate. North winds and cool nights have caused an…

It may not be COVID – the air in your home could make you sick

A professional can test for radon levels and other air pollutants in your home, or you can do it yourself with a detection system

It may not be COVID – the air in your home could make you sickYou may think you’re doing your duty to help flatten the COVID-19 infection curve but staying home may expose your family to different types of health risks. No, the culprit isn’t bacteria or a virus. It’s the quality of the air we breathe in our homes and the contaminants lurking within. It may be an…

iRobot dynamic duo vacuums and jet mops work in tandem

Review: The iRobot Roomba s9+ vacuum and the Braava jet m6 mop work in tandem so you can relax

iRobot dynamic duo vacuums and jet mops work in tandemLike most people, we're not crazy about household chores. So last year around this time we were ecstatic to discover the robot vacuum we were looking for. And now iRobot has stepped up two notches by delivering a more powerful and smarter dynamic duo: the iRobot Roomba s9+ vacuum and the Braava jet m6 mop.…

Moving? Here are some practical vehicle options

From pickup trucks to minivans, what vehicle to rent, beg, borrow or even buy when you're moving - depending on the size of your home

Moving? Here are some practical vehicle optionsOn the fun scale, moving is right up there with looking for a job, root canal and shovelling snow off the driveway. And it’s made even worse if you don’t have the right vehicle (not to mention friends who have suddenly all left town). Borrowing your buddy’s hatchback and cramming it full of your stuff…

Love thy neighbour? Well, maybe not always

Bad neighbours are a fact of life, but before you end up in a feud, there are a few things you can do to find peace

Love thy neighbour? Well, maybe not alwaysSome neighbours are great. You visit over the fence, call when you need help and pitch in when the hard work needs to get done. But not all our neighbours are so fabulous. My son has a frustrating renter and a messy neighbour. The renter’s dog barks constantly. There are truck parts in the alley and somehow this…

Roomba i7+ robot vacuum just keeps learning and cleaning

With advanced smart technology, it cleverly cleans and empties even while you’re away

Roomba i7+ robot vacuum just keeps learning and cleaningThe last thing most people want to do is vacuum. So the new Wi-Fi-connected iRobot Roomba i7+ vacuum makes perfect sense. Until now, the technology hasn’t been up for the job. But this might be the robot vacuum you’ve been waiting for. The iRobot designers reimagined the Roomba using the latest technology. It adapts to…

Could Mike Holmes be the saviour of 24 Sussex Drive?

The official home of the prime minister is in utter disrepair. But the price tag to restore it is way too high. Here's a solution

Could Mike Holmes be the saviour of 24 Sussex Drive?$34.5 million. That’s how much the National Capital Commission (NCC) recently said it would cost to repair 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of the Canadian prime minister since 1951. Hmm, this seems pretty steep. What about tearing down the original Victorian house (built in 1868) and its extension, and building a brand new one?…

Full-service home security in a smart light fixture

Maximus Craftsman Smart Security Light is as easy to install as an ordinary light fixture – 
but it’s anything but ordinary

Full-service home security in a smart light fixtureIt’s always comforting to know that your home and its contents are well protected, whether you’re on holidays or hunkered down for the evening with a good movie and a bowl of popcorn. You may have motion sensor lights, cameras and an intercom. But if you don’t remember to turn them on or to set…

Lock down your mortgage interest rate – now

The economy starts going in the little guy’s direction and the Fed raises interest rates to slow it down to keep wages low

Lock down your mortgage interest rate – now“Charlie my boy, you’re a wisenheimer, tell me what’s going on here.” “What's the problem uncle, I thought you were floating on air these days.” “Well, I thought I was, too, until my financial adviser called … told me I should lock in my mortgage rate, and quick. Apparently the Americans are starting to raise interest…