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(NC)—Food shopping continues to embrace the digital age. Take a look at the PC Plus rewards program in Ontario specifically designed for the smartphone. It gives you personalized offers to save money, to save time, and to feed your family in a convenient way.


“We know that customers use their smartphone for everything, from price comparisons, to online shopping and to meal ideas, so by introducing an all-digital loyalty program designed for the smartphone, we hope to make their shopping experience easier and more convenient,” says Uwe Stueckmann, the senior vice-president of marketing for Loblaw Companies.


Stueckmann points out that the PC Plus program pays attention to what customers do, the products they buy, and the offers they redeem to create a customized experience that is just right for each individual. The more customers shop and interact with the program, the more personalized offers become.


It is designed to save the shopper time as well. As a member, you get access to online tools such as a shopping list that remembers your usual staple items, plus a meal planning tool and some fresh meal ideas that are tailored to your family's preferences. As well, the program has an integrated shopping list that allows customers to add foods from Loblaws flyers, from recipes, and from current point offers. Stueckmann says that customers can use the PC Plus program anywhere, either online or on their smartphone with an easy-to-use app.


The PC Plus program is an extension of the current reward plan from PC Financial. This means customers who already collect points can earn them faster now for greater grocery savings.


More information is available online at pcplus.ca.



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I have listed a new property at 2003 48 AVE SW in CALGARY.
Custom design & build your dream home with Treehouse Developments. Beautifully treed 33' lots with sunny south facing back yards. Its the perfect time to choose your own finishings. This home is in a perfect neighbourhood & awaits your creativity. Your custom home incl 10 ft main floor ceilings, maple cabinets, high end appliances, & a large island. The master bedroom is a perfect retreat with large walk in custom closet. The master ensuite bathroom incl skylight, soaker tub, infloor heat, steam shower & body sprays, double sinks & relaxation at its finest. Upper floor laundry with sink. Basement fully developed with infloor heating, large rec room, 4th bedroom & 3 pc bath. The back & front yard will be fully landscaped with aggregate walkways. Double french doors will open from your great room to a large deck. The living room will have built in custom cabinets. Double detached garage. This home will be YOUR dream soon. View builders website www.treehousedevelopments.com
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I have sold a property at 55 FIELDING DR SE in CALGARY.
This home has been meticulously cared for and shows very well. The extra large 50x140 lot is perfect for entertaining, gardening, or having a retreat away from home. There are two firepits for those fun summer nights. As well, a space cleared for a portable pool which is included in the price ! There are 3 bedrooms on the main floor, as well as an open renovated kitchen. The basement is developed and has enough room for bar, pool table, shuffleboard, bedroom, bath and family room. Please note the basement bathroom will be complete upon sale of the home and is currently under renovation. Other updates include garburator, new roof mounted furnace in garage. There is an extra area out back of the home to park a small rv or trailer as well. This home is well priced and would be perfect for a family or couple. The living room and dining room are large and contain built in shelving, and pantry. Measurements for 3rd & 4th bedroom are estimated. This is a perfect home that shows extremely well.
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EDMONTON - Alberta’s economy received an injection of $15.1 billion last year from residential construction and renovation, according to a study released Friday by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association — Alberta.


The study, which was conducted by Will Dunning Inc., a specialist in housing market analysis, also determined that 48,000 Alberta jobs were created directly by the industry, with another 22,600 indirect jobs in the province and 21,800 more elsewhere in Canada during 2012.


Wages paid by the industry totaled more than $5.7 billion.


“We forget the key role home construction plays in Alberta’s economy because oilsands megaprojects get so much attention. But comparing the $12.9 billion Imperial Oil spent over three years to build the Kearl oilsands mine with the more than $15 billion spent on residential construction in a single year puts the importance of housing in perspective,” said Dave Hooge, president of CHBA – Alberta.


The study said the value of residential construction and renovation in Edmonton last year was $5.6 billion, second only in the province to Calgary’s $5.7 billion. Calgary also led with the direct creation of 19,300 jobs, compared to 17,200 in Edmonton and in total wages with $2.3 billion compared to $2 billion for Edmonton.


New figures from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation show Alberta builders are slightly ahead of the 2012 pace for housing starts this year. That means the provincial economy can expect to gain another strong economic boost from the industry in 2013.


Average weekly earnings in construction were $1,301 — significantly higher than the $1,146 average for all industries in Alberta.


“In a year when the Alberta government is struggling with lower resource prices, it is important to recognize that residential construction is a key driver of the economy,” said Jim Rivait, CEO of CHBA — Alberta.


CHBA — Alberta represents over 1,500 members including new home builders, renovators, developers, trade and supply companies, and professional services.


Source: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/real-estate/Study+says+residential+construction+gives+Alberta/8366195/story.html

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I have listed a new property at 90 COPPERFIELD CRT SE in CALGARY.
Well managed 2 storey townhouse in Copperfield near new Stoney Trail extension and Southeast Hospital. What a better way to start your day then to enjoy a clean kitchen equipped with black appliances and an open eating area. This 2 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom condo is a cozy place to live. The living room and bedrooms are large and each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom. There is a fully finished basement that is good for entertaining, watching tv, or having as an office. Sunny south facing backyard lets in plenty of natural light. Excellent location near shops and restaurants at McKenzie Towne, big box stores such as Costco, Canadian Tire, Superstore, Home Depot, Lowe's, schools, Deerfoot Trail, Stoney Trail and new LRT coming soon! The property is vacant so it's Move in ready!
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When the dust settles and the ring of hammers ceases, two families in need will be able to call Auburn Bay home.


One of them is the family of an actor who starred on the TV series North of 60.


Women Build Week recently got the work party started, launching Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta’s newest project in Auburn Bay.


The organization, which builds affordable homes mostly through volunteers and community partners, seeks to empower families through home ownership.


Two single mothers head up the partner families for the homes.


They include Stacy Da Silva and her three boys — Sage, 13, Steedin, 3, and Sedar, 2. Da Silva, a film and TV actor who had a role in the 1990s TV series North of 60, faced escalating rental costs in an unsafe area plagued with crime.


Now working as a family and community liaison in Aboriginal Services, Da Silva is anticipating the opportunity to raise her children in a safe place and give them a brighter start on life.


Her family will be neighbours with Vanisha Lal, who has four children — Carissa, 21, Eden, 14, Elijah, 11, and Gabriel, 9.


For Lal, who works at the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre, this home means a new chance for financial security and stability for the family.


“Making home ownership possible for families in need opens up a world of opportunities for them and gets us all one step closer to breaking the cycle of poverty,” said Leslie Tamagi, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta.


The first volunteer crew to work on the duplex at 476 and 480 Auburn Bay Ave. S.E. was from Brookfield Residential and Brookfield Homes.


“By sharing our talents and skills, we are able to increase our capacity to help transform communities,” said Wendy Jabusch, vice-president of Calgary housing with Brookfield Homes.


More than 10 Brookfield female staff took part in the day.


“They were working on floor joists today,” said Colleen Clancy, fund development director for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta.


The duplex features a cottage country-inspired exterior with bold coloured hardboard siding and accents reminiscent of cottage life on the bay.


Each home is 1,030 square feet, with an open-concept main floor featuring kitchen, great room, dining nook, mud room and a half-bathroom.


The upper floor has three bedrooms and a full bathroom. There is room for a fourth bedroom and full bathroom in the basement.


During the days leading up to Mother’s Day on Sunday, Women Build Week is an annual event in which thousands of women join forces to help house families.


It encourages women to learn new skills, as well as help raise awareness of an important issue.


Partner families log 500 hours of volunteer work on their homes as part of the program. They buy their home with no down payment, and with an interest-free mortgage arranged through Habitat for Humanity, which costs much less than a traditional bank mortgage.


Brookfield Residential partnered with Habitat for Humanity for lots within the Auburn Bay community.

“We are excited and honoured to partner with Habitat for Humanity to help families in need of housing,” said Trent Edwards, chief operating officer of Brookfield Residential for Alberta.


In Edmonton, where Brookfield Residential and Brookfield Homes also participated in Women Build Week, Brookfield announced it is donating a home.



Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta consists of affiliates from Calgary, Brooks District, Medicine Hat and Mountain View County.


The group is a member of Habitat for Humanity Canada, which is part of a worldwide network that spans 80 countries and has built more than 600,000 homes.


In southern Alberta, Habitat for Humanity has served more than 190 families, building more than 160 homes.

Source: http://www.calgaryherald.com/home+Mother/8362524/story.html#ixzz2TrpDOxry

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One of the easiest ways to make a new garden bed harnesses the natural forces of the sun, weather, and earthworms to transform bare turf into rich, plantable earth. Once you layer cardboard, newsprint, and compost on top of the turf, and wait several months, the turf decomposes into 6 to 8 inches of topsoil. Build the bed at the beginning of one season and it should be ready for planting by the next season. For example, pile up the layers in early spring; the ground will be plantable by summer. No digging; no sweat.


1. Once you've decided where to build a new garden bed, mark the plot's perimeter using stones or bricks. Spread corrugated cardboard on top of the lawn. Saturate it, using a garden hose. On top of the cardboard, spread a layer of newspaper, 6 sheets thick.

2. Spread a 3- to 6-inch layer of compost on top of the paper. If you don't make your own compost, find a municipal source, or substitute half commercial topsoil or potting soil and half composted manure. Now let the weather and earthworms do the work, decomposing the layers.

3. An ideal planting bed awaits you after several months. Now's the best time to install drip irrigation or a soaker hose, before you plant. Edge the bed, if you wish, with decorative materials such as bricks, stones, or landscape timbers. If the bed is large, such as a boulevard garden between sidewalk and street, lay out paths before you plant.

Source: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care/building-a-flower-bed-without-digging/
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Another summer and another battle with those pesky dandelions that seem to be overpopulating my yard!  With dogs and children running around the yards, it's not a good idea to use nasty chemicals to kill these buggers!  Here are some natural solutions I found that have worked for me:


1. The best solution would be to get on your hands and knees and start pulling the weeds out.  Water the yard first to soften the soil or wait after it rains, to make it easier to pull the roots out. Use a knife blade, screwdriver, or "dandelion puller" alongside the deep root and pry it loose a little before pulling. You can spray some vinegar onto any remaining root system you can't pull but be careful not to get vinegar onto your grass.  The vinegar will damage anything it touches.


2. When boiling potatoes or pasta, drain out the boiling water and pour onto the weeds.  The scaling water will shrivel up the weeds in a couple of days.


3. Cover low growing weeds like clover and crabgrass with several layers of newspaper.  Eventually they will die off due to the lack of sunlight.  Newspaper is excellent for building flower beds as it composts into a rich, loose loam.


4. Applying a teaspoon of salt at the base of the weeds when the weather and soil is dry will kill the roots. Although you have to be careful when using salt around concrete as it can erode the surface.


5. Sprinkle handfuls of baking soda onto the cracks of your paved patios, driveways and walkways and simply sweep it into the cracks. The added sodium will make it less hospitable for weeds to grow.


6. Pour undiluted bleach over the weeds in the cracks and crevices of your driveway. After a day or two, you can easily pull them out and the bleach will prevent them from returning. Be careful not to get any bleach on your grass or other plants.


7. Plant more ground covers, flowers and garden crops to 'out-compete' the weeds for sunlight, water and soil nutrients. Same principle applies to maintaining a thick and healthy lawn which will reduce the number of weeds. Aerating your lawn and overseeding works wonders for a healthy lawn!


8. If all else fails, EAT THEM!!! Dandelions are considered by herbalists as a valuable herb that acan be used as food and medicine. Containing a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc, these easy growing herbs are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, teas, and wines. Traditionally, the roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems, kidney diseases, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, upset stomach, diabetes and cancer although no solid scientific evidence has been able to prove its effectiveness.


As always keep me updated with any new "green" tips you can share!  I hope these work for you!

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No community is immune from grow ops. They’re more widespread than most people realize, but together we can find them – and get rid of them.


A grow op not only damages the host home, but the community it’s set up in. Learn to spot the signs of a grow op and get it out of your neighbourhood.


View Interactive Guide http://justice.alberta.ca/programs_services/safe/growop/Pages/spot/index.html


Download Full PDF: http://justice.alberta.ca/programs_services/safe/growop/Pages/spot/pdf/HOW-TO-IDENTIFY-A-GROW-OP.pdf

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I have listed a new property at 55 FIELDING DR SE in CALGARY.
This home has been meticulously cared for and shows very well. The extra large 50x140 lot is perfect for entertaining, gardening, or having a retreat away from home. There are two firepits for those fun summer nights. As well, a space cleared for a portable pool which is included in the price ! There are 3 bedrooms on the main floor, as well as an open renovated kitchen. The basement is developed and has enough room for bar, pool table, shuffleboard, bedroom, bath and family room. Please note the basement bathroom will be complete upon sale of the home and is currently under renovation. There is an extra area out back of the home to park a small rv or trailer as well. This home is well priced and would be perfect for a family or couple. The living room and dining room are large and contain built in shelving, and pantry. Measurements for 3rd & 4th bedroom are estimated. This is a perfect home that shows extremely well.
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