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We're always told to test for our soil pH. It's not one of the more fun or interesting tasks of tending a garden, but it really is crucial. Plants …

Gardening

26 Photo Accent Walls That Will Blow Your Mind

A photo mural is an oversized photo that takes the whole wall or several walls and looks rather realistic. Photo murals are a modern and cool way to …

Murals

This REIT's growth and income make it an attractive investment

The first-quarter earnings season gets under way in the United States next week. According to a recent FactSet Earnings Insight report, first-quarter earnings for companies in the S&P 500 index are anticipated to decline 8.5 per cent from the previous year, which would represent the fourth …

Did anyone actually do anything illegal?

Governments and politicians around the world are promising to take action against possible tax evasion by citizens and companies in the wake of a massive leak of 11.5 million documents from a Panama-based law firm.<p>How tax probes are taking shape after Panama Papers leak<p>1:48<p>The massive documents …

Ontario climate plan to offer subsidies for energy retrofits, electric cars

Environment Minister Glen Murray is pledging to give every building in Ontario an energy retrofit and offer more subsidies for electric cars as the province ramps up its battle against climate change.<p>In a wide-ranging speech to business leaders at the Empire Club in Toronto on Thursday, Mr. Murray …

Just how safe is the 'safe' world of syndicated mortgages?

The condo boom has seen investors pour billions into syndicated mortgages. They’re pitched as high return, low risk investments—but is that too good …

Leslie Beck: Clean up your pantry to amp up nutrition (and flavour)

If you followed the advice in my column last week, you've spring cleaned your fridge. You might have tossed out old leftovers and dated condiments and moved the nuts from the cupboard to the fridge.<p>Or perhaps you were inspired to cook a batch of dried chickpeas.<p>Now it's time to move on to the …

eBay Buying Guides

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Misery may not be over yet for Canadian stock investors

Canada's benchmark stock index Monday snapped what was its longest losing streak in more than a decade. But the 242.1-point rally, a gain of 1.85 per cent, still leaves the TSX as one of the world's worst performing developed markets this year.<p>After a brief 1.7-per-cent rally in October, the …

Your RRSP and TFSA questions answered

Your questions have been piling up in the my inbox, and today I'll answer two of them.<p>Just a reminder: I receive a lot of readers' e-mails, and I can't answer all of them personally. However, I read all of your questions and use them to formulate column ideas that, I hope, will resonate broadly …

Smart Investing Strategies For 2015

(<i>The following is adapted from the new book, Jonathan Clements Money Guide 2015</i>.)<p>Reviewing your investment strategy for 2015? Start with these five steps:<p><b>1. Calculate your portfolio’s current split across stocks, bonds, cash investments and alternative investments.</b> This basic asset allocation is …

Quite Possibly The Easiest DIY Decorating Idea Ever

Bridgett wrote in to share photos of her recently completed bedroom, and showed us this super simple way to tweak a space using just a tiny bit of …

Fully loaded: 5 Super Bowl-worthy potato skin recipes you need in your life

There's a reason why potato skins have been a go-to party snack for decades: They're inexpensive, simple to make and, once you add meat and cheese, become a satisfying mini-meal for your guests.<p>Although the traditional cheddar-chive mash-up is certainly delicious, the mild-tasting, versatile potato …

2014 - The Year In Energy

The year 2014, ending today, saw a lot of exciting, and horrible, things happen in the energy world:<p>- OPEC’s battle with the United States produced the lowest gasoline prices since 2009 (Brookings)<p>- Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced in September plans to construct a “Giga factory” in Nevada to pump out …

14 Meaningless Phrases That Will Make You Sound Like A Stock-Market Wizard

A handful of analysts speak English. But the vast majority don't.<p>Rather, they speak a language unique to the investment business.<p>This language consists of market phrases that sound intelligent but don't mean anything.<p>The phrases don't <i>sound</i> like they don't mean anything, of course. On the contrary, …

Stock Markets

7 Things No One Told Me About Being an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many people become entrepreneurs because they want to take charge of their financial future and enjoy the freedom entrepreneurship can provide. While the allure of entrepreneurship is strong, there are some realities you should be aware …

Tips for Using Shutter Speed Creatively

Shutter speed is one of those things that is initially a problem to be solved, but once you do that it becomes a tool that allows you to take better …

Shutter Speed

The Story Behind this Powerful Photo of a Black Boy Hugging a White Cop at a Ferguson Demonstration

Amidst the many photos of hate, anger, sadness and sometimes outright destruction that have flooded the media since a grand jury decided not to …

An Intro to Line, Shape, and Form in Photography

There are many elements of composition that form the building blocks of photography: lines, shape, form, texture, pattern, and the rule of thirds, …

So-Called Healthy Foods That Aren't Healthy (VIDEO)

We're sorry to have to tell you this, but your loaf of 100 per cent whole wheat bread and so-called freshly squeezed bottled fruit juice have to …

The 11 Paint Colors That Will Be Hot Next

The most popular paint colors now.<p>We went straight to the source — the paint companies — to find out what's happening now. Find out the popular paint color trends before anyone else does.

Home Decorating

DIY dipped kitchen jars

Place masking tape on each jar depending on how much you want to “dip” them.<p>Use your letter stickers as stencils to paint the words you want on each …

Four ways investors are fooling themselves with fixed-income alternatives

Some of the most creative – and suspect – investment thinking of the past few years comes from people trying to deke around low bond and GIC yields.<p>The more investors substitute other assets for bonds and guaranteed investment certificates, the more risk they add to their portfolios. Let's look at …

Seven important tax tips to consider before year-end

What's on your to-do list before year-end? At my house, we talked about this over dinner last weekend. My son, Win, turned 16 recently and so driving as much as possible is on his list. I'm not sure he's really ready for the road.<p>I asked him a simple question: "Who has the right of way when four …

Retirement

50 Recipe Projects to Tackle This Weekend

Epic moussaka, layers of lasagna, tamales, soup dumplings, and more recipes that are worth the work.<p>Are you counting down to the weekend and/or a nice long break from work? You're probably planning on going to a museum, cleaning your house, or catching up on your favorite TV shows. But why not …

Cooking