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Do It Yourself Soil pH Test

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 …

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 …

Interior Design

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 …

Why privacy must be baked into the Internet of Things

<i>This article is part of a series called The Future is Smart: How the Internet of things is changing business</i><p><i>Follow the series at tgam.ca/internet</i><p><i>Ann Cavoukian, PhD, is executive director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University and former three-term information and privacy</i> …

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 …

Canadian Real Estate

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 …

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 …

Investing

Quite Possibly The Easiest DIY Decorating Idea Ever

(Image credit: Bridgett Shepard)<p>Bridgett wrote in to share photos of her recently completed bedroom, and showed us this super simple way to tweak a …

DIY

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 …

Cooking

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 …

Entrepreneurship

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 …

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, …

Landscape Photography

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 …

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