Volume 8 Issue 3
By Referral Only™
Update - Julie's health:
In late September Julie was given the good news by her oncologist at PMH that she was in remission.
A recent speech she gave to a group of friends is printed opposite with her helpful advice to other, reflecting the positive spirit with which she is living through this crisis.
There are many of feelings to be processed over all of this, and now hopefully the physical fight is done. Now it is necessary for Julie to focus on her emotional wellbeing, as well as to continue to rest!
Toronto's Rental Market
The vacancy rate for privately initiated rental apartments was 0.6% in 2000, down from 1999's 0.9%, and well below the Canada-wide average of 1.6%.
Rents increased in Toronto for all apartment classes. Bachelor units averaged $683 per month, a 8.8% increase from 1999; one-bedroom units reached $830 per month, a 7.8% increase; two-bedroom rents climbed 6.9% to $979 per month; and three or more bedroom units increased 7.7% to $1,165 per month.
Note: the Rent Review Guideline mandates an increase of 2.6% for 2000, and 2.9% for 2001
Second Suites In Toronto
In an effort to increase the supply of affordable housing, Toronto City Council passed a by-law last year that legalized second suites, also known as accessory apartments.
A second suite is a self-contained unit (rental or rent-free) in a single-detached or semi-detached house. Most second suites are basement apartments.
Conditions of putting
in a suite
- Must be self-contained with own Kitchen & Bath.
- House, including any additions must be at least 5 years old.
- Floor area of second suite must be smaller than the remaining unit.
- In most cases, homes with a second suite must have at least 2 parking spaces and parking can be in tandem (one behind the other).
- Parking exception in former City of Toronto (R2, R3, R4 districts) where only 1 parking space required
- Exterior appearance of property must be approved.
- All new second suites must comply with the Ontario Building Code & require a building permit.
- Existing second suites must comply with Fire Code as well as zoning & property standards.
- The unit will have to be inspected by the Fire Department. There is a fee for the inspection & suite may be required to be upgraded to meet the Code.
- Little change to value for property tax purposes if suite is in basement
Call us for more specific information in your area.
Chit Chat Column
Wedding BellsCongratulations to Jennifer Tassie & John Wyman, who tied the knot in August at their summer cottage among friends & family.
Many Babies to Welcome!Ryan Thomas Hugh Koch - Born August 17, 2000 – Andrea & Andreas are proud 1st time parents!
Sophie Mila Bannerman - Born August 10, 2000 – Nicole, Brent & big brother Tristan are thrilled.
Alison Ross - This summer successfully completed her exams and is now a member of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. She is now working on a presitigious fellowship through the University of Toronto.
Jennifer Eberts & her husband Gerard Geling moved back from Holland to Robert's Creek on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.
Running For Cancer
Joyce Burnside raised over $1100.00 for Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation when she completed the marathon on Sunday October 15th, 2000. Way to go!
Music's All Around Us
Watch out for Rolston Miller bassist with the band Vicky Von Vicky. They are getting air time on Breakfast Television, and played at the popular Horshoe Tavern recently! We knew you when…
If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.Unknown
What They Got
A continuing column of our recent sales
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A few words from Julie...
I am hoping that my story may positively affect your life or that of someone you love.
Last October, I was itching my skin, and I found a lump in my breast. I was later diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
I saved my own life when I found the lump in my breast. If it had been 5 months later at my annual physical, it probably would have been too late.
I wasn’t even looking for it – imagine if you are checking regularly!
PLEASE – DO YOUR BREAST SELF EXAMS.
One of the greatest lessons that I have learned this year is one of Unconditional Love & Respect for others:
I may look like a healthy young woman – but in the past year I have undergone 6 months of chemotherapy, 4 weeks of daily radiation, 3 operations, 2 nuclear medicine gallium scans, 4 tattoos for the radiation treatment, numerous ct scans, had bone marrow removed,etc. YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW FROM LOOKING AT ME.
So instead of getting quickly annoyed at a stranger when driving, or when in the grocery store etc. I remember that I can’t know what is going on in their lives.
And lastly the power of support & prayers.
I spent months at home isolated from the rest of the world.
The many many Prayers, calls, e-mails, letters, care packages, well wishes, flowers & messages kept my spirits up.
If you have friends who are sick - DON’T BE SHY.
Take the initiative, although you may not receive a direct response.
The primary care givers also need that outside support.
To do your Breast Self – Exams
You can’t judge a person by their looks
Take the initiative with your friends or family who are sick.
Thanks for your time, and God Bless.
Romantic Stories Contest: Everyone's a Winner!!
Jasmine Akbarali & Alan Bowman, both lawyers at the same firm met in a boardroom crowded with documents. So, they entered the contest with a romantic family tale...
Jasmine's aunt lives in Finland. One day she was walking down the street when a Japanese man literally ran into her and knocked her to the ground. He helped her up, apologized and walked away. Her aunt told a friend that day that she would marry that man.
That night, she scoured the bars looking for him. He went out to all the bars looking for her. They met up, fell in love, & had 6 kids! He was a pastry chef in Japan, on his way to France. An interesting footnote: he had to give up pastry cheffing because it turns out he is allergic to Finnish flour! They have been married 30 years now, and have just had their fourth grandchild!
Grand prize - romantic dinner for 2!
Next issue we have another wonderful story to share!