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CONTENTS COVER STORY

22 HARBOURTOWN VILLAGE SILVERGATE’S HIDDEN GEM AT ERIE BEACH IN FORT ERIE

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36 COLUMNS

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Simply Tech Fitbit Charge 5 the most advanced health and wellness tracker

20 Fitness Advice Don’t let age define what you can and can’t do

24 Legally Speaking Investing in your future

26 Western View

46 New Home Communities 40 Parkland Luxury Residences

IN THE LEAD

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Addressing housing for today and tomorrow

Tranquility by the lake – live the lifestyle you deserve

46 Braestone Estates A final chapter in Georgian’s remarkable story

Personal Finance Four signs it’s time to refinance your mortgage

36 In The Garden The best tomatoes on the block

66 Take Two In praise of David Cronenberg

Contributors

INTERIORS

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Active Life Online

48 Decor

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In The Spotlight GTA new home market slows in April; more news on pages 15 and 16

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Editor’s Note

Candidates must address housing crisis for today and tomorrow

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30 Destinations Ontario Fort Erie

All-white kitchens a clean, classic look always in style

50 Big Style Six interior design mistakes to avoid

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EDITOR’S NOTE

ADDRESSING HOUSING FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

WAYNE KARL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Active Life Magazine

EMAIL: wayne.karl@nexthome.ca TWITTER: @WayneKarl

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By the time you read this issue of Active Life, the provincial election will have passed and we will have re-elected the Conservatives, or chosen to go in a new path with a new premier. However Ontarians voted, it’s clear that housing will be part of the province’s agenda for years to come, and rightly so. If you’re in the active adult demographic, you’re likely to have benefited from years of homeownership, and are now in a position to downsize, rightsize, or otherwise to move to a community that truly suits your lifestyle. Some of the most pressing issues facing the housing industry in Ontario – namely supply and affordability – may not affect you too directly. But they absolutely do impact the homebuying wishes and abilities of your kids, grandkids and other future generations. Indeed, the issues matter to them, to you, to all of us. And regardless of whether your chosen candidate won on June 2, or how you felt about the various party leaders’ proposals to address the housing issues, the conversation will continue. It matters. For further context, see our Western View column on page 26 in this issue. Mike Collins-Williams, CEO of the West End Home Builders’ Association (an area, by the way, which is home to numerous active adult communities), explains the extent to which these issues are hurting all of us. “One-and-a-half million homes,” he writes. “That’s how many homes need to be built over the next decade, just to keep up with Ontario’s expected population growth. At our current rate, we are simply not building enough to keep up with that demand.” The numbers – not just the amount of homes we need to build, but the price growth that has resulted from our housing policy to date – are staggering. And they affect us all. Meanwhile, if you’re in the market for a new home in an active adult community, there are some real gems available in various areas in the province, as content in this issue illustrates. So, enjoy your new-home buying experience. You’ve earned it. And, hopefully, as the housing industry challenges are addressed, future generations can, too.

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CONTRIBUTORS

PERSONAL FINANCE | JESSE ABRAMS Jesse Abrams is Co-Founder at Homewise, a mortgage advisory and brokerage firm based in Toronto. thinkhomewise.com

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Jacky Hill, jacky.hill@nexthome.ca EXECUTIVE MEDIA CONSULTANT

Michael Rosset

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF – NATIONAL REAL ESTATE

Susan Legge, susan.legge@nexthome.ca EDITOR-IN-CHIEF – GREATER TORONTO AREA

Wayne Karl, wayne.karl@nexthome.ca MANAGING EDITOR

WESTERN VIEW | MIKE COLLINS-WILLIAMS Mike Collins-Williams, RPP, MCIP, is CEO West End Home Builders’ Association. westendhba.ca.

Rise Levy, rise.levy@nexthome.ca GARDEN EDITOR

Mark Cullen CONTRIBUTORS

Jesse Abrams, Ben Cullen, Mike Collins-Williams, Greg Gazin, Bruce Kirkland, Agnes Ramsay, Jayson Schwarz

GARDENING | BEN AND MARK CULLEN Mark Cullen is a Member of the Order of Canada, and provides gardening advice to more than two million Canadians each week. Ben Cullen’s specialty is food gardening. markcullen.com; Facebook @MarkCullenGardening and Pinterest @MarkCullenGardening.

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Amanda Bell 416.830.2911, amanda.bell@nexthome.ca TECH | GREG GAZIN Greg Gazin is a syndicated tech columnist, blogger, podcaster, and contributes to canoe.com, Troy Media and Active Life magazine. gadgetguy.ca

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SALES & MARKETING CO-ORDINATORS

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TAKE TWO | BRUCE KIRKLAND

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How to prepare for the hot – and possibly extended – busy homebuying season DEVELOPMENT

DeSantis Homes marks Grimsby’s centennial with project of the century

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

GTA NEW HOME MARKET SLOWS IN APRIL The GTA new home market showed signs of slowing in April, from the exceptionally strong pace of the past year, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) reports. Total April new home sales of 3,645 units were down 29 per cent from April 2021 though still six per cent above the 10-year average, according to Altus Group, BILD’s official source for new home market intelligence. Single-family homes, including detached, linked and semi-detached houses and townhouses (excluding stacked townhouses), accounted for 571 units sold, down 47 per cent from last April and 54 per cent below the 10-year average. Sales of new condominium apartments, including units in low-, mid- and highrise buildings, stacked townhouses and loft units, with 3,074 units sold, were down 24 per cent from April 2021, but 40 per cent above the 10-year average. It was the fourth highest number of condominium apartment sales for April since Altus Group started tracking in 2000. “The unpredictability in construction costs, the supply chain disruptions

and the strikes our industry is currently experiencing are expected to impact housing supply in the GTA in the coming months,” says Dave Wilkes, BILD president and CEO. “Combined with the factors affecting the larger economy, we are likely to see some volatility in the housing market in the months ahead.” “New condominium apartment sales are down from last year, but would have been viewed as robust in the pre-COVID world,” adds Edward Jegg, research manager at Altus Analytics, Altus Group. “The headwinds of rising interest rates and soaring inflation are starting to

act as a drag after an exceptional 16 months. Meanwhile, singlefamily sales continue to languish as affordability issues persist.” The benchmark price for new singlefamily homes in April was $1.78 million, which was up 28.1 per cent over the last 12 months. New condo units rose to $1.19 million, up 12.3 per cent over the last 12 months. Due to a number of new project openings in April, total new home remaining inventory increased, compared to the previous month, to 9,327 units, comprised of 7,936 condominium units and 1,391 singlefamily lots.

APRIL NEW HOME SALES BY MUNICIPALITY Highrise

Lowrise

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2021

2020

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2021

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2022

2021

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Durham

257

141

6

95

288

79

352

429

85

Halton

714

330

44

33

104

49

747

434

93

Peel

258

733

20

190

261

54

448

994

74

Toronto

1,620

1,779

338

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16

13

1,622

1,795

351

York

225

1,051

86

251

411

119

476

1,462

205

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4,034

494

3,645

5,114

808

6,719

9,148

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In the spotlIght

REALTORS CALL ON PROVINCIAL LEADERS TO SAVE THE DREAM OF HOMEOWNERSHIP Leading up to the provincial election on June 2, Ontario realtors were calling on all political parties and candidates to prioritize housing policies that will ensure future generations have a shot at owning a home. Released by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), the 2022 Election Housing Platform: A Home for Everyone puts forward solutions to save the dream of homeownership in Ontario. “As of March, 10 out of 36 real estate markets in Ontario had an average home price over a million dollars, and six others are on the verge of breaking the million-dollar mark,” says OREA CEO Tim Hudak. “High prices are driving young families right out of the province to find a home they can afford. Ontario stands to lose its edge as one of the most attractive places to raise a family or start a business because of the runaway cost of housing. For a political party to win in June, they need to show voters they have the solutions for Ontario’s housing affordability crisis.” OREA’s platform offers eight bold solutions to address Ontario’s housing affordability crisis, including: • Doubling the Land Transfer Tax (LTT) Rebate for First-Time Home Buyers: To keep pace with the rapid increase to housing prices, the LTT should be indexed to inflation and doubled from $4,000 to $8,000. • Ending Exclusionary Zoning: Local zoning rules continue to hold back much needed starter homes that people can afford. The Province should use the Planning Act to implement as-of-right zoning in Ontario’s highest-demand urban neighbourhoods to allow for the building of duplexes, triplexes and

fourplexes on lots traditionally zoned for single-family housing. • Getting dirty money out of Ontario Real Estate: The government of Ontario should create an Ontariomade public beneficial ownership registry that would require home purchasers to identify themselves to land titled authorities to reduce instances of money laundering through real estate. “What used to be a GTA issue, is now a province-wide problem,” says OREA President Stacey Evoy. “Smaller, more rural communities are seeing rapid increases in housing prices unlike any other time in history. The housing affordability crisis will not fix itself. We are at a turning point and Ontario needs significant leadership

from the government to ensure more Ontarians can find a great place to call home.” Limited housing supply, pandemicrelated factors and changing demographics have resulted in skyrocketing housing prices across the province. Ontario home prices have tripled in the last 10 years, OREA says, but average household incomes have increased only 30 per cent. According to a recent affordability report from the National Bank of Canada, it would take 26.5 years – or 318 months – for a Toronto resident (making $195,000) to save a down payment on an average priced home in the city. For more information, visit ahomeforeveryone.info. nexthome.ca 15


IN THE SPOTLIGHT

MAJORITY SUPPORT EXPANDING INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT MORE HOUSING: POLL New public opinion research by IPSOS, released by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), demonstrates that 71 per cent of those surveyed agree with expanding municipal boundaries to enable more housing to be built at the periphery of GTA municipalities. Similarly, 78 per cent of those surveyed support the building of more roads and highways to support residents and growth in the GTA. “It is not a question of choosing between building more homes to accommodate a growing population and protecting the environment,” says Dave Wilkes, president and CEO of BILD. “While those opposed to taking the necessary steps to accommodate the GTA’s present and future growth like to present these as stark ‘either-or’ decisions, the reality is that with modern land development, building techniques and regulatory requirements, we know it is possible to balance both.” The survey found that less than half of GTA residents (44 per cent) are aware of the regulatory framework that governs the environmental aspects of building new homes and that only one-third of GTA residents (35 per cent) felt that building a new housing community is bad for the environment. When these groups were made aware of the regulatory requirements and industry environmental practices, more than a third were less likely to believe building homes harms the environment and this rose to over half when informed of the energy efficiency of new homes. “There is a clear disconnect between perception and reality,” says Sean Simpson, senior vice-president, Ipsos Public Affairs. “The majority of GTA residents clearly favour the

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addition of more housing supply and transportation infrastructure. Of the minority who believe that building homes is bad for the environment, a large percentage (56 per cent) are not aware of the regulations and practices already in place to protect the environment, and many report that their opinion shifts when presented with the facts.” The research found that a majority of GTA residents (92 per cent) agree that we are in the middle of a housing affordability crisis. Four in five also agree that we are in the middle of a housing shortage crisis (81 per cent) and that we must balance environmental regulation with the need to build more homes more quickly (81 per cent). However, local opposition to adding housing supply within existing communities remains strong, with more than half (55 per cent) of residents opposing

the construction of a highrise condo within a half-km of their residence, and slightly less than half (47 per cent) of residents opposing a midrise building within a half-km of their residence. “There is almost unanimous agreement that the GTA is suffering from a housing supply and affordability crisis and that adding supply is the solution,” says Wilkes. “This must be done by adding gentle density in existing communities and enabling new, denser, more land-efficient development at the peripheries of GTA municipalities. “This research demonstrates to our leaders that the public supports the idea that growth and environmental protection can be balanced. By taking action now, a legacy can be created to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and preserve our collective quality of life.”


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ADVICE | SIMPLY TECH

FITBIT CHARGE 5 THE MOST ADVANCED HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRACKER

GREG GAZIN

Consider what you and the world have endured over the past two years. There’s no better reason to jump on the health and wellness bandwagon. If you’re seriously pondering trading in that wristwatch for a health and fitness tracker, then the latest Fitbit Charge 5 is the one to take along for the ride. It may help you turn over that new leaf, helping you keep a pulse on your stress, heart health fitness, typical daily activities and overall wellbeing, regardless of your age or daily activity level. Fitness trackers have come a long way since the pedometer, the original step-counter that’s gone the way of Sears, Blockbuster video and the dodo bird. Ownership and utility are no longer just for obsessive health nuts and those who simply 18 Active Life |   June 4–July 30, 2022

want to shed weight, get fit or simply get in their 10,000 steps a day. Even better, newer devices are no longer big, clunky and odd shaped – in fact, they’re downright stylish – like a typical wristwatch. And now they’re affordable. To top it all off, they’re app-enabled and can easily connect wirelessly to hundreds of devices, such as iOS and Android smartphones and tablets for even greater functionality. REDESIGNED ADDED FUNCTIONALITY

The latest iteration of the Fitbit Charge series, the Charge 5 has taken health and wellness tracking up a huge notch. It’s been redesigned, maintaining for the most part the functionally of the Charge 4, its predecessor. It gets a new body and an entirely new look. Gone is the plastic housing, swapped for a still sleek and sturdy slightly thinner and rounder stainless-steel case. The greyscale touch screen and side button are a thing of the past,

replaced with a colour AMOLED screen which is twice as bright, and which you can now see much better in direct sunlight, and a plethora of new coloured watch faces. EDA STRESS-MONITORING AND ECG

Its two largest enhancements by far are the EDA sensor, which measures your body’s stress response and its ECG capabilities, a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart. The former measures stress by monitoring even the most minute changes in the sweat glands of your fingers through a simple two-minute test. The latter, a 30-second test, records electrical signals and looks for signs of AFib – atrial fibrillation – an irregular heart rhythm that might necessitate a conversation with your doctor. It already has a built-in heart rate sensor that measures your pulse 24/7. You can optionally set up monitoring to alert you if your heart rate goes outside a desired range. While many factors can affect your heart rate,


a high or low heart rate may be an indication of a heart condition that requires medical attention. Beyond heart health, the Health Metrics dashboard in the Fitbit app offers a holistic view of other key wellness metrics. These include your breathing rate, variations in your skin temperature and SpO2 , a measurement to estimate your blood oxygen saturation level while you sleep. Active Zone Minutes can also alert you to a target heart rate during a workout. With the Premium app, you can also track long-term trends and personal ranges. Some of the other new features include a Water Lock, so the screen will not illuminate, wasting valuable battery power when in the water, an Always-on mode if you want to continually monitor your stats while working out without the display turning off. Other features added to the Charge 4 model in 2020 and still present in the Charge 5 are builtin GPS functionality added to keep track of your location-based workouts, the ability to save your data, navigate through adventures in real time, share the journey with friends and family and, on occasion, even leave your phone behind. And Sleep Mode turns off notifications and disables the screen, so you’re not disturbed at night. Fitbit never sleeps, but it can keep tabs on you when you do. Ever wonder how much deep sleep, light sleep, REM sleep or how much time you’re awake during the night? The app tracks that. A lifting of the wrist quickly displays the date and the number of steps taken. Tap it again and see your

heart rate and again for the distance travelled today, calories you’ve burned and more. A quick swipe gives easy access to a stopwatch and a battery indicator that gives a visual and a percentage of battery life remaining, so you know when it’s time to recharge. What you see and when will, of course, depend on which of the more than 20 virtual watch faces you select from the companion app. FUNCTIONALITY BEYOND HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Beyond health alerts and tracking of your activities, the Fitbit shines when partnered with a smartphone or tablet. From the app’s dashboard, you can set fitness goals, track workout routines and embark on new challenges. The app offers weight and nutrition guidance and tools, and measures your hydration. You can also use it for some of your daily work or home-related activities. ALARM ALERTS AND MESSAGE CAPABILITIES

Functions of the Fitbit I’m now hard pressed to do without. and you might be too, are alarms, alerts and messaging capabilities. While you might think of these as redundant smartphone features, having them built in is a definite plus – especially if your phone isn’t handy. Alarms are handy for more than just a morning wake-up. They can be used to alert you of an appointment or perhaps a reminder to take medications. And instead of a loud racket disturbing the entire household, your Fitbit will gently vibrate to notify you. And it has a snooze button as well. Fitbit can also be configured to receive notifications. It will vibrate and, with a quick glance, you’ll see calendar alerts, text messages and who’s calling your phone. This can be extremely handy, especially when pulling out your phone is inconvenient or just not a good idea, You’re also able to accept or reject a phone call – of course, there’s no mic or speaker to take the call. If you

have an Android phone, you can also use your Fitbit to send back quick auto-replies. And finally, another handy feature is FitBit Pay, enabling you to make contactless payments from your wrist – if it’s supported by your financial institution. (There are only a select few in Canada). Battery life is rated at seven days without recharging. Results will depend on many factors, including display use and GPS connectivity, amongst others. I’ve been typically getting about four or five days. This is just an insight into some of the vast number of features and benefits of the Fitbit Charge 5. There is also a full array of accessories and a wristband to suit any taste. If you want to step up your health and wellness gig with a little added functionality and are not necessarily in the market for a full-fledged smartwatch like a tablet shrunk down to fit on your wrist, then the Fitbit Charge 5 is certainly the charm regardless of age or level of activity. It is important to note that these types of devices are designed for general wellness, and certainly not a replacement for proper medical attention. The Fitbit Charge 5 is available in three colours and retails in Canada for $199.95 and includes six-month free trial of the premium app membership.

Greg Gazin is a syndicated tech columnist, blogger, podcaster, and contributes to canoe.com, Troy Media and Active Life magazine. gadgetguy.ca

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ADVICE | FITNESS

DEFYING AGE DON’T LET THE NUMBER OF YOUR YEARS DEFINE WHAT YOU CAN OR CAN’T DO

AGNES RAMSAY

Years ago, a client told me that she and her husband had decided to sell their home where they had raised their children, invested time, energy and finances into making it “perfect,” including a beautiful sunroom where they enjoyed morning coffee, evening reading and looked out on lovely, low-maintenance perennial gardens. Her reply when I asked why genuinely shocked me. At 60, she was anticipating that they would no longer be capable of doing the upkeep and was especially worried that they soon would not be able navigate the stairs. I get it. Downsizing makes sense. Why have unnecessary space requiring upkeep, or perhaps you physically cannot, or finances are tight. But what I was noticing was a trend to what I have termed “anticipatory disability.” Neither my client nor her husband were physically incapable, but were anticipating that they would become “less able.” The truth is, many of us do struggle with physical limitations. Bad backs, knee issues and arthritis are realities of aging. Both my husband and I have some of each. However, it is essential to continue to work your body to keep muscle tone. My mother never stepped foot in a gym. Her workout was managing the home and gardens and walking everywhere. Her body was strong to her last breath at 99. A year-and-half ago, my husband and I moved from a suburban home

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to a sprawling century home on almost an acre, when I was 59 years of age. It was a dream for me. I love century homes, and had always wanted one that had good bones, so I could give it new life. I’ve wanted to grow my own veggies, to be in nature with outdoor activities a step away, to have room to host our friends and family. Before moving, much of my time was spent at my computer for work. My physical and mental health was starting to struggle. I know that studies strongly support being outside, as it can lead to significant health benefits, including improved blood pressure, boost in mental health and decreased cancer risk. I wanted to be somewhere that was conducive to promoting this lifestyle. So, I’ve built raised gardens boxes, moved dirt, gravel, furniture, run countless times up and down the three level of stairs, planned and executed renovations inside and out, and hosted many family and friends. Is it all rainbows and butterflies? Of course not. And when it gets to be too much, we will move.

In the meantime, I am still working, so I take breaks and get outside almost every day. That is why they make raincoats and down jackets. Even if I don’t feel like it, I tell myself I’m only going to weed the one garden bed, or walk around the block; once I’m out, it always amounts to more. Consequently, I am mentally stronger than I ever have been, and physically I feel decades younger. My time in front of the computer is also more productive, so it is a win-win. To be clear, I’m not advising you to do this. It’s not your dream (and always remember, not to start a physical program without the approval of your family doctor). I am only saying don’t let the number of your years define what it is you can or can’t do. Don’t let fear hold you back. After all, we told our children they could be anything they wanted to be. Maybe building a garden box isn’t your journey, but walking your local trail system is. Start today. Even if it’s just one small step at a time. Start slow and build it up. If your knees are a problem, stay on a flat surface and wear a brace. Go at an easy pace to start, but slowly push yourself and know that the reward of conquering a physical or mental fear is just as rewarding now, as it was so many years ago.

Agnes Ramsay is a Registered Nurse, Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach who specializes in Electric Muscle Stimulation Training. agnes.ramsay@xbodyworld.com

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FORT ERIE: NIAGARA’S HIDDEN GEM WELCOME TO HARBOURTOWN VILLAGE AT ERIE BEACH BY SILVERGATE HOMES Fort Erians have the best of both worlds: Quiet, beach town living, yet with superb access to big city amenities. So, it’s no surprise that the town – with its convenient QEW access – is now on the radar for many couples, families and downsizers choosing to escape urban hustle and bustle to set down roots in scenic, relaxed Niagara. Until now, few knew much about this hidden gem on Niagara’s south coast. But word is getting out. It’s a thriving community of more than 30,000 that, like the rest of the Niagara Region, is becoming increasingly attractive to GTAers. There may be no better opportunity to make Fort Erie home than 22 Active Life |   June 4–July 30, 2022

Harbourtown Village, by awardwinning Silvergate Homes. One of Niagara’s most accomplished homebuilders, with a 40-year track record of quality and service, Silvergate is well known in the area for building upscale communities in unique locales. Harbourtown Village is poised to be the jewel in the Silvergate Homes’ portfolio of beautifully and meticulously crafted homes. The community comprises a limited collection of single-family homes and townhomes, in a secluded area along Lakeshore Road, between Historic Fort Erie and popular Waverly Beach (just one of many beaches that dot the Lake Erie shoreline – Fort Erie

has more waterfront than any other municipality in Niagara). The property itself is reclaimed land from what was once a famous hot spot, the Erie Beach Amusement Park, which 100 years ago attracted steamship ferries, roaring 20s big band orchestras and hundreds of thousands of visitors. The location is exceptional. Case in point: Silvergate’s nearby Amuse by the Lake community sold out in a matter of weeks in 2017. “Our homebuyers were absolutely thrilled to move to such a unique location,” says Mike Passero, vice-president of Silvergate Homes. “With Harbourtown Village, we’re excited to recreate such an opportunity all over again and


welcome people to this awesome beachfront community.” Silvergate Homes indeed brings Harbourtown Village to life – an upscale lakeview neighbourhood with a perfect synergy of modern design and small-town charm. Passionately designed, Silvergate fuses striking exteriors, unique lines and exceptional spaces. The homes at Harbourtown Village are a testament to superior craftsmanship and true luxury living. Harbourtown Village is a place to call home like no other. A short jaunt to the waterfront, where Lake Erie begins its flow into the mighty Niagara River, this exceptional location combines the tranquility of Niagara’s south coast with the convenience of amenity-rich living. Fort Erie is home to dozens of major retail, restaurant and banking chains, making every day errands easy and convenient. If you need something more specialized, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines are only 20 and 30 minutes away, respectively,

with big box stores and major shopping malls including the Outlet Collection at Niagara, the Pen Centre and Canada One Outlets. Fort Erie’s growth in recent years was a key factor in the siting of the new South Niagara Hospital, with groundbreaking targeted for later this year. The state-of-art-facility – to be the biggest in Niagara by square footage – will be built about five minutes away from Fort Erie’s boundaries and about 15 minutes from the Harbourtown community. A thing that sets Fort Erie apart from almost every other small Ontario community is its proximity to a major U.S. city. Buffalo is just a hop, skip and jump away. With the Peace Bridge now reopened after a long pandemic-driven shutdown, Fort Erians are eagerly returning to their cross-border traditions. Buffalo offers a whole new world of entertainment, professional sports, arts and culture, shopping – and of course chicken wings. When you live in Fort Erie, you’ll definitely appreciate the convenience and cost-effectiveness of flying out of Buffalo International Airport, whether to sunny Florida, the bright lights of New York City or a myriad of other destinations. While Harbourtown Village is just minutes away from the Peace Bridge, it’s still secluded and surrounded by nature. It’s steps away from the 24-km Friendship Trail – linking Port Colborne to Fort Erie – which connects to the lake-to-lake Niagara River Recreational Trail. Churchill

called this stretch “the prettiest Sunday drive in the world.” With such enjoyable local amenities, it’s definitely easy to stay active in Fort Erie. And if you’re a water enthusiast, look no further, because the community is a paradise for boaters either docking at the Niagara Parks Marina or set to water from one of many public boat launches. Fishing aficionados too are regularly seen casting their lines from a number of spots along the river’s shore. Sales at Harbourtown Village are expected to begin later this year, but Silvergate Homes is welcoming registrations to keep interested homebuyers updated in the months ahead. Visit silvergatehomes.com for more details.

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ADVICE | LEGALLY SPEAKING

INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE

JAYSON SCHWARZ, LLM & JACQUELINE MONETA, JD

If you’re thinking about buying an investment property, and need to know how to work this into your investment and estate planning, this article is for you. BUYING AN INVESTMENT PROPERTY

With the housing market showing no signs of slowing, investment properties are a great way to take advantage of the upside. Whether you are buying an investment property with a partner, family, friends or on your own, it’s critical to have a succession plan. There are many different ways to purchase investment property. You may buy it alone, with a spouse or with friends. It may be your decision to use an investment vehicle such as a corporation, limited partnership or trust. The impact of how you proceed will have ramifications with respect to income tax payable on income earned from the investment and capital gains, should the property be sold or posthumously on your estate if something should happen. Are you buying with your partner as joint tenants, so if something happens to either, the survivor gets the property tax-free? Are you buying with a friend as tenants in common, so upon death, your estate receives your portion? Are you buying through a corporation, and if so, have you done a separate Will for personal property to exempt those shares from probate or administration? Is the 24

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property in a family trust, and upon your death, nothing happens, as the other beneficiaries continue? As you can see, the process is not easy. The way you structure your investment portfolio is critical to your family and your future. It’s important to retain the right lawyer and accountant tax advisor. Get someone who looks holistically at your situation, and is proactive in advising you on the best route to follow. FOREIGN PROPERTIES

With much of the world reopened and people looking to travel again, a condo in Aspen or Miami, or a beach house in Mexico could be both a fun and profitable venture. It is important to understand how to protect your foreign investment. If you own property in a foreign jurisdiction, having an Ontario Will might not be sufficient. Not all foreign jurisdictions will recognize such a document as valid. The rules are different in every jurisdiction. It’s always best to play it safe and speak with a professional in the jurisdiction where you are buying the property, to ensure your investment will be

distributed the way you intended. In some cases, it might be enough to simply have a second Will covering only your foreign assets. It is important, though, that if you have multiple Wills, they are professionally drafted so that they are coordinated with each other, and neither revokes the other. No matter how or where you purchase your investment it’s important to have a team that can advise you. Your lawyer should be able to quarterback your transaction and make the process of finding foreign estate and tax advice, and closing your deal, as dreamy as your new vacation rental.

Jayson Schwarz, LLM and Jacqueline Moneta, JD, are with Schwarz Law Partners LLP. To suggest topics for future columns or ask questions, visit schwarzlaw.ca or email info@schwarzlaw.ca.

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One-and-a-half million. Read that again. One-and-a-half-million. That’s how many homes need to be built over the next decade, just to keep up with Ontario’s expected population growth. At our current rate, we are simply not building enough to keep up with that demand. “We must dramatically increase housing supply and variety, to ensure everyone has a fair shot at attaining a home that works for their needs,” says Bob Schickedanz, president of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association. “Now is the time for political parties to commit to fixing the endless process, regulation and restrictions that have made it impossible to build more homes at the rate we need.” The numbers are staggering – and not just home prices. Ontario’s Ministry of Finance projects the population will grow by 2.27 million

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people over the next decade, leading to approximately 910,000 net new households, primarily couples planning on having children. Of those households, it’s estimated that 195,000 of them will live in highrise units, while the rest will live in all other home types, at a time when Canada has the lowest amount of housing per population of any G7 country. Those are needs for 10 years from now, but if we look a decade back, the average price of a home in 2011 was $329,000. Today, you have to reverse the “9” and the “3” for an average 2022 price of $923,000. That’s a 180-per-cent price jump, while the average income has increased by only about 38 per cent. One can only imagine what it will be in another 10 years if we don’t build more housing, starting right now. “We won’t be able to regulate or tax our way out of this shortage; we’ll only be able to build out of it,” Schickedanz says. And he means not just detached homes for single families; it’s townhouses, duplexes and triplexes, so that we have the right mix of homeownership. Building more homes for the future will mean voting and governing to change red tape laws today, particularly around zoning regulations. For example, in medium-sized cities such as Hamilton and Burlington, a huge percentage of land has zoning restrictions limiting housing options to only singledetached homes. Combine those zoning rules, the average price

increase gaps between homes and wages, and it’s no surprise that between July 2019 and July 2020, 60,000 people left Toronto and Peel Region for other parts of the province, driving to qualify for family-friendly housing that met their needs. Now prices have increased in those areas outside of the GTA, as well, and with demand only growing, all parties need to have housing as their top priority. “If you go back five years, about 100,000 people have left the Greater Golden Horseshoe to find homes elsewhere, and here is where the housing crisis affects everyone,” Schickedanz says. “Migration like that affects everything – employment, labour availability, the buying power of locals who are pushed out of the market.” The OHBA says the provincial election campaign marks a critical point in the crisis. All parties must show not only how they will increase supply to get those million homes built, but also that it is the right mix of housing, which will require addressing those outdated red tape regulations. Otherwise, Schickedanz says, the numbers may be much, much more difficult to digest 10 years from now. Mike Collins-Williams, RPP, MCIP, is CEO West End Home Builders’ Association. westendhba.ca.

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FORT ERIE GROWING IN SIZE AND STATURE by WAYNE KARL

When people think of the Niagara Region, the images and places that most likely come to mind are the Falls, of course, and popular towns such as Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby and St. Catharines. A little further down the recall list, perhaps, might be Fort Erie – but those days may be over. Some, in fact, call the town of 32,901 a hidden gem. Indeed, Fort Erie is one of the fastest growing

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communities in the region, with a 7.1-per-cent population gain over the last five years, and a correspondingly high level of residential and commercial development. Like the Niagara Region itself, Fort Erie is blessed with a great natural location – essentially a peninsula within a peninsula, surrounded on the south by Lake Erie, and to the east and north by the Niagara River. Fifty-five per cent of the population

of the U.S. – including Buffalo, basically a kilometre away right across the river – and 62 per cent of the Canadian population is within an 800-km radius. Key among the attributes is proximity to the Peace Bridge, North America’s second busiest international land border crossing, and international crossings in Niagara Falls and Queenston/Lewiston are just minutes away.


Fort Erie is comprised of a number of hamlets, including Crystal Beach, Bridgeburg, Ridgeway, Stevensville, Douglastown and Black Creek, and boasts a rich history and blend of rural and urban living. Crystal Beach is a particularly popular lakefront community, so named for its clear waters, and the site of a former wellknown amusement park that was a favourite for both Canadians and Americans from 1888 to 1989. Indeed, the lake and river serve as a natural playground for yachts, sailboats, powerboats and other watercraft. The ultimate result of all of this appeal is unbeatable potential for business and lifestyle choices in Fort Erie – the latter explaining why the town swells in population by about 10,000 in summer, as seasonal residents flock to beachfront properties. There’s also plenty of landbound appeal here, with more than hectares of parkland, 33 parks, 45 kms of recreation and nature trails, numerous waterfront parks and access points, playgrounds and splash pads, sports fields and conservation areas. And downtown at Crystal Beach, the Summer Waterfront Concert series begins July 10 this year.

For history buffs, there are few better attractions in Ontario than Old Fort Erie, built on the river’s edge in 1764, and pivotal in the War of 1812. A visit to this historical site will take you back in time, with tours, musket demonstrations and the annual Siege of Old Fort Erie re-enactment, during which British, American and First Nations soldiers depict Niagara’s important role in the war. But it’s not all about the past in Fort Erie, as more and more people from the GTA and elsewhere in Ontario are learning of the town’s appeal as a homeownership destination. And developers are delivering in kind. Silvergate Homes, for example, is building Harbourtown Village, a limited collection of single-family homes and townhomes at Erie Beach. And then there’s Shelter Cove, a year-round, waterfront community on the Shores of Lake Erie, adjacent to the Forests of Selkirk Provincial Park, with completely customizable bungalow manufactured modular homes. All things considered – past, present and future – it’s clear that Fort Erie is garnering due attention for all that it offers as one of Niagara’s lesser known, but increasingly popular, areas.

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4 SIGNS IT’S TIME TO REFINANCE YOUR MORTGAGE

JESSE ABRAMS

The days of record-low interest rates are almost behind us and you’re probably wondering what the impending rate hikes will mean for you and your current mortgage. With inflation and prices rising across the board, you’re likely seeing your monthly expenses inch higher, too. If you’re looking for ways to access additional funds, pay down some debt or lock in a lower rate while they’re still available, it might be time to consider refinancing your mortgage. A mortgage refinance occurs when a homeowner breaks their mortgage before the end of their term (such as year three of their five-year term) to secure a new one. Or, if at the end of their term, they decide to change their mortgage, such as by borrowing more or increasing their amortization period. This can be done with your current, or a different one altogether. Most homeowners will look to refinance for any of the following reasons: TO LOWER YOUR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS

With prices of fuel and food rising, you have likely noticed a spike in your monthly household spending and are trying to budget better as a result. One way to take the burden off your monthly expenses is through a mortgage refinance. Doing this allows you to change the terms of your mortgage contract and increase the length of your amortization, which can help to lower your monthly mortgage payments. 32 Active Life |   June 4–July 30, 2022

For example, let’s say you have 14 years left on your mortgage with a balance of $593,000 remaining. If you want to lower your monthly mortgage payments, you can simply increase your amortization to 25 years. At a 3.7 per cent fixed rate, this will reduce your payments from $4,527.87 to $3,032.68. This saves you $1,495.19 per month and increases the amount of interest you pay over the remainder of your mortgage term.

looking to break your mortgage and refinance, it’s a good idea to do it sooner rather than later. If interest rates have dropped since you first bought your home, you may want to consider a refinance to lock in a better rate. However, before you make any sudden moves, you’ll want to revisit your mortgage contract and see if breaking your mortgage will result in any prepayment penalties. TO BORROW FUNDS

TO CONSOLIDATE DEBT

After two years of a pandemic and the inflationary outlook ahead, we know that life is both unpredictable and expensive. If you or your partner experienced a job loss and have debts piled up, you’re not alone. If you’re paying into a mortgage every month, it’s important to remember how multi-faceted it is and how it can be used to help us achieve various goals, including paying down debt. Through a refinance specifically, you can combine your mortgage with other major debts into one secured loan that makes up to 80 per cent of your home’s value. If you find yourself with highinterest loans such as credit card debt or personal loans, debt consolidation through a mortgage refinance gives you an opportunity to budget better and pay down your debt faster at a much lower interest rate. This can also lower your monthly payments substantially and make it easier for you to pay your debts on time and in full, and thus improve your credit score. TO LOCK IN A LOWER INTEREST RATE

The days of record low interest rates appear to be ending, so if you’re

If you’re looking to borrow funds – whether it’s to pay off lingering expenses or even use the equity to invest in another property – but want to do so at a much lower interest rate, a mortgage refinance could be a great way to do this. Refinancing allows you to access up to 80 per cent of your home’s appraised value in cash, giving you the flexibility to borrow additional funds without the black cloud of a 19.99 per cent interest rate from your credit card. PRO TIP: BE SURE TO SHOP AROUND FOR THE BEST MORTGAGE OPTION

When it comes to refinancing your mortgage, the best thing you can do is shop around to get a feel for what different lenders are offering. Although it is possible to refinance with your existing lender, at Homewise, we always encourage homeowners to explore their options. Jesse Abrams is Co-Founder at Homewise, a mortgage advisory and brokerage firm. thinkhomewise.com

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Tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable in Canada, by far. They are easy to grow just about anywhere there is heat and sun. There is a huge variety of tomatoes to choose from, 36 Active Life |   June 4–July 30, 2022

in colours ranging from white, yellow, orange, red, green and purple. We grow a lot of tomatoes and several different varieties each year, including some heritage varieties. Our favourite include Sweet Million cherry tomatoes, which work well in containers; Big Boy, a good mediumsized, disease-resistant tomato; and any of the big juicy beefsteak hybrid tomatoes. If you are planning to preserve tomatoes for winter use,

you must grow some Roma or San Marzano paste tomatoes. If you have your tomatoes planted, keep in mind that the care you give the plants early in summer will determine the quality of your harvest. HeRe is ouR Recipe foR THe besT TomAToes oN THe block

1. Buy short, stocky plants with dark green foliage (no yellow leaves and no root bound in the pot).


2. Plant in the ground once the temperatures are warm – a minimum of 20 C. 3. Fill a large, half bushel sized hole with triple mix (one third topsoil, one third peat moss and one third compost or composted cattle/steer manure). 4. Plant the tomato up to the second set of real leaves – deeply. And push the soil firmly around the main stem of the tomato to give the soil and plant contact. New roots will develop along the stem, producing a stronger plant. 5. Water using a compost tea solution (take an old pillowcase half filled with compost, drop it in your rail barrel and leave it there for 24 hours). Or fertilize with your favourite tomato food. Keep in mind that tomatoes are heavy feeders. Follow directions on the fertilizer package or continue to water with compost tea. You really can’t go wrong with the stuff. 6. Stake in mid-June, using a spiral aluminum stake. No tying, no fuss.

Timing is everything – get to this job before the tomatoes begin to bloom, as staking will double your crop as a result of getting them off the ground. Staking your tomatoes reduces the risk of diseases and insects. Getting tomato plants off the ground will double the volume of your crop. 7. Apply Green Earth Bordo Copper Spray in July to prevent the number one enemy of healthy tomatoes – early blight. Bordo Copper Spray is a copper fungicide which is mixed with water. Use it on fruit trees, ornamentals and vegetable crops to control leaf spots, blights, anthracnose, downy and powdery mildew and black spot. 8. Prune tomato plants by rubbing out the growth that occurs in the axel of a stem, where the leaf stem meets the main stem of the plant. Do this early to channel energy into blossom and fruit production. 9. Pick often. Do not allow fruit to remain on the plant until it rots, as this will promote disease and

lessen the plants ability to produce more fruit. Tomatoes like plenty of sun – a full eight hours a day, in fact. They also like heat and shelter from the wind. Water at least twice a week for the first six weeks or so, more frequently if the weather is hot and dry. Harvest often and eat fresh. There’s nothing like it!

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PARKLAND LIFESTYLE RESIDENCES PREMIUM ACCOMMODATIONS, EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AND CAREFREE LIVING FOR RETIREES An increasing number of Canadians are approaching retirement, facing a potential decision about the place they feel most comfortable: Home. The “what’s next” discussion often includes longer-term planning and is more complicated than staying or selling. After all, home is more than a place; it’s where we feel safe and live life the way we choose. It’s where we gather with friends to share good food and great conversation, and can be measured by the feeling we get at the front door. Over time, however, the benefits of homeownership can begin to wane if 40

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the desire to spend more time doing what you love is challenged by the realities of property maintenance, upkeep and potential accessibility retrofits. After spending decades building careers, businesses and families, retirees want to remain independent and active in their communities. This is exactly the inspiration behind Parkland Lifestyle Residences. As a trusted service provider with roots in Atlantic Canada, Parkland offers a personalized blend of freedom and comfort with premium accommodations, exceptional

service and team members who go above and beyond every day. With locations in Mississauga, Etobicoke, Ajax and Ancaster, Parkland is quickly becoming a top lifestyle choice for Ontario retirees. The term downsizing is rarely used among Parkland residents who enjoy thousands of square feet of beautifully designed common space and amenities, including pubs, fitness centres, restaurant-style dining rooms, an on-site library, games room and theatre, and meticulously maintained grounds for warm weather walks and lounging with


neighbours and newfound friends. Parkland’s many amenity spaces are also host to daily activities, social events and entertainment as part of Parkland’s signature Harmony Wellness Program. The most popular amenity? Parkland’s private dining room, where family is always welcome to celebrate special occasions in a memorable way. Residents often describe life at Parkland as a vacation getaway, with many former snowbirds choosing to live their best life among friends. The relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in every Parkland community is an open invitation for residents to gather and catch up on the day’s events while making plans for their next outing. Perhaps most important to residents is knowing they can age in place, accessing additional services and support as their needs change over time. Each Parkland Lifestyle Residences community is well crafted and expertly designed to provide a range of independent, all-inclusive and supportive living options. Depending on the location and selected lifestyle, suite layouts and sizes vary to include studios, and oneand two-bedroom suites. If you or a loved one are considering a vibrant, premium retirement community with chefprepared meals, unparalleled amenities and team members who are committed to helping you live your best life, consider Parkland Lifestyle Residences – it’s a place you’ll be proud to call home. For information or to book a tour, call 1.877.742.6639 or visit experienceparkland.com.

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EDGEWOOD GREENS LIVE FAMILY-FRIENDLIER IN THE VILLAGE OF DUNDALK

The beauty of introducing a masterplanned community to an open, country-like setting is that the building team has a relatively blank canvas to work with when crafting and sculpting the land to their unique vision. Such is the honour that Flato Developments has enjoyed with its Edgewood Greens community in Dundalk, which is located just a short drive north of Brampton. Flato’s vision is to build the perfect suburban community. A place where the air feels fresher, the sun shines brighter, the grass is always greener and there’s a proud spirit that connects the local community. That’s why Flato has gone to great lengths to incorporate a number of familyfriendly amenities within Edgewood Greens’ environs. 42 Active Life |   June 4–July 30, 2022

The overall community design focuses on uplifting the natural greenspaces, waterways and ponds to provide an engaging trail network throughout Edgewood Greens. These linkages serve to interconnect the various active and passive activities designed to appeal to residents of all ages. Amenities include a charming kid’s playground, two mini soccer fields so children can grow up with a natural joy for the beautiful game, open fields where families can throw a frisbee or football around, and a formal gathering area highlighted by a gazebo. The meandering community trail is lined by beautiful trees like maples, oaks and pines, along with shrubs such as sumac and red dogwood. These plantings have been designed

to enhance the location’s biodiversity and maintain the feeling of a countryside community that brings people together over life’s simple pleasures. Another exciting feature that Flato is incorporating into Edgewood Greens is two heritage pedestrian bridges that the township no longer needed. Originally scheduled to be decommissioned, Flato was delighted to preserve these historic treasures and incorporate them within the trail system so residents can cross over the creek that runs through Edgewood Greens. In delightful contrast to Dundalk’s country-like setting, there’s a surprisingly modern energy to this charming village. Many first-time visitors to Dundalk are pleased to see


how much the village has to offer: Groceries and hardware stores, charming cafes and restaurants, plus the obligatory Tim Hortons. The village also boasts an energizing array of lifestyle amenities including soccer fields and baseball diamonds, a community arena and swimming pool, lush parklands and forests, and walking and biking trails. In Edgewood Greens, families are treated to big homes on bigger lots so there’s always room to kick a ball around in the backyard. A unique hidden gem, here purchasers can enjoy greater value for a smaller price – with spacious homes up to 4,000 sq. ft. Flato always strives to help homebuyers purchase the home of their dreams easier with progressive financing plans such as a flexible deposit payment structure. For the recent launch of Edgewood Greens in April, Flato also introduced a first-time buyers incentive program aimed at helping them make that big, gratifying leap into homeownership. The flexible down-payment structure enables purchasers to invest less money upfront and make gradual, bite-sized payments up till the time of possession, to keep that hard-earned money in their savings account longer. Monthly payments can be as low as $2,500. The first-time homebuyer’s incentive for Edgewood Greens will also feature cash back opportunities of up to $40,000 at multiple junctures in the process before closing, providing purchasers with extra cash infusions that can be used toward future down payments or closing.

Flato has a long and distinguished history of building within Dundalk, and has been instrumental in the village’s successful family-friendly atmosphere. In addition to Edgewood Greens, Flato has introduced Carriage House, a master-planned community of townhomes and detached homes; and Edgewood Suites, an innovative adult lifestyle community. Conveniently close to Edgewood Greens, Flato is also developing Edgewood Plaza, which will further support Dundalk’s retail tapestry. To learn more about all of Edgewood Greens’ gracious amenities and Flato’s innovative first-time homebuyer incentive, contact Christine Brayford and Sabina Morell at edgewoodgreens@christineandsabina.com or 1.844.952.1535 to book an appointment at the sales office in Beeton. nexthome.ca 43


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TRANQUILITY BY THE LAKE LIVE THE LIFESTYLE YOU DESERVE AT

SHELTER COVE Shelter Cove is a year-round waterfront community on the Shores of Lake Erie, adjacent to the Forests of Selkirk Provincial Park. Nestled at the mouth of Sandusk Creek, Shelter Cove has a rare location for a protected marina within a short distance to Lake Erie boating, picturesque vistas, easy access to hiking and biking trails and a charming small-town atmosphere that offers serenity and tranquility, as well as a host of fun recreational activities. 44

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ALL THAT YOU NEED AND WANT…

Privacy and security are paramount at Shelter Cove, and controlled access provides residents with peace of mind. As a land lease gated community, Shelter Cove offers maintenancefree living that provides peace of mind. For a very low maintenance fee starting from $140 per month, the grass is cut and snow is shovelled, providing you with more time to do the things you enjoy most.

The community produces its own drinking water sourced through reverse osmosis, and there’s no need for septic tanks, since Shelter Cove owns a state-of-the-art water and wastewater plant, and the residents benefit from the convenience of natural gas. Currently under construction is a residents only Club House, which will feature more than 5,000 sq. ft. of on-site amenities. In addition, there is a large outdoor swimming pool, extended walking trails, private


marina and dog park, with plans for future amenities. There is an abundance of amenities surrounding Shelter Cove, including supermarkets, healthcare, hospitals, golf courses, quaint towns and boutiques, as well as a variety of restaurants and service clubs in nearby Port Dover and Simcoe. PRICING WITHIN REACH…

Prices are very affordable at Shelter Cove. Lots range from 65 to more than 100 ft., with premium forest, waterview and open space lots still available. The completely customizable manufactured modular bungalows include many luxury features. Pricing starts from

the high $200,000s to more than $400,000 with leasehold tenure. Homes can be used as a vacation and recreational property for seasonal use, or as permanent residences year-round. Leasehold tenure provides a financial advantage because it saves purchasers the capital outlay of a serviced building lot, which can run as high at $150,000 to $200,000. Investing this money wisely has the

potential of paying the annual cost of the lease, while the principal remains intact. Resale homes sell quickly. Experience a well-deserved lifestyle lakeside at Shelter Cove. Enjoy relaxed mornings, funfilled days and tranquil evenings by the lake. Visit sheltercove.ca for virtual tours, aerial views and to view open concept plans. nexthome.ca 45


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BRAESTONE ESTATES THE FINAL CHAPTER TO A REMARKABLE STORY Enter a world unlike any other at Braestone Estates. This unique community tells a tale of connection – with the land, with history and with each other. These are the hallmarks of Georgian Communities, which puts heart and soul into every new home. Builders of quality homes across southern Ontario, it’s not simply the attention to detail or superior craftsmanship that sets Georgian Communities apart. Driven by the desire to provide incredible neighbourhoods that embody the timeless values of community, the 46 Active Life |   June 4–July 30, 2022

company strives to build homes in unique locations carefully selected for their proximity to nature and connection to an enriched lifestyle. Over the past two years, countless families have left the GTA in search of a community in touch with nature, and have found homes with Georgian Communities. Because these are places where families and friendships will grow, and where every resident can live remarkably. Inspired by the rolling hills and lush countryside of the OroMedonte region of Horseshoe

Valley, Braestone was designed as a reimagining of the classic Country Estate. The keystone of this community is Braestone Farm, a fully functional working farm that sets the tone for the entire neighbourhood. Horses graze in greenfields, crops grow year after year, and the beautiful landscape transports you to a simpler time. Every element of this neighbourhood touches on the inspiration of the farm, from architecture and interiors to amenities – even the street names reflect these values, each chosen for


the horses that were so integral to the history of the land. More than 560 acres of tranquil countryside. Incredible estate lots averaging one acre for every family. Panoramic views of nature. Combined with the unique character of the modern farmhouse architecture and unparalleled amenities, life at Braestone sounds too good to be true. Yet from planning to production and beyond, it continues to live up to every promise. Its nature has been praised by countless happy homeowners, but also recognized for various awards on an international level, including Best New Home Community from the prestigious CHBA Awards. The truest sense of community and connection is built here, where families live together around the berry patches, orchards and nature preserves. Residents of Braestone have access to the neighbouring Braestone Farm and its bounty, with fresh produce and honey available for purchase to make eating locally grown food easier than ever. Starfall Park brings you closer to the stars, a series of ponds can be enjoyed throughout the seasons,

and an extensive trail system invites exploration. These are just a taste of Braestone’s Remarkables, born of the natural landscape to offer residents an enriching lifestyle leagues beyond the experiences that can be found in a big city. From a toboggan hill and a Christmas tree farm and beyond, the Remarkables are even bigger than your imagination. With so much available right at home, residents of Braestone have everything they need, and more. But not far from the farm are even more opportunities for an incredible lifestyle. Horseshoe Valley and Copeland Forest are just around the corner, with Braestone Club – where an extraordinary new clubhouse and The Ktchn restaurant offer yet another remarkable amenity – only minutes from home. Opportunities to ski, golf, explore and dine are as endless as the horizons, and between Barrie and Orillia, city conveniences are never far. Many exciting things are happening at Braestone in 2022. Just last winter, for example, the inaugural Braestone Winter Classic pond hockey tournament took place at Braestone Farm. This resident-based, volunteer-run fundraiser, supported by Georgian International (the parent company of Georgian Communities) and Braestone Farm itself, as well as The Kitchn Restaurant, raised an incredible $70,000 for the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. Scheduled to return in February 2023, this annual fundraising event displays exactly how the values of community at Braestone have already grown strong in the first phases of the neighbourhood.

As the community continues to grow, Georgian Communities has released the very last phase of Braestone. Phase 8 is a uniquely private enclave of just 16 homesteads located on Friesian Court, where it will be separate, but also inclusive to the rest of the neighbourhood. Residents will still have convenient access to all of Braestone’s Remarkables from a short path through the trail networks across the property, yet benefit from a quiet, secluded cul-de-sac. This will be the grand finale of this incredible community, but its story will live on in every family that calls Braestone home and every beloved memory made here. To learn more about Braestone’s Remarkables, its beautiful modern farmhouse architecture, and the release of Phase 8 of Braestone Estates, visit braestone.ca. nexthome.ca 47


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THE CLEAN, CLASSIC LOOK IS ALWAYS IN STYLE by LINDA MAZUR Browsing through any design magazine, you’ll see an abundance of wonderfully colourful kitchens. From rich deep blues and greens to warm toned woods and even fun-filled pastels. So, does this mean that white kitchens are no longer popular? On the contrary. White kitchens are a classic. Therefore, whichever way the current trends lead us, white kitchens are still a much sought-after mainstay. The bright, fresh look and feel of white kitchen cabinetry never really loses its appeal, and for many is the goal for their kitchen renovation.

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Kitchens are the heart of the home, and therefore should reflect your own personal style and way of living. White cabinets are timeless – there’s just no arguing that. They are an easy commitment that will offer you a lot of flexibility when it comes to the final aesthetics of your kitchen. However, moving beyond an all-white kitchen can open you up to a world of finishes, colours and inspirations that can see some of the current kitchen trends introduced into your space. Whether you add some dimension to your kitchen

with a patterned backsplash, an impactful floor tile, touches of coloured cabinetry or mixed metals and hardware, there are a multitude of ways to punctuate the simple allwhite kitchen. Another way to change up the allwhite vibe of your space is by using different shades for your cabinetry. There’s an almost infinite number of tones and shades of white, and moving to a warmer, earthier white can make all the difference in your kitchen. It could be the way to go for a more traditionally inspired space,


compared to a starker white which lends itself well to a contemporary style influence. As shown in the accompanying images, by using a much warmer white for one of our kitchen’s designs and punching it up with a great charcoalcoloured floor tile, we have added a bit of a modern feel to a more traditional setting. In contrast, a stark white kitchen with warm wood accents conveys a more modern space. Personally, I love the look of white mixed with wood accents. White oak has been increasing in popularity as a wood finish, and it pairs perfectly with white to create a great look that satisfies so many different styles and settings. You can easily introduce a wood feature in your kitchen with floating wood shelves, an island, countertop, wood inlay tiles for your backsplash, hardware or something as simple as barstools. Whichever way best suits your desires, you’re sure to see the end result is fantastic and feels much warmer and more inviting than an all-white kitchen. Today the movement is more towards a streamlined look that highlights simplicity, functionality and minimalism. Though the white-

on-white kitchen has waned in popularity, white cabinetry has not, and will always be timeless. Instead of dreaming of an all-white kitchen, think about shaking it up a little with the addition of colour appliances, a fun backsplash, wood accents or a punchy floor. When looking for inspiration for your kitchen renovation, look to see how you can introduce a mix of colours, textures and finishes that will create for you a kitchen space that keeps you moving forward trend-wise while still giving you the white kitchen you desire.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed, stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada. lindamazurdesign.com @LindaMazurGroup nexthome.ca 49


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MISTAKES YOU SHOULD AVOID by LISA ROGERS

When it comes to interior design, there aren’t any rules, per se, but there are a few suggestions that homeowners can take into account when designing or redesigning their homes. Interestingly, when we’re online, we’re bombarded with many trends and “must-have” decor that we’re being told to try in our spaces. Yet, we’re rarely given as much intel on what design, decor and decorations to avoid in return. Design errors can be expensive, so I’ve broken down some of the most common design mistakes I’ve seen (or heard of) in my career, and how you can avoid them in your interior designs. 50 Active Life |   June 4–July 30, 2022

ALWAYS MEASURE A ROOM

This is a cardinal rule, because it forces us not to make design decisions too spontaneously (such as buying furniture that is either too big or small for a room). Before making a purchase, I implore you to gather the dimensions of each piece first. Never rely on your eye to measure a space (it seldom works). Measure every nook and cranny in a room, and map out your area (patiently) before committing to anything. TOO MUCH FURNITURE

Just having the space does not mean you need to fill it up with furniture.


It makes a room feel cluttered, but it can be impractical, too. Filling a room with an overabundance of furniture, as well as accessories, can make the space feel much smaller and less functional. Easy tip: Take stock of a room you use most often in your home – such as a living room – and question which pieces you use and those that don’t serve a purpose beyond aesthetic appeal. Sell or donate any pieces that seem redundant. You want the space to be comfortable and spacious, and that requires, well, space. Too much furniture has the opposite effect. CHOOSING THE WRONG RUG SIZE

I love the transformational nature of rugs. They can create interest and beauty, and there are so many price points available that you can find the right price for you. It can be tricky knowing the right size of rug for your space. There are some general failsafe rules I’ve followed for years, and it’s this: Living rooms almost always need a carpet that’s either eight by 10 ft. or nine by 12. Anything smaller looks awkward and out of place. A rug should be big enough to fit (at least) two chairs or couch legs on it. Alternatively, you can go smaller in functional spaces, such as a kitchen, providing it serves the right purpose.

A small rug under bar stools creates a more inviting space to sit. NEVER FORGET LIGHTING

It’s surprising how little homeowners invest in thinking about lighting, and it’s one of the essential functions in a space, providing ambiance and overall comfort. My advice? Don’t opt for a singular light in one room and think you’re done – it’s jarring when light is washed over you from overhead. It’s unflattering and can give the feel of an interrogation room at times. Instead, try to layer your lighting. This means you decide on your central lighting – for your kitchen worktops, mirrors in your bathrooms, or light above your dining table. Then the idea is that you build around that with smaller lighting options, which sets the right vibe and creates ambiance. The possibilities are endless – table lamps, string lights, small pendants, anything that will highlight the areas in the room that may require some warmth. And never forget candles. They’re the most affordable and romantic way to set the mood. TAKE TRENDS LESS SERIOUSLY

We’re bombarded online and via social platforms with season after season of design and decor trends such as palm prints and wicker furniture. It’s easy to get caught up in the fray, and incorporate some of

those fun and unique looks into our own homes. Remember – trends are fleeting, and you don’t want to drain your budget with items that won’t stand the test of time. Never make a design decision flippantly. I always tell people that they need to live in their space before making big purchasing decisions, whether it’s a couch, bed or dining room table. You need to exist in your space to get a sense of how you live in it, and then you can decide what pieces fit your lifestyle and design aesthetic the best. If you still feel the pull of a trend like the most recent rattan craze, try it out in home furnishings. I love a rattan lighting fixture mixed in with a more modern, minimalist design. INVEST IN QUALITY FURNITURE

One important rule to remember – quality outweighs quantity. While it’s a challenge to live with less furniture, investing in high-quality pieces means they could potentially last a lifetime and, more significantly, they won’t go out of style. Take your time and shop with a critical eye. Buy the highest quality you can afford, and if you can’t at that exact moment, create a budget plan that means you can for the future. It may take six months to get that beautiful, oversized velvet couch you’ve been eyeing, but it’s surely worth the wait once you have it.

Lisa Rogers is Executive Vice-President of Design for Dunpar Homes (dunparhomes.com). Lisa has shared her style and design expertise on popular television programs such as Canadian Living TV, House & Home TV and as a regular guest expert for fashion and image, health and wellness and design on CityTV’s Cityline. Follow Lisa’s blog at craftedbylisa.ca nexthome.ca 51


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Sustainable innovations

Silestone by Cosentino, first introduced in 1990, focuses on maximizing nature’s resources from its origins. A consistent in the industry, Silestone brings colour into kitchens across the globe, has a hygienic countertop, and a continued focus on environmental initiatives. Using a high-performance blend of premium minerals, quartz, and recycled materials, the innovative new HybriQ technology marks an entirely new product composition and manufacturing method, a highly efficient sustainable manufacturing process. COSENTINO | cosentino.com

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Create a beautiful oasis from the heat and sun with the Multifunction Stellar Parasol. The canopy conveniently opens and closes by using a crank-lift system, and features a 360-degree rotating function. This parasol will turn or tilt exactly as you want it and it comes with solar LED lights! D.O.T. FURNITURE | dot-furniture.com


MooNstoNe CoLLeCtioN Moonstone is a coloured body porcelain stoneware collection available in five colours and two different patterns: stone and vein. Inspired by Brazilian quartzite, Moonstone reproduces the original textures and unique attributes of these remarkable stones. Offered in three finishes, lappato, natural and outdoor, as well as a wide range of formats, Moonstone is ideal for adding character to floors and coverings, giving spaces a natural appearance. Ideal for interior and exterior applications on walls and floors, in residential and commercial projects. CIOT INC. | ciot.com

Keep outside out Combat the summer heat with energy-efficient JELDWEN windows from the Northern Tri-Pane Collection. This cutting-edge collection offers exceptional benefits such as improved insulation and noise reduction, superior home comfort and greater durability. Northern Tri-Pane Collection windows qualify for all provincial and federal rebates, including the Canada Greener Homes Grant. JELD-WEN WINDOWS & DOORS | keepoutsideout.com

Geometrical game changer It’s time to think outside the box. The new geometrical HEX shower drain by Serenity is definitely a game changer. In a world with infinite possibilities, why settle for ordinary? This six-sided beauty comes in four trending finishes, including brushed gold, matte black, brushed nickel and gold. There are also custom split-finish options available. SERENITY LUXURY | serenity.luxury

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GOLDEN HORSESHOE Amica Dundas 905.628.6200 Amica Stoney Creek 905.664.8444 Arbour vale, Pinewood 905.397.8616 The Bench Beamsville benchcondos.com Cannery District, Winzen winzen.ca Century Condos, Homes By DeSantis centurycondos.ca Coast Road, River Rock Const. coastroad.ca Davis Heights, Lucchetta Homes lucchettahomes.com Deerwood Lane, Southport – 905.658.3554 Dickson Hill, Jackson Homes – dicksonhill.ca Dover Coast Phase 2, Stockworth – 519.583.2049 The Dover Wharf – doverwharf.com Edgewood Suites, FLATO® – edgewoodsuites.ca Elora Mill Condominiums, Pearle – eloramillcondos.ca The Flats at Black Creek – 519.583.9009 Grand Bell, Lakeview Dev. Hldgs. – grandbellsuites.com Grimsby Waterfront, Losani – losanihomes.com The Harbour Club, SDR Group – theharbourclub.ca Harbour Heights – 519.754.6772 Harbourtown village, Silvergate Hardy Terrace, Verve – 519.484.2431 Harvest Retirement Village – 519.688.0448 The Jacob, Emshih Living – 905.563.3322 Kayak Urban Towns, Kingwood – kingwoodhomes.ca King’s Park, LJM Dev. – kingspark.ca Lakeside Landing Wellington, Royalcliff, lakesidelandingwellington.ca Legends On The Green, Silvergate Homes – silvergatehomes.com Lincoln Park Retirement – 905.309.0055 The Manse, Homes By JBR – 905.692.1052 Meadowlands – 905.304.1968 Metcalfe Gardens, Verve – 519.631.9393 The Oaks at Six Mile Creek, Blythwood Homes Townhomes at the Oaks in Ridgeway – blythwoodhomes.ca

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Seasons Belle River – 519.727.0034 Seasons Brantford – 519.752.5477 Seasons Owen Sound – 519.371.5115 Seasons Royal Oak Village – 519.966.5475 Sherbrooke Heights – 705.243.4564 Stone & South, CaraCo – 613.875.2524 Sunrise Senior Living of Windsor – 519.974.5858 Tall Ships Landing, Fuller Grp. – 613.498.7245 The Walton Residences – 416.99.9851 Twelve Trees Waterfront Condos, Royalcliff Homes – 613.969.2044 Twin elms, Parkbridge – 519.245.3300 Valleyview Estates – 705.696.1600 Victoria Retirement – 905.377.1555 Views Prince edward County, Cosmopolitan Homes – lovetheviews.ca Vintage Green in Ilderton – 519.666.2094 VIVA Barrhaven – 1.888.984.8482 VIVA Waterside – 613.653.2010 Waterside, Viva – 613.253.2010 Wellings of Corunna, Nautical – 226.455.0505 Wellings of Picton, Nautical – 613.707.0431 Wellings of Stittsville, Nautical – 1.888.643.6548 Wellington Bay Estates & Abbott Lane Towns, Sandbank – 1.800.353.7823 West Five, Sifton – sifton.com Westlinks, Rice Dev. – 1.888.ASK.RiCe Whispering Pine, Sifton – sifton.com Wood Haven Luxury Condos – 519.842.9090 Young’s Cove, Briarwood – 1.866.962.5264

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Odyssey, Rosehaven – odysseylife.ca One Five Central, Aiva – onefivecentral.com Panorama Condos, Kalar – 289.271.4950 Park Lane Place, Park Lane Homes 905.382.8857 Passages on the Canal, BW – mypassages.ca Pine Meadows– 226.821.1688 Piper’s Grove Condos, Reid’s – 226.751.5250 Portside at Woodway Trails – huroncreek.com Portview estates, Silvergate – silvergatehomes.com Queensview Retirement Comm. 1.888.436.6534 Riverside at Hunters Pointe, Lucchetta Homes – 289.820.8600 Royal Port, Rankin – 1–833–ROYAL–51 Royal Ridge, Royal Oak Prop. – royalridge.ca Ryan’s Grove, Lucchetta Homes – lucchettahomes.com Shelter Cove – 1.866.416.8848 The Shores, Marz Homes – 905.894.7873 South Hill, Thomasfield – 519.766.5060 South Port, Rankin Const. – southpt.ca The Spencer at Dundas Peak, Sage – spencercondo.com St. Elizabeth Mills, Zest – 905.574.8178 Stonecroft by Carey Homes – 1.866.278.7577 Trailside at Grey Silo Gate, Activa – 519.742.5800 Victoria & John, Solmar – 905.688.3010 Upper Vista Condos, Evertrust – 1.866.418.8936 Village Creek, Park Lane Homes – 905.382.8857 The Village on Prince Charles, Carey Homes – careyhomes.ca Village On The Twelve, Silvergate Homes – silvergatehomes.com Villages of Sally Creek, Sunlight Heritage Homes – 226.289.2943 The Vines, Four Mile Creek, Blythwood Woodcastle Homes – 647.531.8463 The Vintages at Four Mile Creek, Blythwood – 905.657.2977 Vista Ridge & Vibrant, Losani – losanihomes.com Viva On The Lake, Losani – losanihomes.com Waterview Condos, LJM – 1.855.500.1215 Welland High Garden, Dennis – wellandhighgarden.ca Wellings of Waterford – 1.800.996.9885 Westwood Trails, Sinclair Homes – 226.476.2227

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COTTAGE COUNTRY Amica Little Lake – 705.722.9191 Aquavil, Royalton Homes – aquavil.ca Ashton Meadows, Briarwood – ashtonmeadows.ca Beaverton Common, Armour Heights Developments – armourhd.com Blue Vista, Royalton Homes – bluevista.ca Braestone Horseshoe Valley, Georgian international – 705.727.5656 The Bungalows at Peaks Ridge – 416.399.6546 Captain’s Cove, Remington – 1.800.640.2309 Chalets at Georgian Shores – georgian–shores.ca Fenelon Lakes Club – 705.887.5440 Forest Heights, Democrat Homes – 705.835.0354 Friday Harbour Resort, Geranium/Pemberton – 647.351.0991 Georgian Sands, Elm Dev. – georgiansands.com Gryffin Bluffs, Gang of Five Inc. – gryffinbluffs.ca Harbour Pointe, Batavia – 705.355.0363

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Harmony Living, Mamta – mamtahomes.com

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Hedge Road Landing, Alliance – 905.596.2200

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$3,250/mo.

Homes on the Bay, Rose Water – rosewatermanagement.com

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Hometown Creemore, Alliance – hometowncreemore.ca

$590K

Holland Gardens, Verve – 905.775.6020

The Këmp, Fortress – 905.787.9266

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Kingsmere Retirement, Sienna – 705.434.4600

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Kingsview on Balsam Lake, Kaitlin – 1.866.514.3573

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Lākhouse Lakefront Residences, Aalto Developments – lakhouse.ca

$470K

Lakepoint village, Alliance – 705.323.9768

$260K

Kings Landing, Dreamland Homes – 905.657.4663

Lakeside Muskoka, lakesidemuskoka.ca The Landing at Little Lake – 705.719.9909

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Matchedash Lofts, Oakleigh Dev. – 647.502.5255

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Markdale Highlands, Sunfield – sunfieldhomes.com

Monaco Condominiums – 1.855.666.7007

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Muskoka Bay Resort, Freed Developments Ltd. – 1.866.321.2004

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Mountain House at Windfall, Georgian International – 705.293.0954

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Mountaincroft, Grandview Homes – 1.866.775.0333

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Muskokan Resort Club – 1.866.960.9016

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Residences at Five Points, AT Dev. – atdevelopments.ca

$420K

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Residences on McMurray, Unexus – 705.646.2333

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Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village, Sherwood Homes – 1.877.887.3437

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Simcoe Gardens, Mamta – mamtahomes.com

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The Tom Studio Suties, Greystone – 705.773.8833

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The Villas at Wasaga Meadows, Parkbridge – 705.429.5996

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TAKE TWO

IN PRAISE OF

DAVID CRONENBERG BRUCE KIRKLAND

Except for a brief, unfortunate era when Canadian government grants fueled Hollywood copycat movies in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Canadian film industry has never had a single voice or an acknowledged style. To clarify, we have never embraced an identity like the Neo Realism wave that energized Italian cinema after World War II – with evocative films that focused on the working class. Similarly, we have never launched what iconoclastic French filmmakers called La Nouvelle Vague – or New Wave – in the late 1950s. Nor even what those same French filmmakers dubbed Film Noir, while analyzing Hollywood cinema that inspired them. Instead, Canada has many voices, styles and our own set of iconoclasts who challenge conventions. None is more prominent, influential and fascinating than David Cronenberg. Now Cronenberg is helping to empower new generations of filmmakers that reflect the true nature of Canadian society with multiple voices, different cultures and a diverse set of values, pre-occupations and socio-political agendas. I say, hurrah!

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

66 Active Life |   June 4–July 30, 2022

Now 79, Cronenberg recently revived his film career with Crimes of the Future, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May. After his 2014 film, Maps to the Stars, he told me definitively that he was retiring from filmmaking to write novels, which he did. But, directors direct, and he could not help himself. Crimes of the Future emerged to shock and intrigue audiences with another investigation of bodily horror and sensuality. Cronenberg also cannot help but help others. Before Cannes, the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) awarded him our Company 3 Clyde Gilmour Award for his lifetime of contributions to Canadian cinema. I say “our” because I am a member of the TFCA in the emeritus category. The award is named for a pioneering Canadian film critic, now deceased. Clyde, whom I worked with at The Toronto Star in the 1970s, was diligent but conservative. He would have hated Cronenberg’s oeuvre, from his feature debut with Shivers (1975) through his breakout with Scanners (1981) and on to major work such as The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), Crash (1996) and even Cronenberg’s mature masterworks, A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007). No matter, Cronenberg got the award named for Clyde. It came with a $50,000, post-production services prize from Company 3 that Cronenberg could pass along to an emerging Canadian filmmaker. Cronenberg chose Kelly FyffeMarshall, known for her awardwinning, two-part short film, Black Bodies, which won the 2021 Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short Drama. Cronenberg made it clear why the pay-it-forward prize is important:

David Cronenberg

“For me, this is a potent award to be giving because it specifically addresses the realities of postproduction, which means that a film has actually been made and is being completed. There’s nothing more exciting than welcoming a new filmmaker with a strong new creation, and that the Company 3 Award has contributed to that emergence in a substantial, professional way is especially satisfying.” For her part, Fyffe-Marshall reinforced the strength of new Canadian cinema: “Making an Indie film is often the only way to tell marginalized stories. But these stories, our stories, don’t deserve to stay on the sidelines. The success of When Morning Comes allows us to make ripples in the Canadian film landscape opening the doors for so many to follow. I am so thankful and appreciative to David Cronenberg for championing my film.” Bruce Kirkland’s career spans more than four decades, working for The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Journal and finally, as the senior film critic, for 36 years at The Toronto Sun. bruce.kirkland@hotmail.com

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