Life – NOW Magazine Tue, 19 Jan 2021 20:56:35 +0000 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 20:56:35 +0000 en-US Richard Trapunski Toronto businesses call on Doug Ford to limit what big box stores can sell In a new open letter, councillor Brad Bradford and TABIA are asking for a ban on in-store sales of non-essential items

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NOW Staff Toronto rent was down 20.4 per cent in December while real estate sales were way up The health crisis triggered a “real estate boom” as average prices in areas surrounding Toronto made six figure gains

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NOW Staff Sew TO turns reusable masks into wages and skills for vulnerable Torontonians Sponsored feature: Live Green Toronto

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Julia Mastroianni Toronto apartment vacancy rate is the highest in 50 years The vacancy rate in reached 5.7 per cent by the end of 2020, compared with 1.1 per cent in the same period a year earlier

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Radheyan Simonpillai Peek inside the mysterious condo bridge overlooking Toronto Developer Concord Adex explains why it took so long to put the three-story units hoisted above CityPlace on the market

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Radheyan Simonpillai Financial advice for 2021: Five savings tips so you can do what you love How to conquer emotional spending without sacrificing simple pleasures like a latte. Hint: Use cash

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Julia Mastroianni Shame and blame will not save you from COVID-19, experts say “The second you get that positive test, you’re now seen as a negligent human being”

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Glenn Sumi Love Your Body: Own how you look in 2021 After a tough 2020, six inspiring Torontonians bare all and greet the new year with self-love and body positivity

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Kelsey Adams Jessie Olsen, aka Bae Savage, community manager, podcaster “As I started to develop more self confidence, I realized life is actually so much easier and filled with way more joy when I accepted the body that I have.”

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Julia Mastroianni Arianne Persaud, writer, documentary filmmaker “There are many Black and brown examples of non-binary existence that are outside the westernized versions that we see.”

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Glenn Sumi Gelek Badheytsang, communications professional, writer, podcast host “A part of me believes in the notion of treating your body like a temple, but I also want to resist all the puritan, moralizing baggage that comes with that”

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Radheyan Simonpillai Denise Mcleod, producer, comedian, textile artist “I am never going to have blond hair. I am never going to have blue eyes. We have to stop viewing ourselves through colonized eyes”

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Julia Mastroianni Emma Hewson, musician and teacher “When I started showing my body hair more, I got a lot of positive feedback. I realized that the more authentic I am, the better it is for me.”

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Kevin Ritchie Gary Alderson, sales “Everyone is unique and should be admired for that. As I’ve aged, I definitely have developed more self-confidence and I don’t give a shit anymore.”

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Rob Brezsny Freewill Astrology: Weekly horoscope for January 14, 2021 I hope you will regularly meditate on the possibility that your soul is immortal, Pisces

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Dan Savage Savage Love: Let us come together on sexual slang There are more important things going on in the world, so think of this sexual grammar lesson as a fleeting distraction from the news

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Julia Mastroianni What having COVID-19 is like: Two people talk diagnosis and recovery Two Ontarians explain how they caught COVID-19, how they handled symptoms and the lingering effects – physical and mental

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Julia Mastroianni Post-secondary school work placements go virtual Online job placements and co-op programs have opened up opportunities for students to work internationally

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Radheyan Simonpillai Toronto real estate sales were up 64.5 per cent in December Even the condo market ended 2020 on a high

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Kelsey Adams How this out-of-work yoga instructor opened a coffee shop Unable to teach, this Toronto yoga instructor juggling immense debt opened pop-up coffee shop, Two Hot Babes, to stay afloat

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Radheyan Simonpillai Mortgage advice for 2021: Fixed versus variable rate? Money experts debate mortgages and where to put your savings or investments

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Rob Brezsny Freewill Astrology: Weekly horoscope for January 7, 2021 Your past is becoming increasingly irrelevant Aquarius, which is our way of saying happy birthday in advance

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Dan Savage Savage Love: How to have sex when the kid is always home Dan helps parents get some during the pandemic, despite an eavesdropping teen

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Lisa Campbell The way the CBD cookie crumbles in 2021 No one wants to be that person coughing during COVID, even if it’s just from cannabis, so I’m switching to edibles in 2021

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Kelsey Adams How a Toronto nail art lover turned her hobby into a business When COVID shut down nail salons, Rebecca Ramsdale took her passion into her own hands

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Radheyan Simonpillai How to prepare your taxes in 2021 Money experts offer advice on filing taxes this year and what to do if you received CERB or worked from home

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Carlito Pablo This is how many businesses have closed in Ontario during COVID-19 The Canadian arts, entertainment and recreation sector is the “furthest from recovery,” according to Statistics Canada

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Radheyan Simonpillai The struggle to make Toronto real estate affordable Brokers and urban planners debate how a home vacancy tax and other efforts to make housing affordable will play out in 2021

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Rob Brezsny Freewill Astrology: Weekly horoscope for December 31, 2020 Cancerians will have the power to evolve and transform at an expedited pace in 2021

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Dan Savage Savage Love: Are all lesbian relationships drama? Dan fields a letter about lesbian relationships with help from a three-member circuit court of lesbian appeals

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