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Winter is in the air, but that hasn’t stopped our kindness from growing. Niagara Health team members raised $79,056 for our United Way Workplace Campaign. This year’s campaign theme, Kindness grows, every year, reflects the compassion and generosity of our team members and our commitment to getting better, every year.

Christmas has arrived at the Fonthill ReStore! Stop by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Hwy 20 in Fonthill to see what they have to get you in the spirit for the holiday season.

Art in the Open is a comprehensive on-line catalogue of more than 250 pieces of public art located throughout the Niagara region.  Venture Niagara Community Futures Development Corporation launched the bilingual website at their 2018 Annual General Meeting held on Friday, June 22nd, 2018.

“We were pleasantly surprised by all the wonderful art there is throughout the cities, towns and townships of Niagara,” said Venture Niagara Chair Mike Panich.  The number of sculptures, installations, murals and memorials is remarkable,” he added.

NOW OPEN! Come experience a wonderful new exhibit commemorating the anniversary of the First World War and featuring archival material from the lives of soldiers.

www.wellandmuseum.ca/exhibits

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 570 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in October.  This represents a 1.2% decrease in sales compared to October of last year.

The average days on market increased 10.3% from 39 to 43 in the residential freehold market and decreased 8.7% from 46 to 42 in the condominium market from this time last year. 

With the annual cost of household living expenses for a Niagara region family of four conservatively pegged at over $71,000, the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network has calculated the hourly wage necessary for families to meet these expenses, otherwise known as a living wage, to be $17.99 for 2018.

That's why you should get started on establishing a positive credit history as soon as possible and take care to keep that history positive. Whether you're young, you're a newcomer to Canada or your finances are well established, your credit history is a key element of your financial picture.

Niagara College will host a Fall BioBlitz on Thursday, November 1 with special guests from the World Wildlife Fund and other community organizations. The event, which is open to the college community and the public, will take place between noon and 6 p.m. at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. Organized by the College’s Office of Sustainability, the BioBlitz aims to help participants connect with the outdoors while identifying plants and animal species for the College’s biodiversity inventory.

What happens with real estate transactions involving a home that has had this number of cannabis plants grown within it?

On October 17, 2018, it became legal to purchase small amounts of marijuana and grow up to four plants per residence (not per person) in Ontario. Nonetheless, the prospect of purchasing a home that has been used to grow marijuana may continue to provoke an emotional response from some buyers. As such, it’s important to understand whether this is a concern for real estate clients and to take appropriate steps to protect their interests.

Looking for a little extra space?  Do you have holiday decorations or grandma’s furniture to store? Looking to clear out your garage so you can park inside this winter? Our Welland located, indoor storage facility offers extra protection against theft, vandalism, rodents, bees and other pests.

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