Pipe Repair Warranty an Option for the Uninsured

Pipe Repair Warranty an Option for the Uninsured

From the Kincardine Independent A direct mail campaign offering warranty coverage for damaged water, sewer and septic lines has homeowners wondering about the authenticity of the offer and if they have sufficient coverage to pay for repairs if they occur. Homeowners...

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First Nations Communities Face Water Equity Challenges

First Nations Communities Face Water Equity Challenges

Many infrastructure projects are funded through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), and ISC chooses which projects move forward under what circumstances, instead of allowing First Nations leaders to prioritize. The ISC also determines the standards for which bids can be accepted from contractors, and those are usually determined to be the lowest bidder, even if another, higher bid is deemed to be better.

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Service Line Protection Available for Ottawa Homeowners

Originally published on NewsWire Canada  Feb 17, 2021, 08:00 ET OTTAWA, ON, Feb. 17, 2021 /CNW/ - The City of Ottawa has partnered with Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) to offer Ottawa homeowners protection plans to help cover repair costs associated with...

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Aging in Place Requires Support from the Community

Aging in Place Requires Support from the Community

Almost 100 percent of Canadians 65 and older want to age in place, or continue to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible, according to the National Institute on Aging. Since nearly 30 percent of Canadians are Baby Boomers, with 5,000 retiring...

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COVID-19 Threatens Infrastructure, Contractor Jobs

COVID-19 Threatens Infrastructure, Contractor Jobs

As municipalities move toward budget discussions in the new year, some are faced with the unappealing prospect of having to possibly raise taxes or make cuts to essential services, especially as the virus continues to rampage with no clear end in sight. The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario estimates that the pandemic cost provincial municipalities $4.1 billion in 2020 and will cost an additional $2.7 billion next year.

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Soaring Home Sales Means Increased Demand for Contractors

Soaring Home Sales Means Increased Demand for Contractors

The combination of reliance on reviews and the burgeoning on-demand services market means websites that profess to vet contractors have become ubiquitous. These sites are a great place to find reviews and recommendations, but homeowners should still request references, check to make sure contractors have proper licensing and insurance and apply for permits at the appropriate municipal office.

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Some Good News During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Some Good News During the COVID-19 Pandemic

But good news is still out there – Canadians gathering (while staying two metres apart) to celebrate one another and help each other out. We’ve collected a round up of stories about kindness and coming together to remind ourselves – and you! – that we will come through this difficulty stronger and better than before.

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Toronto Moves to Address Aging Infrastructure

Toronto Moves to Address Aging Infrastructure

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, you likely noticed more roadwork than usual this summer, as the city took advantage of the pandemic-caused reduction in traffic to replace several antiquated water mains. The city has pledged billions of dollars toward renovating its water infrastructure, tripling spending.

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