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Ontario shuts schools until September because of COVID-19 pandemic

Overnight summer camps are also cancelled, province confirms CBC News · Posted: May 19, 2020 7:58 AM ET | Last Updated: 8 hours ago   Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday that the province is cancelling in-person learning for the school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The safety of our children is my top priority,” Ford said. The province said in a news release that the decision was made after consultation with the chief medical officer of health and an assortment of medical experts.  “We cannot open schools at this time,” Ford said. “I’m just not going to risk it.” Ford told reporters that learning will continue online. The province said in its news release that all students “who were on track to graduate” from high school before schools were shuttered in March will be able to graduate, and all students will receive report cards. Education Minister Stephen Lecce said a full plan for reopening the …
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Over $34,000 raised for local businesses in viral online campaign

Original Source:  KITCHENER TODAY A local group of businesses have found a way to help other small vendors that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Random act of Business (RAoB) is a campaign and online platform where residents can go to purchase gifts from their favourite non-essential businesses across Waterloo Region. According to Kitchener marketing agency Studio Locale, residents are being asked to be ‘more viral than the virus’ (which has an infection rate of over two people) and gift three or more items from these businesses to family, friends, neighbours or employees.  Some businesses featurd on the RAoB website include Four All Ice Cream, Four Fathers Brewing, Native Plant Source, Golf Play, and more.   A list of all the participating businesses can be found at moreviralthanthevirus.ca. The aim of RAoB is to help get the message out that these places are still open even if they can’t physically open their doors.   Since launching the campaign …
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Retail stores can offer curbside pickup, delivery as of Monday

Original Source:  Kitchener Today The provincial government is opening more of the economy. On Wednesday afternoon, the province announced that non-essential retail stores can open to offer curbside pickup and delivery, as of Monday, May 11. The stores are being asked to follow all the health and safety guidelines, in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We haven’t been sitting on our hands. Whether it’s releasing our framework for reopening or putting in place the workplace safety guidelines needed to help businesses adapt to the new environment, we’ve been laying the groundwork for the safe, measured, and gradual reopening of our province,” said Premier Doug Ford. “As the trends improve, we can move forward with reopening more and more of our economy and getting people back to work.” he added. As early as Friday, garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the …
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Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

Federal Government Update Today, the Prime Minister announced that the federal government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. The details that have been announced at this point are below. We will share more details about the CECRA as they become available. The CECRA program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June. The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75 per cent for the three corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will …
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Happy New Year!

We just want to say how thankful we are for your support and trust in us this year, and we wish you all the best as we enter a brand new decade. Happy New Year from all of us at TheValkoTeam! ❤️🎉🎉

Williamsburg Community Festival was AMAZING!

What an AMAZING time we had a the Williamsburg Community Festival!  We absolutely love getting to know members of our community and enjoying community events with our families. We live and work here in KW – coming together matters to us. Check out our photo gallery of the event! THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by our booth to say hello and fill out a ballot to win tickets to various Toronto sports games.  We will be doing the early bird draw on September 27th. ⬇️YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO ENTER!⬇️   ✅ Leave us a 5-star review on Google here:  g.page/TheValkoTeam/review ✅ Like 👍 our Facebook Page here:  FB/TracyValkoTeam  EARLY BIRD DRAW SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 OFFICIAL DRAW OCTOBER 1, 2019

Thinking about putting in a firm offer? Make sure you read this first.

The market is constantly changing these days, so if you asked me about affordability just a few weeks ago, I would have had a different answer, as the seller’s market has quickly shifted to a buyer’s market – for now, anyway. The key difference is that the inventory of available houses on the market in the Kitchener-Waterloo area – and many other places across the province – has kicked into high gear. This spring, many first-time homebuyers were quickly being priced out of the market due to multiple bidding scenarios that saw houses sell well over their asking prices. This was not an ideal situation for any buyer – let alone first-time buyers on a particularly tight budget. And while affordability was going by the wayside just a few weeks ago, so too were having a condition of financing and a home inspection included in the purchase offer. Weighing the …
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35% Downpayment… The New Conventional Mortgage?

If you’re looking to buy a new home, one of the most difficult things can be putting together a down payment for the mortgage. So how much do you really need to put together before you can get into the home of your dreams? Let’s take a look at some of the different options, with their various pros and cons.   0% Down – A Thing of the Past? If you’ve been in the housing market before, you might remember a time when banks offered extremely inexpensive mortgage options, including the “zero down payment” mortgage. Although these types of mortgages were extremely attractive for obvious reasons, you may remember a something called the Great Recession of 2008. The unfortunate downside to these mortgages was that far too many unqualified buyers were opting into mortgages they could not realistically afford. When these people defaulted en masse, it led, in part, to …
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Ion Express Train for Waterloo Region

3 Ways Transportation Will Make Waterloo Region Explode

  Waterloo Region and Hamilton are leading the way nation wide for real estate growth and there is no end in site.  According to the Province, every year 10 thousand people move to Waterloo Region.  Over the next 20 years the population of Waterloo Region is expected to grow by 200 thousand people.  It’s the equivalent of adding another community the size of Kitchener to the area.  This is obviously fueling the local real estate market. Agents actually camped out for a week to get a shot at buying properties in the area for clients from out of town.  There are a number of reasons this region is so attractive.   Kitchener-Waterloo offers a strong, diverse economy with great quality of life for residents and housing is still relatively affordable.  One particular strength is that the area is investing heavily in transportation infrastructure as it plans for growth.

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