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Harmony Village Condos

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An innovative and dynamic life-changing concept, Harmony Village Condominiums are designed to satisfy all of your day-to-day needs – from health and wellness to pleasure and leisure. A place where senses are luxuriously satisfied, lives enriched, pleasures fulfilled and cares tended. Where all the joys of every day come together in a place with a full lifestyle blend of facilities. Enjoy shops, restaurants, specialty boutiques, cafés and Harmony Village’s own on-site all-year round leisure and event programming.

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Harmony Village Condos at Sheppard and Warden Avenues, offering buyers the opportunity to become part of a lifestyle concept that will revolutionize the real estate sector. Every element of architecture and design is focused on delivering living spaces that exceed all expectations for people looking to simplify their real estate needs with no compromises. Downsizing never felt so good.

Harmony Village Condos will set new standard in amenities and services. All residents will be part of a robust community with all the comforts of home and much more. Residents of Harmony Village Condominiums will also be invited to join the various fitness and lifestyle activities offered through the on-site St. Paul’s L’Amoureux Centre. This award winning facility specializes in providing services to encourage active physical and social lives.

 

Important Message: In order for an investor to take advantage of Buying Pre-construction Condos is to buy before it is open to the public. Prior to opening day of a new condo sales office to the general public, prices may have gone up. This will be an opportunity for you to invest in a unit at the lowest price possible before its open to the public. You can be one of the first purchasers to be invited to Platinum VIP Preview Sales Event long before the presentation centre opens to the public. This gives you an opportunity to have the first access to inventory, best pick at unit levels, floor plans, lowest price not available to the public and the ability to take advantage of Platinum VIP Condo Incentives the builder may offer.  This is a perfect opportunity at the Platinum VIP Price.

 

For more information and to register now for the  VIP Preview Sales Event please Register, we can only bring limited number of buyers into the Platinum VIP Sales Event, so pre-register now for priority access:

 

 

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Bristol Condos

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Live with flair at Bristol Condominiums and enjoy freedom, untethered by the ordinary.

Bristol Condos has been artfully designed, blending contemporary and traditional elements of architecture setting the stage for remarkable living.

Inside, you’ll find polished interiors that flow seamlessly from one room to another, with the hues of the sky as your backdrop. Roof top amenities that inspire good living: a modern, well-equipped fitness studio, a sophisticated lounge with fireplace and cozy seating. Appointed with full kitchen and bar, dining area and games room that opens out to a private terrace.

Bristol Condominiums has a superlative location in Richmond Hill, one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities, where there are plenty of hip

Condo living is all about pleasure and the freedom to pursue a life lived with flair!

CONDOS STARTING from the mid $200’s

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downtown boutiques, café and restaurants, parks and recreation, accessible public transit, and a host of places to work and play.

With a location as desirable as this, opportunities must be grasped before they’re gone. Take a moment to register now for your place at our grand opening event coming soon.

Experience a beautiful life where convenience and excitement come together in gorgeous Richmond Hill, famously, ‘a little north, a little nicer’.

This community has everything you need and more. Bustling downtown Richmond Hill offers abundant shopping choices, restaurants catering to a variety of savoury and sweet palettes. Take in some live theatre at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts or see the latest blockbuster at one of the many movie plexes. Tee off at a nearby award winning golf course such as Bathurst Glen, The Summit, Maple Downs or Bloomington Downs. Recreation facilities abound for leisure and enjoyment at the Richmond Green Sports Complex or the Elvis Stojko Arena. Visit Lake Wilcox to experience kilometers of nature trails. Stay connected to wherever you want to go with VIVA’s excellent transportation system and routes.

Important Message: In order for an investor to take advantage of Buying Pre-construction Condos is to buy before it is open to the public. Prior to opening day of a new condo sales office to the general public, prices may have gone up. This will be an opportunity for you to invest in a unit at the lowest price possible before its open to the public. You can be one of the first purchasers to be invited to Platinum VIP Preview Sales Event long before the presentation centre opens to the public. This gives you an opportunity to have the first access to inventory, best pick at unit levels, floor plans, lowest price not available to the public and the ability to take advantage of Platinum VIP Condo Incentives the builder may offer.  This is a perfect opportunity at the Platinum VIP Price.

For more information and to register now for the  VIP Preview Sales Event please Register, we can only bring limited number of buyers into the Platinum VIP Sales Event, so pre-register now for priority access:

 

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2221 Yonge Condos

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Welcome to 2221 Yonge Condos, a landmark condominium residence designed by world-renowned New York based Pei Partnership Architects in collaboration with Quadrangle Architects in tribute to Toronto’s celebrated modernist era.

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Rising 56 majestic storeys, the distinctive tower sits askew from its six-storey podium to create interesting pockets of outdoor space around the seventh floor amenity area.

Choose from a variety of suites from one to three bedroom designs including some with dens. Renowned interior designers Munge+Leung have conceived 2221 Yonge’s amenity areas and suite finishes to reflect the evolution of modern condominium design.

Where downtown buzz meets midtown flair, Yonge & Eglinton is both a journey and a destination. Located right on the Yonge subway line with TTC bus routes in every direction and just steps from the future LRT, you will find it easy to connect to every part of Toronto. This is where it all comes together. Design, style, fashion, cuisine and art combine to create an eclectic fusion of sophisticated urban living, right at your doorstep. The neighbourhood energy is palpable and 2221 Yonge Condos is at the very heart of it all.

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2221 Yonge Condos is destined to become one of Toronto’s truly iconic 21st century condominium towers. Emerging from a podium that meshes seamlessly with the Yonge/Eglinton streetscape, it’s a tower with a decidedly modern pedigree. Thin, sleek, almost feline, 2221 YONGE’s “look” is inspired by the most influential design movement of the last hundred years: International Style modernism. Among its leading practitioners, the legendary American architect I.M. Pei, whose son, Sandy Pei, of Pei Partnership Architects is the lead designer of 2221 YONGE CONDOS, in collaboration with the renowned Toronto-based firm, Quadrangle Architects. A meeting of the minds, if you will, at Toronto’s most eclectic corner.

STYLE MEETS SUBSTANCE IN A UNIQUE BLEND OF SPACE, COMFORT AND CREATIVITY. In the context of interior design, neo-modernism takes the influence of the 60s and melds it with contemporary styles to create a unique, cosmopolitan living environment. This can be seen in Munge-Leung’s eclectic canvas of colours and suite finishes at 2221 Yonge Condos . With 9-ft ceiling heights in most living areas and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, the interiors are bathed in a profusion of light and space. Fresh air balconies or terraces extend your living space to the great outdoors. Designer selected high performance wide plank laminate flooring provides a rich texture to the overall ambience.

Gourmet kitchens sparkle with contemporary custom cabinetry, designer selected Caesarstone countertops, sleek European appliance package and more. Your bathroom is a haven of luxury with a magnificent marble countertop, custom designed cabinetry, undermount porcelain sink, deep soaker tub and gleaming chrome plumbing fixtures. Enjoy the latest in communication technology including next generation optical fiber connectivity. At 2221 YONGE CONDOS, your elegance and comfort underline the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail in every individual suite.

FEATURES & FINISHES

THE BUILDING

  • Rising 56 majestic stories, the distinctive tower sits askew from its six-storey podium, creating unique pockets of outdoor space around the comprehensive amenities floor
  • Located right on the Yonge subway at Eglinton with TTC bus routes in every direction, and the soon to be completed LRT
  • Large, distinctive precast and glass balconies
  • Cantilevered wrap-around balconies
  • The long extra-wide lobby extends the entire length of the site to connect the east and Yonge Street entrances
  • A grand porte-cochere and double-lane drop-off provides access to extra-wide lobby
  • The lobby is further enhanced by a large sloped garden, visible from outside on Yonge Street
  • Mailroom is conveniently located on the ground level near the elevators
  • Separate indoor storage units available, some located on podium level

THE AMENITIES

  • The integrated design of the indoor and outdoor amenity area brings together recreation, fitness, relaxation and social interaction with the following:
  • An avant-garde Wet spa located on the mezzanine level which includes:
  • Three separate experience plunges –a warm pool, a hot pool and a massage jet pool
  • Sauna, steam rooms and private treatment rooms to help nurture downtime in a Zen-like environment
  • The spectacular 7th floor amenities space integrates:
  • Indoor and outdoor components in a setting that is, in a word, inspiring
  • Spacious indoor entertainment facility that includes a fully equipped chef’s show kitchen with private dining room with a double sided fireplace to the bar lounge, a fireplace lounge and several smaller lounge areas.
  • Comprehensive fitness club and Yoga/Pilates studio with men’s and women’s changing rooms
  • Two media, gaming and tv lounges
  • Landscaped outdoor terrace with both intimate and open entertainment spaces flanked by two linear fireplaces with built-in seating
  • Stylish cabanas feature BBQs with sitting/dining areas
  • Topping off the amenities is the Halo Rooftop Lounge:
  • Outdoor Terrace that features breathtaking views of the city
  • Casual lounge area and wet bar creating the ideal spot for a nightcap, for entertaining, or for a romantic night under the stars

THE SUITES

  • Ceiling heights of approximately 9 ft. throughout the suites , exclusive of bulkheads for mechanical and structural or special architectural features
  • Expansive floor to ceiling windows allow an abundance of natural light
  • Choice of designer selected high performance wide plank laminate flooring in living room, dining room, den and kitchen, as per builder’s standard selection
  • Choice of designer selected broadloom in bedroom(s), as per builder’s standard selection
  • Choice of one paint colour from designer’s selection
  • Sliding and/or swing door to balconies or terraces, as per plan
  • Attractive and secure solid core entry door with modern designer selected hardware with a privacy viewer
  • All closets fitted with wire shelving
  • Full size stacked washer/dryer vented to exterior
  • Individually controlled heating and cooling system
  • In suite sprinkler fire protection

THE KITCHEN

  • Contemporary custom kitchen cabinetry designed by Munge Leung
  • Choice of designer selected Caesarstone countertops, as per builder’s standard selection
  • Choice of designer selected ceramic tile for the backsplash, as per builder’s standard selection
  • Stainless steel single bowl undermount sink with contemporary designer selected chrome faucet with pull out spray
  • European appliance package including:
  • Fully integrated refrigerator and dishwasher with cabinetry panel
  • Built-in oven and microwave
  • Drop-in easy cleaning glass surface cook-top
  • Feature stainless steel chimney-style hood

THE BATHROOMS

  • Contemporary custom bathroom cabinetry that integrates the vanity, mirror, medicine cabinet and light fixture designed by Munge Leung
  • Choice of designer selected Marble countertop, as per builder’s standard selection
  • Designer selected rectangular white undermount porcelain sink and single lever faucet
  • Designer selected soaker tub with choice of designer selected ceramic tile, as per builder’s standard selection
  • Designer selected contemporary chrome plumbing fixtures and bathroom accessories

THE ELECTRICAL/ TECHNOLOGY FEATURES

  • Individual hydro metering for each suite
  • Decora-style light switches and matching electrical outlets
  • Pre-wired cable outlet in living room, bedroom(s), and den
  • Pre-wired telephone outlet in living room, bedroom(s), den and kitchen
  • Optical fibre distribution system for the building and pre-wired fibre cable to each unit

THE SECURITY FEATURES

  • Concierge on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Surveillance cameras in key areas of underground garage
  • Closed circuit camera monitoring at select building entry points
  • Electronic communication system in lobby vestibule permitting visitors to communicate with individual suites
  • Electronic access control system for amenity areas, parking garage and other common areas
PLEASE NOTE: The Vendor shall have the right to make reasonable changes in the opinion of the Vendor in the plans and specifications if required and to substitute other material for that provided for herein with material that is of equal or better quality than that provided for herein. The determination of whether or not a substitute material is of equal or better quality shall be made by the Vendor’s architect whose determination shall be final and binding. The Purchaser acknowledges that colour, texture, appearance, grains, veining, natural variations in appearance etc. of features and finishes installed in the Unit may vary from Vendor’s samples as a result of normal manufacturing and installation processes and as a result of any such finishes being of natural products and the Purchaser agrees that the Vendor is not responsible for same. The Vendor is not responsible for shade difference occurring in the manufacture of items such as, but not limited to, finishing materials, or products such as carpet, tiles, bath tub, sinks and other such products where the product manufacturer establishes the standard for such finishes. Nor shall the Vendor be responsible for shade difference in colour of components manufactured from different materials but which components are designed to be assembled into either one product or installed in conjunction with another product and in these circumstances the products as manufactured shall be accepted by the Purchaser. Purchaser acknowledges and agrees that carpeting may be seamed in certain circumstances and said seams may be visible. Purchaser acknowledges and agrees that pre-finished wood flooring (if any) may react to normal fluctuating humidity levels inducing gapping or cupping. The Purchaser acknowledges that marble (if any) is a very soft stone which will require a substantial amount of maintenance by the Purchaser and is very easily scratched and damaged. Plan and specifications are subject to change without notice. E. & O.E.

Client Incentives Program

  • Exclusive Platinum Agent Pricing
  • $0 Assignment Fee***
  • Connection/Meter Charges capped at $875
  • Extended Deposit Structure 20% Down
$5,000 on signing, Balance of 5% in 30 days
5% in 120 days,
5% in 300 days,
5% in 480 days
0% at Occupancy
  • Development/Levies Charges capped at

$5,500 Studio/1B/1B+D/1B+M

$7,500 2B/3B

  • Rogers Package (value $2,100)
  • Rogers Hi-Speed Internet Extreme plus for one year
  • Digital VIP Ultimate with the Movie Network or Super Channel for one year
  • Home Phone Deluxe for one year
  • Rogers Smart Home Monitoring (value will vary on Purchaser’s level of security required)
Programs and incentives are subject to change without notice. E. & O.E. Valid for sales made on or before June 23, 2013 only.
*** Subject to Vendor’s conditions for Assignments being met. Please see Sales Representative for details.

2221 Yonge Condos Exclusive Platinum Agent Tower Price List

UPON REQUEST

*(Subject to availability). Premiums apply to floors, balconies, terraces and views. Please see a Sales Representative for details. ** Valid only on sales made on or before June 23, 2013

Suite Finishes

  • Ceiling heights of approximately 9 ft. throughout the suites.
  • Choice of designer selected high performance wide plank laminate flooring in main living areas.*
  • Contemporary custom Kitchen cabinetry designed by Munge Leung with choice of designer selected Caesarstone countertops and ceramic tile.*
  • European appliance package includes a fully integrated refrigerator and dishwasher with cabinetry panel, built-in oven and microwave, drop-in easy cleaning glass surface cook-top and feature stainless steel chimney-style hood.
  • Full size stacked washer/dryer vented to exterior.
  • Contemporary custom bathroom cabinetry that integrates the vanity, mirror, medicine cabinet and light fixture designed by Munge Leung with choice of designer selected Marble countertop.*

Building Features

  • Rising 56 storeys, the distinctive tower sits askew from its six-storey podium creating unique pockets of outdoor space around the comprehensive amenities floor.
  • Large, distinctive precast and glass balconies and cantilevered wrap-around balconies.
  • The long extra-wide lobby extends the entire length of the site to connect the Yonge Street and East entrances. The lobby is further enhanced by a large sloped garden, visible from outside on Yonge Street.
  • An avant-garde Wet spa located on the lower level includes three separate experience plunges –a warm pool, a hot pool and a massage pool, sauna, steam rooms and private treatment rooms to help nurture downtime in a Zen-like environment.
  • The spectacular 7th floor amenities space offers a spacious indoor entertainment facility that includes a fully equipped chef’s show kitchen with a private dining room with a double sided fireplace to the bar lounge, a fireplace lounge and several smaller lounge areas.
  • Comprehensive fitness club and Yoga/Pilates studio with men’s and women’s changing rooms, two media, gaming and viewing rooms also make up the 7th floor amenity space.
  • A landscaped outdoor terrace with both intimate and open entertainment spaces flanked by two linear fireplaces with built-in seating and stylish cabanas with BBQs and sitting/dining area complete the 7th floor.
  • The Halo Rooftop Terrace with an outdoor terrace features breathtaking views of the city. The casual lounge area and wet bar create the ideal spot for a nightcap, for entertaining or for a romantic night under the stars.

*From Vendor’s standard samples. As per plan.

All prices, figures and materials are preliminary and are subject to change without notice E. &O. E. Note: All areas and stated room dimensions are approximate. Floor area measured in accordance with Tarion Bulletin #22. Actual living area will vary from floor area stated. June 6, 2013 *Please see a Sales Representative for details. ** Valid only on sales made on or before June 23, 2013.   Last Updating June 08, 2013

 

Important Message: In order for an investor to take advantage of Buying Pre-construction Condos is to buy before it is open to the public. Prior to opening day of a new condo sales office to the general public, prices may have gone up. This will be an opportunity for you to invest in a unit at the lowest price possible before its open to the public. You can be one of the first purchasers to be invited to Platinum VIP Preview Sales Event long before the presentation centre opens to the public. This gives you an opportunity to have the first access to inventory, best pick at unit levels, floor plans, lowest price not available to the public and the ability to take advantage of Platinum VIP Condo Incentives the builder may offer.  This is a perfect opportunity at the Platinum VIP Price.

 

For more information and to register now for the  VIP Preview Sales Event please Register, we can only bring limited number of buyers into the Platinum VIP Sales Event, so pre-register now for priority access:

 

 

 

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Sage VI Condos

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After successfully launched and rapidly sold out of 4 amazing Sage projects in Waterloo. They continue to offer a complete and comprehensive “hands-off” program to make this smart condo investment easy for new and seasoned investors alike. We believe that Sage Condos, located in the centre of Waterloo’s growth district, fueled by the expanding universities, is a stable and secure environment that will be a long term benefit to any investment portfolio. Sage 6 Condos is a new condo/apartment project currently in preconstruction in Waterloo. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.  Sales for available condos/apartments start at $199,900. The project has a total of 12 Storeys.

Every Investor’s dream. It comes in Full package as follows:

  • 100% Lease Guarantee for one Year VIP In

  • Full Service Property management for first year

  • FREE furniture package to finish the entire suite in a cohesive contemporary décor theme

These incentives are for a very limited time only. Register now to qualify while they are still available

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Located between the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University campuses, Sage 6 presents a unique investment opportunity with its proximity to two major Canadian universities and to Waterloo’s King Street Corridor which offers a variety of local amenities, shopping and entertainment.

Waterloo is Canada’s fastest city. In 2007, Waterloo was named the world’s “Top Intelligent Community” by the Intelligent Community Forum, which cited the region’s 334 technology companies (now listed as more than 450), its post-secondary institutions (the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College), the co-operation between business and academia, and the high levels of philanthropy and local reinvestment.

In-suite features:

• Large bedrooms
• High loft ceilings
• Oversized windows
Ensuite bathrooms (select suites as per plan)
• Large walkout balcony/terrace with sliding glass doors off living area as per plan
• Sliding partitions in dens
• Cable & telephone outlets in living rooms, bedrooms and dens
• Pre-wired high speed internet access
• Controlled entry for bedrooms
• Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as per code

Finishes and fixtures:
• Select between one of two designer finish/colour schemes
• Natural exposed concrete ceilings
Laminate flooring throughout – living/dining area, kitchen & bedrooms
• Granite kitchen countertop & island or bar as per plan
• Contemporary, extra tall, melamine slab cabinets with stainless steel cabinet pulls in kitchen
Glass tile kitchen backsplash
Stainless steel refrigerator, slide in range with wall mounted microwave, ducted exhaust, and built-in dishwasher
• Undermount, double-basin stainless steel sink with chrome pullout/spray faucet
• Exposed front load stainless steel washer & dryer
Porcelain tile on bathroom floor
• Glass shower door with chrome trim and acrylic shower enclosure
• Custom melamine vanity with granite top, undermount sink and chrome faucet, medicine cabinet above
• Contemporary linear light in kitchen, bathroom vanity light and surface mounted fixtures in bedrooms
• Designer paint colours in living area/ kitchen, bedrooms & bathrooms – eggshell finish
• Contemporary profile, painted 4” baseboards with matching door casings
• Solid core, paint grade suite entry door with contemporary satin chrome lever & privacy viewer
• Solid core, paint grade interior doors with contemporary satin chrome lever
• 5’-0” closets with paint grade sliding doors and plastic coated wire shelving as per plan
• Entry closet with mirrored sliding doors (select suites as per plan)

Important Message: In order for an investor to take advantage of Buying Pre-construction Condos is to buy before it is open to the public. Prior to opening day of a new condo sales office to the general public, prices may have gone up. This will be an opportunity for you to invest in a unit at the lowest price possible before its open to the public. You can be one of the first purchasers to be invited to Platinum VIP Preview Sales Event long before the presentation centre opens to the public. This gives you an opportunity to have the first access to inventory, best pick at unit levels, floor plans, lowest price not available to the public and the ability to take advantage of Platinum VIP Condo Incentives the builder may offer.  This is a perfect opportunity at the Platinum VIP Price.

For more information and to register now for the  VIP Preview Sales Event please Register, we can only bring limited number of buyers into the Platinum VIP Sales Event, so pre-register now for priority access:

 

 

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Ramadan 2013

What is Ramadan

 Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month of fasting for Muslims. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam; the others are confession of faith, five daily prayers, Zakah (almsgiving) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). Ramadan starts upon the sighting of the moon.

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Why Muslims Fast

Fasting in Ramadan is a main pillar of Islam that helps Muslim grow closer to the One God, Allah. According to the Qur’an “Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you, so that you may learn self-restraint”. Fasting, which is recognized for its health, spiritual and psychological benefits, is considered by Muslims as a means to improve their moral characters and provides an opportunity for a spiritual renewal.

 Purpose of Fasting

The real purpose of fasting is not to make us hungry and thirsty, or to deprive us some of our comfort and conveniences but to be conscious of Allah. It is to do one’s best to live by His commands and to avoid His prohibitions, fear of Allah, worship of Allah, sincerity in faith, and avoid the disobedience to Allah. Fasting is an invisible act. Only Allah and the person who is fasting know whether he or she is fasting or not. Fasting teaches how to control and discipline our desires. During fasting we learn how to say “no” to things that are otherwise permissible and good, but are forbidden during fasting. When one learns how to say “no” to that which is generally permissible, then one can easily control oneself to avoid that which is forbidden. Through fasting we taste—to some extent—the pain and suffering of those who are poor and destitute. Fasting teaches empathy and sympathy, and it takes away some of our selfishness and self-centeredness.

 How Muslims Fast

Muslims fast from early dawn to sunset every day throughout the month (approximately 14 hours a day). The fast requires Muslims to abstain from food, drink, marital relations and ill-conduct during the fast.

 Who Fasts 

Fasting in Ramadan is compulsory on all physically and mentally healthy and mature Muslims. Those exempted from fasting are the sick, old, pregnant and menstruating women and travellers. Pregnant and menstruating women and travellers make up the missed days by fasting at a later time.

 Typical day during the Month

The day of fasting begins with an early morning meal before dawn and ends before sunset. The evening activities include the traditional breaking of the fast usually with dates and water, the sunset prayer followed by dinner (IFTAR). Muslims would then go to the mosque for congregational prayers in which at least one-thirtieth of the Qur’an is recited. The congregation would have listened to the recitation of the complete Qur’an by the end of the month.

End of Ramadan

Ramadan will conclude on August 8/9th, 2013 depending on the sighting of the moon. The celebration marking the end of Ramadan is called Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the major festivals in Islam and will be celebrated August 8/9th, 2013 Insha’Allah, depending on the sighting of the moon.

*** The information and opinions contained in this document are obtained from various sources and believed to be reliable, but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed***

 
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Pickering Airport

By:        Staff Reporter,              Published on Tue Jun 11 2013

Plans to have planes taking off and landing at a huge new airport east of the city ran into difficulty only hours after they were announced, with local and provincial politicians complaining they hadn’t been consulted and opponents promising a new battle in the war over the Pickering lands that has been raging for more than 40 years.

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Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty designated land for Toronto’s third airport — to be located in Pickering and operational by 2027 — at a hastily organized press event in Claremont Tuesday alongside at least one Ontario cabinet minister who wasn’t informed of the airport plan.

“I’m here to confirm that the uncertainty ends today,” Flaherty said. “The Harper government is moving forward with a responsible and balanced plan for the development and preservation of the Pickering lands.”

Under the plan, the Pickering airport lands, which were purchased by the federal government and set aside in 1972, would be divided into three. Approximately one-third would be set aside for the future airport, one-third will be added to the Rouge Urban National Park and the remaining land will be designated for “economic development,” Flaherty said.

Yet Ontario Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Glen Murray said he thought the announcement was only about the park land and that Flaherty blindsided him with the airport announcement.

“We’ve had no prior discussion, no negotiation,” he told the Star after returning to Queen’s Park.

“They announced they’re proceeding with the Pickering airport in some fashion without great clarity, without any heads-up, without any kind of consultation with us, which makes it hard to work together,” he said.

The federal tactics are not likely to ensure greater provincial co-operation on the project, he said.

In an email to the Star, Flaherty disputed Murray’s claim of being ambushed on the airport announcement.

“Minister Murray is mistaken. He should check with his officials because for more than a week documents have been going back and forth with respect to the airport and the lands to be used for the park,” the federal finance minister said.

Though the government did not release official numbers, maps distributed at the event appeared to designate a significant portion of the 18,600 acres of the federal land for the future airport, making it much larger than Pearson Airport, which occupies 4,400 acres.

Alongside the airport, Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent announced that nearly 5,000 acres of the Pickering Lands will be transferred to Parks Canada, expanding the existing park by about one-third to almost 15,000 acres. This would make the future Rouge Urban National Park more than 13 times the size of Stanley Park in Vancouver.

The remaining land would be designated for “economic development,” though exactly what that means was not made clear.

The airport announcement risks inflaming tensions that have been simmering since the land was expropriated more than 40 years ago. Locals remain bitter and are promising to fight the airport once more.

Anti-airport signs dotted the roads leading to Tuesday’s announcement and local Pickering regional councillor Peter Rodrigues said he wasn’t even invited to the event, but insisted he be allowed inside.

“An airport is neither needed nor wanted,” he said.

Fellow Pickering councillor David Pickles said he thinks any public process to discuss an airport will show strong local opposition.

“The apparent beginning of a process towards an airport is concerning, it is imperative that we fully consider the need, the impact and the cost in a public process before a decision to proceed is made.”

At the announcement, local Conservative MP for Pickering-Ajax, Chris Alexander, who spoke out against the airport before the 2011 election, refused to answer a question about why he had changed his position.

NDP MP Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) was critical of Flaherty’s firm commitment to get Pickering airport up and running in the absence of any study or consultation that it was even needed.

“Building another airport without consultation with the provincial and municipal government, they haven’t done the environmental assessment . . . it’s putting the cart before the horse,” Chow said.

Liberal MP John McCallum (Markham-Unionville) said that the Conservative government hasn’t made an economic case for putting an airport in Pickering.

“If they really think there’s a need for this airport, then prove it,” he said.

Flaherty cited a 2011 Transport Canada study, which indicated that an additional airport would be needed between 2027 and 2037 in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area.

He said that growth has been concentrated to the west of the GTA and an airport is an essential part of bringing that growth east.

“Now it’s our turn,” Flaherty said, pledging to personally head up a consultation team for the economic development element of the plan. With 10 years of construction factored in, he said, the new airport should be up and running by 2027.

The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade applauded the plan, saying the certainty it brings helps businesses plan and develop in the area.

Much of the western portion of the federal lands lies on The Greenbelt, and it appears that some of the land set aside for the airport, and much of the land designated for economic development, would have to be exempted from The Greenbelt to move forward.

The potential problem seems to have been anticipated before the announcement was made. Transport Canada will “work in co-operation with the Province of Ontario to amend the Ministerial Zoning Orders to restrict development in the surrounding lands to activities compatible with a future airport,” according to an information handout distributed to reporters.

The David Suzuki Foundation weighed in, saying it was disappointed with the announcement.

“We’ve written on the economic value of keeping the Rouge farmland and nature,” said director general Faisal Moola. “The Greenbelt is not a place to be building a giant international airport. This is some of the best prime farmland and nature in the city and we think it’s worth protecting.”

Local environmental activists, who were barred from attending the announcement and forced to gather behind orange barriers said they were disappointed with the announcement.

“We’ve known about the federal land transfer to the Rouge for a year now,” said Jim Robb, general manager of Friends of the Rouge Watershed.

We were hoping they would announce that the park would be expanded further, instead it appears that they want to build an airport on the Greenbelt,” he said. “They’ve awakened a sleeping giant. The whole eastern GTA will get involved now that they’re going to have planes flying overhead.”

With files from Robert Benzie and Bruce Campion-Smith

FAQ

1. What’s new?

While the federal government has been sitting on the Pickering Airport lands for 41 years, now they’re actually moving forward to build an airport. If federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s timeline is adhered to, construction will begin in 2017 and the airport will open in 2027.

 2. Was this expected?

Yes and no. The lands were always intended for an airport, but no one knew when it was going to be built. In 2011, Transport Canada issued a report saying the Greater Golden Horseshoe area would need a new airport by 2037, but no thorough economic analysis has been done.

 3. Why was the land divided into three?

The original tract Pickering airport land is more than four times the size of Pearson airport and not all of it is needed for a new airport. Some of the land is adjacent to the Rouge Urban National Park and some of it falls within the Greenbelt, so the federal government looks like it has tried to please everyone with a piece of the proverbial pie.

4. Is a new airport needed?

Opponents question whether another airport is necessary and if one is, why it should be in Pickering. Other options include expanding Pearson and/or Hamilton Airport.

5. What obstacles stand in the way of the airport?

Locals have been organized around this issue for decades. Local politicians have been elected on promises to oppose the airport. Conservationists want to see more land protected. But in the end, the federal government owns the land and will build an airport if it wants to, though funding, which could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, hasn’t been secured yet.

Source: Thestar.com

 
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365 Church will include 161 car parking spacing in five levels of underground parking, and 225 bicycle parking spaces with 180 for residents and 45 for visitors.

365 Church Condos includes 601 square metres (6,469 square feet) of indoor amenity space on the third floor of the building, with an adjoining 122.6 square metres (1,313 square feet) of outdoor amenity space on the roof of the west side of the podium along Church Street.

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