July 2016

Jul 31 2016
Balance transfer credit cards are excellent tools for reducing your credit card debt and saving you money. These cards allow you to transfer your current card balance onto a balance transfer credit card, which charges a ... Read More more...

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Jul 30 2016
I remember staring at the ultrasound monitor before my son was born, excited for the pitter-patter of little feet. I also remember the endless sensation of sticker shock as we went out to buy the items ... Read More more...

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Jul 29 2016
Whether you’re just starting out in the workforce or have been working for decades, it’s wise to think about your eventual retirement. You don’t have to obsess over it, but smart retirement planning can allow you ... Read More more...

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Jul 29 2016
Next to prices—and how much they jump year to year—days on market (DOM) is among the most closely watched barometers in real estate. Defined as the period of time a property is up for sale before ... Read More more...

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Jul 28 2016
This week’s Customer of the Week is the gorgeous mother of the bride, Jane! The dress was absolutely THE best choice, super comfortable, elegant, unique in colour and style, age appropriate, AND I could still rip up the dance floor in it. 11 minutes before this photo, I was still in jeans and a T-shirt , so it was also a quick change outfit. Ticked ALL The boxes. – Jane  […] more...

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Jul 28 2016
There’s strong evidence of overvaluation in the country’s housing market, according to a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) report. Its latest housing market assessment (HMA) finds that house prices across Canada remain higher than levels ... Read More more...

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Jul 28 2016
Are you looking for a secured credit card? The People’s Trust Secured MasterCard is definitely a good choice. Secured credit cards give those with poor credit or no credit a chance to get a credit card. ... Read More more...

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Jul 27 2016
If you own a home or are in the process of buying one, you’ll need to get home insurance. And if you’re like most consumers, you probably want to know how you can reduce your insurance ... Read More more...

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Jul 26 2016
Designers seemed to have been peeking into the future with this season’s shiny trend! Mixed metallic accents and shiny dresses were seen all over the Spring/Summer runways and not to mention the red carpet during the space themed, Met Gala. Our Ottawa Stylist and Logistics pro, Ayrian, shared her thoughts with us on her not so secret love for metallic looks! Ayrian: Anyone who knows me knows that sparkle is my […] more...

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Jul 26 2016
Investors who are looking for fixed-income exposure have a variety of options available to them. For people interested in safer fixed income offerings in Canada, there are a few choices. One possibility is to buy federal ... Read More more...

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Jul 25 2016
The Government of British Columbia is taking action to slow the flow of foreign money into Vancouver’s real estate market by adding a 15% tax on homes purchased by foreign nationals. The new rules announced earlier ... Read More more...

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Jul 25 2016
Lesley-Anne Scorgie is passionate about money and personal finance. At the age of 10, she started to invest the money she earned through babysitting. Initially, Scorgie purchased Canada Savings Bonds and then started buying mutual funds ... Read More more...

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Jul 25 2016
Becoming a homeowner is a life-long dream for many Canadians but as with all new experiences, there’ll be uncertainty and you may even second guess yourself once or twice. You’ll be interviewing realtors, looking at homes, ... Read More more...

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Jul 24 2016
Air Miles is one of the oldest and most popular travel rewards programs in Canada. There are multiple affiliate programs associated with the program. If you’re looking for an Air Miles credit card, there are many ... Read More more...

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Jul 23 2016
Just when you thought you’d never be able to afford the spacious new home you’ve been eyeing, the new rules surrounding gross rental income and mortgage helpers were established. If you’re planning on renting out a ... Read More more...

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Jul 22 2016
Stylist Spotlight: Camille When she’s not styling our fabulous clients at the RfR Ottawa showroom, RfR Stylist, Camille, enjoys creating and designing; writing, sewing, painting, drawing and sharing her passion for fashion in our Stylist Spotlight column. She also loves a Vodka Martini or a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon and has recently taken a liking to Baco Noir. From finding your most flattering frock to discovering the secret to dress codes, learn […] more...

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Jul 22 2016
If you have children, you probably received your first Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment on Wednesday. It’s not taxable so what are some smart ways to spend this extra money? About the Canada Child Benefit Before ... Read More more...

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Jul 21 2016
Meet our dazzling Customer of the Week, Lauren! I loved every minute wearing it! – Lauren Lauren looked absolutely stunning in our Midnight Blue Gown by Theia at her friend’s wedding. Take a note from Lauren, and play up your inner-villainess with a touch of elegance by sporting a thick, silver cuff, sleek hair and a smokey eye. You’ll be performing dramatic turns all night to show off that stunning train before […] more...

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Jul 21 2016

Take the kids to the ballgame. Hotdogs, peanuts, cotton candy and Casey at the Bat, baseball means summer, and the field of dreams is a great way to while away a steamy afternoon. Christie Pits Baseball Before you splurge on a Jays game, build anticipation by catching a semi-pro game. You can see IBL Champions the Toronto Maple […]

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Jul 21 2016
In December 2015, the RateHub team shared their 2016 financial resolutions with you. To keep everyone on their toes, I decided to follow up with everyone in the middle of the year to find out how ... Read More more...

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Jul 21 2016
As the name suggests, low interest credit cards have low interest rates. Typically, rates on low interest cards range between 10% and 15%, which is significantly lower than a travel rewards credit card. These cards are ... Read More more...

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Jul 20 2016
JOB DESCRIPTION – EVENT COORDINATOR Rent frock Repeat (RfR) is an e-commerce collaborative consumption that helps women across Canada, who are attending a special event, overcome the pressure and inconvenience of shopping by helping them save time, money, and of course – wardrobe space! Women sign-up for a membership online for free, they find a high-end designer dress they love, rent it (in two sizes) for a fraction of the retail […] more...

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Jul 20 2016
Construction season means more than commuting delays due to roadwork so if you have a renovation in the cards this summer, make sure you know how it can affect your home insurance policy. More than half ... Read More more...

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Jul 19 2016
A tiger doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of a sheep Daring to be bold, daring to be brave, daring to be different while staying the same. Stripes. A timeless trend that celebrates youth and brings colours together with the striking lines. Feel inspired by architecture and the horizon; zebras and couture with a trend that travels from runway to runway, designer to designer. Too many solids might sound boring, […] more...

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Jul 19 2016

Looking for some frozen treats to keep the whole family cool this summer? From rosey pistachio vegan shakes to lime and prickly pear paletas, both your taste buds and overheated kids will thank you for giving these creative places a try. Check out our picks of some of the newest ice cream spots in Toronto. Fugo […]

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Jul 19 2016
A few months ago, I discussed a few ways to save money. Here are five additional steps you can take to save even more money. 1. Get an account with a higher interest rate Regular savings accounts rarely pay ... Read More more...

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Jul 18 2016
Walmart Canada is no longer accepting Visa at its three locations in Thunder Bay as of today. In a statement, Visa said it’s committed to ensure Canadians can use their credit cards everywhere they shop, including ... Read More more...

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Jul 18 2016
Upgrading to a larger home is always a challenging task. Many people fall in love with their first home. There are many memories, accomplishments, and defining moments, which makes saying goodbye even more difficult. Northern Style ... Read More more...

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Jul 17 2016
The BMO Rewards program is fairly simple. You earn points by using your credit card on daily purchases. You also can redeem your points for flights, hotel accommodations, cruises, vacation packages, gift cards, and other merchandise. ... Read More more...

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Jul 16 2016
Taking care of our skin is important and becomes increasingly important as we get older, as I have discovered from […] more...

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Jul 16 2016
Every year the federal government collects billions of dollars in tax revenue. For taxpayers who’ve been yearning for ways to get some of that back, there is a way. In addition to a number of first-time ... Read More more...

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Jul 15 2016
Every girl deserves to feel amazing in her skin! And now for our members, it’s even easier to achieve a radiating complexion! We’ve partnered up with the holistic beauty line, Sahajan, to give our RfR members a FREE bottle of the brand’s must-have Protective Face Serum (retail value of $70) with any rental orders placed now through July 31, 2016. At the core of Sahajan (sa-HA-jan), a new Canadian brand […] more...

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Jul 15 2016
The Marriott Rewards program is perfect for frequent travellers who like to stay Marriott hotels and want to earn free accommodation for future stays. And you can earn rewards points even faster, if you use a ... Read More more...

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Jul 15 2016
Five billion dollars is a lot of things. It’s enough to buy more than 90 tons of gold or nearly equivalent to BMO Financial Group’s revenue in the latest quarter. But here’s something you may not have ... Read More more...

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Jul 14 2016
Meet our lovely Customer of the Week, Tonia! Tonia, a proud mom, and the Founder of Steeped Tea needed a dress to wear to her company’s Masquerade gala, so she turned to Rent frock Repeat to help her find the perfect frock! She chose the Rose Gold Cap Sleeve Gown with Cowl Back by Badgley Mischka for the event and absolutely radiated glamour! Her feminine up-do and smokey eyes completed this show-stopping look! Whether in the […] more...

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Jul 14 2016

I have fond memories of spending my summers walking over to my local library to take part in the summer reading program. I was (and still am!) a bit of a book worm, falling into the worlds of Trixie Belden and Sweet Valley High. Libraries have come a long way since then and the Summer […]

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Jul 14 2016
Have you ever stayed in a hotel and had your personal belongings stolen? Replacing all those items can be costly. In this situation, having credit card travel insurance can be useful. There are a few rewards ... Read More more...

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Jul 13 2016
Just two days shy of the anniversary of the most recent change to the key interest rate, the Bank of Canada (BoC) announced it will not use its most powerful policy tool today. The target for ... Read More more...

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Jul 13 2016
Life insurance is one of those things that’s often overlooked but we all know we’ll need it eventually. Once you start researching your needs, you’ll quickly realize that all the options available can be a bit ... Read More more...

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Jul 13 2016
Other than flooding from burst pipes or appliances gone haywire, water damage isn’t included in standard home insurance policies. And we only have to look back to the southern Alberta flood in June 2013, the torrential ... Read More more...

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Jul 12 2016
Through countless years, decades, and centuries, fashion has never been something unknown or un-cherished and it will forever make an impact on how the world moves, feels and looks. Trends come and go with every season, and with every season comes new closets, new styles, new colours. With a now abundant history of fashion trends behind us, we continue to draw inspiration from eras past, suddenly making vintage wear into […] more...

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Jul 12 2016
Last week, we discussed some of the reasons why you should get a registered education savings plan (RESP). But before you rush out and open an RESP, there are pros and cons with a certain kind ... Read More more...

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Jul 11 2016
When I wrote the article about why my wife and I didn’t spend more than $450,000 on a home, I wasn’t sure what kind of reaction I’d get. I knew we did the right thing as ... Read More more...

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Jul 10 2016
The next few months mark the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of France by Allied troops, which makes it a perfect time to be talking about Lucie Aubrac and other members of the French resistance who fought their Nazi occupiers for years until the Allies arrived. As one of the founders and leaders of Libération-Sud, Aubrac not only helped to distribute the underground newspaper Libération during World War II but also served as a courier, arms carrier, and saboteur. Her time under the Vichy regime was like something from a John Le Carré novel, involving disguises, swapped suitcases, and clues left in crosswords. Aubrac, working under the last name Montet, even managed to fool SS officer Klaus Barbie, infamously known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” to help her husband skirt certain death. British and American propaganda turned her exploits into the stuff of legend, and she was revered in her country for decades, but it all nearly ended in 1983, when she and her husband found themselves accused of secretly aiding their most-hated enemies. Lucie Aubrac helps parse out exactly what the couple’s actions and motivations were during the war while offering a thrilling portrait of a brave, resourceful woman who went to extraordinary lengths for love and country.

Here is a short excerpt from the book:

As a founder and leader of Libération-Sud, an arm of the French Resistance during World War II, Lucie Aubrac ran guns and messages, committed acts of sabotage, and multiple times faked her identity to helped others escape from Nazi POW camps. In the first half of her new book, Lucie Aubrac: The French Resistance Heroine Who Outwitted the Gestapo, Siân Rees details these exploits, including the two different times that Lucie rescued her own husband, Raymond. Below is an excerpt from the book detailing the first rescue operation, when Lucie (operating under the last name Samuel) traveled to Sarrebourg with a plan to get Raymond sick enough to be sent from prison to a hospital—from which she could sneak him away.


Still in Vannes, Lucie Samuel had had no news of her husband for weeks. She passed her first birthday as a married woman as she had done her first Christmas: alone and frightened, not knowing where her husband was, or even if he was still alive. Her parents-in-law knew no more than she did; it seemed nobody had information about their men. Some semblance of ordinary life had to continue, nevertheless, as millions of people waited for news. However bewildered and frightened teachers and pupils were with foreign soldiers in the streets and fathers, brothers, and husbands who had vanished, the girls and boys who had been working toward their baccalauréat had to sit their examination.

Bravely, Lucie contacted the German authorities in Vannes, persuading them to release four French officers from the nearest internment camp to form the examination jury. She was enraged when all four refused to seize the opportunity to escape; had they no courage, no principled determination to resist defeat? Term had ended by the time she finally received a card from the Red Cross at the end of July, with a note that her husband was confined to a barracks in Sarrebourg, converted to a prisoner-of-war camp. He had written the card on her birthday:


Nothing is more monotonous, my love, than life in camp. More than the lack of comforts and the terrible food, it is the false and contradictory reports which weigh on the thousands of poor blokes who are here and who see no hope on the horizon. . . . When I leave here, I will go to Dijon, and I will find you, and we will choose what must be done, won’t we. I hope you are very well, and ready for our future life. And this evening, your birthday, my thoughts will be entirely with you. Raymond.


With most of France lapsing into the stunned inactivity known as attentisme—waiting to see what would happen—Lucie Samuel went into action. She had no more faith than her husband that the Nazis would soon let their French prisoners go home, and she knew that if Raymond were transferred to a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany his Jewishness would put him in terrible danger. He had to escape immediately, and Lucie was not a woman who waited for other people to step in and take care of things. She would rescue him herself.

Once again she crossed France, traveling in even more dangerous circumstances than she had done the previous November, for the roads were blocked not only by refugees but also by the German troops fanning out across a traumatized country, ramming home the fact of their victory as they entered town after town in sleek, gray-green, seemingly endless processions. Single-minded in her determination to rescue Raymond, Lucie had come up with a simple plan: she would engineer her husband’s transfer from barracks to hospital, then smuggle in a disguise to facilitate his escape. In Champagne, she stopped off to find Raymond’s brother, Yvon, in the military hospital to which he had been posted. Yvon provided her with a drug guaranteed to provoke fever, and on she went, against the current, traveling east as everyone else traveled west, until she reached Sarrebourg and begged permission to see her husband. There was a brief, charged contact between prisoner and visitor—it was the first time they had seen each other since Paris in May—the drug was passed from one to another, time was called, and a couple of days later a heavily sweating Raymond was transferred to the hospital. Visiting as the anxious wife, Lucie produced the cap and suit of workman’s blue overalls in which he would escape. If it was a simple plan, it was also a terrifying one for Raymond, who was more frightened than he had ever been in his life—hiding next to the garden fence was easy enough, but he was all too aware that if the nearby guards saw him during the moment it would take to haul himself over, their bullets would not miss. After what seemed like hours of gut-cramping hesitation, he pulled himself up, threw himself over the top, and fell into the street below, where Lucie was waiting.

Excerpted from Lucie Aubrac: The French Resistance Heroine Who Outwitted the Gestapo, by Siân Rees, with permission from Chicago Review Press. Copyright (c) 2016, all rights reserved.


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Jul 10 2016
Have you ever arrived at your destination and found that your baggage hasn’t arrived with you? In the time it takes for the airline to locate your luggage and deliver it to you, you may have ... Read More more...

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