Cumbrae’s: Great Local Butcher

 

No matter how much you love meat, it’s hard to love the factory farm system. Growing as many animals as possible, as quickly as possible, for as low a cost as possible, can’t be ideal for the quality of the meat, or the quality of life of the animal. When we buy meat in a supermarket, we don’t like to think of where it comes from. We like to picture the animals being raised naturally on small family farms. The labels on the packaging may even play into this idyllic image of happy animals on sunny farms. The reality is usually much different, unless that label says Cumbrae’s.

 

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

 

Cumbrae’s is a big city butcher that actually sources its meat from small old-fashioned farms. Cumbrae’s tells us:

 

In an age where local and artisanal are the buzzwords that huge brands are built on, it can be virtually impossible to find the real thing. That’s where Cumbrae’s is completely unique. What Cumbrae’s has done is connect all the farmers who are doing things right – the old-fashioned way – and brought them into the fold and given them a place where they can farm without the enormous pressure, constraints and quotas of the factory system.

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

The factory farm system is interested in producing maximum product at minimum cost. This puts farmers who sign on with big agriculture companies into what can be a stressful situation for themselves and the animals. In order to meet quotas within the constraints of the factory system, farms and farmers are forced to change they way they operate. Quality must take a back seat to efficiency.

 

The way the Cumbrae’s operation works means that everyone in the equation needs to be treated well in order for everyone involved to stay involved. It’s simple. Take care of the farmers who want to take care of the animals, and the result is meat that is unsurpassed in quality and taste.

 

As strange as it may seem, a big city butcher shop with its own farms and a network of small family farms working with them is almost unheard of. Its what sets Cumbrae’s apart. Their animals are raised well, fed well and expertly butchered and processed in small abattoirs. Happy animals lead to high quality meat. But you don’t need to take Cumbrae’s word for it. In addition to their stores, Cumbrae’s also supplies over 50 of the region’s best restaurants. Listen to what the chefs like Cory Vitiello of The Harbord Room and Flock have to say:

 

The beef has a unique smell and flavour that no other beef I’ve tried has. That is, in fact, why I buy Cumbrae’s beef. I like the 45 day aged bone-in ribeye côte de boeuf, for me it is the best example of their beef. I just roast it in a cast iron pan with lots of butter, garlic and salt. Maybe throw in a little thyme and rosemary, then I carve it up tableside. It will change the way you think about beef.

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Chef’s not only serve it in their restaurants, but Cumbrae’s products are also what they serve to their families. Anthony Rose of Wilder & Rose Restaurant Group says;

 

I bring home the butterflied chicken and brine it for 48 hours, then sear it in a cast iron pan and go low and slow in the oven, skin side down, until it’s done. Then just kiss the perfectly roasted bird with salsa verde. It’s my son’s favourite meal.

In today’s world, where commerce too often comes before quality and common sense, isn’t it nice to know that there’s a local butcher doing it the right way? A business built on local and artisanal food practices.

 

We bring the country to the city and to do that well we cultivate great relationships on each end – with the farmers and the animals in the country, and the educated and informed customers in the city.

Visit your local Cumbrae’s butcher today for the best meat the city has to offer.

Cumbrae’s, at 481 Church Street, serves the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood including the Greenrock Village Green Community (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street). For more information onGreenrock Property Management and our Communities throughout the city.

 

Eat Green at Urban Herbivore

 

Urban Herbivore changed the Toronto landscape for plantbased fast food when it first opened its doors 12 years ago with a tiny café in Kensington Market. The café has since expanded, as has the Urban Herbivore concept. There are now three locations including 64 Oxford Street (Kensington Market), and The Eaton Centre Food Court, with a brand new location opening soon in Union Station. The man behind it all is chef, food pioneer and restaurant veteran, Stephen Gardner. We spoke with Stephen to catch up on where the concept is at today, and where it’s heading.

 

What was the original concept/inspiration for Urban Herbivore?

 

I opened the first Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market with the intention of hosting a community space where I would offer cooking classes and seminars. I wanted to play off of the theme of Kensington Market and all that it had to offer. But I quickly learned I couldn’t fit all of my dreams under one roof. I was able to follow through with installing a green roof, produce a plantbased menu, source produce directly from local farmers, use organic ingredients wherever possible, use no refined sugar or processed ingredients, and provide 100% biodegradable take-out packaging.

 

 

Has that original concept evolved/grown as the business has grown?

 

The original UH was a café with limited seating and menu options. Over the last 12 years, we have expanded not only the square footage of the Kensington Market location, but also into new arenas with greater foot traffic. We have had to slightly tailor some of the menu items to be more efficient to serve. With the addition of a few fun rotating menu items, our food and concept is the same as it was from day one: plantbased whole food for herbivores in a hurry.

 

 

What is your restaurant’s specialty/best selling item(s)?

 

These can be grouped into seasonal preferences. Winter: Sweet Potato Club Sandwich with “Cheeze” and a Berry Blue Smoothie (blueberries, banana, apple, oats, lemon, cinnamon). Summer: Possum Bowl (watercress, kale, romaine, marinated mushrooms, broccoli, black beans, “cheeze sauce”, roasted Yukon & sweet potato, red onion, coconut “bacon”, tahini dressing) with a glass of our house made Pineapple Lemonade.

 

What has the growth process in the city been like? When/How did you know when it was time to expand and how do you choose the next location/neighborhood?

 

For a plantbased restaurant, foot traffic is important. You need to be accessible, either along the TTC route or at a major destination like Kensington Market. But to be honest, expansion, like any real-estate, is all a gamble. When I find myself with a little more free time on my hands, it’s time to start looking for new projects.

 

 

Who is your clientele? (Is it mostly dedicated vegetarians? The veggie curious?)

 

You know, 12 years ago, we were definitely a gold mine for vegans simply because veggie options weren’t so available. But now, I think the driving force is environmental foodies. Toronto is a food mecca. We love to eat out. And for all of us that participate in this “fast-food” lifestyle, Urban Herbivore lends a quick, whole food option that isn’t destructive to the environment.

 

What do you enjoy most about what you are doing?

 

I think my satisfaction comes most from knowing that the food that Urban Herbivore provides is one of the healthiest food options in Toronto. Besides seeing regular guests and the relationships that we have created it is great being able to put legs to my ethics and see them in action. I value a sense of environmental sensibilities and an awareness of social responsibility. We practice stalk to root cooking and are vigilant in our composting efforts. All of our packaging is compostable except for two lids and we don’t sell bottled water for that same reason even though we get many requests for it. We donate some of our baked goods to a local charity organization and try to care for our family of employees as well. We have quite possibly the most liberal food policy in the industry, our employees can enjoy a meal in one of our stores at anytime as long as the store is open regardless if they are working that day. I have deeply held convictions and these guide all of our practices.

Fast-food is not what is used to be. Thanks to Urban Herbivore, it’s possible to get nutritious and delicious food – fast. Health conscious food that is also socially conscious and sustainable. Urban Herbivore and Stephen Gardner are expanding your options for fast, fresh, plantbased food as they evolve and expand their menu and locations. Urban Herbivore made our list of the Best Restaurants with Gluten-Free Options. Look for their new location in Union Station and exercise your option to eat well on the go – it will make your body and mind feel good.

 

Urban Herbivore and Greenrock are proud to be members of your community. For information on our Village Green Community at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street – please visit our website.

Why You Should Consider Continuing Education

 

In today’s rapidly changing world, information is everything. Staying up to date and continuing to learn is essential. For most of us, gathering new information is required in order to stay current in our field, to enter a new field, and to simply understand the world around us. That is where continuing education comes in.

 

The Chang School for Continuing Education at Ryerson University is Canada’s largest and most flexible program for lifelong learning. We reached out to Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, to learn a little more about the school and the importance of continuing to learn throughout our lives.

 

 

What brings students to the Chang School?

 

Dean Bountrogianni: At The Chang School, we believe that everyone is a lifelong learner. It has been reported that approximately half of the Canadian adult population participates in continuing education at some point in their lives. With over 80 career-related certificate programs, we are Canada’s largest continuing education program and the destination of choice for professionals interested in achieving both their professional and personal goals. Whether our learners are interested in career advancement, pursuing a career change, or simply learning about a new topic, The Chang School offers relevant, high-quality educational programming geared to adult learners.

 

We are very proud of the accessibility and flexibility of our programming. Our learners are often juggling many other responsibilities such as commitments to work and family; these individuals really appreciate the flexibility we offer. Whether you live in downtown Toronto, Hamilton, or Thunder Bay, our over 400 online course offerings are accessible for anyone with access to the internet.

 

We are also pleased to offer summer intensive programs and boot camps. These programs present our learners with the opportunity to accelerate their understanding of a new subject and supplement their previous education and experience to help them gain a more competitive edge in their field. This summer, we are proud to offer 14 intensive programs in subject areas such as Business Communication, Fashion, Computer Security, Publishing, Project Management, and Interior Design.

 

Furthermore, The Chang School’s Experiential Learning Exchange (ELX) program offers participants the unique opportunity to focus on a specific, career-building skill with an emphasis on learning by doing. We call the ELX model ‘curated education’, as it gives participants the opportunity to develop expertise that they can immediately put into practice.

 

 

What a robust and flexible education opportunity! Why do you think continuing education is essential in today’s job market?

 

Dean Bountrogianni: We currently live in a learning-based economy; it is critically important to keep your eyes open and constantly be gathering information. The only way for professionals to stay competitive is to keep their skills relevant and knowledge up-to-date.

 

There are a lot of qualified professionals in Canada working in positions that do not take full advantage of their skill set. This is called mal-employment, and it is particularly prevalent in new graduates and immigrants. The 2015 Office of the Parliamentary Budget Report estimated that 40 per cent of Canadian university graduates aged 25 to 34 were overqualified for their jobs. It is imperative that individuals have their eye on the labour market and are attentive to the skills that support their long-term development and goals.

 

The Chang School’s strong partnerships with educational institutions, industry leaders, associations, and the local community help us ensure that our programming is at the forefront of continuing education. Additionally, our instructors are experts in their field and bring the most cutting-edge knowledge and experience to the classroom and online learning environment to share with our learners.

 

Personally, I think it is important to feel fulfilled in your professional life, and to also try a variety of different things. Through expanding your skill set, you are not only improving your employability, but you are opening opportunities for your future.

 

Life is all about learning. It never stops. If you choose to stop gathering new information, that does not stop the information from growing, changing and evolving. To stay current and engaged with today’s world means growing, changing and evolving with it. When you remain open to the ever-changing world of information, you remain open to the world itself and your future remains open to you.

 

We couldn’t agree more! To be successful today you really need to be on top of your game at all stages of your career. We hope this article has inspired you to consider upgrading your skills and education at The Chang School. For more information about Greenrock Property Management  and to learn more about our rental communities across Toronto, including Village Green located minutes from The Chang School and Ryerson Campus, please visit our website.

Discover amazing dishes at Lola’s Kitchen!

Discover amazing dishes at Lola's Kitchen!

Discover amazing dishes at Lola’s Kitchen!

 

Tucked away in the heart of Old Toronto, only steps away from Yorkville and Church and Wellesley Village, you’ll find Lola’s Kitchen. The hidden gem is housed in a classic Victorian Mansion at 634 Church Street.  Lola’s has been serving high quality comfort food in a casual and relaxed atmosphere since 2009. We spoke with General Manager, Spencer Reynolds to find out what makes Lola’s Kitchen work so well.

 

At Lola’s Kitchen, they pride themselves on a fresh, from-scratch menu. “With the exception of bread and desserts, we make everything in house! We even make our own ketchup”, Spencer says. Lola’s features naturally raised, local meats, fresh organic produce and serve only local craft beers. They also offer a great selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, and even made our list of The Best Restaurants with Gluten Free Options. As Spencer tells us:


Lola’s has evolved over time into the restaurant we know and love today. Established in 2009, Lola’s has always made a point of keeping things fresh and changing our menu to suit the trends. We try to stay current!

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

Even though Lola’s Kitchen is constantly evolving and changing to stay current and cater to the tastes of their clientele, they manage to stay true to themselves and the spirit of neighbourhood.


 

The Church St. corridor has always informed the ethos at Lola’s Kitchen and has definitely become our home. The community that surrounds us, especially throughout the summer months in which the Pride parade goes right past our door, is an integral part of what we do.

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s patio is the perfect place to watch the parade go by, or simply to settle in and enjoy the all-too-short summer season with a friend or two and a drink or two. When the weather isn’t cooperating, don’t let it rain on your parade – the interior atmosphere at Lola’s is relaxed, comfortable and inviting. It’s no wonder Lola’s attracts a wide spectrum clientele from all walks of life.

 

We have a great mix of clients. Many people love the menu for being accommodating, while others love the proximity to work and the quick service. The brunch crowd is usually younger and more diverse, while the lunch and dinner crowd are the regulars: our die hard fans.

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

And those die hard fans keep growing. Lola’s doesn’t need to be flashy or loud to attract your attention. If you go there once, chances are you’ll be back. The food, the friendly service and the easy-going vibe make Lola’s easy to come back to. If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating at Lola’s, Spencer recommends the California Bowl ($15.50) – black and purple kale, organic quinoa or brown rice, avocado, sundried tomatoes, toasted organic nuts and seeds, sweet cider vinaigrette and grilled organic tofu (or substitute chicken breast for $2). “The California Bowl is by far our most popular item; healthful, simple, delicious.”

 

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed weekend brunch, a quick workday lunch or a delicious dinner, Lola’s Kitchen is truly your friendly, neighbourhood hangout and a proud member of the community. Come home to Lola’s kitchen, you’ll be glad you did!

 

Greenrock is also a proud member of the Church and Wellesley community. For information on ourVillage Green Community at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.


Hot Docs is back!

 

The 24th edition of The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival returns for another season from April 24th to May 7th, 2017. Hot Docs is the largest festival of its kind in North America and will screen 230 incredible documentary films from 58 countries in 2017. It all happens right here, at home, in Toronto.


 

“Now especially, audiences are seeking voices and stories that will help them make sense of a turbulent world,” says Hot Docs executive director, Brett Hendrie. “This year’s festival will bring Toronto’s audiences insights and inspiration from the world’s most talented documentary filmmakers.” The festival is multifaceted and full of special events. Check out what’s in store this year:

 

Opening Night Gala

 

The Hot Docs Festival kicks off in style on April 27th. It begins with a VIP cocktail reception at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West). The reception is followed by the opening night’s selected screening of Bee Nation. In this doc Saskatchewan students compete in the first province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee and try to earn a spot at the national championships. After the screening, the celebration continues at the ROM. If you choose to attend this special event you can expect time to discuss the film over cocktails and canapés. Get your tickets for this special evening now. The evening is in support of Docs for Schools, a province-wide program that provides curriculum materials and free doc screenings for grades 7 to 12.



Food and Film


Hot Docs knows the classic combination of dinner and a movie can’t be beat. On Saturday, April 29th, experience a 5pm screening of City of Ghosts, the story of fearless citizen journalists risking their lives to expose the atrocities committed by ISIS in their home city. After the film enjoy a 3-course, family-style meal at Dish Cooking Studio (587 College Street). Join Academy Award nominee and director of the film, Matthew Heineman at the table, along with women from Newcomer Kitchen (a nonprofit organization supporting Syrian refugee women). Limited tickets are available now.



The Films


With 230 documentary films from across the globe screening in only 11 days, it’s impossible to see them all. It can be hard to know where to start. It will take some careful planning to catch the films that may mean the most to you. You can check out some selected, highlighted films here, download the screening schedule or search by subject, by date or by title.


More Docs


If you can’t get out to this year’s festival, or you just can’t get enough docs. You can subscribe to the Doc Soup series. The series involves a monthly screening of docs, fresh from the festival circuit, throughout the fall and winter. Whenever possible, directors are in attendance live or via Skype for post-screening Q&As. If you need your docs right now, there are hundreds of titles from past Festivals and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema selections available in the Collection, for on-demand viewing.


Don’t miss out! The Hot Docs Festival is a showcase like no other in North America and you don’t have to travel far from home to take it all in, especially when you live in in one of Greenrock’s premier rental communities in Toronto. For information on how to make a Greenrock Community your home, please visit our website.

Village Green’s New Off-Leash Dog Park

 

The Village Green community is currently under construction and we want to thank our residents for their support and positive feedback while we improve your property. We have some exciting new developments to share in case you are out of the loop, Greenrock is undertaking several exciting construction projects to improve our Toronto properties.

We currently have several construction projects on the go at Village Green, all to provide an improved living experience, to improve the accessibility and to renew structural elements of the property.

 

 

Village Green is a community of three iconic buildings constructed in the 1960s. Because the buildings are over half a century old, they require maintenance and refurbishment, from time to time, to ensure they remain functional and accessible. This week we’re looking at a recent Village Green construction project that is now complete — the new Village Green off-leash dog park.

 

 

Many residents at Village Green love their pets, so to show how much we appreciate them, we constructed a private off-leash dog park area for them to enjoy exclusively. The area is covered in specialized dog grass that stays green year round with an underground drainage system. The Dog Park  is fenced off on all sides to ensure the safety of our residents’ pets and allow them to roam free. We have made special efforts to ensure the artificial grass is properly sanitized on a regular basis. We also included some seating in the area so owners can take a break and enjoy a conversation while their pets continue to play.

 

 

We are so pleased that this project is now complete and thrilled to watch our residents at Village Green make use of the new dog park. Having a special place for dogs, allows the balance of the grounds to be used by all residents who may not enjoy the company of Fido as much as others.

 

 

Love the Yonge and Wellesley area in downtown Toronto? Check out our website to learn more about Village Green, a vibrant rental community. www.greenrockpm.ca

Greenrock Family Easter Traditions

Greenrock Family Easter Traditions
Greenrock Family Easter Traditions

 

Easter is almost here! While spring is a time for fresh new beginnings, Easter can be a time for observing old traditions. To help you get to know yourGreenrock family a little better, we are beginning something new. It’s an ongoing series about the community of people behind Greenrock. We spoke with members of the Greenrock family to get some insight into their personal Easter traditions. We learned about what Easter means to them, how they celebrate, and their favourite Easter foods. We wanted to learn about what they love most this time of year.

 

We spoke with Gloria Mogavero, CEO of Greenrock Real Estate Advisors. Gloria is Ukrainian Catholic. For Gloria and her family, Easter is an important religious time. Gloria observes Ukrainian Easter, which she noted, “does not usually fall on the same day as the ‘Canadian’ Easter, as the Ukrainians follow the Gregorian calendar and not the Julian”.

 

 

Ukrainian Catholic Easter is a solemn time of sacrifice that begins with Lent and ends with Good Friday and the celebration on Easter Sunday. The traditional Easter Sunday celebration includes preparing an Easter basket with food items that each have a symbolic religious significance. In Gloria’s words:

 

Each Easter basket is blessed and must contain Paska (braided Easter bread), baked ham, Kobasa (sausage), beets and horseradish, salt, butter, cheese and hard boiled eggs. The basket is usually covered with a cloth embroidered by a family member. The blessed food must be shared with each family member on Easter Sunday. Eggs are also decorated and placed in the basket and on the table. We do not always prepare a basket but we still partake of all the traditional food including a staple, perogies.  It has been written that as generations pass, cultural traditions are lost but it is the food that carries on. This is a time when I treasure the memories of my heritage.

 

 

Traditions evolve as time and generations pass. What remains constant is getting together with loved ones and sharing traditional food. Food has a wonderful way of connecting us to our past and to each other.

 

For Fred Roper, Building Operator at Greenrock’s Post Media Place, religious traditions play no part in his family’s Easter celebration. Fred’s family has gotten a little smaller over the years, with the loss of loved ones, but that only makes them closer. Fred tell us; “our family takes the time to appreciate having one another. We all take the time to discuss the great times with relatives [and] even our pets.” Dogs are very special in the Roper family. They are considered full family members. As Fred puts it;  “they are very important to us, they are a very special link. They bring family and friends together.”  Fred’s family typically gathers over Easter and shares some traditional Easter food. For Fred, his “favorite dishes at Easter are turkey with turkey gravy and mashed potatoes” which are made by his brother in-law. He’s also a big fan of the desserts his sister makes, like her brownie cheesecake swirl loaf.

 

Photo courtesy of Fred Roper
Photo courtesy of Fred Roper

 

Sometimes Fred will bring over the antique radios that he likes to restore. His favourite is an RCA from 1949 that plays old 45 records. We think that says it all. Traditions are all about taking the old and making it new again, using yesterday to connect us to each other, today.

Easter is a special time of year, even for those who don’t have any secular or religious traditions. It can simply be a celebration of Spring and a chance to enjoy quality time at home. For Crystal Rawding, Property Manager at Greenrock’s Village Green, Easter is:

 

A new beginning filled with warmer weather, bright colours and renewed energy. Having a reason to spend quality time with family and friends is also always welcome.

Crystal’s family is not religious, and her family doesn’t have any traditional Easter routine, but she cherishes her Easter memories:

 

One of my most special memories is my Mom dressing us (kids) all up in our Easter attire, including the bonnet.  I’m sure it was not as special for my brother, who also begrudgingly wore a new hat and had to put his favourite baseball cap away for the entire day.

However you choose to spend your time this Easter, your Greenrock family wishes you and your family a happy holiday, full of old traditions and new beginnings. For information on Greenrock Communities, please visit our website.

Great DIY tax tools

Great DIY tax tools

Great DIY tax tools

 

It’s tax season. For many people, tax time can be a stressful and confusing ordeal. Accountants are expensive to hire, and digging your way through an old fashioned paper return can be cumbersome. Since the tax-man isn’t going away, the best thing you can do is simplify the process of filing your taxes. There are several options for Canadian tax software programs to choose from. All of the programs listed below are approved by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). Get your receipts ready, it’s time to dive in.

 

 

Intuit TurboTax (Formerly QuickTax)

 

You may know Intuit TurboTax by it’s former name, QuickTax. The name say is all. This user-friendly tax software program takes a lot of the time and stress out of doing your own taxes. Users simply complete the EasyStep Interview. The questions are asked in simple English. You don’t need to be familiar with the tax code and information can be imported from UFile, QuickBooks and Quicken. Tax planning is made simple due to the ability of users to run multiple tax scenarios. There are multiple online editions, beginning with a free version for very simple and basic returns all the way up to TurboTax Home & Business which is best suited to contractors, freelancers and small business owners, including sole proprietorships and partnerships. The online editions are not suitable for incorporated businesses. For that, you’ll require the tax software specific to the T2 tax return. That is available only in their desktop, store bought software which is called TurboTax Business Incorporated (corporate T2 returns) and retails for $229.99.

Photo credit: @taxtron

Photo credit: @taxtron

 

TaxTron

 

TaxTron, formerly known as GriffTax, is a full service, user-friendly option for preparing and filing your return. It is available in a T2 version for incorporated business as well as the standard (T1) for individuals, families and small business. All versions are fully bilingual and make taxes as quick and easy as can be. A step-by-step system guides you through the preparations and filing process.

 

GenuTax

 

The major benefit of using GenuTax to prepare your return is it’s free! Even the annual updates are free, though the website does ask users to pay a donation. Another benefit is that you can prepare and file up to 20 returns for either the current or previous tax year. The program asks you a series of interview questions to complete your return. It’s has a less user-friendly feel than TurboTax, but it get’s the job done. Did we mention it’s free?

 

UFile for Windows

 

Ufile tax software is for personal (T1) use but can handle self-employment income and capital gains income. Like most tax preparation software, users enter their information using an interview interface. It’s free and it’s relatively easy to use. It also includes free telephone, email and community support.

 

Tax time need not be stressful. Choose the software that is right for you and your needs and let it walk you through the process. And think of how good it will feel once it’s over for another year!

 

For information on Greenrock Property Management and our Village Green Community, at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street – please visit our website.

Village Green’s New Generator

 

The Village Green community is currently under construction and we want to thank our residents for their support and positive feedback while we improve your property. In case you are out of the loop, Greenrock is undertaking several exciting construction projects to improve our Toronto properties. At Village Green we currently have such projects underway, including installing a new power generator.

 

WHAT WE’RE DOING
A new Village Green generator is currently being installed inside a room in our underground parking garage. This location was chosen to ensure that the noise when running is kept to a minimum.. This massive green machine is designed to provide back up power to help ensure the comfort and safety of our residents during a power outage. Aside from the normal emergency lighting and fire pump back up, this generator will also provide power to Village Green’s elevators, domestic water pumps and heating circulation and boilers.

 

 

WHY WE’RE INSTALLING A GENERATOR

We have  installed the generator so we ca provide more comfort, safety and security to Village Green residents during power outages.

 

WHAT CAUSES POWER OUTAGES?

Extreme weather conditions can cause power outages year-round. Here are the different Toronto weather conditions that can lead to power outages:

 

  1. High winds can bring down trees and branches onto power lines.
  2. Lightning can strike equipment or cause trees to fall into power lines.
  3. Winter storms can create freezing rain and heavy snow that cause damage to electrical equipment.
  4. Heat waves can increase demand for electricity from air conditioning, which can overload the system.
  5. Rain and flooding can damage overhead and underground equipment.

As any Torontonian knows, these weather conditions are not uncommon and could easily result in power outages year round. Unpredictable weather is a major reason why Greenrock decided to invest in and install a backup generator at Village Green.

 

Bad weather isn’t the only thing that can lead to a power outage. Here are a few other potential causes:

 

  1. Toronto Hydro equipment failure can trigger an outage, even though Toronto Hydro regularly maintains and updates aging infrastructure.
  2. Vehicle or construction accidents can knock down hydro poles or bring down lines.
  3. Animals, like squirrels, birds and raccoons, can damage power lines and equipment.
  4. Cable dig-ins can cause outages when construction crews accidentally hit a buried line while excavating.
  5. Trees can come into contact with a power line if they are not trimmed properly.
  6. Planned Outages are occasionally scheduled to allow Toronto Hydro crews to safely do repair work, maintenance or upgrades on our equipment.

 

Greenrock is excited that the generator project is almost complete. We are confident that this generator will keep our residents safe, secure and comfortable at Village Green in the event of a power outage.

 

Love the Yonge and Wellesley area in downtown Toronto? Check out our website to learn more about Village Green, a vibrant purpose-built rental community. www.greenrockpm.ca

Dental hygiene tips from an amazing local dentist

 

Good oral health is very important for overall health. When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, good oral hygiene and high quality dental care for you and your family is key. We spoke with Dr. Noah Belman of Belman Dental Centre, a second generation family practice, to learn about his business in the Davisville Village neighbourhood and his best tips for keeping your mouth healthy.

 

We opened this office in February 2014. We had a clinic at Yonge and Eglinton since the late 60’s. My father opened that practice, he has since retired and I moved the practice down to Yonge and Davisville. [It’s] a nice, quiet, family filled pocket in Mid-town. Away from the busyness of the city, but the city is still very accessible.

 

photo courtesy Belman Dental Centre

photo courtesy Belman Dental Centre

 

When it comes to good oral hygiene there is no shortcut. The tried and true method of regular brushing and flossing is still most effective for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Dr. Belman has some great advice for his patients on brushing and flossing:

 

The two most important aspects of oral hygiene are removal of plaque (food and bacteria) and physical massage of the gums. For most people, brushing and flossing is enough if it’s done properly. If one thinks about massaging their gums while they brush, they will usually do a better job. Mouth rinses and salt water rinses can be a decent adjunct but nothing replaces proper brushing and flossing.

 

photo courtesy Belman Dental Centre

photo courtesy Belman Dental Centre

 

For patients battling chronic infections and gum disease, more care is needed. Symptoms such as tender or bleeding gums are typical and issues that need to be treated. Dr. Belman notes that bleeding gums are often ignored by patients.

 

There are some commonly missed areas when brushing and flossing. One thing we see quite often is patients with crowded teeth and associated gum disease. If the teeth are straight, the lips and the tongue are constantly cleaning the teeth, if the teeth are crowded however, there are places that the lips and tongue cannot access, leading to increased plaque and increased gum disease. Orthodontics for adults (Invisalign and braces) is a great option to correct crowding and decrease gum disease.

 

photo courtesy Belman Dental Centre

photo courtesy Belman Dental Centre

 

For those blessed with a healthy mouth that’s free of infection or disease, you may still find yourself reluctant to show the world your smile for cosmetic reasons. This is another area of specialty at Belman Dental Centre . “Smile redesign can incorporate an combination of procedures”, says Dr. Belman. “Whether you require orthodontics using Invisalign, tooth whitening with Zoom, veneers, or closure of “black triangles” (spaces between the teeth near the gums), Belman Dental Centre  is a full service practice.

 

Dr. Belman and the team at Belman Dental Centre  enjoy helping patients achieve that all important, healthy and confident smile – and it shows.

 

We have a wonderful environment and I enjoy making every patient’s experience a good one. I am a perfectionist and doing dental work allows me an avenue to make things perfect.

Belman Dental Centre is located at 1881 Yonge Street, Suite 403 at the intersection of Yonge and Davisville, directly across from Davisville Subway Station. If you looking for a dentist located in Midtown Toronto, contact their office today.

 

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