Canadians opt for longer commutes as home prices grow in suburbs

For Al Figueiredo, the scenic drive down highway 116 to Crystal Beach was enough to convince him to leave Toronto.

The school teacher who splits his time between remote work and working in the city, decided to leave Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood in late June for Fort Erie, Ont.

Figueiredo says the extra space, newer home and slower pace of life were worth the punishing one-and-a-half to two-hour drive to Toronto. Even if Zoom classes end and Figueiredo is expected to return to the classroom full-time, he says he prefers the company of his commuting radio station CHFI to cheerless interactions with neighbours in the city.

As prices rise in the suburbs of major Canadian cities, telecommuting workers like Figueiredo are looking further afield than what would be typically considered a “comfortable” commute.

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Which nursing homes had the most coronavirus deaths? N.J. will no longer tell you. Here’s the list.

Nothing captured the despair of the coronavirus outbreak in New Jersey like the Easter Sunday discovery of a makeshift morgue crammed with 17 bodies at one of the state’s largest nursing homes.

The virus rampaged through Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center last spring, killing 82 residents and two employees, one of the highest nursing home death tolls in the state.

Yet, the state Health Department’s “data dashboard,” the webpage that chronicles the pandemic’s ongoing toll in the Garden State, on Thursday listed no deaths at the Sussex County facility and just three COVID-19 cases.

In mid-July, state health officials made a decision to take down the total number of deaths at each nursing home, and instead started reporting only deaths and cases as they occurred during an active outbreak.

The only nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities now listed on the dashboard are the 155 that

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Jacob’s cracker brand no longer for sale | Food Industry News

Jacob’s crackers on sale in the UK, April 2019

Pladis is no longer looking to sell UK savoury-snacks brand Jacob’s, the company’s chief executive has said.

There has been speculation over the future of the Jacob’s brand, under which Pladis markets crackers and crispbreads, as well as sub-brands including Mini Cheddars and Twiglets.

In an interview with The Times, Salman Amin, who was appointed Pladis CEO in February 2019, insisted the Jacob’s brand “is in our future”.

Having a set of savoury-snacks products alongside sweeter offerings such as McVitie’s, means Pladis can market to a broader range of consumers, Amin added.

Back in 2018, Sky News reported Pladis, the international snacks business of Turkish food group Yildiz Holding, had hired investment bank Oppenheimer to oversee an auction of Jacob’s.

In February last year, Bloomberg said the company was aiming to sell Jacob’s in 2019.

Yildiz merged its global confectionery

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Expect your home remodeling to ‘cost 50% more and take 50% longer,’ says finance expert

So you’re thinking about doing a major home renovation. You’ve been stuck indoors since the pandemic — and you plan to be for a while longer. So why not put some money into making it look nicer?

If you’ve never remodeled your home before, getting through the process can be a complete nightmare. I’ve been through four projects, and none of them were pleasant. But, after the first two, I finally wisened up to the game that some general contractors play to extract as much money from homeowners as possible.

Here’s what I learned from all my painful, exhausting and costly experiences:

1. It will cost more than expected.

Competition is fierce, so a contractor might initially offer an attractive price just to beat out all the other bids. Their goal is to get you to sign the contract. Once you’re locked in, they can upsell you with add-ons.

If

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