Captain John’s was a landmark on Toronto’s waterfront, sitting at the base of Yonge Street – albeit a slightly cheesy one that many locals avoided. The old ship acted as a seafood restaurant for years before the city shut it down three years ago and the owner moved south. Nowadays, it’s looking for a buyer…

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The province of Ontario is looking to follow the example of Alberta and British Columbia in creating a universal set of standards for home inspectors to follow. As pointed out in a recent column by Mike Holmes, the current non-system results in a situation where home buyers may not really know what it is they’re getting even after they’ve paid for a home inspection. Unfortunately, it can result in house buyers who get an unpleasant surprise when it comes to the presence of asbestos in their homes.

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Much of the time, when a news story concerns asbestos found in a building, it’s dealing with an industrial or government property or an apartment complex. When we see luxury properties, we’re shown how fabulous the rooms and décor look after a renovation. It’s not often we get a glimpse into the ‘before’ side of the picture when it comes to the haunts of the rich and famous.

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A land deal in Western Ontario looks like an incredible bargain until you understand the details. A Windsor area man recently got what sounds like the deal of a lifetime – 240 acres of prime farmland in southwestern Ontario for a mere $150,000. But of course, there’s a catch, and it comes in the form of what he’s going to have to do before he can get it ready for redevelopment.

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The court proceedings into the infamous Sunrise Propane explosion of 2008 in north Toronto continues to wind its way through the system. Its current phase involves the issue of responsibility; officials are blaming a procedure that they say the Environment Ministry had informed the company to stop – i.e. truck to truck transfer of the propane, which they see as the cause of the accident which left one dead and a Toronto neighbourhood showered with asbestos.

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