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  • REGEN ON DEMAND WINS 2014 GREEN CAR TECHNOLOGY AWARD

    SAVE AND EMPOWER THE GIRL CHILD 2014

    FOR BEST DEALS AND INFORMATION SEE PAGE 36

    REALTORS® Look Forward to Joining Torontonians in Speaking Out against Home Buying Tax during Municipal Election Campaign

    GREEN CAR JOURNAL PRAISES CADILLAC ELR- EXCLUSIVE TECHNOLOGY.

    Green Car Journal awardedthe Cadillac ELR electrified luxury coupe its 2014 Green Car Technology Award for the Regen on Demand system, which allows the driver to use paddle shifters on the steering wheel to temporarily regenerate energy and store it as electricity in the battery pack for later use. The award was announced Wednesday at The Washington Auto Show in Washington, D.C.

    “Regen on Demand is one of the key systems enabl ing the Cadillac ELR to merge per for- mance with efficiency in a dy- namic new way,” said J im Vurpillat, director of emerging markets at Cadillac. “Putting re- generative braking at the driver’s finger tips suppor ts the ELR’s 540 ki lometre tota l dr iv ing range while also adding a fun-to-drive element to the premium luxury coupe.”

    Traditional performance vehicles allow drivers to upshift and down- shift the mechanical transmis- sion through steer ing wheel- mounted paddles. ELR’s Regen on Demand feature is unique to the vehicle and bui lds on Cadillac’s performance-bred heri- tage. “Cadillac has cleverly evolved a common electric-drive efficiency system into an intriguing feature that adds a new dimension to the driving experience,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “Ever-increasing eff iciency is crucial to our driving future, yet efficiency itself is not an attrac- tion for a great many car buyers,” he said. “Cadillac’s Regen on Demand is an inspired example of how technology can increase efficiency while connecting with a driver, enhancing driving dy- namics along the way.”

    On the heels of Toronto City Council's recent decision not to cut the Toronto Home Buying Tax (Land Transfer Tax) in its 2014 Budget, Toronto's REAL- TORS® are looking forward to joining Torontonians in speaking out about this issue during the upcoming municipal election. REALTORS® are also calling on municipal election candidates to support home buyers and owners by committing to provide relief from the Land Transfer Tax. "Torontonians have made it clear that they want the Land Transfer Tax cut, but, unfortunately, City Council chose not to. This was a central issue for Torontonians in the last municipal election and they gave City Council a strong mandate to cut this tax. Torontonians continue to feel strongly about this unfair and hurtful tax and thousands of them made their voices heard to City Council, in recent months, during the City's budget debates. REALTORS® look forward to continuing to raise this issue, along with the public, during the municipal election campaign. We believe that Torontonians will, once again, expect City Council to take action on this issue," said Dianne Usher, President, Toronto Real Estate Board. A recent poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid, found that 69% of Torontonians support a phase-out of the Toronto Land Transfer Tax.

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    When designer Wendell Rodricks' Padma Shri honour was announced on the eve of our 65th Republic Day, the news caused a flutter in Indian fashion circles. Basking in the deluge of congratulatory messages on social networking sites, Rodricks couldn't hold the tears back, while on a faraway cruise. Can the Indian fashion fraternity savour this accolade as another positive step towards greater credibility for the entire industry? -

    "I did get teary many times on the first day. I was in a state of ‘this isn't happening to me. They are talking about someone else'. But now, I have accepted the fact. Personally, I did not believe I would get it, so I'm humbled, honoured and happy." This was Goa-based designer Wendell Rodricks' reaction when we spoke to him after he was an- nounced as the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award, this year. This is only the second time that a mainstream designer has received the four th highest civilian award of the country, the first being veteran Delhi-based designer Ritu Kumar, who received the same last year. TIME FOR SUPPORT The members of the fraternity, who often receive less to zero suppor t from the government, are hailing the consistent attention towards the work put in by fashion designers as a welcome change. "This is a big step. Ritu deserved this long ago. But now, with a mainstream designer getting the honour, I'm sure it will affect govern- ment, the fashion industry and the public's perception of fashion," expresses Rodricks, who has not just worked on his collections in a career spanning more than 20 years, but has also penned books like Moda Goa and Green Room, apar t from being a revivalist, working extensively in his home state of Goa. CHANGING PERCEPTIONS Sunil Sethi, President of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the apex body of fashion design in India, helps us char t the progress. "For two-three years, everyone has seen that fashion weeks have

    become serious B2B (Business To Business) events. So, gradually the government has star ted collaborating with designers on various projects, much more than what was done earlier. This has helped the fraternity get credibility in their eyes," he analyses. INSPIRATION FOR YOUNG TURKS These awards act as major morale booster for other designers as well and go a long way in instilling optimism in the industry. "The fashion fraternity will now, hopefully, gain the esteem and adulation it deserves," shares designer Nikhil Thampi, stressing that in India, even today, a large number of people do not even consider fashion designing as a respectable profession, which he hopes will change with the bestowing of the Padma Shri on designers.

    Designer Wendell Rodricks during one of his previous shows. File pic

    SS 14 shoe trend for men WE SAW DESIGNERS PUSHING COOL SUMMERTONES, MIXED WITH CLASSIC FINIS AT THE VARIOUS FASHION WEEKS PREVIEW AROUND THE WORLD.

    LOAFERS We saw loafer-love last year, but it's making waves this season. This is an all-American inspired look. They come in many variants and have become a popular choice of footwear for modern men. A stylish and refined silhouette makes it an easy-to-wear office footwear option, and can be worn over the weekends too. The versatile shoe is lightweight, low cut, comfortable and practical and that makes it a perfect spring summer shoe. SNEAKERS This sporty shoe has a shift in style and feel and combines superior comfort with fresh design details and a new neutral colour palette. A modern twist to this footwear makes it an ideal shoe to spor t for a day out with friends. NAUTICAL SHOES Nautical is a favourite among men and extremely popular among designers. One way to wear the trend is to wear your nautical shoe without socks.

    And it made choosing office, party or holiday style easier for men. Clas- sic summer trends included a range of footwear, from flip-flops to espa- drilles to sandals to loafers. The trend is stylish, but the idea behind the trend is to provide obvious benefits in extreme heat and at beach locations. It's a sensible addition to any wardrobe. We give you some everyday options that are versatile enough to be paired with trousers, jeans, or shorts.

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    Homeowners are always curious about the market value of theirhome, especially those who are seriously thinking about selling their home. "Real estate is hyper local - prices can vary hugely between neighbourhoods, and even between blocks in the same neighbourhood," says Phil Dorner, president of the Ontario Real Es- tate Association. "Speak to a real estate professional who works in your community to get an accurate idea of what your local market is doing. A Realtor can per form a comparative market analysis to determine what your hone is currently wor th." Dorner offers some broad guidelines to homeowners to begin their assessment: " Location: Location remains the single largest variable in real estate. How close is your home to transit, school? What about ameni t ies l ike recreat ional fac i l i t ies and shopping centres?

    HOW TO DETERMINE WHAT YOUR

    Homes close to transit and amenities tend to have higher values than those that are less conveniently located. " Space: What is the square footage of your home? How many bedrooms and bathrooms does it have? The size of your home is another major factor in assessing its value. " Type: What kind of home do you own? Is it a detached home, condominium, townhouse or semi-detached? As a rule, single family detached homes are (generally) the most valuable, followed by semis, townhouses and condominiums. " Condition: Has your home been updated? Have you done any major renovations? Does your home have a modern kitchen or bathroom(s)? Homes that have been updated, and that are well-maintained, tend to command top dollar. Your Realtor will be able to provide a detailed breakdown of the value of your home based on these variables and many more. For more information, visit www.wedothehomework.ca

    HOME IS WORTH?

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    Market Figures Toronto Real Estate Board Commercial Network Members repor ted 427,926 square feet of leased industrial, commer- cial/retail