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  • Kate 10:24 on 2022-12-25 Permalink | Reply  

    Reading tweets about Via Rail and from people aboard stranded trains, it’s clear the main part of its network – linking Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa – has been thrown into chaos by a winter storm. All train departures are cancelled Sunday.

    Update: Also cancelled on Boxing Day.

    Also chaos at the airport.

  • Kate 09:59 on 2022-12-25 Permalink | Reply  

    Even though property valuations are rising, fewer people are contesting them.

    • mare 13:50 on 2022-12-25 Permalink

      I contested them once. An appraiser came, looked at and took photos of all our apartments (despite the tenant’s objections) and then the assessment went even further up.
      ‘But our neighbour’s building (an exact mirror of ours) has better apartments with higher rents, and a lower valuation.’
      ‘Oh, the valuation has nothing to do with actual revenu, it’s all about *potential* revenu…’
      She had never heard of rent control, no wonder that rents are going up.

    • Ephraim 18:44 on 2022-12-25 Permalink

      The valuations are based on other places that have sold and have [no] basis in reality. They should be done blind… because your decor can influence the person doing it. It should be done by simply measuring. But even parquet floor is considered hardwood, when it’s not. They measure nothing.

    • Kate 22:59 on 2022-12-25 Permalink

      have no basis in reality, Ephraim?

    • Ephraim 01:19 on 2022-12-27 Permalink

      Yes, no basis. I’m on a tablet. My finger is swiping what I say… not typing 🙂

      There should be one person sent out to do measurements, pictures of things like floors, etc. And then an evaluator who hasn’t seen the property do the valuation without influence of the furnishings, artwork, etc.

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