Author: Markham Review

Uber of real estate connects agents and buyers in real time

Casalova, a real estate platform for prospective buyers and renters, is setting a new standard of service with its on-demand marketplace. House-hunters using Casalova are connecting with agents and receiving replies in less than 30 seconds, far surpassing the industry average of 15 hours. “The real estate market in Canada is a $14 billion annual industry, yet it takes 15 hours – on average – for an agent to respond to client inquiries,” said Ray Jaff, Casalova co-founder and CEO. “We live in an on-demand world: from Uber and Airbnb to online banking and shopping, people expect a response the moment they’re looking for it....

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Local victims in virtual kidnapping scam

Durham Regional Police Service is warning the public about a kidnapping scam after the parents and friends of an 18-year-old student were defrauded of more than $200,000. The scam, known as “virtual kidnapping,” has recently surfaced in Durham Region but has been going on for many years in North America. Virtual kidnapping is an extortion scheme designed to leverage ransom money from the victim’s parents, spouse or friends. The 18-year-old female victim, a student in Montreal, was approached and told she had been implicated in a crime ring. She would be arrested and incarcerated if she didn’t follow instructions....

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Canada’s Wonderland opens with two new attractions

Canada’s Wonderland recently opened its gates for a new season with a new ride, Lumberjack, interactive family ride Flying Canoes, an extensive entertainment lineup of live shows, food festivals, a month-long Celebration Canada event and more. Lumberjack is sure to please rollercoaster enthusiasts. With feet dangling, guests will soar 360 degrees in the air on two giant swinging ‘axe’ pendulums. With inversions reaching up to 75 feet (22m) high, Lumberjack will give riders the sensation of an inverted coaster loop. Flying Canoes is an interactive family ride that allows guests to step into a two-person ‘magical’ canoe and control...

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Investment keeps Brampton economic growth on track

Brampton benefited from more than $1.4 billion in construction activity in 2017, in both new construction and expansions. Development activity and other initiatives, gaining momentum in the city, have resulted in more jobs and investment. The Brampton Economic Development and Culture Review 2017 is available in print and online. The document highlights last year’s successes and continued positioning for growth this year and beyond. It also features cultural milestones and activity in the city’s key economic sectors, from significant development projects to profiles of local entrepreneurs moving the needle in the business world. “This past year saw strong partnerships...

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New Playdium location

Cineplex, one of Canada’s leading entertainment and media companies, today announced that it will be opening a new Playdium location in Brampton. Converting and reimagining the space currently being utilized by Cineplex Odeon Orion Gate Cinemas, the 45,000 square foot entertainment complex will be specially designed for teens, their friends and family who are looking for an affordable entertainment choice for everyday play, casual dining or to celebrate special occasions. Whether it’s a little friendly competition, winning great prizes or sharing a delicious meal, Playdium is a tech-infused place to play that offers the best games and attractions for everyone. The new Brampton location will...

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