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House Beautiful: Condo offers a small space with a big feel

House Beautiful: Condo offers a small space with a big feel

A remake of a downtown Victoria condo creates extra storage and more room for its owners.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Sun Dipper tomato star of the show last summer

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Sun Dipper tomato star of the show last summer

It was a season-long attraction with its unusual and delicious little tomatoes on a slim indeterminate (staking) plant
Condo Smarts: Stratas must be proactive on collections, use proper notice procedures

Condo Smarts: Stratas must be proactive on collections, use proper notice procedures

A lot can happen if you let collections lapse: limitation periods expire, evidence is lost, lots sell, and the remaining owners are left with debts
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Kales outstanding in cold snap

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Kales outstanding in cold snap

In Helen Chesnut’s garden, two kale varieties weathered the pre-Christmas freeze up very well.
Condo Smarts: Strata held responsible for damage due to lack of maintenance

Condo Smarts: Strata held responsible for damage due to lack of maintenance

A cautionary tale for strata corporations: If you fail to maintain and repair, and an owner experiences damages, the tribunal may order compensation for the losses
B.C. 2022 strata disputes: cats, pet urine, water leaks and hot tubs

B.C. 2022 strata disputes: cats, pet urine, water leaks and hot tubs

B.C.'s Civil Resolution Tribunal adjudicates disputes between strata councils and condo owners.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Big Beef, Black Trifele among best garden tomatoes

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Big Beef, Black Trifele among best garden tomatoes

Dear Helen: What were your best tomatoes this year? I’m particularly interested in varieties that produce the longest, into autumn. GE.
Condo Smarts: Considering the consequences of adopting a 55-plus bylaw

Condo Smarts: Considering the consequences of adopting a 55-plus bylaw

Before your strata corporation considers a jump to 55 and over, consider the consequences
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: The holiday season a time to rest and reboot

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: The holiday season a time to rest and reboot

Another year of growing favourite foods and flowers will soon begin
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Italian apple cake makes the most of garden bounty

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Italian apple cake makes the most of garden bounty

Toasted nuts and coconut flakes, and apple slices, are good winter garnishes for this Italian-style treat.
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