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How the TTC used to say Merry Christmas to its staff

The Coupler, the TTC's venerable old internal magazine, has been running more or less continuously since the creation of Toronto's transit authority in the early 1920s. Its pages are a repository for the ongoing TTC story as viewed from the inside. It has published commemorative issues with each new subway line and tracked the Commission as it grew into one of the most used mass transit systems in North America.


Every year since 1924, the magazine has published a special Christmas cover, almost always in colour, for its December issue. Viewed in series, the scenes range from charming to, well, a little frightening (check out the terrifying giant Santa Claus attacking a TTC bus in 1971 and the unnervingly dark cover from 1959.

Here are some of the best, courtesy of te TTX archives. http://www.blogto.com/city/2013/12/how_the_ttc_used_to_say_merry_christmas_to_its_staff/

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MOST RECENT MARKET WATCH


Record Sales in November 2015

Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,385 home sales through TREB's MLS® System in November 2015 – up by 14 per cent compared to November 2014. This result also represented the best result on record for November. Sales through the first eleven months of 2015 amounted to 96,401.

"Not only did we see a record sales result for November, but with one month left to go in 2015, we have already set a new calendar year record for home sales in the TREB market area, eclipsing the previous record set in 2007. Sales were up on a year-over-year basis for all major home types, both in the City of Toronto and surrounding regions. This suggests that the demand for ownership housing is widespread, from first-time buyers to long-time homeowners across the GTA," said Mr. McLean.

http://www.trebhome.com/market_news/market_watch/

YOUR DECEMBER HOME CHECK LIST

Keep your home and yard safe and running smoothly as temperatures drop and activity moves indoors.

Fluffy snow and sparkling icicles may make for a winter wonderland, but they can also bring on drafts, fallen tree limbs and worse (hello, ice dams). Avoid spending your holidays handling winter-related disasters with a bit of preventative maintenance — we spoke with experts to get the lowdown on the best ways to prevent ice dams, frozen pipes and other winter woes.

http://bit.ly/1Rxxam1

What Salary You Will Need To Buy A Home Across Canada

In Vancouver you will need to earn $152,145 to afford the average home of $810,600.

In Calgary you will need a salary of $87,761 to buy at $443,744.

In Toronto a salary of $126,500 can buy a home for $630,856.

In Montreal a $68,378 salary will get you the average home for $328,862.

Check out the Salary/Home Map at ...http://bit.ly/1IV6uFI

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CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

The RAPP REPORT thought it would be interesting to see how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Click on link below and visit a country.

http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/china.shtml

http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/

Old Hollywood Dances to Brighten Your Day

This is a thoroughly enjoyable video of old dance routines...take a little break, you'll LOVE it.

66 (Old) Movie Dance Scenes Mashup (Mark Ronson-Uptown Funk ft.Bruno Mars)

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HAVE A VERY, VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR ---Enjoy The Little Drummer Boy with Bing and David

Bing Crosby, David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth

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