Paradimg-Condos-Rendering Ontario Condo Laws Update 2017 Feature View More

Starting in fall 2017, Ontario condo owners will have new rights and easier access to information.

Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services made the announcement in July of this year that they were moving forward with plans to better protect condo owners and residents by increasing consumer protections in Ontario’s condo communities.

The new law changes include:

- Regular mandatory updates about the condo corporation to help improve communication between condo boards and condo owners.

- Improving condo corporation governance and addressing conflicts of interest by introducing new disclosure requirements for directors, including whether they are not owners or occupiers of units in the condo or if they have interests in contracts involving the corporation.

- Mandatory training for condo directors to improve how condos are managed and operated.

- Clearer rules to make it easier for condo owners to access records of their condo corporation.

- New notices, quorum and voting rules to make it easier for owners to participate in owners’ meetings.

- Mandatory education requirements for condo managers applying for a general licence.

“Addressing the growing needs of condo communities across the province and supporting long-term sustainability of condo living is key to our government’s mandate. Creating new consumer protections will help to build more sustainable condo communities so residents moving into condos today and in the future will be able to look forward to healthy condo communities and peace of mind in the place they call home.” – Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Government and Consumer Services

With more Ontarians living in condominiums than ever before (1.6 million), and nearly three times as many condo units now than in 2001 (750,000 vs. 270,000), the importance of these updated regulations is clear.

By giving condo owners easier access to more information, and ensuring that condo corporations, boards, and managers are held to higher standards of operations, condo owners will be able to concentrate more on building communities and living happier lives, than worrying about what is going on behind closed doors.

To learn more about these changes and read them in full detail, visit:

Burlington Spotlight Book Stores in Burlington Ontario Feature Banner View More

Burlington, Ontario’s vitality and lifestyle is a wonderful mix of city living, and small town charm, all rolled into the Best Mid-Sized City in Canada.

Some of that small town charm comes from the many independent retailers in the city, providing excellent service, goods, and adding the local flavour that helps to keep the identity of individual cities and towns alive. In Burlington, we’re fortunate to have a great selection of book stores to shop in whenever we crave a new story.

To help you find the books you’re looking for, we have a list of five Burlington book stores that we recommend you visit the next time a book is on your shopping list.

By The Lake Books Burlington Ontario

By The Lake Books

With a wide selection of books, and a great reputation, By The Lake Books is the perfect stop on your book buying adventure through Burlington.

Whether you already know what you’re looking for, or you need a suggestion, the staff are ready and willing to help you find what you need.

This is a great little book store. They have a huge selection of books in all genres to choose from. The staff is very attentive and go above and beyond to help you find the perfect book. Not to mention the prices are fantastic!
I would definitely recommend this store to anyone looking for a solid selection of books to choose from, and a knowledgeable staff that can help you find the perfect read. – Lynn G. (Yelp)

Address: 5295 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON
Phone: (905) 639-4622

Book Nook Burlington Ontario

The Book Nook

The Book Nook bills itself as “Your friendly neighbourhood book store with a large variety from romance to sci-fi”, which should give you great confidence in their ability to provide you with a great book to read on every visit!

My favourite used book store that I have ever visited! A HUGE selection of so many genres and authors and topics, and super affordable. The history and philosophy sections are my favourite and I always leave with at least 5 books. The store is organized well for the amount of books they have and is easy to navigate. The shopkeeper is also super kind and helpful when you need to find something! I could spend hours here. – Julia S. (Yelp)

Address: 501 Brant Street, Burlington, ON
Phone: (905) 637-0881

A Different Drummer Books Burlington Ontario

A Different Drummer Books

A proudly independent community bookstore, A Different Drummer Books is proudly part of the Burlington community. They’re also happy to help you find anything you need on your book shopping list.

Stop in soon!

Address: 513 Locust Street, Burlington, ON
Phone: (905) 639-0925

Appleby Book Ranch Burlington Ontario

Appleby Book Ranch

Offering gently used books and issuing credits, Appleby Book Ranch is an excellent option for book shoppers looking to save a few dollars, or trade in some of their own gently used books from home.

Stop in today to see their selection, and leave with a new story to read at home!

Address: 3300 Fairview St, Unit 6E, Burlington, ON
Phone: (905) 637-5751

Conspiracy Comics Burlington Ontario

Conspiracy Comics

This may not be a traditional book store, but if you or someone you love is a comic book fan, Conspiracy Comics should be on your list of must visit stores.

With a wide selection of comic books, and comic related items like t-shirts and collectibles, fans of the genre are sure to find something they love when they walk in the door.

I’ve been to both Conspiracy comics in Oakville and Burlington now, and both times, I was so impressed with them. All their employees are so nice! I love their t-shirts and toy collections, and it’s so easy to find what I want. Agapae was so kind when I asked her for the comics I was looking for and I felt like I was treated like a friend coming to visit. It made me want to come back again. Love this shop. :) – Abigail M. (Yelp)

Address: 2388 Fairview Street, Burlington, ON
Phone: (905) 333-1552

Paradigm Condos DIY Cleaners Feature Banner View More

When it comes to interior finishes, the Paradigm Design Team has carefully selected a collection of great quality materials that are stylish and durable. When it comes to the longevity and integrity of those interior finishes, DIY cleaning solutions are often the best as most store bought products contain chemicals that could compromise materials over time. Check out our list of DIY cleaning solutions that are eco-friendly, cost effective and super easy to make!

Caesarstone Noble Grey  - Charcoal III Package

Caesarstone Noble Grey – Charcoal III Package




1) Polished Quartz Countertops

The beauty of natural stone with the durability of a man-made product – it doesn’t get much better than quartz!

• Non-porous (no resealing required & won’t collect bacteria)
• Stain resistant
• Heat resistant
• Easy to clean

DIY Cleaner
• 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
• 3/4 cup water
• 3 squirts of dish soap
• 10 drops of essential oils, if you please
Shake, spray, wait and wipe – disinfects, doesn’t harm the stone, and smells good too!

Shaw Uptown Michigan Ave - Charcoal II Package

Shaw Uptown Michigan Ave – Charcoal II Package




2) Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

The visual effect and warmth of hardwood but much easier to maintain – vinyl plank flooring is the new go-to flooring material!

• Withstands heavy foot traffic
• Comfortable and warm on the feet
• Reduces noise
• Scratch resistant & ultra durable
• Easy to clean (most spills can be cleaned up with water!)

DIY Cleaner
Once a week:
Vacuum & Mop with cleaning solution:
• 1 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1 gallon hot water
• For extra cleaning power add a few drops of dish soap to the solution

Centura Campo Strand – Espresso II Package

Centura Campo Strand – Espresso II Package




3) Sleek Porcelain Tile

Large format textural porcelain tile creates a beautiful spa-like feeling in bathroom applications!

• Durable & tough
• Water resistant
• Stain & scratch resistant
• Low maintenance & easy to clean
• No polishing, waxing or sealing required

DIY Cleaner
• ¼ White Vinegar
• 2 gallons of water
Grout Cleaning Solution:
• ½ cup baking soda
• ¼ cup vinegar
Mix and apply with toothbrush. Leave for 5 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

KitchenCraft Thermofoil Textured Shale  – Paradigm Package

KitchenCraft Thermofoil Textured Shale – Paradigm Package




4) Trendsetting Thermofoil Cabinets

Versatile, textural, sleek & trend-setting, thermofoil cabinetry is a stylish alternative to real wood!

• Ultra smooth finish
• Chip resistant
• Stain resistant
• Low maintenance (no protective coatings required)
• Easily wiped down

DIY Cleaner
• Water
• Non-detergent soap

ASH III Package

ASH III Package




5) All-Purpose Recipe

For all other surfaces, a simple all-purpose cleaner will do the trick!

DIY Cleaner
All-purpose recipe (safe for any surface):
• 100 parts water
• 1 part white vinegar
• 10 drops of essential oil (i.e. tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint)

Burlington Children's Festival Feature View More

Summer in Burlington is packed with activities, festivals, and special event opportunities for the young and old. In August, two of those opportunities will be front and centre in Canada’s Best Mid-Sized City as Joseph Brant Day (August 7, 2017) and the Burlington Children’s Festival (August 20, 2017), each return for another year of fun and excitement.

Joseph Brant Day

Monday, August 7, 2017

11:00am to 4:00pm

La Salle Park
50 North Shore Boulevard E, Burlington, Ontario

Joseph Brant Day 2017 will have an extra special twist to it, as Burlington continues to celebrate the 150th birthdays of Canada and Ontario!

All day, attendees will find a variety of entertainment and activities available, with local talent on the main entertainment stage, games and activities hosted by local organizations, and more.

For the hungry folks in attendance, the Food Truck Rally is sure to be a hit. Each food truck at Joseph Brant Day will offer a variety of food options, including a special Canada 150 menu item that each food truck will create and offer.

There will also be a Made In Canada vendors market on site, showcasing the work of local artisans and businesses, offering the residents of Burlington the opportunity to support their community.


Joseph Brant Day Burlington ON

Burlington Children’s Festival

Sunday, August 20, 2017

10:00am to 5:00pm

Spencer Smith Park
1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario

The Burlington Children’s Festival is celebrating its 26th year in 2017, and they would love to celebrate with as many girls and boys as possible at Spencer Smith Park.

With interactive games, inflatable bouncers, and a host of other awesome activities, no child will leave unsatisfied at the end of the day.

Those other awesome children’s activities include; face painting with Beebop the Clown and Balloon animals with MD Children’s Entertainment. Add in the crafts and kids’ marketplace, and Spencer Smith Park is sure to be a hub of excitement on Sunday, August 20th.

Have fun!

Childrens Festival Face Painting

Paradigm Condos Emma's Back Porch Water St Cooker Feature Banner View More

Since 1919 the building that is now home to Emma’s Back Porch and The Water St. Cooker has been a mainstay on Burlington’s lakeshore. And since 1992, they have been helping the city’s residents enjoy great food, atmosphere, and company.

It’s no wonder why these two Burlington institutions are one of the favourite summer spots in Canada’s Best Mid-Sized City, sharing a historic space on Old Lakeshore Rd. and offering high quality, great tasting food items on their menus.

Whether you choose to sit inside, or outside on the patio, you truly can’t go wrong!

The Water St. Cooker menu features Start & Share Plates, Small Plates, Medium Plates, and Large Plates that will make your mouth water and fill your belly with happiness. We recommend starting with the Warm 5 Cheese Crab Dip or Buffalo Cauliflower and pairing it with one of the 22 wines on their menu.

At Emma’s, the menu also features Starters & Shares, with Sides, Fresh Greens, Sandwiches, Porch Favourites, and Burgers to satisfy your hunger and taste buds. Also available on the back porch are a fantastic assortment of cocktails, beer (domestic, imported, and craft), and wine to enjoy!

Emma’s Back Porch is also home to fantastic live music all summer long, with dates booked through the first weekend of September. Select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, plus Monday, August 7, you can enjoy a cold drink, great food, and excellent entertainment in the afternoon or evening.

Porch with Lake View at Emma's Back Porch Burlington

There’s also the view that cannot be overlooked. With the water of Lake Ontario feeling like it’s close enough to reach out to check the temperature, you will instantly feel the serenity and peacefulness that comes from being that close to the water.

Don’t wait, make Emma’s Back Porch and Water St. Cooker part of your Burlington summer soon.


2084 Old Lakeshore Rd.
Burlington, ON


Emma’s Back Porch
Phone: 905-634-2084

Water St. Cooker
Phone: 905-634-2084 ex. 3

Paradigm Condos East Tower Suites Feature Banner View More

Condo Living has never been so appealing! When it comes to living a luxurious lifestyle, Paradigm offers it all – state of the art amenities, proximity to shopping and dining, and carefully designed suite layouts to call home. Check out a few of the newly released East Tower suites here:

Paradigm Condos East Tower Eminent 1 Bedroom

With unobstructed North facing views of the escarpment and a large open concept kitchen & living area, this unit is the most eminent of condo living. In the kitchen, ample counter space provides a perfect tabletop to prep, cook and gather.

Paradigm Condos East Tower Accolade 1 Bedroom plus Den

Oversized floor to ceiling windows with views to the East and a layout designed with functionality in mind make this unit an accolade to all lucky enough to call it home. The den offers additional space that can be set up as an office, dining or an additional seating area.

Paradigm Condos East Tower Prestige 2 Bedroom

Corner facing to the South East means ample natural light and spectacular views. A large kitchen overlooks the open concept living and dining area, making this a great space for entertaining. When it comes to condo living, this unit is prestige.

View the full portfolio of suites available and learn more about Paradigm Condos by visiting or by planning a visit to the Presentation Centre!

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 4pm to 8pm
Saturday – Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Friday By Appointment Only
Closed on Holidays

2089 Fairview Street,
Burlington ON L7R 0B4

Contact Us:
By phone: (905) 631-8358
By email:

Paradigm Construction and Sales Update June 2017 View More

While construction booms at Paradigm Condos, opportunities for buyers are still available at the trio of luxury condominiums in the heart of Midtown Burlington. Driven by the success of the recent East Tower launch, more new faces are visiting and buying units in these buildings, perfect for living in Canada’s Best Mid-Sized City!

And with construction season in full swing, the progress and updates from the Paradigm site on Fairview Street are exciting to say the least. In fact, we would love to share some updates with you right here, right now!

1) The Paradigm West Tower construction has been completed to the top of the building!

2) The Paradigm Centre Tower construction has been completed to the 9th floor!

3) The Paradigm East Tower construction has been completed to grade!

If you’ve driven by the site recently, you’ve seen the progress in motion, with teams and equipment hard at work to fully complete all three of these buildings that will be home to happy Burlington residents for years to come.

You also know that Midtown Burlington continues to blossom into a hub of excitement, entertainment, and culture, with Paradigm Condominiums sitting right here in the middle of it all. Adding another point to the long list of reasons to seize your opportunity to make Paradigm your home.

Don’t miss out on your chance to learn more about Paradigm and buy your unit in the East Tower (now under construction), call the Presentation Centre (905-631-8358) to book your appointment, or visit: now.

Learn more about Paradigm’s construction, amenities, and more in this video from CHCH Morning Live with host, Tim Bolen.

Visit Our Presentation Centre

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 4pm to 8pm
Saturday – Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Friday By Appointment Only
Closed on Holidays

2089 Fairview Street,
Burlington ON L7R 0B4

Contact Us:
By phone: (905) 631-8358
By email:

Paradigm Condos Burlington Sound of Music Festival 2017 Feature View More

Since 1980, Burlington has celebrated summer with the Sound of Music Festival. And in 2017, the festival is going to be huge, with music spread over 10 days, multiple stages, and bringing fan favourites to play for Burlington music fans.

The Sound of Music Festival offers both free and paid programming, and will kick-off this year with a ticketed show featuring seven acts, and special appearances by Randy and Mr. Lahey of The Trailer Park Boys on Saturday, June 10.

And the music continues from there, with free shows available to the public between Sunday, June 11 and Sunday June 18, offering a wide variety of local and international talent. A quick look at the 2017 schedule makes it easy to see that there’s something for everyone at Sound of Music, and the whole family can have a great time.

Here’s a quick look at the 2017 Kick-Off Concert and Sound of Music Festival schedule highlights.

Kick Off Concert, featuring The Offspring, Live, Marianas Trench, Smash Mouth, Spin Doctors, Killer Dwarfs, and Sumo Cyco (click here for ticket information)
Saturday, June 10 – 1:30pm – TD Stage

Sunday, June 11 – 6:00pm – TD Stage

Walk Off The Earth
Sunday, June 11 – 7:30pm – TD Stage

Walk Off The Earth via
Walk Off The Earth via

The Trews
Thursday, June 15 – 9:45pm – TD Stage

Friday, June 16 – 8:00pm – Burlington Hyundai Stage

Friday, June 16 – 9:30pm – TD Stage

USS via Facebook
USS via Facebook

Saturday, June 17 – 9:30pm – Burlington Hyundai Stage

The Road Hammers
Saturday, June 17 – 9:30pm – OLG Stage

Saturday, June 17 – 9:45pm – TD Stage

Moist via Facebook
Moist via Facebook

Steven Page
Sunday, June 18 – 3:45pm – OLG Stage

Finger Eleven
Sunday, June 18 – 5:30pm – TD Stage

The Sound of Music Festival also includes an active Downtown Street Fest and Club Series schedule from Sunday, June 11 to Saturday, June 17 with an array of artists playing shows throughout the week, it truly makes for great nights out with friends.

Check the full schedule at and choose the stages and days that you want to visit the Sound of Music Festival in Burlington in 2017!

Have fun!

Burlington Sound of Music Festival Kick Off Party 2017

Paradigm Condos Blog Condo Living Outdoor Planters 101 View More

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and it is officially time to green up your balcony space! Choosing the right outdoor plants can be tough. It is best to consider the direction your balcony faces and the amount of exposure to sunlight. Below is our recommendation on the best choices for you!

North Facing Balcony

With minimal direct sun exposure, two hours a day maximum, it is great to select plants that prefer a shadier surrounding. Hostas are easily planted into pots and have beautiful lush foliage. This is a great option if you are looking for a full & tropical look. Hostas planted in pots require more frequent watering than those planted in the ground.

Outdoor Planters 101 North Facing Balcony

East Facing Balcony

East facing balconies receive beautiful morning to mid-afternoon sun exposure. The best plant options would be those labeled full sun to part shade like lush hydrangeas. With a wide selection of colours from muted to vibrant hues, hydrangeas are a great addition to any East-Facing balcony space.

Hydrangeas are popular ornamental plants as a decoration of street

South Facing Balcony

With ample sunshine & warmth this is the ideal balcony location for tropical sun-loving plants. Lantana, with its colorful blooms and lush leaves are a great option to add vibrancy to any South-Facing balcony space. Lantanas love the warmth and do not require overwatering. They come in various hues ranging from yellow to pink.

Outdoor Planters 101 South Facing Balcony

West Facing Balcony

With maximum sun exposure ranging from 6-8 hours, you want to stay away from shade loving plants. Succulents are an excellent choice for sun drenched balconies and require very minimal watering. They come in a wide selection of varieties that will add interest & beauty to your balcony space.

Succulent plant is growing in rusty metal can, Houseleek plant


Burlington Spotlight Canada 150 Mosaic Feature Banner View More

The Canada 150 Mosaic mural is coming to Canada’s Best Mid-Sized City. All across Canada, beautiful, community created, murals are popping up in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. And soon, residents of Burlington will have the opportunity to come together to create the pieces of their mural.

The Burlington Mosaic will be made up of 400 tiles, all hand-painted by members of the community. You can visit either of the two upcoming community painting days to participate and paint your tile, becoming part of this very exciting project that Burlington will be proud of for years to come. The organizers are clear that expertise and experience are not a requirement, and that everyone is invited to participate and showcase their pride for their city and country.

Burlington Painting Days and Locations

Date: Sunday, May 21st
Location: Burlington Mall (777 Guelph Line)
Time: 2pm to 6pm

Date: Monday, May 22nd
Location: Art Gallery of Burlington (1333 Lakeshore Rd.)
Time: 1pm to 4pm

Note: Because there are only 400 tiles in the mural, availability and participation will be first come, first served.

Once the tiles have been painted, the Canada 150 Mosaic team will take over, putting together the Burlington mural. The finished mural will be unveiled on Canada Day, July 1st, 2017 at the Burlington Music Centre.

We are proud to be part of the Burlington Community and very proud that Burlington will be able to count itself as one of the 150 cities that are celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial with a gorgeous, community created, mural!

As Canadians, this is a special and exciting event. As residents of Burlington, it is extra special.

We hope that you will be painting a tile and becoming part of a showpiece that people will enjoy for years to come. And we hope that you’ll be there on Canada Day for the reveal and celebration!