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Beer expiration

Beer expiration

Is it okay to drink beer that has been left at the cottage during the fall and winter? Is it still good to drink after it freezes?
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Refilling a fire extinguisher

Refilling a fire extinguisher

Is it possible to refill a fire extinguisher?
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Where to put your smoke detector

Where to put your smoke detector

Where is the best location for a smoke detector?
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Island definition

Island definition

Is it true that to be officially termed an “island,” a land mass requires at least three trees?
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Highway Traffic Act on Crown land

Highway Traffic Act on Crown land

Must motorized vehicles operating on Crown land roads comply with Highway Traffic Act requirements?
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Neighbours and road allowance

Neighbours and road allowance

Can neighbours be refused road allowance if they do not have their own road and are not paying for maintenance and upkeep?
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Uses for deer antlers

Uses for deer antlers

What can be done with antlers that deer have left behind over the winter?
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Property value

Property value

How should property value be determined prior to handing a cottage down to children?
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Fighting an MPAC rejection on property assessment

Fighting an MPAC rejection

After being rejected by MPAC for reconsideration on a cottage property assessment, is there anything else you can do?
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Claiming a cottage as a principal residence

Claiming a cottage as a principal residence

Is it a tax problem to claim a cottage as a principal residence if we rent it out for one month each summer?
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