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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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Increase in grasshoppers

What conditions would cause an increase in grasshoppers? What can be done to keep them from eating flowers and vegetables in cottage gardens?
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Weather-weakened pine tree

Weather-weakened pine tree

What may have caused a pine tree to half-topple over and then return to standing upright?
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Replace propane fridge with AC fridge using solar panels

Is it possible to replace a propane fridge with an AC fridge using solar panels?
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Horseflies

Horseflies

Why are horseflies more attracted to certain parts of lakes and to certain people?
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When to incinerate paper waste

When to incinerate paper waste

Is incinerating paper waste environmentally acceptable? Would a permit be required?
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Do we need to rake the leaves into the woods?

Do we need to rake the leaves into the woods?

Is it better to let leaves sit where they fall until spring, or rake them into the woods? Is burning a possibility?
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Black string-like worm

Black string-like worm

What type of animal is black and string-like and can twist into strange shapes?
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