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  • Competition Tribunal finds Toronto Real Estate Board anti-competitive

    Competition Tribunal finds Toronto Real Estate Board anti-competitive

    Protecting consumers’ privacy or acting with “malice and forethought” to stifle competition? Helping consumers get the best available information, or hindering them from doing so? Fostering industry best practices or standing in the way of them? Canada’s Competition Tribunal has at last ruled on a long-simmering dispute between the Commissioner of Competition and the Toronto Real Estate Board, and it ruled against TREB. Canada’s largest real estate board is anti-competitive, abusing its position of market dominance to prevent competition, the Tribunal concluded. “Most importantly” the board’s practices have a considerable adverse impact on innovation, quality and the range of residential real estate brokerage services that would be offered in Toronto if TREB did not restrict them. That last point refers to the way TREB controls real estate agents’ use of virtual office websites, or VOWs, and is the heart of the original complaint. Agents are not permitted to display previous ... Read More »
  • Tridel named Home Builder of the Year and Green Builder of the Year

    Tridel named Home Builder of the Year and Green Builder of the Year

    Tridel has been honoured by the Greater Toronto Area building industry, receiving several prestigious awards, including Home Builder of the Year. For the first time, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) gave its top award to a mid/high-rise builder, Tridel, and a low-rise builder, Great Gulf Homes. The Home Builder of the Year Award is the “Best Actor” Oscar of the BILD Awards, the award all builders want to win. In a statement, BILD says the title of Home Builder of the Year recognizes builders “who set the standard for the rest of the industry through their professionalism and dedication to excellence.” The decision to give the honour to both a low-rise and a high-rise builder reflects the changing, diverse makeup of the local housing market, according to BILD president and CEO Bryan Tuckey. “The industry is now building as many mid- and high-rise homes as low-rise homes,” ... Read More »

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  • Algae-based packaging, multi-purpose garments win Lexus Design awards 2016

    Algae-based packaging, multi-purpose garments win Lexus Design awards 2016

    The world’s oceans are filling up with plastic garbage, so it is fitting that a possible replacement for plastic should come from those same oceans. A gelatinous material called agar, derived from algae and used mainly in food, could provide the solution to the world’s insatiable appetite for packaging. A trio of Japanese designers have won this year’s Lexus Design Award, announced at the Milan Design Week 2016, for their Agar Plasticity prototype. The team, known as AMAM, were mentored in the process by British designer Max Lamb, seen in the photo above. Their project uses agar, which is commonly used as a thickener in Asian foods. The team’s work was praised for demonstrating the most genuine desire to solve a serious problem. That problem is, of course, one of the biggest pollution crises of our time. In describing their idea, the design team drew attention to the “undesirable” situation ... Read More »
  • Electrical safety and design tips for renovating the kitchen

    Electrical safety and design tips for renovating the kitchen

  • Grey touted as perfect neutral for every room in the home

    Grey touted as perfect neutral for every room in the home

  • French fashion for your cat from Meyou Paris

    French fashion for your cat from Meyou Paris

  • Versatile, sophisticated white named Colour of the Year for 2016

    Versatile, sophisticated white named Colour of the Year for 2016

  • Charge cell phones on house plants: start-up creates electricity from photosynthesis

    Charge cell phones on house plants: start-up creates electricity from photosynthesis

    If photosynthesis is powerful enough to grow a tree 300 feet tall, can it also power a cell phone charger? Yes, it can, say some university student/entrepreneurs from Spain whose company, Arkyne Technologies, specializes in renewable energy. Using the brand name Bioo, the Spaniards are currently raising money via Indiegogo to finance development of their electricity-generating plant pots. According to the team, a single small house plant can generate enough power to charge your phone, using a regular USB charging port, three times a day. A whole garden full of their Bioo Lite devices could power the average person’s home, they claim. Energy, as the company says, has never been greener. And why not? Plants, say scientists at the University of Georgia, who have also been studying how to use photosynthesis for energy production, are the “undisputed champions” of solar power, able to use 100 per cent of the sunlight ... Read More »
  • Quebec considers mandatory EV charging stations in all new homes

    Quebec considers mandatory EV charging stations in all new homes

  • Recycle My Cell urges Canadians to recycle cell phones this Earth Day

    Recycle My Cell urges Canadians to recycle cell phones this Earth Day

  • Toronto-based smart thermostat maker seeks to conquer the world

    Toronto-based smart thermostat maker seeks to conquer the world

  • Save forests by buying certified wood and paper products

    Save forests by buying certified wood and paper products

  • UCLA team captures CO2 in cement production, puts it into concrete

    UCLA team captures CO2 in cement production, puts it into concrete

    Turning a harmful by-product of an industrial process into a harmless raw material of the end product itself is the result of some “blue sky” thinking at UCLA. Researchers there have found a way to take carbon dioxide, which is emitted in large quantities during the manufacture of Portland Cement, and use it to make concrete. The production of concrete accounts for about 5 per cent of CO2 emissions in the world, so being able to use that carbon in making concrete would be “a double whammy,” according to the UCLA team. They are calling their invention Co2ncrete. The team developed their proof of concept by combining pure CO2 with lime to create “a cement-like material,” then using 3D printing technology to create small samples of the Co2ncrete in the lab. They are more interested in applying the technology more widely, to greater pollution sources such as coal-fired power plants. ... Read More »
  • NYC’s $4 billion subway station: masterpiece or boondoggle?

    NYC’s $4 billion subway station: masterpiece or boondoggle?

  • Mushroom-based material can replace polystyrene; Ikea latest to consider using

    Mushroom-based material can replace polystyrene; Ikea latest to consider using

  • Bjarke Ingels’ Toronto condos: playful form for a change

    Bjarke Ingels’ Toronto condos: playful form for a change

  • Don’t be a victim; never send money to someone you don’t know

    Don’t be a victim; never send money to someone you don’t know

  • New Internet data show Canadians are not equally well served

    New Internet data show Canadians are not equally well served

    The authority that manages the .CA domain for Internet users says that access speeds across Canada vary widely, from quite good in some places to very poor in others. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is urging Canadians to find out more about how the Internet works, as well as about the speeds they are actually paying for. They can do that by taking its performance test (available here). Test results can be entered into CIRA’s database to help create a better picture of service levels around the country. CIRA says that its performance test is conducted in real network conditions, with congestion and complex traffic routes, and that this accounts for the differences between its statistics and those of other testers. The Internet Society, for example, a global advocacy organization, lists Canada as having an average download speed of 24.23 Mbps, five times faster than the basic 5 Mbps that ... Read More »
  • Few millennials are ready to buy, but the housing market does not wait: BMO

    Few millennials are ready to buy, but the housing market does not wait: BMO

  • Office condo market “taking off” in Toronto: Colliers International

    Office condo market “taking off” in Toronto: Colliers International

  • Canada joins modern world, adopts new standard for electronic payments

    Canada joins modern world, adopts new standard for electronic payments

  • Feeling unwell or down? Your home could be telling you something.

    Feeling unwell or down? Your home could be telling you something.

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