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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Why can’t they build a road that lasts?

Why can’t they build a road that lasts?

Sometimes we think the entire road paving industry must be an elaborate worldwide scam. How else can we explain the fact that after approximately one century of building modern asphalt and cement roads for vehicular traffic, throughout the known world, they still build them to last for just ten or fifteen years (and that’s being… Continue Reading

No new mortgage rules in budget, but CMHC will see more oversight

No new mortgage rules in budget, but CMHC will see more oversight

The federal budget did not impose new restrictions on mortgage loans, but promised that Canada’s main mortgage insurer, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, will be subject to enhanced oversight. The federal budget presented yesterday did not tighten mortgage lending rules, as many had feared it would, but the housing sector, specifically the Canada Mortgage and… Continue Reading

What to do with your kids on Easter

What to do with your kids on Easter

Egg-painting workshops at Todmorden Mills are one way to have fun this Easter.  Of all the feast days in the calendar, Easter is the most interesting, with its many layers of ancient pagan and early Christian symbolism. The name Easter itself is taken from an Anglo-Saxon goddess (Eostre), and today this important date in the… Continue Reading

BC "Woodscraper" 10 storeys tall will be North America’s tallest wooden building

BC "Woodscraper" 10 storeys tall will be North America’s tallest wooden building

A concept rendering of a “woodscraper.” BC government wants construction industry to start thinking of wood as a viable construction material for buildings up to 30 storeys tall. Wood might once again become a primary construction material, not just a framing and finishing one. There are plans to build a ten-story “woodscraper” in British Columbia.… Continue Reading

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Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

With 1.2 million rental households in Ontario, frequently rented from condo-owners, the stakes are high for Ontario residents in a “fairness” rental act. Ontario is following through on their announcements of rent control reform. A news release from Ontario’s Ministry of Housing makes it clear The Rental Fairness Act, 2017, is a coming reality. It’s safe…

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner worried about legalization of marijuana, if “every household can grow 4 plants… damage could be vast”

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner worried about legalization of marijuana, if “every household can grow 4 plants… damage could be vast”

Reader Question “I have one concern that is up coming and both Property Management Corp and the Board of Directors should address: it is the legalization of marijuana. With that, every household can grow 4 plants at home. However, if we allow growth of marijuana in a condo unit, the damage could be vast; affecting…

3D printed homes from recycled materials are both green and economical; ideal for low-cost housing?

3D printed homes from recycled materials are both green and economical; ideal for low-cost housing?

3D printing is not new to the construction industry, although a new development from Apis Cor may make it more practical for some applications such as low-cost housing in Municipalities. Unlike older 3D printers, which run on tracks inside “factories” to produce components, the Apis Cor is the first 3D printer that is mobile enough…

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