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Monthly Archives: September 2012

College’s Green Buildings Centre will boost innovation, sustainability

College’s Green Buildings Centre will boost innovation, sustainability

George Brown College’s new Green Buildings Centre will foster new products, materials and business development, as well as training students in sustainable building practices. Toronto’s sustainable construction industry will get a major boost from a new Green Buildings Centre being developed at George Brown College. The federal government announced a $6.6 million investment in the… Continue Reading

Design district event offers prizes, supports Habitat for Humanity

Design district event offers prizes, supports Habitat for Humanity

If you are looking for inspiration in the décor department. there’s an event this weekend in the King Street East Design District that might help. Spend a few hours browsing some of Toronto’s best furniture and décor stores, which will be putting on “fun, interactive and educational” activities concerning “the art of design.” The King… Continue Reading

Sharp to launch see-through solar panels for balcony railings, windows

Sharp to launch see-through solar panels for balcony railings, windows

New semi-transparent solar panels from Sharp turn balconies and windows into sources of power. They also serve as heat shields.  The technology of solar power is constantly evolving. Unfortunately, to generate industrial-capacity power, it is still necessary to lay out vast arrays of photovoltaic panels, all lined up and pointing at the sun. Some of… Continue Reading

New licensing standard meant to help foreign architects work in Canada

New licensing standard meant to help foreign architects work in Canada

The galleria at BCE Place by Santiago Calatrava. New standards program is designed to help foreign architects qualify for Canadian licence and find work sooner. Some of the most famous architects in the world have worked in Toronto, but they didn’t live here: Mies van der Rohe, who designed the Toronto Dominion Centre; Frank Gehry,… Continue Reading

New taxi app launches tomorrow in Toronto

New taxi app launches tomorrow in Toronto

New taxi-hailing app claims to eliminate inconvenience for customers.  Another day, another app. Torontonians who use taxis will be able to get one with less trouble and more convenience, as Hailo gets ready to launch in our city tomorrow. The city granted the London-based company a licence to operate today. The free app can be… Continue Reading

Everyone is talking about local food, again

Everyone is talking about local food, again

Given the choice, most consumers would love to buy food from a farmers’ market.   The Ontario government intends to introduce a bill to promote Ontario agriculture. The Local Food Act was announced a few days ago, and was a campaign promise in the last provincial election. Industry people have so far been supportive. Both… Continue Reading

Plastics industry fights back against Toronto’s ban on bags

Plastics industry fights back against Toronto’s ban on bags

Canada’s plastics industry wants Toronto city council to overturn the July ban on plastic bags. Toronto council almost accidentally banned plastic bags last July—they were voting on scrapping the five-cent fee charged by stores for the bags and then decided to scrap the bags altogether. Needless to say, Mayor Ford was not amused and predicted… Continue Reading

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Living happily ever after in a condo: Top 5 “Happiness Factors” to consider before buying a condo; it’s not what you think

Living happily ever after in a condo: Top 5 “Happiness Factors” to consider before buying a condo; it’s not what you think

The condominium market is increasingly the go-to choice for urban dwellers, with the price of detached houses now out of reach for many. Condo living have distinct advantages in this hot market. It also has its own unique issues, starting with how to find a reputable builder/developer management company — and the 4 other “Happiness…

Social housing crisis — With a wait list of 181,000, what help is in sight for the proposed shut down of 1000 TCHC units?

Social housing crisis — With a wait list of 181,000, what help is in sight for the proposed shut down of 1000 TCHC units?

The pending Rental Fairness Act attempts to protect the 1.2 million rental householders in Ontario. But there are 181,000 people on the social housing waiting lists in Toronto alone that apparently have no relief in sight — with Toronto’s plan to shut down another 1000 units. The Ontario government may not be directly responsible for…

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…

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