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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Okite countertops: durable and versatile, with Italian flair

Okite countertops: durable and versatile, with Italian flair

Okite countertops and other products under that name have been around for ten years now, launched by the Italian manufacturer Seieffe Industrie in 2003, but don’t worry if you haven’t heard of them, especially if you are the do-it-yourself type. With a bit of marketing-driven snobbery, the company says “Sorry, no big box retail stores.”… Continue Reading

Real estate commissions under attack again

Real estate commissions under attack again

Once again, Canada’s real estate agents are under attack, this time from the somewhat unlikely command centre of Moncton, New Brunswick. That’s where the national headquarters of PropertyGuys.com is located, a non-agented real estate company which calls itself “Canada’s largest private sale franchise network and a modern alternative to traditional real estate agents.” The company… Continue Reading

Green Line Competition could give Toronto new 5-km park belt

Green Line Competition could give Toronto new 5-km park belt

A five-kilometre hydro corridor running from Davenport Village to the Annex could be transformed into parkland and public space for art, now that the winners of the Green Line Competition have been announced. Workshop Architecture, a Toronto firm, established a two-part international competition for ideas about how to get the best public use out of… Continue Reading

MaRS-backed company solves problem of energy storage

MaRS-backed company solves problem of energy storage

Thousands of Torontonians pass by the MaRS complex at the corner of College and University every day, but does the average passerby know what goes on in the intriguingly named MaRS Discovery District? Does the condo-dwelling, streetcar-riding worker sleepily rolling past the imposing old College Street facade, formerly the Toronto General Hospital, realize that inside… Continue Reading

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Easter can be dangerous for pets and children: lilies, ham and chocolate can be toxic

Easter can be dangerous for pets and children: lilies, ham and chocolate can be toxic

Easter can be dangerous for young children and pets if condo owners display seasonal Easter lilies and other flowers. Also topping the list of easter cautions for pets in particular: ham is dangerous for cats and dogs and can cause pancreatitis tasty packaging: good foods with tasty smells can be ingested by pets, leading to choking…

Ontario to target real estate "scalpers" with "responsible reforms" to help cool rises in home prices

Ontario to target real estate "scalpers" with "responsible reforms" to help cool rises in home prices

As expected, Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced that pending Ontario government intervention will target speculators — an attempt to help ordinary buyers and sellers. He emphasized that the Ontario government would not be targeting real estate agents who facilitate bids. In his remarks to journalists at Queen’s Park, he compared speculators to “scalpers” who grab…

Ask the Lawyer: Richard Hoffman replies to a reader concerned over a fire caused by a resident with dementia

Ask the Lawyer: Richard Hoffman replies to a reader concerned over a fire caused by a resident with dementia

By popular demand, Condo.ca, Canada’s Condominium Magazine, is pleased to bring back “Ask the Lawyer.” We invite readers to submit their condo related questions to Richard Hoffman, a lawyer with DelZotto, Zorzi LLP, practicing in the area of condominium law. Do you have a question for Richard? Please reach out to us through our contact…

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