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Monthly Archives: August 2013

A quick guide to bed sheets

A quick guide to bed sheets

Having recently found a good buy (read: cheaped out) on some new bed sheets, we can verify, yet again, that you do indeed get what you pay for. Who would have thought that something as simple as a sheet to cover a mattress could also cover such a vast range of choices? Despite having spent… Continue Reading

Affordability need not be an issue for condo buyers

Affordability need not be an issue for condo buyers

We often talk about the affordability factor in choosing a condominium lifestyle in a market like Toronto. Recently, RealNet Canada showed that the price gap between the “average” low-rise home ($645,854) and the average condo ($430,930) in Toronto has hit a new record high: about $215,000. Never has it been more costly to buy a… Continue Reading

Needed: more engineers, construction managers, fewer English majors: study

Needed: more engineers, construction managers, fewer English majors: study

Add another report to the growing literature about Canada’s skilled labour problems. This one, from the CIBC, reaffirms what others have been saying for some time: too few students are graduating from university and college programs that are in high demand in the work place. But the study’s authors, economists Benjamin Tal and Emanuella Enenajor,… Continue Reading

An easy step towards LEED: use LED

An easy step towards LEED: use LED

The number of buildings that can boast LEED certification may be relatively small, but it is steadily growing. According to the US Green Building Council that created LEED, there is currently 10.1 billion square feet of building space participating in the system, with 1.5 million square feet certifying every day around the world. In Toronto,… 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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