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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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Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Size is relative. An object that is small to you may be quite large to another person, and vice versa. The same holds true for nearly everything. A relatively small space that leaves one person feeling claustrophobic can — with a little planning and some modular furniture (see videos below) —  be considered spacious and…

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

Ontario has recently introduced legislation geared toward homebuyers and seniors. If the legislation passes, it should make housing much more affordable — although the intended result isn’t always the same as the final outcome in a real market.     Aside from the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (previously reported>>) for non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian…

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

In an effort to improve livability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, while protecting the environment, Ontario has passed updated land use plans intended to encourage sustainable communities. The plans were released on May 18, 2017 after two years of review.     These include updates to the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden…

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