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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Hopes that new device-specific database will deter smartphone thefts

Hopes that new device-specific database will deter smartphone thefts

Everyone knows that the smartphone industry is big business, worth billions worldwide every year. But the black market in smartphones is also big, and getting bigger all the time. Every second, two smartphones are stolen in the US, according to the District Attorneys of New York and California. They are now among the most-stolen items… Continue Reading

Employment numbers, housing market lift consumer confidence in Canada

Employment numbers, housing market lift consumer confidence in Canada

Consumer confidence in Canada rose again in September, suggesting that Canadians are feeling a little better about their actual and future economic prospects. The Conference Board of Canada Consumer Confidence Index increased 6.2 points over August’s reading, to reach 91. A separate poll conducted by Investors Group during the last two weeks of August had… Continue Reading

Condos are for families, too

Condos are for families, too

Besides dealing with somewhat unusual (for a TV sitcom) subject matter, the new Michael J Fox Show on NBC presents a somewhat unusual family living arrangement, again, for a TV sitcom about a family. Fox and his TV family, consisting of a wife, a teenaged son and daughter, and a younger son of about eight… Continue Reading

Tips on how to keep condo fees in check

Tips on how to keep condo fees in check

Nobody likes rising costs for services, and especially when there’s no apparent benefit to be seen. Condo owners often complain about their condo maintenance fees. In fact, that is probably the most frequently heard complaint, and with it comes the question, why can’t they ever go down instead? The Condominium Act specifies a number of… Continue Reading

BILD raises $50,000 for Habitat for Humanity Toronto

BILD raises $50,000 for Habitat for Humanity Toronto

Members of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) took part in a fund-raising cycling event last  Sunday, September 22, to raise money for its long-time community partner, Habitat for Humanity Toronto. More than 175 builders, developers, renovators and industry professionals turned out, according to BILD, and raised $50,000 for low income families. Stephen’s… Continue Reading

Condominium Act review process presents solutions

Condominium Act review process presents solutions

[highlight]Solutions Report emphasizes condo owner responsibility, community involvement, transparency[/highlight] The task of updating Ontario’s Condominium Act so that it better serves the 1.3 million Ontarians who now live in condominiums is moving forward. Half of all homes built in Ontario today are condominiums, so the need for better information and governance is critical. The second… Continue Reading

Off-grid lighting being tested at Bayside

Off-grid lighting being tested at Bayside

In July, Clear Blue Technologies, a local company that specializes in off-grid technologies, and Tower Labs @MaRS, the non-profit “green building technology accelerator” set up a demonstration of solar-powered street lights at the new Bayside community on the Toronto waterfront. It’s the community where Tridel and international real estate developer Hines are collaborating to build… Continue Reading

Transit is good for people, and for property values

Transit is good for people, and for property values

The mayor of Toronto is taking all the credit for getting a subway for Scarborough, though there are several other high-stakes political players with sticks on that particular ice. The provincial Liberals and the federal Conservatives are both keen to get Toronto’s votes, and bribery is a tried and true method. However, regardless of how… 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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