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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Canadians ending year in positive mood about economy, real estate

Canadians ending year in positive mood about economy, real estate

Canadian consumers are feeling pretty good about themselves, their jobs, the real estate market and the economy at large as we head into a new year. This is the conclusion of the latest year-end consumer confidence reports, one from the Investors Group—Harris Decima, the other from Bloomberg Nanos. Now any market metric based on sentiment… Continue Reading

Canadians have high expectations for their apps: study

Canadians have high expectations for their apps: study

Canadians like their technology. So much so that many of us would rather have permanent Internet connectivity than morning coffee, alcohol or even sex. Generation D particularly, as the “digital” or “device” generation is already known, is becoming increasingly dependent on and optimistic about technology, as corroborated by a new report commissioned by Rogers Communications.… Continue Reading

What makes a smart home smart?

What makes a smart home smart?

What makes a smart home smart? It’s all about connectivity and control. In the truly smart home, everything—appliances, security devices, thermostat, computers—is connected, and everything talks to everything else. You, the smart resident, can control it all with the click of a key on your smartphone or remote control device, from anywhere in the world.… Continue Reading

A few words about tipping at Christmas

A few words about tipping at Christmas

Maybe the best advice about tipping at any time is this, from a bar manager: just relax about it. In other words, don’t fret about what’s the exact right amount, and what the tippee will think of you if you don’t give “enough.” Rather, give the tip in a spirit of generosity and gratitude, give… 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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