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Monthly Archives: June 2014

A piece of Toronto on the auction block in London

A piece of Toronto on the auction block in London

Every Torontonian who’s driven north on the DVP past Lawrence Avenue knows the rainbow tunnel. It’s been a smile-raising fixture on that roadway, often repainted, since the early 1970s. A Scottish-born, Canadian-raised painter named Peter Doig painted the rainbow tunnel several times in the following years after he had returned to Britain. The version known… Continue Reading

Regulator calls for vigilance by Canada’s banks and mortgage insurers

Regulator calls for vigilance by Canada’s banks and mortgage insurers

The Deputy in the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, the regulating body that oversees Canada’s banks, issued a call for vigilance and caution to the country’s banks and mortgage insurers, saying that while they are solid and sound, no one should be complacent. The lending environment today is riskier than ever, and the… Continue Reading

Disruptive innovation is companies’ goal, but it’s hard: GE report

Disruptive innovation is companies’ goal, but it’s hard: GE report

Today, a lot of companies have dedicated innovation executives whose jobs are to encourage innovative activities and make them profitable. We wonder if they dream of the great Macintosh launch ad of 1984, aired just once nationally at that year’s Super Bowl XVIII (and directed by Ridley Scott, no less). This was arguably disruptive technology’s… Continue Reading

Optimistic Canadian companies spending on cloud computing, technology

Optimistic Canadian companies spending on cloud computing, technology

The global economy is on the mend, but the CFOs of the world’s companies are playing it safe and watching how they spend their money. There’s an “odd mixture of hope and skepticism” at play, with CFOs looking at both aggressive investment and tightly controlled spending. According to American Express’s Global Business and Spending Monitor,… 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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