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Monthly Archives: July 2014

News: New Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place Within Months

News: New Urban Park and Waterfront Trail at Ontario Place Within Months

After a two-year assessment, the government is moving ahead with an Ontario Place waterfront plan, first unveiled in June, and blandly named the “Urban Park & Waterfront Trail Project.” At a news conference this morning, Michael Coteau, Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, announced construction will begin this autumn. No specific date was set, although completion… Continue Reading

Do condo dwellers have a better shot at keeping fit?

Do condo dwellers have a better shot at keeping fit?

The majority of Canadians consider themselves fairly healthy. They think this because they eat homemade meals, including fruit and vegetables, at least once a day, according to new research by the marketing intelligence firm Mintel. The perception of being healthy varies with different age groups, demographics, sex and income, but most think their lifestyle is… Continue Reading

Building industry a major driver of GTA economy

Building industry a major driver of GTA economy

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) has released a series of fact sheets outlining the economics of the building and renovating industries in the GTA. BILD’s reason for releasing the material is educational, said president and CEO Bryan Tuckey. “From building homes and businesses that people can afford, to creating thousands of jobs… Continue Reading

Zillow swallows Trulia to create giant online real estate service

Zillow swallows Trulia to create giant online real estate service

Online real estate giant Zillow announced today that it has acquired its only serious rival, Trulia, for $3.5 billion in an all-stock transaction. The two US companies will continue to operate under their respective brand names, and together will convincingly dominate the online real estate market in the United States. Zillow, with information on 110… Continue Reading

New records, milestones in Toronto condo market

New records, milestones in Toronto condo market

Looking for explanations for Toronto’s record-breaking condo market, the vice-president of Urbanation Inc., which has been studying that market for more than thirty years, puts it down to higher consumer confidence, along with some good deals and attractive new openings. The research company released its second-quarter analysis of the condo market today, noting that 5,992… Continue Reading

When police and privacy rights clash

When police and privacy rights clash

These days when we hear the word “privacy” we tend to think in terms of sophisticated cybercrime and all the latest high-tech forms of snooping used by police and governments to spy on citizens and suspected criminals. We shouldn’t forget the old-fashioned ways our privacy can be violated, however. A nosy neighbour—or building superintendent—can make… Continue Reading

Canada’s building industry a bright spot on dim energy scorecard

Canada’s building industry a bright spot on dim energy scorecard

When asked what makes a building green, most people, builders included, think of energy efficiency. In fact, energy efficiency is the most important factor cited by builders, especially builders of high-rise residential construction. A recent survey of builders in the US by McGraw Hill Construction found that 84 per cent of multi-family builders consider energy… Continue Reading

Other Popular Stories

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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