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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Electricity and renewable energy sector needs women workers

Electricity and renewable energy sector needs women workers

The job benefits are impressive: stable work environment, cutting edge technology, high employment rate, opportunities for learning and growth, high job satisfaction, high salaries, and high demand. Why, then, aren’t the applicants flocking to take advantage? It’s complicated. The short answer is, women still don’t choose to go into the skilled trades, and the jobs… Continue Reading

New home sales up sharply in GTA

New home sales up sharply in GTA

Booming home sales in Toronto and the GTA are widespread, not confined to resales and not limited to one type of home or another. Sales of new homes, both “ground-related” and high-rise, are continuing to show strength as the summer of 2014 progresses. The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and RealNet Canada, BILD’s… Continue Reading

Cement industry not impressed by wood proponents’ claims

Cement industry not impressed by wood proponents’ claims

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) has taken another shot at the wood industry in Ontario, claiming that the Ontario government’s proposed building code amendments to allow the construction of mid-rise buildings made of wood will result in unsafe buildings. Taller wood buildings are not the answer to affordable housing, the CAC states in a… Continue Reading

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15 percent non-resident speculation tax becoming reality for Ontario; may help temper “frantic” real estate market “without unintended consequences”

15 percent non-resident speculation tax becoming reality for Ontario; may help temper “frantic” real estate market “without unintended consequences”

As expected, Kathleen Wynn moved to cool down the sizzling hot GTA real estate market with a bundle of measures, led by new 15 percent non resident speculation tax. Investors who are residents are exempt, although separate “policies” may also target locals. Expanded rent controls are also certain. “When I talk about the frenzy in…

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner wants action on noisy Airbnb “tenants”

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner wants action on noisy Airbnb “tenants”

Reader Question: “I believe my neighbour is renting out with Airbnb. I see people I don’t know coming and going, making lots of noise. I also don’t feel safe in this environment. What can I do about this? So far, complaining to management hasn’t helped.” Do you have a question for Richard? Please reach out…

Sousa again promises action in GTA real estate market and rent controls in “coming week”

Sousa again promises action in GTA real estate market and rent controls in “coming week”

In another of several announcements promising action on the Ontario housing market — this one promising “in the coming week” — Ontario’s Finance Minister Charles Sousa revealed more details of the pending plan to rein in speculative market pricing in the GTA area. A combination of low supply and excessive demand has thrust house pricing…

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