page contents
Sunday , 26 March 2017

Monthly Archives: August 2014

Except for gridlock, Toronto is most liveable city in the world

How ironic that the prestigious Economist magazine should reveal its list of the world’s 140 most and least liveable cities just as the American Public Works Association wraps up its annual convention in Toronto. It’s ironic because the one factor that kept Toronto out of the top spot on the list was infrastructure. As it is, Toronto came fourth this year, after Melbourne, Australia, Vienna, Austria and Vancouver. The difference in score between Melbourne and Toronto is just 0.3 points—they got 97.5, we got 97.2—so there’s really no difference that any ordinary mortal could detect. Toronto’s scores for stability, healthcare and education were all 100. For culture and environment the ... Read More »

Public works: it all comes down to sewage

Among the many reasons we might have for being grateful that we live today rather than two hundred years ago is sanitation. Imagine what it must have smelled like in the city of Toronto (or any other city) in the early 1800s when the streams and rivers that flow through it were used as open sewers to carry human waste to Lake Ontario. When the people of Toronto finally became fed up with the state of one of these waterways-turned-sewers, the one called Garrison Creek, the city’s response was not at all what we would expect today. Far from being outraged at the pollution of the creek and ordering it to ... Read More »

August real estate market hotter than the weather

Cooler than average August weather has not stopped home buyers in the GTA from getting out and buying. The strong sales growth that has been trending in the Toronto real estate market since the spring is showing no signs of abating. Mid-month sales numbers for August released by the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) show an increase of 7.6 per cent compared to the same period last year. During the first fourteen days of August, 3,504 sales were reported through the board’s MLS system. Since May, monthly sales have surpassed those of the three previous years. TREB President Paul Etherington said that sales were up for all major home types—detached, semi-detached, ... Read More »

Security lags BYOD adoption in Canada: Samsung survey

It must be tough to be a CIO these days. Before there was such a thing as a Chief Information Officer, in the pre-Internet dark ages of twenty-odd years ago, the average company didn’t have to worry much about its technology, and probably didn’t have a “policy” to cover it. As long as the copiers, printers, faxes and telephones worked, everything was good. Nowadays, how does anyone keep up with the ever-accelerating advance of new tech toys, concepts and systems, never mind keep ahead of them. Enterprise mobility, cloud computing and big data are the new reality for many companies, and the CIO has to be more than just aware ... Read More »

National home sales, prices up in July

Data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) confirm that sales activity in the housing market in Canada is within ten-year averages. National home sales increased for the sixth consecutive month in July, rising by 0.8 per cent compared to June. On a year-over-year basis, the July increase in sales was 7.2 per cent. Both year-over-year and monthly increases were widespread, with the majority of local markets reporting gains, from Vancouver to New Brunswick. “On the surface, national sales activity in July was similar to what we saw in May and June,” said CREA President Beth Crosbie. “That said, July sales picked up in markets that struggled to gain traction ... Read More »

Scroll To Top