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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Ontario’s home builders welcome Greenbelt and Growth Plan review

Ontario’s home builders welcome Greenbelt and Growth Plan review

The Ontario government today announced more details concerning the pending review of the province’s greenbelt laws. It is the tenth anniversary of the Greenbelt Act, 2005, which created the “largest permanently protected greenbelt in the world,” the announcement says. The act protects farmland, green space and clean water. Public consultations will be held around the… Continue Reading

The Bay announces $3.4 billion commercial real estate joint venture

The Bay announces $3.4 billion commercial real estate joint venture

What does a giant retailer with over three centuries of history behind it do when its real estate assets are worth more than the company itself? It separates its assets from its operations, of course. In the case of Canada’s iconic Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), whose extensive real estate holdings are reportedly worth $9.2 billion,… 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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