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Monthly Archives: June 2015

WELL building standard now promoted in Canada

WELL building standard now promoted in Canada

The shower water is infused with vitamin C to reduce chlorine, helping keep skin and hair soft and smooth. Cedar “elements” protect clothing by repelling different types of pests. Dawn simulation gently awakens guests with increasing levels of light and sound. Scents are available for mood enhancing and relaxation. An air purification system reduces allergens,… Continue Reading

Breakthrough “organs-on-chips” named best design of 2015 in London

Breakthrough “organs-on-chips” named best design of 2015 in London

The London Design Museum gave its top honour, Design of the Year 2015, to polymer micro-devices known as “organs-on-chips.” Created by two Harvard University scientists, the devices can be lined with human cells from various organs and mimic the structures and functions of those organs. They are intended to be used for testing drugs, cosmetics… Continue Reading

Nothing average about Canada’s real estate market

Nothing average about Canada’s real estate market

Benjamin Tal is not your average kind of economist. For one thing, the CIBC World Markets real estate specialist doesn’t like averages, at least not in the context of Canadian real estate. Real estate in Canada is far too multi-dimensional to be reduced to averages and generalities, he insists. With all of the different trends occurring… Continue Reading

Canada will need 100,000 new engineers between now and 2025

Canada will need 100,000 new engineers between now and 2025

Canada will need about 100,000 new engineers in the next ten years to replace those who are retiring and to fill new jobs as the economy expands. Some of these new recruits will have to come from engineering’s “underrepresented groups,” women and aboriginal Canadians. What’s more, a skills gap is looming as more engineers in… Continue Reading

Finland joins tall wood building movement with 8-storey apartment

Finland joins tall wood building movement with 8-storey apartment

Like Ontario, Finland recently changed its building code to allow the construction of taller buildings made of wood. Also like Ontario, Finland has an important forestry industry, so a plentiful supply of wood is available. The Finnish love of wood has been particularly evident in its use in home construction: 80 per cent of single-family… 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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