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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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Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Size is relative. An object that is small to you may be quite large to another person, and vice versa. The same holds true for nearly everything. A relatively small space that leaves one person feeling claustrophobic can — with a little planning and some modular furniture (see videos below) —  be considered spacious and…

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

Ontario has recently introduced legislation geared toward homebuyers and seniors. If the legislation passes, it should make housing much more affordable — although the intended result isn’t always the same as the final outcome in a real market.     Aside from the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (previously reported>>) for non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian…

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

In an effort to improve livability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, while protecting the environment, Ontario has passed updated land use plans intended to encourage sustainable communities. The plans were released on May 18, 2017 after two years of review.     These include updates to the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden…

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