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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Cottages remain part of the Canadian dream for many

Canadians really love their cottages. A Leger-RE/MAX survey about recreational property found that two-thirds of Canadians would rather spend a long weekend in the summer at the cottage than in the city. That love of cottaging extends to people of all ages, in all regions of the country, from Whistler BC to PEI. Having a cottage of one’s own is a dream for many, and it’s a little surprising to see what some would be prepared to give up in order to afford one. Giving up “destination vacations” is one sacrifice many would make. Many would even consider downsizing their principal residence in order to purchase a cottage or ski ... Read More »

Self-disinfecting door handle stops hand-transmitted infections

How many times have you had to use, say, a gas station washroom, and found it in such an unappealing state that you’d have preferred to hold it and find somewhere else to go? You don’t need to be a germophobe to recoil from touching things that are obviously swarming with bacteria and viruses that could make you sick. But it’s not just in neglected gas station facilities that the streptococci lurk. Anything we touch becomes the repository of some of our very own personal germ colonies. The next person to come along and touch the same thing—the telephone, the computer mouse, the elevator button—picks up some of them, while ... Read More »

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 senior positions retire. They cannot easily be replaced by younger, less experienced newcomers. Civil, mechanical, electrical/electronic, and computer engineers will be most in demand. The majority of engineering work is in Ontario, but shifting economic activity from region to region will play a large part in the demand. Altogether, says the CEO of Engineers Canada, ... Read More »

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 homes are built with wood. Until now, however, very little wood was used in apartment building construction, where the share of wood used was less than 1 per cent. Builders and architects in Finland expect that to change, not only because wood is a sustainable building material and “sooner or later the whole world will ... Read More »

Tridel’s SQ2 defines the Toronto urban lifestyle

When Tridel revealed to the city in 2013 the design of its new condominium building for the Alexandra Park development at Queen and Spadina, people took notice. The building, called SQ Condominiums, is the work of Teeple Architects, and is distinctive for its cubist-block sculptural form. It has been compared to the early work of Moshe Safde, and is unlike anything else in downtown Toronto. In Teeple’s own words, it was designed to kick off the revitalization of Alexandra Park “in an exciting and engaging way.” It succeeded. That building is now under construction on Cameron Street, just steps from bustling Queen Street West and Spadina. Now, the A team ... Read More »

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