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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Women grads outnumber men in science programs, but gender gap persists in biotech industry

Women grads outnumber men in science programs, but gender gap persists in biotech industry

This is National Biotechnology Week in Canada. Toronto is a major centre of biotech, with more than 150 companies established here, including big names like GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Amgen. The city of Toronto says that more than 11,000 principal researchers and technicians work at the University of Toronto and nearly fifty other research institutes and… Continue Reading

When home prices rise faster than incomes, the result is overvaluation, and Toronto has it

When home prices rise faster than incomes, the result is overvaluation, and Toronto has it

Toronto’s housing market has turned solid red. Last August, when Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released its colour-coded assessment of the major real estate markets in Canada, Toronto showed a mix of green, yellow and red, for weak, moderate and strong risk factors. So did most other cities. In CMHC’s latest assessment, Toronto shows red… Continue Reading

SCALA ravine condos from Tridel now selling

SCALA ravine condos from Tridel now selling

Tridel has announced that its fabulous new SCALA condos, set on the edge of a lush ravine near the East Don River near Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street, are now selling. The strikingly designed SCALA, surrounded by soothing green space, will rise in a series of terraces that create a distinctive stairway profile visible from all around. The lucky… Continue Reading

World Bank says Canada a good place to start a business, but why so difficult to get electricity?

World Bank says Canada a good place to start a business, but why so difficult to get electricity?

Canada is a good place to start a business, but it has slipped in the past five years. Of 189 countries ranked by the World Bank for their ease of doing business, Canada placed fourteenth for 2016. Five years ago Canada placed seventh, in the elite “top ten” group. While the country ranks high overall… Continue Reading

Eglinton Crosstown wins award for innovative funding from Public Private Partnerships group

Eglinton Crosstown wins award for innovative funding from Public Private Partnerships group

They give awards for everything these days, so why not for P3s? P3s are Public Private Partnerships, and there is a non-profit group to promote them, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). It announced today that Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown was this year’s winner of the award for Project Financing. The Crosstown is the largest… Continue Reading

Drones contributing to U of T’s traffic monitoring platform

Drones contributing to U of T’s traffic monitoring platform

The next time you find yourself stuck, for no apparent reason, in a Toronto traffic jam, going nowhere, hating it, wishing you were anywhere but where you actually are, remember this: at the University of Toronto’s school of engineering, a professor and his lab have been working on a new platform that will, eventually (theoretically),… 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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