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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Architect warns, build more effectively, intelligently, with robots

Architect warns, build more effectively, intelligently, with robots

One of the world’s most avant-garde and outspoken architects believes that robotic construction and 3D printing are the future of architecture. Wolf Prix, founder of the Austrian architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au, is currently completing work on an art museum in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Part of the building, which has the typically complex shape… Continue Reading

Construction industry buoyed by promised infrastructure spending

Construction industry buoyed by promised infrastructure spending

Whenever there’s a change of government, it’s customary for various business and industry groups to offer congratulations, heartfelt or not, to the victors. They usually contain words like, “We, the such-and-such industry of Canada, look forward to working with ­so-and-so in a friendly and cooperative manner to build on Canada’s success together . . .”… Continue Reading

Consumer confidence, high home prices, prompt economy concerns

Consumer confidence, high home prices, prompt economy concerns

Even before the election results were in yesterday, Canadians were feeling quite optimistic about the economy and their own prospects, according to the latest Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Consumer Confidence Index. Consumer confidence rose to its highest level in more than a year, as more Canadians expressed confidence that the economy would strengthen in the next… Continue Reading

Slow broadband access bad for business; Canada lags other countries

Slow broadband access bad for business; Canada lags other countries

Governments everywhere like to boast that under their leadership their country has become a “global leader” in one thing or another. The now defunct Conservative government of Canada made the boast often, including with reference to Canada’s broadband internet access. In its last policy statement on broadband, in the 2014 budget, the government promised to… Continue Reading

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15 percent non-resident speculation tax becoming reality for Ontario; may help temper “frantic” real estate market “without unintended consequences”

15 percent non-resident speculation tax becoming reality for Ontario; may help temper “frantic” real estate market “without unintended consequences”

As expected, Kathleen Wynn moved to cool down the sizzling hot GTA real estate market with a bundle of measures, led by new 15 percent non resident speculation tax. Investors who are residents are exempt, although separate “policies” may also target locals. Expanded rent controls are also certain. “When I talk about the frenzy in…

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner wants action on noisy Airbnb “tenants”

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner wants action on noisy Airbnb “tenants”

Reader Question: “I believe my neighbour is renting out with Airbnb. I see people I don’t know coming and going, making lots of noise. I also don’t feel safe in this environment. What can I do about this? So far, complaining to management hasn’t helped.” Do you have a question for Richard? Please reach out…

Sousa again promises action in GTA real estate market and rent controls in “coming week”

Sousa again promises action in GTA real estate market and rent controls in “coming week”

In another of several announcements promising action on the Ontario housing market — this one promising “in the coming week” — Ontario’s Finance Minister Charles Sousa revealed more details of the pending plan to rein in speculative market pricing in the GTA area. A combination of low supply and excessive demand has thrust house pricing…

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