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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Bill Gates launches Breakthrough Energy Coalition, hopes for “an energy miracle”

Bill Gates launches Breakthrough Energy Coalition, hopes for “an energy miracle”

Climate change is, in the end, a business problem, albeit a massive one. All that is needed to solve the problem is some serious R&D funded by some serious investment, right now. The present energy model is broken, the solutions proposed are inadequate, and there is no time to waste. Bill Gates, of Microsoft and… Continue Reading

CMHC reports solid third quarter results, expects oil fallout in Prairies

CMHC reports solid third quarter results, expects oil fallout in Prairies

Considering the state of the oil industry these days, one might expect that a lot of home owners in Alberta could be in trouble with their mortgages. As it happens, that isn’t necessarily true, at least not yet (and hopefully never). Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released its third quarter financial results today, and as… Continue Reading

Land value capture a grand idea, complex in practice

Land value capture a grand idea, complex in practice

“Would you like to reduce traffic congestion, promote business, improve public services and boost revenues? How about making your city more livable, economically competitive, and environmentally and socially sustainable?” Yes! Who wouldn’t want that? These are the tantalizing, promise-laden opening words of a World Bank-sponsored book on the subject of how cities can finance transit-oriented… Continue Reading

All the way to the bank: Canada’s financial services industry strong, profitable

All the way to the bank: Canada’s financial services industry strong, profitable

Canada’s financial services sector is innovative, very profitable, and a strong source of growth for the Canadian economy, outpacing all other sectors in financial results, international trade and investment performance. Approximately 780,000 people work in financial services, including banking and credit unions, insurance, asset management, securities, exchanges, and back office operations. Toronto is the centre… Continue Reading

Industry leaders concerned about affordability of housing in GTA

Industry leaders concerned about affordability of housing in GTA

The number of low-rise homes for sale in the GTA today is nearly two-thirds lower than in 2005, according to real estate information services company RealNet Canada. Supply has fallen dramatically, but demand has not, and that can only mean one thing: higher prices. In fact, supply is so low, prices so high, that these dynamics… Continue Reading

Bumpy road ahead for commercial real estate, but fundamentals solid: report

Bumpy road ahead for commercial real estate, but fundamentals solid: report

The coming year will apparently be an interesting one, a year of change, for commercial real estate investors, landlords and tenants in Canada. Much of that change will be out of their control. New technologies that are already changing how we “shop, ship, work and play” are poised to bring even greater upheavals in 2016.… Continue Reading

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