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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Sales, prices soar while new listings are scarce in April housing market

How cruel is April? If you were looking for a home in the Toronto area, pretty cruel. Compared to one year ago, the average price of a home in the GTA was more than a hundred grand higher than a year ago ($739,082, compared to $636,094). But did that harsh reality stop people from buying? Hardly, at least if they were lucky enough to find something to buy. The only reason sales did not reach even higher than the record level they did reach, 12,085 sales, up 7.4 per cent over one year ago, was shortage of supply. As a result, many people are going farther afield in their search, ... Read More »

Grand Opening of Bloorvista at Islington Terrace from Tridel

Tridel is announcing the Grand Opening of the latest addition to its brand new condominium community at Bloor and Islington. Bloorvista is located in the heart of Etobicoke and joins two other condo towers and a selection of townhomes to make up the exciting new community of Islington Terrace. The location on the Bloor subway line means that living at Bloorvista is almost like living downtown—it’s just twenty minutes to Bay Street—but without the downtown prices. At Bloor and Islington, connections are everything. Mississauga, the airport, the east end, the Kingsway are all within easy reach. You don’t need a car to live here, but if you have one, the ... Read More »

Forestry industry pledges to lead in climate change fight with “30 by 30” challenge

Canada’s forestry industry must be thanking its lucky stars for climate change. Who would have imagined just a few years ago that in the twenty-first century we would be turning to wood to help solve problems like climate change and affordable housing? For years, forestry as an industry has been in decline in Canada, partly because of shrinking markets for newsprint. The industry’s image has also been tarnished by irresponsible and illegal logging practices around the world, which have caused deforestation and rainforest destruction among other environmental problems. But now the industry has taken steps to place itself at the forefront of the fight against climate change. The Forest Products ... Read More »

Why are so many Canadian professionals unhappy at work? Lack of fit, says study

Nearly everybody, as is commonly understood, wants to fit in. It’s part of being human. We are basically a herding animal. The desire to fit in is especially important at work, where we spend so much of our time each day. In fact, according to Hays Canada, the recruitment firm, a large majority of Canadian employees think that their “fit” with the company they work for is essential to their contentment and success, which sounds very promising. It must mean that the majority of Canadian employees are content and successful. Yes? But, no. Actually, almost the opposite is true. A Hays survey found that 47 per cent of professionals in Canada ... Read More »

Green is good for women’s health, Harvard study concludes

A couple of things happened last week that highlight the maturing of the green building movement in Canada. Toronto condominium developer Tridel was named Green Builder of the Year at the annual Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) Awards. It was the seventh time Tridel was given the honour. Also last week, the Canada Green Building Council celebrated a new milestone, announcing that more than 1,000 buildings in Canada had achieved LEED Gold certification. LEED projects in Canada have now cumulatively reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1 million tonnes, the equivalent of taking nearly 240,000 cars off the roads each year. Sustainable or “green” building is now expected, ... Read More »

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