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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Cities are good for mental health and happiness, but only if designed properly

Cities are good for mental health and happiness, but only if designed properly

One of the popular stereotypes of modern life is of the lonely, misunderstood, marginalized and possibly crazy person, living a life of despair and poverty in the big city. Such people do exist. But the city as metaphor for alienation and inhuman living conditions represents only one facet of the very complex set of conditions… Continue Reading

Province announces first of grocery stores to sell wine, beginning Oct 28

Province announces first of grocery stores to sell wine, beginning Oct 28

The province of Ontario has released the names of the first grocery stores that will be allowed to sell wine. The stores were selected through a competitive bidding process held by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. The statement from the Ministry of Finance says that the selected stores reflect a mix of independent and… Continue Reading

Canadian homeowners want more storage space, while Hong Kong residents just want space!

Canadian homeowners want more storage space, while Hong Kong residents just want space!

The words “home improvement” are pretty familiar, and one might think that they would mean more or less the same thing to everyone, regardless of what country they lived in, or what kind of home they had. Look a little deeper, though, and it turns out that people have very different ideas about how to… Continue Reading

Ontario named best province for investing by development publication

Ontario named best province for investing by development publication

Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth, Brad Duguid, must be feeling pretty good today. Site Selection, a high-profile American publication that targets the real estate and  development industry, did a feature on Canadian competitiveness in its latest issue. It named Ontario the best place in Canada to invest. Ontario, it says,  is the top-performing… Continue Reading

New home composter is beautifully designed, odourless, easy to maintain

New home composter is beautifully designed, odourless, easy to maintain

Here’s another attempt to convince urban-dwelling people of the world that they should compost their kitchen waste. This one, called the Biovessel, is from a company based in Taiwan, and it has one big advantage over most of the other composting kits that are available: this one looks good. While most composters designed for city… Continue Reading

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Home starts in Toronto at 253,720, highest level since September 2007

Home starts in Toronto at 253,720, highest level since September 2007

Against projections of 215,000 housing starts in Canada, the actual rate for March 2017 landed at 253,720 (seasonally adjusted.) This is considerably up from projected numbers, and significantly up from 214,253 in February, as reported by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation CCMHC).[1] Previous years seasonally adjusted annual rates were 197,915 for 2016 and 195,535 for 2015….

Bank is betting that Canadians are ready for a fully digital mortgage experience

Bank is betting that Canadians are ready for a fully digital mortgage experience

The president and CEO of Alterna Bank said recently, on the launch of the bank’s end-to-end digital mortgage, that the process of applying for a traditional mortgage puts buyers “through the wringer.” In the time it takes to get a mortgage in the old, non-digital way, a buyer could lose out on three or four…

Calls for policy change as Toronto real estate market soars in March

Calls for policy change as Toronto real estate market soars in March

Looking at March resale numbers for detached homes in the GTA one might be left with the impression that the market is in pretty good shape. A total of 5,887 single detached homes were resold, representing an increase of almost 20 per cent year over year. Other than in the condo resale market, where the…

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