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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Supreme Court's dismissal of insurance company's appeal hailed as a big win for homeowners

Supreme Court's dismissal of insurance company's appeal hailed as a big win for homeowners

When a person buys insurance, he usually hopes he won’t need it. Humourist Stephen Leacock captured the ambivalence in the insured-insurer relationship when he said that he detested life insurance salesmen because they always argued that he would die one day, “which is not so.” In today’s world, insurance is an accepted part of life, and… Continue Reading

Supreme Court’s dismissal of insurance company’s appeal hailed as a big win for homeowners

Supreme Court’s dismissal of insurance company’s appeal hailed as a big win for homeowners

When a person buys insurance, he usually hopes he won’t need it. Humourist Stephen Leacock captured the ambivalence in the insured-insurer relationship when he said that he detested life insurance salesmen because they always argued that he would die one day, “which is not so.” In today’s world, insurance is an accepted part of life, and… Continue Reading

Designers, builders show their best stuff at Buildings Show this week in Toronto

Designers, builders show their best stuff at Buildings Show this week in Toronto

If it’s late November in Toronto, it must be time for The Buildings Show, billed as North America’s largest networking and educational event for the design, construction and real estate industries. The show comprises six different shows, including Construct Canada, PM Expo, the Homebuilder and Renovator Expo, World of Concrete, the Real Estate Forum Toronto,… Continue Reading

UN hopeful the world can end violence against women

UN hopeful the world can end violence against women

To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the UN is calling for a global “conscience revolution” in order to finally solve the world’s most pervasive and persistent social problem. We know what causes this most egregious violation of human rights, a statement from the UN says: harmful traditions, customs and… Continue Reading

Mortgage rates too high? Only if you're a Millennial

Mortgage rates too high? Only if you're a Millennial

Another survey by a Canadian bank finds that some Canadian homeowners are not very secure, financially speaking. About one-quarter said that they had just $1,000 set aside for an emergency, while another quarter didn’t even know how much they had. The lowest amount of emergency funds was reported by Millennial homeowners (20–34 years old). Almost… Continue Reading

Mortgage rates too high? Only if you’re a Millennial

Mortgage rates too high? Only if you’re a Millennial

Another survey by a Canadian bank finds that some Canadian homeowners are not very secure, financially speaking. About one-quarter said that they had just $1,000 set aside for an emergency, while another quarter didn’t even know how much they had. The lowest amount of emergency funds was reported by Millennial homeowners (20–34 years old). Almost… 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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