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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Wanted: science advisor to federal government. Must be brilliant, willing to relocate

A government job opening announcement went up today, one that is expected to attract interest from some of Canada’s best scientific brains. The government is looking for a Chief Science Advisor. We haven’t had one in Canada since the previous government did away with the office in 2008, but in a campaign promise last year, Justin Trudeau promised to reinstate it. Now the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, has decided what the position should entail, and has posted the description. Duncan said that the person who takes on the position must have a “deep respect” for scientists and the role of science in society, and must be a “worthy individual” ... Read More »

Auditor General’s report slams ministry of transportation, road paving industry

If anyone ought to be able to build roads that last in a cold climate, it’s Canadians. It’s puzzling, therefore, to find that road builders in Ontario are, if the Auditor General is right, so prone to getting things wrong. Unfortunately, they seem to have a powerful ally: the Ministry of Transportation. Bonnie Lysyk’s report for 2016 was tabled in the legislature at Queen’s Park on November 30 and has had the usual effect of making the government look bad. It contains an entire section on the Ministry of Transportation and its road infrastructure and maintenance work. The ministry does not come off looking good at all, nor do its ... Read More »

Home sales, prices continued to rise in November as supply problem worsens

In the first full month of market activity since the federal government tightened mortgage eligibility rules in October in an attempt to quell demand, Toronto homebuyers continued to buy in increasing numbers and home prices continued to rise. The Toronto Real Estate Board reports that the number of homes sold through its MLS system in November was up 16.5 per cent compared to a year ago. Sales of all home types were up. Prices were also up sharply. The average selling price for all home types came in at $776,684, an increase of 22.7 per cent over last year.   Condominium sales in both the City of Toronto and the ... Read More »

Foreign ownership low in Canada’s condo markets: CMHC

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says that the question of foreign ownership in Canada’s housing markets is an important one, but the number of foreign owners is quite low. Most of them are concentrated in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, but the highest percentage in 2016 was just 2.3 per cent, in Toronto. This was lower than in the previous year. This is the third year that CMHC has gathered information about foreign ownership through its Condominium Apartment Survey. The information comes from property managers and is also used to determine the condominium vacancy rate in the rental market. It does not include information about foreign buyers of freehold homes. The ... Read More »

Big growth for Pearson International thwarted by traffic, passenger congestion

To the average Torontonian, Pearson International Airport is simply “the airport.” It’s where you go when it’s March break and you’re taking the kids to Mexico, or at Christmas when you’re flying somewhere to be with the family. Not many travellers enjoy being at the airport. There are long line-ups at check-in counters, security stations, and immigration, delayed departures and arrivals, expensive food and crowded waiting areas. A trip to the airport often entails a certain amount of anxiety, and expense. The best part of the airport departure experience is the moment when your flight finally takes off. On arriving home again, it’s when you get into a cab or ... Read More »

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