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Record $2 billion spent on film, TV productions shot in Toronto in 2016

Toronto’s film and television industry is booming, according to the city. A statement released today says that domestic and foreign production investments in Toronto exceeded $2 billion for the first time in 2016. About $800 million of that came from Hollywood. It was the third consecutive record-setting year for the industry. Mayor Tory called it “epic growth,” and a long-term, sustainable success story, provided the city continues to invest in production facilities. The Hollywood Reporter says that Hollywood movies like Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, and XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, starring Vin Diesel, as well as TV series like CBS’s Star Trek Discovery, Syfy’s Dark Matter, and Killjoys, and ... Read More »

City’s newest art museum gets $5.1 million, now hiring

New York has its MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), and Toronto will soon have MOCA. The city’s newest art museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, is getting $5.1 million from a federal government fund for cultural spaces. The museum is so new that it hasn’t opened yet. The money will go to transforming 55,000 square feet, on five floors of heritage-designated industrial space, into a museum-grade new forum for contemporary art. A statement from the chair of MOCA’s board said it will be an inclusive home for contemporary art in Toronto, that will reflect the city’s reputation “as one of the best places in the world to think, create and ... Read More »

High cost of housing affecting business competitiveness, profitability: report

Ontario’s business community is in a “delicate” position, says the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in a new report. Most businesses (62 per cent) are confident that they will do well in the next twelve months, but only 24 per cent of them are confident in the province’s economic outlook, creating a wide “confidence gap.” Business seems to be prospering, but the fundamentals are weak, investment is being held back, consumer spending is slipping, the nature and composition of the labour market are changing, and the government needs to act. The OCC uses a business prosperity index (BPI) to measure the relative prosperity of businesses today as compared to historical levels. It ... Read More »

Ontario government seeking public input on new condo management program

A year ago, the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 (PCOA), received Royal Assent in Ontario. That act made substantial amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998. It also enacts the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015 (CMSA), which will make it obligatory for all condominium managers to have certain qualifications. The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is now asking for public input on the proposed regulation that will “support” implementation of the PCOA. Public feedback will be accepted until February 6, 2017. The ministry wants the regulation to come into effect on July 1, 2017. The regulation concerns two main areas: the licensing of condominium managers and the regulation of the ... Read More »

Stem cell research venture a big boost to Canada’s biotech industry

Even though it has been touted as one of the most potentially beneficial areas of scientific research, the study of stem cells continues to raise controversy. An experiment announced in India earlier this year, which would have used stem cells to attempt to regenerate brain cells in brain dead patients, was described in the press as “Frankenstein-esque” and was cancelled after the researchers failed to get permission from patients’ family members to perform the trials. In France this week, the parents of an unborn baby became the first to win the right to harvest stem cells from its umbilical cord when it is born, and to preserve the cells in ... Read More »

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