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Billy Bishop has one of world’s most scenic airport approaches

For the second year in a row, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has been voted by travellers as having one of the top ten Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world. The airport is the only Canadian airport to be recognized in PrivateFly's global poll. Located on the Toronto Islands, Billy Bishop Airport offers the 2.5 million passengers who travel through the airport each year a scenic view of Torontoís skyline and vibrant harbour as they arrive (CNW Group/PortsToronto)

We live in a world obsessed with ratings. Restaurants, universities, hotels, television programs, roller coasters, beaches: if people use it, they will be asked to rate it. Airports, naturally, are included. People use them a lot, and we tend to form quite strong opinions of the experience, especially if our flight was cancelled because of a snowstorm and we had to spend a night on a plastic chair in a lounge full of crying babies and their crying parents. Airports are therefore rated for a great many different services: their VIP facilities, their security, their cleanliness, dining facilities, leisure amenities, shopping, even baggage delivery. They are also rated according to ... Read More »

Shopping malls, retail sector “doing fine” despite challenges: report

We’ve all heard that retailers in Canada who don’t cater to the needs of their younger, mobile device-wielding customers could find themselves in trouble, saleswise. Younger shoppers, who are said to prefer to shop online than to go to an actual store, value convenience above everything when shopping, though they also respond well to loyalty programs that make them feel valued as customers. Online sales growth is expected to outpace traditional in-store retail in coming years. But does this mean the country’s malls are suffering today? Not according to Toronto commercial real estate firm Avison Young. The retail sector is doing quite well, a new report from AY says, despite ... Read More »

Tax increment financing touted as funding solution for Toronto’s SmartTrack

A controversial method of raising revenues for infrastructure is once again being recommended as a way for Toronto to finance projects like Smart Track, the transit plan proposed by John Tory in the 2014 mayoralty race. A report from the C. D. Howe Institute says that Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is a better way of funding infrastructure because it better matches those who benefit from the infrastructure with those who use it. TIF presumes that building infrastructure in a particular district will increase property values there and spur more development. This “uplift” in local property values will result in higher taxes for the municipality, which can then be used ... Read More »

Tridel a finalist for homeowners’ choice award for customer service excellence

There’s no question that good salesmanship is a special talent, a subtle mix of art and craft. Just look at all the self-help books that have been written to teach people how to succeed at it. Look at all the famous quotes, some of them so well known they’re considered self-evident. “The customer is always right.” “Treat objections as requests for further information.” “If you aren’t taking care of your customers, your competitor will.” “Timid salesmen have skinny kids.” As important as good salesmanship is for getting new business, what happens after the sale is just as important. As Henry Ford said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re ... Read More »

New law would let cities use inclusionary zoning to build affordable housing

A long-held hope among advocates for affordable housing in Ontario looks a little closer to being realized. The Ontario government announced that it will introduce inclusionary housing legislation in the legislature before the current session ends in June. The legislation would give municipalities the power to increase the amount of affordable housing built, through inclusionary zoning. Municipalities could use new zoning regulations to make it mandatory for developers to include a certain percentage of affordable units in a residential development in order to be approved. The government said it would consult municipalities, developers and other interested parties in the coming months. Inclusionary zoning has been discussed as a possible solution for ... Read More »

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