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Mayor appeals to Torontonians’ vision to drum up support for rail-deck park

Mayor John Tory took to the pages of the Globe and Mail on Saturday to argue his case for proceeding with a bold new plan for a major park in downtown Toronto. The concept was revealed earlier this month and involves building the large park over the rail lands between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way, an area of about twenty-one acres. Tory calls it a “complex, long-term project,” but also an important opportunity. It is the last significant open space left downtown, he said, and it ought to be preserved for public space. The city must first secure the air rights above the land before anything can be built. Tory says there is ... Read More »

DelSuites wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for third year in a row

Another of the Tridel Group of Companies, this time DelSuites, has received international recognition for excellence. For the third year running, DelSuites has received a prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The recognition is given to those businesses in the hospitality industry that have received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. To qualify for the award, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of four out of five and must have a minimum number of reviews. TripAdivsor, which claims to be the largest travel website in the world, has been giving the Certificate of Excellence for six years now. A week ago, Del Property Management received a Consumer ... Read More »

Tim Hudak, “strong advocate for home owners,” named new CEO at OREA

Tim Hudak, the former leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives who twice failed to return the party to power, losing a general election first to the Dalton McGuinty Liberals in 2011 and again to Kathleen Wynne in 2014, is leaving politics and taking over as CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). He had been an elected MPP for twenty-one years. A first reaction to the news was one of mild surprise. What did Tim Hudak have to do with real estate? But in a statement announcing his appointment to the position of CEO, OREA says that throughout his time at Queen’s Park, Hudak has been a strong advocate ... Read More »

Little support for foreign-buyers tax in Toronto’s housing market

It must be very tempting for Mayor John Tory, and Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, to want to follow the lead of the British Columbia government and impose a hefty tax on foreign buyers of Toronto real estate. BC Premier Christy Clark announced the surprise 15 per cent surtax for Vancouver two weeks ago, and many have speculated that those foreign buyers will now shift their attention to Toronto rather than pay the tax in Vancouver. The BC tax takes effect today. As things are now, foreign buyers who do come east will find Toronto less expensive than Vancouver, but perhaps not for long. Based on numbers published today by ... Read More »

Fast Internet coming to rural SW Ontario; SWIFT gets $180 million funding

The dream of rural southwestern Ontario residents to have access to affordable ultra-high-speed fibre optic broadband internet service is a little closer to reality today after a funding announcement by the provincial and federal governments. Ottawa and Queen’s Park each contributed $90 million to the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project, which aims to deliver high-speed internet to approximately 3.5 million rural Ontarians in 350 communities. SWIFT plans to build the high-speed broadband network so that everyone in western Ontario has access, “regardless of the size of their community, their age, education or where they work.” With $180 million in funding now in place, the project is expected to move ... Read More »

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