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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Happy Canada Day! Here are a few ways to enjoy the holiday.

There’s plenty going on throughout the city, in clubs, parks and on the water, before the fireworks signal the end of another Canada Day. Canada Day. The first long weekend of summer.  As always, there’s no shortage of things to do on the most popular long weekend of the summer. Here are just a few of the more outdoorsy events—save the brunches and indoor activities for cooler weather. Canada Day events produced by the city of Toronto start on Sunday at 5 PM at Mel Lastman Square. The emphasis is on international song and dance, with fireworks as the finale. See the complete schedule here. The city’s Parks and Recreation ... Read More »

Toronto welcomes first LEED Platinum office tower

Tridel’s Metrogate community achieved LEED Silver certification in the Neighbourhood Development program. Other Tridel communities (Accolade, Verve) made LEED Gold. All new buildings are Built Green, to Tridel’s own sustainable building standard.  Toronto is to get its first LEED Platinum office building, and it will join a growing number of buildings, residential and commercial, that are achieving the distinction. The new RBC Waterpark Place on Harbour Street, owned by Oxford Properties, is now under construction and will be completed in 2014. Oxford Properties, which manages a real estate portfolio for the Ontario Municipal Employment Retirement System (OMERS), one of the biggest pension funds in the country, has very deep pockets. OMERS has $55 billion ... Read More »

How I greened up my condo, and saved money

Member post by Mike DeFelice Moving to a new city and buying a condominium has been an experience of a lifetime. The new surroundings are wonderful and my neighbors are all very friendly. Everything is great, but the air pollution in the city is something I am not used to. Coming from a more suburban area, I find the city air is a little more smoggy, which is to be expected. This had me thinking of ways that I can go a little more “green” in my new condominium. I really don’t have the space for something drastic like solar panels. However, I did come up with some very inexpensive ... Read More »

Real estate professionals think houses in Canada are overvalued: survey

Participants at a gathering of real estate professionals in Toronto have added their voice to those of prominent regulators, such as finance minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, who believe that consumer debt in Canada is a problem that needs to be dealt with, and that residential property is overvalued. At the Centract Property Summit 2012, arranged by Centract Settlement Services, an appraisal management company, leaders of the Canadian residential real estate community discussed current industry trends and issues. Among the audience members who participated in a survey, 65 per cent indicated that they believe debt levels are too high in Canada to maintain the current ... Read More »

Why are female architects so rare?

Would the cities of the world look different if women designed them? We can’t know for sure, because by far most of the world’s architects are men, and always have been. Think of a famous architect, from ancient Greece to our own day—Ictinos and Callicrates (the Parthenon in Athens), Bernini, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo (the Italian renaissance), Christopher Wren of St. Paul’s fame in London, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Daniel Liebeskind, Moshe Safde, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier. They’re all men, and these are just a few of the many who come to mind without even thinking about it. There are many, many more who are famous and ... Read More »

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