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Innovation guru tells construction industry it has to change

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The Canadian Construction Association is just wrapping up its 97th annual conference, held in San Antonio, Texas. Canada’s own innovation guru, Jeremy Gutsche, best-selling author, motivational speaker, and founder and CEO of Trendhunter.com, delivered the kick-off talk which was titled: Adapt & Disrupt: Capture New Business Opportunities and Stay Ahead of the Pack. Gutsche frames his main idea—business needs to constantly find new and better ways of doing things if it wants to survive in the rapidly evolving world of today—in a metaphor. There are farmers, and there are hunters. The human brain has evolved over the past 10,000 years or so in the farmer mode, which is inherently conservative. ... Read More »

National condo markets balanced in 2015, except in Alberta: report

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The condominium markets in Canada’s main cities for the remainder of 2015 will perform according to the overall economic conditions in those cities. Calgary and Edmonton will experience weak economic growth because of the collapse of global oil prices, and can expect their condo markets to drop off sharply in terms of sales. Toronto and Vancouver, however, will see strong GDP growth and corresponding strength in condo sales. Overall, the outlook for Canada is “balanced,” according to a new report on the market from Genworth Canada and the Conference Board of Canada. There is significant variation in the health of condo markets from region to region, said Conference Board economist ... Read More »

Sprawl costing U.S. $1 trillion annually: report

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Urban sprawl is very expensive. In the United States, the cost is more than $1 trillion annually in mainly hidden costs. Not only is sprawl expensive for city and national economies, but it is bad for public health and safety. Living in sprawling suburbs costs individual households more in transportation and also puts them at greater risk of being killed in a car accident. These are some of the findings in a new report from a global commission on the economy and climate. The “Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Sprawl” was written for the New Climate Economy, a project of the Global Commission on the Economy ... Read More »

Toronto chef and craft brewer plan luxury villa hotel in Tuscany

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Tuscany, richest of all the world’s treasuries of art, culture, cuisine and fine living, is where millions of tourists flock to gaze on Michelangelo’s David, and Botticelli’s Primavera; to ponder the beauty of Florence’s famous Duomo, Sienna’s Piazza del Campo and Pisa’s leaning tower. It is the sunny, happy land of rolling hillsides draped in vineyards and olive trees, cypress and lemon, dotted with medieval towers and churches and red-tiled roofs under an azure sky. So many of the world’s most illustrious thinkers, artists, writers and composers were born here: the Medicis, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Puccini, to name a few. One of the world’s best loved ... Read More »

Young singles prefer the city but the ‘burbs call to parents: survey

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Canadians are split three ways when it comes to where they prefer to live. In virtually equal percentages, we divide between the city, the suburbs, and the small town, with a strong generational component to our choices. Younger people like the city, older people prefer the small town. For raising a family, however, more Canadians of all ages still favour the suburbs. This is what a TD survey conducted by Environics Research Group found earlier this year. TD says the results show the importance of “homefitting,” by which they mean finding the home that suits your needs at each stage of your life. It’s the Millennials and the Gen X-ers ... Read More »

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