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Tridel named Green Home Builder of the Year at BILD Awards

Tridel Corporation has once again been named Green Home Builder of the Year, High Rise (2014) at this year’s BILD Awards. The Building Industry and Land Development Association handed out the prestigious award along with several others at a gala event last Friday. In addition to the Green Builder of the Year, one of BILD’s Pinnacle awards, Tridel also won the Pinnacle award for Best P2G Community of the Year for its Aquavista at Bayside condominiums. Tridel has been recognized several times in the past as Green Builder of the Year. No other builder has more square footage built to LEED Silver or Gold certification than Tridel. In Ontario, more ... Read More »

Finch West LRT a go; will not disrupt trucking, says mayor

Another line on the transit map of Toronto will soon change from “future” to “existing.” The Finch West LRT line is to go ahead. Ontario’s transportation minister, Steven Del Duca, announced the construction today, saying that building the Finch West line was a question of putting “progress before politics.” Though the line is being financed entirely by the province, it was opposed by the local city councillor, Giorgio Mammoliti, among others, well known for his aversion to non-subway transit solutions. Another councillor in the area wanted bus rapid transit rather than rail because in his opinion buses are faster and less disruptive. But construction on the LRT is to begin ... Read More »

Toronto’s Four Seasons offering luxury private jet tours

As a way of seeing the world, cruise ships are so last century, so confining, so crowded, so slow. As Samuel Johnson wittily observed, “Being in a ship is being in a prison, with the chance of being drowned.” Today’s faster-paced world voyagers prefer to travel by jet, and Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotels has just introduced its new Private Jet excursions service to let them do so in luxury. An “around the world journey” on the Four Seasons Private Jet flies to places that no cruise ship could ever reach, and in far less time if they could. Adventurous and curious travellers from across the globe are seeking the unique ... Read More »

Staging: good for sellers, but buyers should see past it

Here’s a  bit of a real estate quandary for you. Home staging is the “art” of increasing the perceived value of a home by “fluffing” it up with nicer furnishings and lighting and flowers. The actual value of the home is not affected by staging, though the perceived value clearly is. Staging is strictly an exercise in trompe l’oeil, making sure that the home makes a good first impression on potential buyers when they walk through that front door. Look at “before” and “after” photos of homes that have been staged, and you can see that they have not been improved in any meaningful way, just made to look more ... Read More »

Doors Open Toronto sports theme for Pan Am/Parapan Am games

When you consider that Toronto did not exist until the last decade of the eighteenth century, it is truly amazing that a building as splendid as Osgoode Hall (above) should have been built just a few decades later, when the tiny settlement on Lake Ontario was still called York. But the Law Society of Upper Canada erected the imposing neoclassical building between 1829 and 1832, when the town of York consisted of mainly wood-frame houses and had a population of around 10,000. The building has been enlarged and renovated many times since, but remains a wonderful example of late Georgian Palladian-style architecture which would not be out of place in ... Read More »

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