Monthly Archives: October 2018

Walk With Joy

The mind boggles at how far back the agenda for a new deal for Canadian cities has suffered under the first few months of a new provincial government in Ontario, and it has nothing to do with ideology or partisan party politics. A generation ago there was near universal consensus that as major urban metropolitan regions are the foundation of provincial and national economic growth, social well-being, and environmental stewardship, greater powers and own-source revenues need to flow to the constituent municipalities of these regions. They also required stronger governance … Read More

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How high-quality work environments and employee wellness impact the “War on Talent”

By Danny Tseng, SYLLABLE In any business, high-caliber staff are the biggest assets a company can have. As a result, a “War for Talent” is ongoing as organizations compete to attract the best talent out there. Companies are offering competitive packages and perks while landlords are raising the bar for high quality buildings. On top of that, research shows that happier employees lead to higher productivity and overall benefits to a company’s bottom line. In a ULI Toronto panel lead by Ruth Fischer, Managing Director of National Occupier Services at … Read More

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Turning parkland into urban and social infrastructure

Documentary screening and panel event highlights opportunities for Downsview Park and role of nature in urban landscapes By Riva Finkelstein, kg&a On October 3rd, ULI Toronto and mixed-use developer TAS brought community members and industry leaders together for an evening that combined a documentary screening of Accidental Parkland, and an expert-led panel about place-making opportunities in Downsview Park. The event took place on the future site of The Keeley, a mid-rise development located at 3100 Keele Street, directly across the street from Downsview Park. Providing a relevant backdrop for the … Read More

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Affordability Tops Concerns as Real Estate Sector Focuses on Supply

  Flex-space, PropTech and seniors housing on upward swing The proportion of household income to service the costs of a single-family home grew to 53.5% in the first quarter of 2018 as affordability concerns continue to rise. PropTech revs up with significant investment in funds dealing with the convergence of real estate and technology. Senior lifestyle housing is among the top development prospect for the next year as well as flex work and coworking spaces among the top new trends in commercial office space. (Toronto, October 10, 2018)–The real estate … Read More

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Toronto Urbanism: A Conference on Wheels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto’s 2018 Symposium will take the industry out of the convention centre and across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) October 1, 2018 (Toronto) – How is the GTA’s diversity shaping the built environment? What challenges and opportunities lie ahead for high-rise living in Toronto? Is it possible to reconcile the interests of development and heritage preservation? Will technology and access to data really improve our urban fabric? On November 7th, city builders from across the private and public sectors in the GTA … Read More

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