Two rivals, two slick football fields

For years, North Toronto Collegiate has been on an uneven playing field. Season after season, players have schlepped over to nearby Eglinton Park for practice, playing home games on rival Northern Secondary’s turf. Even before the construction of North Toronto’s new $52 million digs, finished just last year, it had been six decades since they… Read More

Liberals vow to scrap Mississauga power plant

Just ahead of the provincial election, the Ontario Liberals have announced they will halt construction of a controversial gas-fired power plant being built on the Toronto-Mississauga border if they are re-elected. The announcement Saturday morning to cancel plans for the 280-megawatt plant comes after months of fierce opposition from residents who were stunned when the… Read More

Councillor decries move to stop new housing

The chair of Toronto’s affordable housing committee has written the mayor asking him to hold off on a proposal that would halt the construction of new affordable rental housing in the city. Councillor Ana Bailão wrote Rob Ford to voice her committee’s concern over city manager Joe Pennachetti’s report this week on the core services… Read More

Hold your shovel: So far, no case for stimulus in Canada

One of the things complicating analyses of Canadian business cycle policy is that too many Canadians pay too close attention to what is going on in the United States, and not enough to what is happening here. The question of whether or not governments should embark on a new round of fiscal stimulus by means… Read More

EllisDon construction buys Ontario-based firm

Construction firm EllisDon says it is buying another Ontario-based company, Looby Construction for an undisclosed price. Looby, based in Dublin, Ontario, specializes in bridge, culvert and dam construction and repair. Mississauga-based EllisDon says the acquisition will help complete one corporate goal to expand its presence in civil work and new markets in the Ontario bridge… Read More

Too many condos? Not necessarily, Says RBC

Canadian condominium construction is strong, but not necessarily excessive, since new units are filling a gap by creating much needed rental stock, says a report by the Royal Bank of Canada. “Concerns have been raised about the growing number of investors fuelling the growth in condo sales in recent years,” said Robert Hogue, a senior… Read More

GTA summer road construction guide

The province of Ontario is given notice of the following highways where construction will result in the complete or partial closure during the summer months: Highway 427 – on the southbound collector lanes between Dundas St. W. and North Queen St. Highway 427 – eastbound Eglinton Ave. to Highway 427 southbound Highway 427 – the… Read More

What is composite decking and its advantages?

Episode 267 of the Toronto Real Estate Musing daily video blog. George O’Neill discusses the advantages of having a backyard deck made with composite materials for your home. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X6jIDi4lBo Composite decking is a popular choice for deck material as it is durable, and requires less maintenance than a traditional wood deck. It is typically made… More

Glimpsing the condo construction in downtown Toronto

Episode 233 of the Toronto Real Estate Musing daily video blog. George O’Neill is driving down the Gardiner Expressway and making a quick survey of the condominium developments under construction by the harbourfront in downtown Toronto (aka, TREB district C01). While the market in this district has cooled down, he counts at least 13 cranes… More