Zoned Out

As Toronto’s mushrooming skyline signals explosive growth, much of the city loses population. Can zoning reform reverse the trend and address the deepening housing crisis?

The Blue Belt

In many ways, cities can be seen as the intermingling of colourful swaths of an abstract painter’s brush: bold strips – or dare I say “belts”? — of green, grey, white, red and as discussed at length in this issue, yellow. On canvas,…

Measure Twice, Cut Once

As most of you know, Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) has developed standards (BOMA Standards) for measuring commercial space that are widely adopted in the commercial real estate sector. From time to time, BOMA…

Safety In, Safety Out

Many construction companies have learned that what was acceptable in the past is no longer good enough to get the jobs they once had. Contracts with government and even large general contractors are on the line. While companies are feeling…

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…