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TOBJ Radio: Episode 1: The Bay vs. Amazon, Bill C-10 vs. Free Speech, and Rob Sysak on Lockdowns

Posted on 29 May 2021

In this above episode link of Toronto Business Journal, we speak with Dan Berthiaume, Senior Editor of Technology for Chain Store Age, about how Canada’s oldest company plans to challenge Amazon.  We then talk to Jeffrey Dvorkin, former CBC Radio & NPR Washington head of news, about how the proposed Bill C-10 could infringe upon freedom of speech.    Finally, we ch ...

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Rimkus buys Toronto-area M & E Engineering Consultants

Posted on 23 May 2021

Rimkus Consulting Group, a Houston-based forensic engineering and technical consultancy, has acquired M & E Engineering Consultants, a Vaughan, Ontario-based firm specializing in mechanical, electrical, and fire safety engineering for buildings. In business for more than 40 years, M & E focuses on mechanical and electrical designs for commercial, institutional, and high-rise resi ...

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Uptown Toronto gets new BIA to help North York businesses

Posted on 23 May 2021

The third time was the charm in creating a Willowdale Business Improvement Area (BIA) to help businesses in the North York neighbourhood. “The time was right,” local councillor John Filion said. “My office had tried twice previously to start a [BIA] and we just couldn’t get enough interest.” Now, thanks to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, enough interest was generate ...

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TAS DesignBuild proposes 12-storey mixed-use Leslieville project in Toronto

Posted on 23 May 2021

TAS Design Build has proposed a redevelopment along Eastern Avenue Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood. The developer proposes a 12-storey mixed use building including rental housing and community-oriented commercial space in a recently submitted Zoning Bylaw Amendment application. DataBid.com, citing Urban Toronto, says the site at 880 Eastern Ave. at Knox Avenue is currently occupied by a one ...

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Facedrive’s Steer EV Subscription Service Launched in Toronto

Posted on 23 May 2021

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Facedrive Inc. (“Facedrive” or the “Company”) (TSXV:FD) (OTCQX:FDVRF), a Canadian "people-and-planet first" tech ecosystem, is pleased to announce that the Company has successfully launched Steer, the Company’s electric vehicle (“EV”) subscription service in Toronto, Ontario, and delivered its first batch of ...

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This is how many businesses closed down in Toronto last year

Posted on 23 May 2021

With a staggering 119,890 jobs lost, Toronto just saw its largest single-year employment decline in recorded history — and that was before the current eight-week-long (and counting) shutdown of all non-essential businesses and services. We have the city's 2020 Toronto Employment Survey to thank for this information, plus a whole bunch of other unsettling economic facts. Set to go befo ...

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You Can Watch Acrobats Under The Stars At A Magical New Show In Toronto This Summer

Posted on 16 May 2021

After months of live performances being put on hold, one event is getting ready to open for live audiences this summer. Together Apart Summer Cirque is a brand new outdoor show planning to take place at the Markham Fairgrounds from July 1 to August 1, 2021 in support of the hospitality industry. Presented by The Concierge Club, the evening events will feature the renowned theatre ...

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Toronto Millennials Apparently Need To Save Up For Another Lifetime To Own A House

Posted on 16 May 2021

If you're a Toronto millennial and you want to own a house, you should've been making nearly $200,000 a year before you were born. That's according to a new report from the National Bank of Canada (NBC), released on May 4, which breaks down house prices in Toronto and calculates how long it takes to save up for a down payment on condos and non-condos in various Canadian cities. The NBC reported ...

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Toronto is shutting down popular outdoor trail this summer for major upgrades

Posted on 16 May 2021

Lovers of the outdoors who have been hoping to explore the Lower Don Trail could only have another month to do so.  Pending receipts of final permits before construction can begin, the city is planning to shut down the popular trail for as long as eight months starting in June. The project would see a number of upgrades to the area including sloped paths, public art, ...

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Multi-Tenant Houses: How would Toronto-wide rules for legalizing and licensing them work?

Posted on 16 May 2021

Dividing a house into rooms that can be rented cheaply is a familiar practice in Scarborough, North York, East York and most of Etobicoke — all places where it’s illegal. Since amalgamation, there has been no legal way for people in those parts of Toronto to live in inspected, multi-tenant housing, as they can in other parts of Toronto. And yet advocates for tenants call this kind of ...