Canadian Building Trades Unions Calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to Bring Stakeholders to the Table

OTTAWA, April 10, 2018 /CNW/ – The Canadian Building Trades Unions are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to hold an emergency meeting by bringing the Kinder Morgan Pipeline stakeholders to the table.

Earlier this week, the future of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was cast in doubt as Kinder Morgan Canada suspended all non-essential activities and related spending on the project in the face of mounting opposition in British Columbia.

Read more at Newswire

Pain of high power bills was “worth it”

Ontarians may feel they’ve been hosed with high power bills but the province’s environmental commissioner said the switch from a fossil fuel-powered grid to a more clean-and-green network was worth the cost and the pain.

In an April 10 news release, Dianne Saxe gave the government credit for cleaning up Ontario’s electricity system and air by ending coal-fired power.

Read more at Northern Ontario Business

Expo uses virtual reality to encourage more students to consider a trade

A three-day interactive event, called Future Building, running Tuesday to Thursday at Mississauga’s International Centre is aiming to introduce more than 9,000 central Ontario students in Grades 7 to 12 to the trades.

Virtual reality simulators at the event will allow students to use a crane from three floors up, and try out painting and welding as well as several other construction careers.

Read more at CBC News

University of Toronto Graduate House Renovation

University of Toronto Graduate House Renovation

Client
University of Toronto

Architect
U of T Design & Engineering

Project Completion 
March 2017

Description
This project consisted of a conversion of an existing second-floor exterior balcony area to interior space to create the new administrative offices for the Graduate House. This involved extensive structural steel work as well as roofing, EIFS, and aluminum windows.

The newly reclaimed space was combined with a complete renovation of the existing offices to create new office and meeting space as well as reception area. The use of glass and sleek millwork throughout provided a beautiful light-filled space for the University's use.

VlA Rail Oshawa Station

VlA Rail Oshawa Station

Client
Via Rail Canada

Architect
AECOM / architects girard cote berube dion

Project Completion 
September 2012

Description
Construction of a new lateral platform and connecting bridge to new 700-foot island platform located between the east and westbound tracks at the Oshawa VIA Rail / GO Station.

Access to the tracks is by stairs and elevators in both the new lateral and island platform buildings (total 11,000 sq. ft.)

All work was completed while both CN and GO maintained all normal rail operations

Ritson Road Affordable Housing

Ritson Road Affordable Housing

Client
Mahogany Management

Architect
Nick Swerdfeger Architect

Project Completion 
February 2017

Description
This 60,000 square feet, four story, 75 unit apartment building with 29 accessible units was constructed in 17 months.

The project included clearing the site and installing all new services.

The building structure consisted of poured concrete foundation, wood frame structure with brick and EIFS exterior.

The interior finishes included two elevators, garbage chute, central laundry facilities on each floor, offices, library and community room.

VIA Rail Belleville Station

VIA Rail Belleville Station

Client
Via Rail Canada

Architect
AECOM / architects girard cote berube dion

Project Completion 
March  2012

Description
Construction of a new train station with connecting bridge to new 700-foot island platform located between the east and westbound tracks.

Access to the tracks is by stairs and elevators in both the new station and island platform buildings (total 13,000 sq. ft.)

All work was completed while CN maintained all normal rail operations

Condo Cancellation Crisis: Toronto Realtor Steps Up to Help 1,100 Defenseless and Displaced Buyers

TORONTO, April 9, 2018 /CNW/ – As announced Friday, 1,100 condo buyers in Vaughan’s sold out Cosmos project are being left out in the cold after the project was cancelled suddenly, citing “an inability to secure satisfactory construction financing.”

“Sending a letter and releasing a brief statement through a publicist simply isn’t good enough for the blindsided families and investors that put their money and trust into this project,” said Toronto Real Estate Broker, Author, and University Instructor, Claude Boiron, of Royal LePage Terrequity Realty – Boiron Group. “We’re talking about 1,100 people who will now have to pay tens of thousands more for comparable properties, since market values have gone up considerably in the years since their investment in the cancelled project.”

Read more at Newswire

Council considering inventory system for duplexes in Oshawa

A system that would inventory the city’s duplex homes and require inspections for property and fire code standards could be in the cards for Oshawa’s future.

At the meeting of council’s Corporate Services committee on March 26, councillors unanimously passed a motion to have staff look into the possibility of adding duplexes into the city’s current Two-Unit Housing Registration System, or creating a “mirrored” registration system for these types of homes.

Read more at The Oshawa Express

Plan looks to draw investment to south end

A new plan to help attract development and revitalize the Wentworth Street West corridor is one step closer to reality following a public meeting that saw no residents speak out with concerns.

“I think south Oshawa will be very happy,” said Councillor Amy McQuaid-England. “I think this is a good step forward for the area. It’s an area we’ve been talking about for a very long time.”

Read more at The Oshawa Express