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WEB EXCLUSIVE: A Clash of Cultures: Applying Modern Planning Systems in the Middle East

Planning systems throughout the world are rooted in the modern, western-oriented worldview and the rationale of liberal nationalism. In this view, society consists of relatively equal and free individuals, operating in a fairly free market,...
Jul 12, 2014

WEB EXCLUSIVE: A Crash Course in Convention Networking

Industry-specific conferences and conventions are a hallmark in business networking. As an attendee or a sponsored vendor, you will be inundated with a who’s who in your field—from the headlining heavyweights delivering keynotes and...
Jun 28, 2014

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Final Certificate of Payment - final no more

Paying invoices late is common—so much so that paying 'on time' is a mark of an exceptional business relationship. Of course, that flies in the face of almost all construction contracts, because they normally require prompt payment and...
Jun 9, 2014

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Engage, Don't Enrage

When I returned to Toronto in 2002, after a dozen years working as an urban design consultant in the United States, I couldn’t believe how long and often confrontational the development approval process was here in Ontario. A large condo...
May 20, 2014

WEB EXCLUSIVE: "Reconnecting Toronto's Waterfront" through an Urban Ideas Competition

It seems like everyone has an opinion about Toronto's waterfront, particularly the stretch between Bathurst and Parliament Streets. Only one opinion seems to have reached consensus: there is a significant disconnect between Toronto's vibrant...
May 3, 2014

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em

When a real estate deal collapses, the vendor may feel pressure to act quickly in exercising its available remedies. In many cases, if the purchaser is unable or unwilling to complete the transaction, and is in breach of its obligations under...
Mar 28, 2014

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Focus on the Facts: John O'Bryan debunks commercial real estate myths at CBRE Annual Outlook Breakfast

We have decided to focus on major trends in this presentation, rather than merely providing a commentary on the many excellent statistics we produce. All of which you can find in our recently released 2014 Canadian Market Outlook.
Mar 20, 2014

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The damning of dams

The evidence is conclusive: large dams in a vast majority of cases are not economically viable. Instead of obtaining hoped-for riches, emerging economies risk drowning their fragile economies in debt owing to ill-advised construction of large...
Feb 21, 2014

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Condominium Construction Deficiencies -- Buyer Beware

In a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Standard Condominium No 2095 v West Harbour City (I) Residences Corp 2013 ONSC 5987, significant limitations were imposed on a condominium corporation’s ability to recover...
Feb 13, 2014

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Fire debate heats up

With several devastating fires recently, the relationship between building materials and fire damage has been thrust into the spotlight, with opinions falling along fairly predictable lines.
Feb 6, 2014

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