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Weekend to Conquer Cancer

The Weekend to Conquer Cancer needs your help!

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The Weekend to Conquer Cancer needs your help!

This year, especially, important causes and charities need help more than ever, with fundraising significantly affected by the pandemic.

Weekend to Conquer Cancer

This Saturday, Sept. 12 marks the Weekend to Conquer Cancer, and once again, as she has done for the last 14 years, new home industry marketing executive Linda O’Connor of Ryan Design International is participating in honour of her friend, Missy Daiter.

“Missy was an incredibly warm, caring and generous person,” O’Connor says. “She was an amazing mother and wife, the most devoted daughter and sister, and a loyal friend. She was brave until the very end. In 2017, Missy lost her incredible fight against cancer. Her spirit and strength throughout her sickness were remarkable and her courage was an example for her family and friends.”

The Weekend to Conquer Cancer benefits Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, with the sole objective to find a cure for cancer in our lifetime. Your donation supports personalized cancer medicine, research, treatment advances, education and new standards of care at The Princess Margaret – in Ontario and around the world. It will give scientists and research clinicians the opportunity to better understand the individual nature of each cancer and each patient.

Nearly one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, which is why your support means so much.

Please visit O’Connor’s Weekend to Conquer Cancer personal page to make a donation.

 

 

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A Big Picture

Kids artwork raising funds for COVID-19 relief

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Kids artwork raising funds for COVID-19 relief

Now here’s a feel-good story sure to tug at your heartstrings. No doubt you’ve seen all those “Thank you, frontline workers!” and “Hang in there” COVID-19 relief messages from kids – hanging in windows, over garages or written in chalk on sidewalks.

A Big Picture
“Spread love, not germs,” by Marco B., age 4. Charity: United Way of Canada

Toronto developer Devron Developments and other real estate companies have decided to turn this artwork into opportunities for charitable giving.

A Big Picture

Devron has launched the “A Big Picture” art contest, asking children across Ontario to draw or paint positive messages related to the COVID-19 crisis. More than 50 entries have been submitted so far.

A Big Picture
“We are all in this together,” by Celeste Q., age 10. Charity: Covenant House

One young artist will be chosen as the winner for producing the most heart-warming and inspiring message. Their artwork will be displayed and illuminated on a large billboard at 1140 Yonge St., in the heart of midtown Toronto.

The top three winners will help select three local charities to whom donations will be made. As of the first week of May, at least $45,000 had been raised.

A Big Picture
“We’re always connected by our hearts,” by Marlow R., age 8. Charity: Food Banks Canada

Joining Devron in the initiative are Constantine Inc., Milborne Group and Vanderbrand.

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Yonge Street Mission

Real estate firms raise more than $200,000 for COVID-19 relief

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Real estate firms raise more than $200,000 for COVID-19 relief

Update: As of Friday, May 8, the partners had reached the fundraising goal of $330,000.

Capital Developments and a number of other real estate companies are doing their part to provide COVID-19 relief to one very important Toronto cause – the Yonge Street Mission – the largest food bank in east downtown.

Yonge Street Mission
Yonge Street Mission staff prepare meals for their food bank services.

Now, they’re issuing a challenge to other firms to take part in the YSM Fundraiser Relay to help raise much-needed funds.

As Yonge Street Mission responds to the COVID-19 crisis, the agency has experienced unprecedented increases in food bank visits every week, resulting in a $330,000 shortfall.

Every week, YSM is facing a $30,000 shortfall – and growing weekly. To sustain YSM’s operations for the next 11 weeks, Capital Developments and other companies are challenging other organizations to join the #YSMRELAY and donate $30,000 to help reach the minimum goal of $330,000.

Real support

Besides Capital Developments, other real estate companies participating include Woodbourne Capital Management, EllisDon, Baker Real Estate and St. Thomas Development. Also on board are Sobeys and Donald K. Jackson Family Foundation.

Yonge Street Mission

Capital Developments kickstarted the campaign by donating $30,000 to cover the first week donation.

Over its 124-year history, YSM has tirelessly supported Toronto’s most vulnerable in the heart of the downtown. As the largest food bank in the Downtown East, the agency is facing a huge increase in demand for its services amidst social distancing and closure of nonessential services.

Like many of the most vulnerable in Toronto, clients who depend on YSM have been hit hardest by this global pandemic – and so many more now need their services.

The Mission has seen a 205-per-cent increase in food bank visits, many from first-time clients, and a 180-per-cent increase in the number of families and individuals fed since pre-COVID-19. YSM is spending $30,000 to $35,000 per week on groceries to meet the demand, compared to an annual food budget of $30,000.

Will your organization pass the baton for one week?

To help YSM continue to provide basic food and essential services to Toronto’s most vulnerable communities during COVID-19, visit ysm.ca.

 

 

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Flato Developments Durham Medical Clinic

Flato Developments supporting Ontario frontline workers in fight against COVID-19

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Flato Developments supporting Ontario frontline workers in fight against COVID-19

Flato Developments, an Ontario-based community builder, is pushing forward to help alleviate the spread of the novel virus, by purchasing and donating protective equipment and critical supplies to those on the frontlines.

Flato Developments Durham Medical Clinic
Staff at the Durham Medical Clinic, with supplies donated by Flato Developments

With the number of COVID-19 cases growing in Ontario, frontline staff at hospitals and senior care homes are faced with the burden of limited medical supplies. Premier Doug Ford has called on residents and businesses of Ontario to help those in need as we face these trying times together, as a community.

The company has been continuously supporting the communities where Flato builds and operates. Flato has donated about 17,000 surgical masks and more than 2,500 KN95 masks to hospitals, senior care homes and local communities throughout southern Ontario. Separately, the company purchased and coordinated delivery of more than 3,000 tubes of hand sanitizer to those in need.

Flato has also committed to supporting local food banks throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including Shepherds Cupboard Food Bank, Daily Bread Food Bank and The Mississauga Food Bank.

Flato Developments Cooksville Care Centre
Cooksville Care Centre staff, thanking Flato Developments for the donation of medical supplies

“Our country and province are facing unprecedented shortages of supplies needed to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic,” says Shakir Rehmatullah, president and founder of Flato. “There is a great need, now more than ever, to support our communities that have been impacted by this pandemic. We have heard, loud and clear, the message from premier Ford and want to help the communities where we build and operate in, our local families and neighbours.”

Throughout the campaign, Flato has supported the following municipalities and organizations:

  • Markham-Stouffville Hospital
  • Town of Stouffville
  • Headwaters Health Care Centre
  • City of Markham
  • Stevenson Memorial Hospital
  • South East Grey Community Health Centre
  • Town of Shelburne
  • Township of Southgate (Dundalk)
  • Township of King
  • Cooksville Care Centre
  • Simcoe County
  • Burton Manor Long Term Care
  • Markdale Hospital
  • Trillium Health Partners
  • Toronto Senior Homes
  • The Farm Rehabilitation Centre

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New home sales centre app

Program helps builders get back to business safely after COVID-19

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Program helps builders get back to business safely after COVID-19

Toronto-based real estate marketing and advertising firm Ryan Design has created a customizable and innovative turnkey safety COVID-19 program for new-home builders.

New home sales centre app

When sales offices reopen, they will need to be ready to provide an environment that is safe for everyone and continues to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A leading marketing firm serving numerous homebuilders across Canada, and trained by the World Health Organization (WHO), Ryan Design has created a complete COVID-19 safety program that is innovative and customizable to any builder.

As an essential service, homebuilders continue to build the homes people have been promised across the province. Using technology and an app, staff and trades workers on construction sites can help to ensure everyone’s safety.

Touchless job site sign-in portal

To keep everyone on the job site and in the community safe, Ryan Design has created a Touchless Job Site Sign-In and Sign-Out Portal. Tradespeople can now scan at arrival and departure and conduct health screening using an app on their phone.

A complete signage package for the app can been created for a builder’s job site. This part of the program also includes staff training and a complete reporting package for builders regarding trades on site.

Reopening sales centres and decor studios

When builders are allowed to reopen sales centres and design studios, these spaces will have to function differently and be safer for everybody, yet still be welcoming.

Another part of this new program for builders is a retrofit plan for existing sales offices. It includes easy installation of materials to add physical distance and innovative COVID-19 branded kits to help them feel safe and more comfortable in their homebuying journey.

COVID-19 changed the way sales consultants connect with prospective homebuyers and close a sale. Early on, Ryan Design developed a proprietary virtual selling system so that homebuilders could continue doing business. For many, this system has led to more new-home sales than anticipated after their sales office closure.

This customizable and innovative turnkey COVID-19 safety program for new-home builders by Ryan Design is a way to plan for a safe and secure reopening. With this program, both builders and homebuyers can feel safe and comfortable when it’s time to reopen.

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Broccolini River & Fifth

Broccolini preparing for market return with hiring push, plans for Toronto

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Broccolini preparing for market return with hiring push, plans for Toronto

Canadian industrial, commercial and residential real estate developer Broccolini is ramping up hiring activity in anticipation of when market activity returns.

It also has plans for expansion in the Toronto residential market.

Broccolini River & Fifth
River & Fifth, at 5 Defries St., along the banks of Toronto’s Don River

The Montreal-based company, also with projects in Toronto and Ottawa, is looking to fill several positions in the coming weeks, ranging from planning to construction to property management.

“We are proud to have been able to keep our entire team employed throughout the pandemic, with the exception of the day labourers directly affected by the closure of the construction sites,” says Anthony Broccolini, chief operating officer at Broccolini. “Our exceptional positioning in the real estate market is now affording us the opportunity to further expand our team following these difficult times.”

Positions are available in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Strong growth projected

Once construction activities resume, Broccolini says its expectations for growth are excellent, thanks to a full backlog of contracted projects; a reflection of the quality, scale and prestige of the various industrial, commercial and residential projects the company has delivered over the last few years.

To carry out the projects already underway, and those that will be launching in the coming months, Broccolini is looking to hire a senior project manager, manager of real estate development, site superintendent and more.”

While we expect sales velocity to take some time to return to pre-COVID levels, the fundamental imbalance remains between supply and demand in the residential market in Toronto,” Phil Brennen, associate vice-president, real estate development, told Condo Life.

“The bottleneck that existed before the pandemic, which is essentially a function of approvals processes that have seen cycle times of three years or more, has been closed off completely as already overworked staff at the City have unable to accept new submissions. Add to that the fact that a number of projects that were slated for launch this spring and summer have been pushed back indefinitely, and you potentially have a major issue with supply. So, though demand for new units may initially be slower when activity resumes, the units available for buyers will be significantly diminished. As a result, the expectation is that while velocity will take some time to come back to normal levels, pricing will not soften.

Bullish on Toronto

“At the end of the day – particularly in times of uncertainty – residential real estate in a rapidly growing global city remains a safe and desirable investment,” Brennen says.

Broccolini has two large residential highrise projects underway in Toronto, in downtown east. River & Fifth, at 580 units and 38 storeys, was under construction until the industry-wide pause in activity.

“Once the provincial government gives the okay, excavation and shoring work will continue,” Brennen says.

The second project, at 385 units and 34 storeys, is close to the finish line for approvals, he says. The intent was to launch sales in the summer, though this will be reviewed depending on the timing of the return to the “new normal.”

Broccolini has several sites in the works, and is actively pursuing new acquisitions during the current slowdown, says Brennen.

“We believe strongly in Toronto’s high-density residential market and will continue to invest a significant portion or our resources in new deals in the months and years ahead.”

Broccolini is a single-source provider of planning, construction and property management services for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential buildings. Its real estate management subsidiary manages a portfolio of more than 50 properties, representing a total of more than 6.5 million sq. ft. of assets.

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BILD report April 20 issue

New-home building and renovation industry acts to protect workers, customers

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New-home building and renovation industry acts to protect workers, customers

In times like these, people’s health and well-being are of the utmost importance. This extends to workers in Ontario’s new-home building and renovation industry and to our industry’s customers. For many residents of the GTA, this is a period of heightened anxiety and concern, so I want to take the opportunity to let readers know how our industry is striving to be part of the solution.

BILD report April 20 issue

I have been in regular contact with our members to understand what actions they are taking and to co-ordinate responses with provincial and municipal authorities. Without fail, BILD members are taking action to help meet community needs and respond to the health crisis, guided by the best information available, that is, information from the public health authorities in the municipali- ties and regions where they operate.

Individual company actions may vary based on their own unique situations. Companies are enabling work where possible. Many are opening sales centres by appointment only, or closing them entirely for now. They are taking steps to ensure increased hygiene, sanitation and cleaning for locations that remain operational.

Working diligently

We all know that the current situation is not normal and that as we all work to address and overcome this global pandemic, there will be impacts. Global supply chains, movement of goods and productivity are all affected. Our industry is working diligently to ensure that we continue to fulfil our responsibilities to our customers. We also recognize that eventually the effects of the current situation will extend to the delivery of new homes and completion of renovations, as well as any warranty work that might be required under builder warranties and Ontario’s New Home Warranties program.

In this regard, Tarion, Ontario’s body for consumer protection and administration of the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and regulations, has recently issued an advisory for home builders and new-home buyers on what to expect during the COVID-19 situation. This material can be accessed at tarion.com. It provides solid guidance, but should not replace direct dialogue with your builder.

The GTA’s new-home building industry, professional renovators and land developers are doing their best to continue to meet the housing needs of residents, while at the same time doing their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. At times like these, we must all pull together by working collaboratively and taking care of each other. That is our industry’s commitment to our colleagues, our customers and each other.

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Dave Wilkes is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

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SickKids The Mikey Network

Ambassadors for The Mikey Network aid with coronavirus relief efforts at SickKids

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Ambassadors for The Mikey Network aid with coronavirus relief efforts at SickKids

Looking to make an impact on the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Meagan And Amanda Damota, current medical students and ambassadors for The Mikey Network, will be producing and donating non-surgical masks to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

SickKids The Mikey Network

With more than 100 masks set to be delivered this week and more in production, the students were inspired by Canadian chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam who suggested that wearing a non-medical facial mask could slow the spread of COVID-19, along with the previously prescribed measures of vigilant hand-washing, social distancing and self-isolation.

“Having a child in the hospital is undeniably stressful and difficult; we want to relieve some of the stressors that many of these families have to endure,” says Meagan Damota. “By producing and donating these non-surgical masks we hope to help the incredible staff and families tay protected against COVID-19.”

Since its inception, The Mikey Network has worked tirelessly to create public awareness and provide education about heart-healthy lifestyles. One of the only organizations to provide remote training, The Mikey Network offers two Apps, one where students can garner volunteer hours learning how to use a defibrillator while the other provides informative webinars and hands on training. A 17-year-old girl recently saved a life using the skills learned on the app.

SickKids The Mikey Network

Working closely with SickKids through The Mikey Kids program, The Mikey Network provides portable automated external defibrillators (AED) to high-risk children who are in danger of sudden cardiac arrest. Having access to the life-saving AED technology helps to give children, their families, and the medical staff at SickKids peace of mind.

“Meagan and Amanda have played an integral part of The Mikey Network and we are excited to be part of this amazing endeavour,” says Eva Naumovski, president of The Mikey Network.The Mikey Network is a proud supporter of SickKids through The Mikey Kids program and we are honoured to be able to provide a helping hand.”

“As a country and as a community we are all in this together, and we hope our protective gear can ease some of the stress families and staff are enduring during this difficult time all while aiding the hospital in their fight against COVID-19,” adds Amanda Damonta.

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Tridel Ten York Innovation Suite Living room

The future of condominium living on display at Tridel’s Innovation Suite at Ten York

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The future of condominium living on display at Tridel’s Innovation Suite at Ten York

The future of condominium living, with every bell, whistle and Jetsons-like home tech gadget is on display at Tridel’s Innovation Suite, one of the Signature residences at Ten York.

Tridel Ten York Innovation Suite Living room

Expanding on the developer’s smart home integration features within Ten York, the Innovation Suite seamlessly merges technology and design, providing incredible connectivity, comfort and convenience for residents.

Luxury home experience

“The Innovation Suite at Ten York represents the incredible possibilities that occur when design and technology meet,” says Stella Salvador, principal interior designer, Tridel. “When we conceptualized this project, our vision was to create a luxury home experience unlike any other.”

The pathway to the Innovation Suite began when Tridel started exploring smart home technology, despite the lack of existing research or infrastructure within the space. The company sought to garner a deep-rooted understanding of how smart home technologies could meet to exceed the needs of future residents. The Signature Suite, as the “crown jewel” of the existing Tridel Connect smart home system, boasts additional features and amenities without compromising the elegance of the interior feel and finishes.

Immediately upon entering the suite, residents will be able to activate key features through voice control, such as centralized lighting, audio visuals and motorized blinds. The suite’s system control panel can be controlled by voice, phone or touch, and can be programmed with different scenes to customize the suite experience at key times throughout the day – opening or closing blinds, or turning lights on or off.

Voice-control features

Leading into the central living area, the first of four wireless charging pads throughout the suite make access to device power consistent and easily accessible. All features of the Innovation Suite are seamlessly tied into the overall concept and design of the space and most are synchronized with the assistance of smart home assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa.

In the kitchen, meal preparation is made easy thanks to smart home appliances, controlled through the associated mobile app. Plumbing fixtures such as the kitchen faucet can also be controlled to helpfully complete tasks on request, such as pouring a specific amount of water for a recipe, making everyday living easier than ever before. The powder room features a smart toilet with built-in speakers to play music, as well as a heated seat and foot warmer.

Smart shower

The smart home features are at their peak in the master bedroom, where a glass partition goes from opaque to transparent with the touch of a button, offering opportunities to enjoy natural light or disconnect in privacy. An entertainment wall provides a smart TV system along with an electric fireplace, which uses mist and special lighting to create realistic looking flames. The ensuite bathroom creates an indulgent setting, with heated floors, a smart mirror with voice-controllable lighting adjustment, a smart shower with voice-controllable water temperature and flow rate, and an AV-connected vibracoustic bath which can use sound to vibrate the water in the tub.

“As our lives get busier and more hectic, we’re all looking for ways to simplify the everyday and find more time to pursue leisure or spend time with loved ones,” says Adrian Wang, director of innovation and sustainability, Tridel. “We’re using smart technologies to find modern conveniences and enjoy new luxuries, while also introducing new opportunities to build community and connection with the rest of the building’s residents and amenities.”

Technology is even integrated into the flooring, with the warm wooden herringbone floors throughout the suite coated in titanium oxide that is activated by light and motion, filtering and cleaning the air in the suite regularly. Large windows mean an abundance of natural light and a connection to the outside world, while the balcony features stunning views of Toronto’s Centre Island.

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TRREB resale March 20

GTA resale sales see drastic drop in March due to COVID-19

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GTA resale sales see drastic drop in March due to COVID-19

March 2020 resale home sales in the GTA were very much a tale of two markets – pre and post COVID-19.

TRREB resale March 20

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) reports that 8,012 home sales through TRREB’s MLS System in March 2020 – up 12.3 per cent compared to 7,132 sales reported in March 2019.

However, despite a strong increase in sales for March 2020 as a whole, there was a clear break in market activity between pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 (after March 15).

Market impact

“The overall sales result for March was strong relative to last year, but the impact of COVID-19 was certainly evident in the number of sales reported in the second half of March,” says TRREB President Michael Collins. “Uncertainty surrounding the outbreak’s impact on the broader economy and the onset of the necessary social distancing measures resulted in the decline in sales since March 15. Sales figures for April will give us a better sense as to the trajectory of the market while all levels of government take the required action to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

“While COVID-19 has clearly had an impact on the housing market, the late March numbers still suggest that there is activity in the marketplace,” adds TRREB CEO John DiMichele. “TRREB continues to strongly recommend stopping in-person open houses and has provided its members with guidelines for social distancing. TRREB’s professional development staff are working hard to educate its members via webinars on using technology in innovative ways to conduct business virtually.”

Strong demand

“Despite sales and listings trending lower in the second half of March, demand for ownership housing remained strong enough relative to listings to see the average selling price remain above last year’s levels, including during the last few days of the month,” says Jason Mercer, TRREB’s chief market analyst. “As we move through April, we will have a clearer view on how social distancing measures and broader economic conditions will influence sales and ultimately the pace of price growth.”

The average selling price for March 2020 as a whole was $902,680 – up 14.5 per cent compared to March 2019. The average selling price for sales between March 15 and 31 was $862,563 – down from the first half of March, but still up 10.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Revised forecast

TRREB is to release a forecast update in mid-April, after seeing 2020 started with a near-record pace for home sales in the first quarter and double-digit annual rates of price growth.

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