F.Y.I. (FOR YOUR INFORMATION) – Pearson Internnational is Canada’s largest and most active airport. Nearly 50,000 people work there for over 400 companies. They serve nearly 50-million passengers annually.46% were born outside of Canada. 80% have post-graduate educations.78% rely solely on cars to get to work while 14% take transit. Average daily commute time to and from Pearson is 2 hours. 56% enjoy driving. 92% of the workforce has permanent positions. 80% agree that Pearson is a great place to work.The airport is named after former Liberal prime minister Lester B. Pearson.
Yesterday a friend sold his house for over $3-million, so it’s not entirely surprising that TORONTO now ranks near the top when it comes to selling over-valued real estate. According to UBS (Swiss Investment Banking Company) our city’s #2 ranking is on the Global Real Estate Bubble Index 2019. VANCOUVER is in 6th place.1. Munich
3. Hong Kong
10. San Francisco
WHEEL-TRANS is part of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). It serves users with physical, cognitive, sensory and mental health disabilities. In 2019, the service has been projected to provide 4.3-million trips, with a budget of $149-million.In 2016, about 30,000 former international students became permanent residents of Canada. In 2018 that number almost doubled to 54,000, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.TORONTO has seen 342 shootings in 2019 so far, the highest year-to-date number since at least 2014. But gun deaths are significantly down from 2018. There’ve been 29 in 2019, compared to 42 last year at this time. Police Chief DOUG SAUNDERS’ new anti-gun project has resulted in 240 arrests and 525 charges – 35% of them firearm related.Generation Squeeze, founded by a University of British Columbia professor, says it now takes 13-21 years to save a 20% down payment for a home in the Greater TORONTO Area (GTA), or nearly 30 years in Metro VANCOUVER. Renting could well be out-of-reach for families who work in TORONTO and earn less than $100,000.From The NATIONAL POST – Canada’s population so far in 2019 is 37.6-million. We have 10,795 centenarians; 40.8 is the average age of Canadians.
There’ll be two towers, each one Class AAA, in the heart of TORONTO’s financial district. All things considered, it will be the last remaining office development with a renowned Bay Street address, thanks to Ivanhoé Cambridge. Following an international competition, CIBC Square is being created by British architects WilkinsonEyre and TORONTO’s Adamson Associates Architects. The complex will feature two elegant glass buildings – 81 Bay Street (2020) and 141 Bay (2023) connected by an elevated one-acre park over the rail corridor. Ivanhoé Cambridge and its partner, Hines, have an agreement with METROLINX, the city’s public transit agency, to build a suburban GO terminal at the first building. This will connect with the underground PATH network, Union RR Station, subway and buses, intercity VIA, and the UP Airport Express.Microsoft’s Canadian Headquarters will be one of the tenants, as well as CIBC itself. The project is already pre-certified WiredScore Platinum and is also targeting LEED® Platinum and WELL® accreditations. <PHOTOS & RENDERINGS – Ivanhoé Cambridge>
OZY is an American media company tailor-made for the Change Generation. Or, as one fan put it, “OZY is what cool people read to be smart and smart people read to be cool.” They’re saying now that TORONTO is wooing tech immigrants away from California’s Silicon Valley.The tech industry is growing rapidly in TORONTO’s city and region, as well as in WATERLOO & OTTAWA – so much so that in 2018 more tech jobs were created here than in San Francisco and most other North American cities. The population of software developers, engineers and programmers grew by 82,100 between 2012 and 2017, according to CBRE, the commercial real estate firm.Mentioned in the article – the MaRS Discovery District <ABOVE>; the Artificial Intelligence program at the University of Toronto, Donald Trump’s “buy American and hire American” policies; the mixed TORONTO population, which includes 51% born outside the country; and the new tech changes to Canada’s immigration policy.It’s worth a read if you’ve a mind to come up north – https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/how-toronto-is-wooing-tech-immigrants-away-from-silicon-valley/92962
It’s a great opportunity for those with a camera, and without a car. There are photographic opportunities around almost every corner. With 103 construction cranes now at work, buildings are going up and coming down amazingly fast.The cityscape is evolving. A good case can be made for either liking it or lumping it. Walking is one of the best ways to take in these rapid changes. The good news is that many heritage buildings are being passed over – or at least their facades are being saved. Take your bike out on a Sunday morning and be prepared for a surprise.
The “gap” between two sections of the Martin Goodman Trail has now been closed. – completing the intersections between Leslie Street and the Outer Harbor Marina. The project is part of Waterfront TORONTO’s ‘Quick Starts’ program, which includes several projects along the waterfront. Along the route, riders will pass a resting area, habitat enhancements, low-impact stormwater management features, and a mix of native trees and shrubs. – UrbanToronto.ca