F.Y.I. – IN 2018 THE MOVIE BUSINESS DEPOSITED NEARLY $2-BILLION INTO TORONTO’S ECONOMY

FOR YOUR INFORMATION – In 2018 according to the City of TORONTO, production investments in film, television, digital and commercials dropped $1.9-billion into the economy. 1,412 projects were shot in the city, and 30,000 jobs were supported by the industry. – Globe and Mail, March 14/2020.

THEY’RE TINY, THEY’RE YAPPY, AND MANY ARE LIVING IN DOWNTOWN’S SMALL GLASS BOXES

The condominium boom has brought with it more than 21,000 toy dogs, and the numbers are still going up.Ranging from under six pounds – the smallest Chihuahuas – to 20 pound Pugs, the little ones have taken over. They’re popular In TORONTO.  Smooth-coated Chihuahuas jumped from 192 in 2005 to over 1,300 in 2020 according to municipal license data.Pomeraneans that fit inside purses went from 258 to nearly 900.Downtown TORONTO has become a city of condos, squeezing people into small units, with little room for Great Danes or even Golden Labs. Inside those glass boxes, many tiny dogs are stuck. Their owners have discovered litter boxes and ‘pee pads’, which means the pups don’t often get outside.Small dogs enjoy the sun and dirt as much as the big ones. They want to be social, and for some reason do a lot of barking when they meet big dogs, who oftentimes totally ignore them. It’s not so easy being tiny.

AFTER ONLY TWO DAYS OF WARM WEATHER THE BIRDS ARE BACK, SINGING & SEARCHING FOR PARTNERS

Unfortunately in a city like TORONTO many birds are doomed, crashing into windows or being murdered by cats. ACOPIAN BIRDSAVERS, an American company, has come to their rescue.Jeff Acopian’s solution: “Birds were hitting our windows and dying,” he said. “And we didn’t like it.”  An engineer by profession and a naturalist at heart, he came up with Birdsavers, a fixture that involved dangling pieces of parachute cord in front of windows to keep birds from flying into them. It works, and “it’s not objectionable at all. You can reduce collisions without making your house look ridiculous.”Window collisions kill hundreds of millions of birds every year across Canada and the United States.Cats do the rest. Joanna Eckles of the Audubon Society says these numbers can be greatly reduced simply by putting up a visual barrier outside the windows, held in place by velcro. “This isn’t something that has to happen. This is preventable.”<ABOVE – a Do It Yourself version of Acopian Birdsavers. On the left three vertical hanging cords from an aluminum support strip. On the right, 3 cords hanging from a ‘support parachute cord’ suspended from small aluminum tabs. The horizontal support structures are attached to the house with velcro.>For more information, and other solutions on making your own ACOPIAN BIRDSAVERS go to this address – https://www.birdsavers.com/make-your-own/

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER SAYS CDN. GIANT PLANS A NEW TORONTO AREA STUDIO FOR MAJOR MOVIES

WHITES will open another four-stage studio, 181,000-square-foot-space, for the production of Hollywood films next year. “Our primary TORONTO location, Whites Studios Edwards Blvd., is already booked solid and our clients require additional stages,” CEO Paul Bronfman reported. With so many productions now underway, space is at a premium.The WHITES Studio Cantay facility in Mississauga is near the CBS television and film production hub, which opened in 2019.WHITES expects to provide hundreds of new jobs when its new complex opens near Pearson International Airport in early 2021.NETFLIX last year launched a production hub in TORONTO by locking up eight soundstages — four each at Pinewood Toronto Studios & Cinespace Film Studios. This sparked a space race for Hollywood players looking to shoot high-quality film and TV content in Los Angeles.  So they came here.Filmmakers spent a record $1.12-billion on crews and facilities in and around TORONTO in 2020.

IN THIS CITY WHERE THERE’S CONSTRUCTION EVERYWHERE, ‘THE WELL’ MAY BE THE ULTIMATE

<ABOVE – Construction, August/2019> The Well is an enormous city-within-a-city going up non-stop bordering Wellington, Spadina and Front Streets. Several development companies and architects are at work here.<Rendering – RioCan/Allied> The project will contain a 36-storey office tower, six residential buildings, and 432,000 ft² of retail space.<Rendering – Diamond Corporation> Spread over seven and a half acres, the development occupies space vacated by the Globe and Mail and parking lots.  The Well’s goal is to pull together all the elements of a community – classy shopping, offices, businesses large and small, public transit, coffee bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and great views. The works – in other words.<Rendering – RioCan/Allied>

YOU’LL TAKE MANHATTAN? NOPE – MANHATTAN WILL TAKE YOU, WITH SOME HIGH-END CONDOS

On MANHATTAN, the golden isle, epicenter of all North American cities, there’s a surplus of luxury condos that could take more than six years to sell. In 2011, the average price of a new one was $1.15-million. By 2019, the average went up to $3.77-million, and with that, sales dropped. Monthly rentals in NYC now range from $1,140 to $2,229, which is very close to the TORONTO numbers – US dollars versus CAD’S of course. Top price for a 24,000-square-foot pied-a-terre near Central Park went for all of $240-million. Nearly half of new condos in Manhattan that came to market after 2015 – 3,695 units out of 7,727 – remain unsold, according to Nancy Packes Data Services. As well, about 79,000 people live in shelters, or on the streets of New York. <photo – S.L. Green, NYC>  In TORONTO the number of homeless people is estimated to be 19,000. In the two cities, skylines have changed dramatically but – in both cases – many of these new buildings just aren’t filling up. <photo – Trust Condos, Toronto>

CANADIANS, ON AVERAGE, ARE LIVING 82 YEARS; THE SWISS 83.6; AMERICANS 78.6 – F.Y.I.

Number of Doctors Per Capita
NORWAY – 4.8
CANADA – 2.7
USA – 2.6S
Suicide Rates per 100,000 people – Commonwealth Fund
USA – 13.9
CANADA – 11.8
UNITED KINGDOM – 7.3
In CANADA more than 570,000 student visas were issued in 2018, 75% more than in 2014
In CANADA the medium age was 30 (1982); today it is 41 (2020) People over 75 in the United States hold 1.3 times the amount of boomer wealth; more than twice that of Gen Xers; and 23 times that of millennials. Real estate equity counts for much of this, which no doubt is somewhat similar in CANADA – Forbes Magazine.