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Why we may soon be building ten-story buildings out of wood

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The Obama administration — more specifically, its Department of Agriculture, headed by Tom Vilsack — has a surprising idea about the future of large building construction.

For environmental purposes but also to potentially stoke a new industry, it wants the United States to explore constructing really big buildings — 10 stories or more — out of wood. Accordingly, the Department backed the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, in conjunction with the Softwood Lumber Board and Binational Softwood Lumber Council. And now two winning buildings, whose selection will be announced Thursday, will receive $1.5 million apiece to try to move toward  actual construction.

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This Is When Toronto, Vancouver Housing Markets Will Come Down, According To TD Bank

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In Toronto and Vancouver’s hot housing markets, affordability is “becoming a growing challenge for many individuals and families,” Royal LePage noted in a new report.

Buying any type of residential property in Greater Toronto is 11.9 per cent more expensive today than it was a year ago, the realtor said in a survey released Wednesday. In Greater Vancouver, residential real estate is up 12.9 per cent in a year, to an average of $928,532.

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Upcoming Consultation Dates Added To Changing Workplaces Review

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Ontario has launched public consultations on the changing nature of the modern workplace. The consultation is considering how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended to best protect workers while supporting businesses in our changing economy. Consultations sessions will be held in September in Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Toronto. Written submissions and consultations will close on September 18, 2015.

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