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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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Quebec government releases technical guide on construction of 12-storey wooden buildings

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The Government of Quebec has released a technical guide on the construction of wooden buildings up to 12 storeys using mass timber.

On Monday, the provincial government announced the publication of the French-language guide, entitled Bâtiments de construction massive en bois d’au plus 12 étages (Construction of Mass Timber Buildings up to 12 Storeys), said a press release from FPInnovations, a research organization acting as scientific advisors.

 

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Ontario farmland under threat as demand for housing grows – The Hamilton Spectator

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The sign outside the modest East Gwillimbury bungalow, Howards’ Farm, is a beloved beacon for local residents who make the pilgrimage to this concession road regularly for eggs, beef and pork raised as local as it gets — just a few metres from the front door.

Don Howard, 65, represents the fifth generation to herd livestock and till the fertile soil of the sprawling fields north of Newmarket. He grew up on the family homestead just two kilometres away.

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City must crack down on construction noise: Councillor 47 – Toronto Sun

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The city needs to crack down on construction noise.

So says Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who will be asking the city’s licensing committee next week to have staff report back on how the city could better protect residents from excessive construction noise, increase fines for noise offences and escalate to other penalties like shutting down a construction site to encourage compliance.

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