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October 31, 2017
Battling gender assumptions in the workplace
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Gender stereotypes often cloud the decision-making that goes into choosing leaders. Sometimes, the best candidate is unknowingly perceived to be someone who reflects male gender norms. Women are now finding success in associations and professions that once ostracized them, but subconcious assumptions still exist. Business leaders recently discussed personal experiences, social constructs in leadership and how companies can think beyond gender.
Cities exhibit divergent property tax regimes
This annual look at the apportionment of the tax burden gives a more complete picture of the pressures on the commercial and multi-residential sectors than simply referencing property tax rates.
TD Centre first existing building in Canada to be Wired Certified
The Toronto-Dominion Centre has become Canada’s first existing building to achieve Wired Certification. Cadillac Fairview announced that TD Centre received Platinum Wired Certification, the highest possible ranking, in all six of its towers.
Bill 109 Proposes Stricter Rules for Elevator Professionals
A new private members bill is gaining traction on Parliament Hill that, if passed, will hold elevator contractors more liable for the state of elevator repairs.
Achieving results-based tenant improvements
More than a tenant improvement project, a workspace renovation is an investment in a company’s future. Insisting on results-based design decisions will make for better workspace transformations that last.
Toronto North and East office markets see healthy gains in Q3
The Toronto North and East office markets finished Q3 on a positive note, with healthy gains in occupied office area, resulting in slightly lower availability and vacancy rates.

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CREW Network elects first Canadian president
Tara Piurko, partner in the commercial real estate group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto, is the first Canadian elected to serve as CREW Network president.
Vancouver vacancy rates headed to historic lows
Demand is being driven by technology and media companies with the expectation that this surge in demand may see vacancy rates decline to record low levels.
maintenance banner.jpg Precarious work takes toll on hotel housekeepers
As hotel housekeepers struggle to balance work and family, physical wellbeing becomes less important than completing hours of tedious and repetitive tasks. many which lead to injury. The housekeeping industry has a 40 per cent higher injury rate than all service sector workers in Canada, but many still have unrealistic quotas to complete by the end of shift. A new report shines light on this issue, while industry suggests what educational tools to prioritize for this demanding maintenance work.
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ICYMI: Senior execs plumb real estate talent pool
The quest to remain relevant in rapidly changing times challenges the commercial real estate industry as a supplier of product to the marketplace and as an employer. Tenants’ increasing demand for space that expresses their corporate values and engages their employees is mirrored in the industry’s own needs to retain top talent and attract successive generations of skilled professionals. Read More »

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