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Do kids & condos mix?

On Thursday, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday declared that Toronto’s downtown core is not the place to raise children. The statement was made in response to downtown city councillors urging condo developers to build more 3 bedroom units suitable for young families. The proposal would have developers setting aside 10 per cent of the units in a given building for family-friendly units.






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The ongoing evolution of Canadian mortgages

As you have no doubt heard, new mortgage rules came into effect yesterday. Before we get into how these will affect us, here are the basics:






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Meet BILD CEO Bryan Tuckey

Bryan Tuckey has been BILD’s President and CEO for a couple of months now, and the attention he received from the media has been relentless. We finally got a chance to sit down with him the other day to get an exclusive interview for our blog readers, and you might just find a few things you didn’t catch in the mainstream media. Enjoy!    






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Kicking off the RenoMark summer ad campaign

With summer almost in full swing, many homeowners across the GTA are planning renovation projects. We think this is the perfect time to remind them that hiring a RenoMark contractor will give them peace of mind that the job in question, big or small, is being done right.






The next Young BILDers networking event is coming up

Even though our Young BILDers events are fairly new, they’ve all been well attended and the feedback has been phenomenal. Our next event is coming up on the evening of June 27. This will be a chance for members to network in a relaxed setting. Feel free to mingle and exchange business cards around the cigar station or immortalize yourself in…






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Will Canadian-style homes start popping up in Austria?

This week, a team from BILD hosted some special guests and gave them a tour of a couple of Geranium Homes sites. The Austrian Home Builders’ Association selected the GTA as the best place to learn about wood-frame construction practices. And why not? We were happy to show them around some exemplary communities in the making.






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The BILD Charity BBQ is back

Our BILD Charity BBQ is back for its 20th year supporting Habitat for Humanity. The BBQ immediately follows the Race for Humanity on July 19, providing some much needed refreshments for the participants. Food will be provided courtesy of  PeterandPauls.com, Coppi Restaurante, Distinctive Appliances, and Sacks LLP.






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Why mid-rise development could be a boon for Toronto

At last week’s Young BILDers Forum, we discussed the best way to bring projects to your city councillor. Naturally, the discussion veered towards the various obstacles that might get in the way of a project being seen through to completion. The discussion was a timely one. There was an article in the Toronto Star last week that identified mid-rise developments…






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Stephen’s Ride for Humanity 2012

All cycling enthusiasts are invited to join BILD Chair Paul Golini and leading industry members as they gear up for Stephen’s Ride for Humanity – an annual cycling event honouring our friend Stephen Dupuis in support of BILD’s community partner Habitat for Humanity Toronto. 






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Talking politics, NIMBYism and good design with city councillors

How to Talk to your Councillor, the second professional development seminar hosted by the Young BILDers Forum, was an informative, lively session about the who, what, why, where and how of approaching councillors with a development plan. Toronto City Councillor Adam Vaughan, Richmond Hill City Councillor Carmine Perrelli and former Toronto City Councillor Kyle Rae (now a development consultant) were the panellists invited by…