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  1. Seems like an interesting project. It seems every part of Canada having interesting developments.
  2. CIBC on St Jacques moved into Quebecor-Videotron and now RBC on St Jacques is planning on moving into the "Stock Exchange Tower" near Square Victoria in 2012. I am quite surprised to get a letter from RBC this morning saying they were moving. It was such a wonderful location. I guess the rent was getting to high for them. Seeing in the letter, they were only occupying about 20% of the building now. Interesting thing is about the RBC building, its owned and managed by a company that operates out of Halifax, but the head guy runs a business in New York called "Time Equities Inc". The company in Halifax is called "360 St Jacques Nova Scotia Inc" or something like that. Whats more interesting is, the head office is in a building called "Bank of Montreal Tower". One of the owners/members/chairs part of "360 St Jacques Nova Scotia" is Montreal's own George Coulombe that over sees 360 St Jacques (RBC building) here in Montreal. One thing that was interesting in the letter was that RBC actually sold the building back in the 60s. Anyways I just wonder who will take up the space at CIBC and RBC now.
  3. (Courtesy of The Montreal Gazette) I bet this will put the screws to Air Canada for $6 to $21. In other news. West Jet is also trying to get back into New York (LGA)
  4. Le café d'Halifax a décidé d'abolir la pièce d'un cent afin d'alimenter le débat sur l'utilité de cette pièce de monnaie. Pour en lire plus...
  5. Looks like they get some nicer (and taller) architecture in Halifax than we do in Montreal these days.
  6. List of the busiest airports in Canada Passenger traffic 1. Toronto Pearson International Airport Toronto, Ontario 31,507,349 ▲1.7% 2. Vancouver International Airport Vancouver, British Columbia 17,495,049 ▲3.4% 3 Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Montreal, Quebec 12,407,934 ▲8.3% 4. Calgary International Airport Calgary, Alberta 12,240,786 ▲8.5% 5. Edmonton International Airport Edmonton, Alberta 6,065,117 ▲16.3% 6. Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Ottawa, Ontario 4,090,000 ▲7.4% 7. Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Winnipeg, Manitoba 3,565,501 ▲8.7% 8. Halifax Stanfield International Airport Halifax, Nova Scotia 3,469,062 ▲2.7% 9. Victoria International Airport Victoria, British Columbia 1,481,606 ▲6.6% 10. Kelowna International Airport Kelowna, British Columbia 1,363,239 ▲11.1% . . . Québec - Jean Lesage International Airport Quebec, Quebec 877,000 ▲12.5% Plus d'info sur Montréal ici: Fr: http://admtl.com/a_propos/salle_de_presse/statistiques.aspx More stats on Montreal here: En: http://admtl.com/a_propos/salle_de_presse/statistics.aspx
  7. 17 avril 2007 Le prix de plus en plus élevés des maisons au pays incite un nombre record de jeunes Canadiens à rester chez leurs parents, selon un sondage commandé par la Banque de Montréal. 29 % des jeunes âgés citadins de 21 à 34 ans habiteraient toujours le domicile parental en vue d'amasser la mise de fonds nécessaire à l'achat d'une première propriété. Le sondage a été effectué dans six grandes villes: Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary et Vancouver. Toujours d'après l'étude, les Canadiens de ce groupe d'âge économisent depuis 1,6 an seulement. Toutefois, ils estiment en moyenne qu'il leur faudra 3,8 ans avant de réaliser une acquisition. Les 172 sondés montréalais, par exemple, estiment ce délai à 4 ans. Un marché immobilier en pleine ébullition et les prix des maisons qui ne cessent d'augmenter ont probablement contribué au développement d'une telle tendance. — Cid Palacio, BMO Banque de Montréal Surtout à Toronto, Calgary et Halifax « Ce qui surprend, c'est le nombre de Canadiens âgés de 31 à 34 ans qui habitent encore chez leurs parents », indique un communiqué. Trois villes possèdent les taux les plus élevés: Grand Toronto: 22 % Calgary: 17 % Halifax: 17 % En moyenne, les jeunes âgés de 21 à 34 ans mettent de côté 12,5 % de leur revenu brut, c'est-à-dire avant impôts, en prévision de l'achat d'une propriété. Le pourcentage le plus élevé se trouve à Toronto (14,3 %) et le moins élevé, à Halifax et à Winnipeg (8,8 %).
  8. Montreal does it. Why can’t we? TheChronicalHerald.ca SILVER DONALD CAMERON Sun. Feb 8 - 8:20 AM Pedestrians shelter from the weather in one of downtown Halifax’s pedways. (Staff) ‘THE GUY never went outside at all," said my friend. "Not for a month or maybe two months. The story was in one of the papers here. He went to the theatre, shopped for food and clothing, did his banking, ate out, all kinds of stuff. He even went to Toronto and New York — and he never went outdoors." "He went to New York without going outdoors?" "He went by train. The Gare Central is underground, right under your hotel. " We were in Montreal, strolling along the underground passageways which are said to constitute the second-largest underground city in the world, after Moscow. I had been working in Montreal for a week. I was staying at Le Reine Elizabeth, on the Boulevard Rene Levesque, and most of my meetings were on Sherbrooke Ouest, 20 minutes’ walk away. The streets were choked with snow and lethally slick with ice — but I wore just a sweater as I walked past coffee shops, jewellers and haberdashers in perfect comfort. It occurred to me that the underground network made Montreal a safer city than any other in Canada, particularly for senior citizens. Walking outdoors in the winter is a hazardous activity for seniors. Every year, hundreds fall and break their arms and legs and hips — a significant factor in the Orange Alert at the Halifax Infirmary ER last month. Old bones don’t knit quickly, and many never really recover. The danger was brought home to me a year ago, when I suddenly found myself lying on the ice beside my car. I had taken my key out, and I was about to unlock the door — and then I was on my patootie. I don’t remember slipping or falling. It was like a jump-cut in a film. One moment I was up, the next I was down. A few bruises aside, I was none the worse for the experience — but it got my attention. Young seniors — from 60 to 80, say — often sidestep this problem by going south. You find them all over the southern U.S., Mexico and the islands, robust and happy, sailing and golfing and swimming. But after 80, snowbirding loses its appeal. At 85 or 90, people don’t feel much like travelling, and don’t travel as comfortably. They’d rather stay home, close to friends and family and doctors. And that puts them most at risk from winter conditions at precisely the point when they’re least able to deal with such challenges. In Montreal, they’re fine. Their apartment buildings connect to the Métro, and the Métro takes them to the under-cover city downtown. They really don’t have to emerge until spring. So at 80, should I live in Montreal? Why not downtown Halifax? The city already has the beginnings of a covered downtown, with pedways and tunnels running from the Prince George Hotel to the waterfront casino, and branching into apartment buildings and office towers. We don’t have to burrow underground. We can just extend the pedway system to link the whole downtown, from Cogswell to the Via station. A large part of Calgary’s downtown is connected that way. In Montreal, I noticed, some of the covered space was captured simply by putting a roof over the space between existing buildings. What was once a back alley becomes a connecting courtyard with a Starbucks coffee shop. In other places, a short tunnel between buildings converts two musty basements into prime retail space. Halifax probably has a score of locations where connections like that would work. And, although a Métro doesn’t seem very practical in rock-ribbed Halifax, we could bring back the downtown streetcars, looping down Barrington and up Water Street, with stations right inside such major buildings as Scotia Square and the Westin. Alternatively, could we use a light elevated rail system like the one that connects the terminals at JFK Airport. I’m no planner, and these notions may be unworkable. Fine: let’s hear better ones. The point is that we’re about to have a tsunami of seniors, and it would be good for them — and for everyone else, too — if we made it possible to live a safe and active life in the middle of the city all year round. We know it can be done. Vive le Montreal! END --------------------------------------------- Funny how the article seems to imply all buildings are interlinked together in one giant underground maze, which is not the case at all. In fact we all know not too many apartment buildings are in fact linked to our underground city. Funny stuff from an outsider nonetheless.
  9. Presse Canadienne (PC) 31/10/2007 De toutes les grandes villes canadiennes, c'est à Montréal que les logements sont les plus abordables et à Toronto qu'ils le sont le moins. C'est ce que révèle la Société canadienne d'hypothèque et de logement qui a publié, aujourd'hui, un nouvel outil de mesure à cet effet, affublé du titre d'indicateur de «l'abordabilité» des logements locatifs. En contrepartie, la SCHL précise que le degré d'abordabilité augmente à Toronto et diminue à Montréal, tout comme à Calgary, où l'afflux de population crée une vive demande. L'indicateur de l'abordabilité n'est pas une simple comparaison du prix des logements d'une ville à l'autre mais bien une analyse dans laquelle sont inclus les revenus des ménages locataires d'une région donnée et ce qu'ils doivent gagner pour payer le loyer sans y consacrer plus de 30 pour cent de leur revenu. L'indicateur publié par la SCHL compare les marchés de Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal et Halifax. En partant du plus abordable, Montréal vient donc en tête, suivi dans l'ordre par Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver et Toronto. L'expression «abordabilité», quant à elle, est une traduction directe de l'anglais «affordability» et, bien qu'elle soit utilisée depuis quelques années par de nombreuses agences gouvernementales et incluse dans le Grand dictionnaire terminologique en ligne de l'Office de la langue française, elle ne se retrouve dans aucun dictionnaire de la lange française, ni sur le dictionnaire en ligne de l'Académie française. Dossiers• Le site de la SCHL
  10. Des agents de bord qui protestent contre la perte de 630 emplois d'ici novembre se font entendre à Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg et Halifax. Pour en lire plus...
  11. http://inhabitat.com/skye-halifax-green-skyscrapers-to-be-the-tallest-towers-in-nova-scotia/
  12. Air Canada ferme samedi son centre d'agents de bord à Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse. La majorité des quelque 175 employés touchés par cette fermeture travailleront désormais à Toronto et à Montréal. Pour en lire plus...
  13. Halifax could learn a lot from Montreal VICTOR SYPEREK The Daily News You know, as you travel through this wonderful country, you realize just how lucky we are to be Canadians. From the majestic Rocky Mountains to the restless Atlantic Ocean. And what diverse populations. Bringing the best from all of our homelands. Leaving Toronto and heading East quickened my heart, as heading home always does. This is probably what is so compelling about travel. All we see and eat and do can be brought home to add a little diversity to our verdant region. I stopped in Kingston, Ont., which was celebrating the last day of its Busker Festival. It's hard to say how big theirs is, as on the last day, everyone joins together in the main area to watch the best of the week. They had closed a large portion of the downtown and besides the theatrical antics, parking lots were 1/2lled with 3/4ea markets, antique sales, baking and general city groups adding to the fun. After a Guinness, a bite and a leisurely chat with some locals, on I pushed to Montreal. I used to live there about 30 years ago. After the referendum, big business left in droves. Many Anglos followed. Toronto surpassed Montreal as Canada's No. 1 city. I think they went a little over board on their French-only bent, isolating them even further. But a funny thing happened. Rents stayed low. Houses remained affordable. It was the perfect environment for artists and artist expression. Montreal became an incubator and gave birth to the largest comedy festival and one of the largest jazz festivals and, of course, the world's most famous circus troupe, Cirque du Soleil. To some degree, this is all serendipity, the right place and the right time. But that isn't enough. You still need the people with the control and the money to pave the way or, at least, remove the road- blocks. And I chose this word for it's meaning. Obviously a city must function at many levels. Business must function, deliveries must be made, people must get to work and home again. But these days tourism is big business and as well talented people must be attracted to our fair cities. Besides just jobs, we have to address quality of life. Now this means many things. Besides a comfortable and safe place to live, we have to do things. We need theatre, 1/2lm, good food and entertainment. And entertainment can be so many things - from buskers to book fairs, car shows, huge 3/4ea markets, a literal day at the beach and sailing. If we have a happy population, it shows. The tourists 1/2nd out and they come to see why. And at the bottom of it all, you will 1/2nd a progressive administration. As in Montreal, where the arts had the perfect place to be. Flowers won't grow without the proper conditions, they must be encouraged. Montreal gets it. During the jazz festival, most of Montreal's streets are closed around the arts centre. During the Grand Prix the Main St. Laurent is closed and turned into a giant terrace; bars and restaurants spill out onto the street. The comedy fest, for two weeks, shuts down the blocks from St. Laurent past St. Dennis, south of Sherbrooke. The area is the size of downtown Halifax. There were hundreds of thousands of people on the streets. Roaming troupes of stilt walkers, parade 3/4oats, lights everywhere, sound and long lineups at all of the venues. It was a festival 20 years in the making. About 20 years ago, in Halifax, Dale Thompson started the Buskers' Festival and Mardi Gras, a Halloween night to remember. Buskers were a downtown-wide street show. They were everywhere. What could have grown into something approaching Montreal's festival was safely place in a sterile (read boring) package on the crowded waterfront. Same with Mardi Gras. It got out of control. Instead of managing it, it was cancelled, or at least the cost of police and 1/2re control became prohibitive. There is something wrong with our attitude. Mayor Peter Kelly and a few councillors should go on a paid junket to Montreal to 1/2nd out how it's done. There is no need to recreate the wheel. It's been done in Rio, New Orleans and in Montreal. I saw very few police, just on the gates to the streets. A couple of 1/2remen leaning on their 1/2re truck were there just in case. And there were hundreds of thousands of people of all ages with smiles on their faces. Heck, I'll even offer to go with them as translator, to translate into common sense. The film festival in Halifax is in its 21st year and yet the city is still dithering over permits to use Parade Square and surrounding streets. This festival has the potential to put us on the international 1/2lm map, but we need the nurturing and help of our city fathers. And speaking of 1/2lms, I wish our 1/2lm development board would get off their chairs and try to stem the 3/4ow of production from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick and the rest of the country. This was a $200- million-a-year business. Now I know there are circumstances, but let's start with local production. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I hadn't seen many cops walking the beat late at night. Well just to prove me wrong, there they were Wednesday night, handing out parking tickets. C'mon. What gives? We have a world hockey tournament or curling or the Greek Festival or whatever - and the parking commission has a 1/2eld day. You know, if they are not blocking a hydrant or some emergency exit or driveway, do we have to be so fanatical? If it weren't about the revenue, you know you will be towed, if necessary. Let's give our visitors a break. But I guess we have to pay for the parking at Dartmouth Crossing somehow. Well, I'm off to enjoy our jazz festival. It's good here, but it could be better. Have a good one.
  14. Les jeunes préfèrent Kingston et Regina à Montréal Kingston, Saskatoon et Regina seraient de meilleures villes où vivre et travailler que Montréal lorsqu'on est un jeune professionnel. C'est en tout cas ce que pense le groupe de réflexion américain Next Generation Consulting (NGC), qui a dévoilé mardi un palmarès des 27 plus grandes villes canadiennes qui risque d'alimenter bien des conversations. La capitale de la Colombie-Britannique, Victoria, domine le classement. Elle est suivie dans l'ordre d'Ottawa, Vancouver, Kingston et Halifax. Montréal ne fait pas mieux que la 16e place, alors que Québec est 19e. La ville de Saguenay est tout en bas du classement, au 27e rang. NGC dit avoir analysé 45 types de mesures concernant les villes d'une population supérieure à 100 000 habitants. L'organisme a mis au point un système d'indexation tenant compte de sept critères (salaires, apprentissage, vitalité, autour de la ville, vie nocturne, coût de la vie et capital relationnel). Voici le classement complet: 1) Victoria (Colombie-Britannique) 2) Ottawa (Ontario) 3) Vancouver (Colombie-Britannique) 4) Kingston (Ontario) 5) Halifax (Nouvelle-Ecosse) 6) Toronto (Ontario) 7) Calgary (Alberta) 8) Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) 9) London (Ontario) 10) Edmonton (Alberta) 11) Winnipeg (Manitoba) 12) Regina (Saskatchewan) 13) Thunder Bay (Ontario) 14) St. Catharines-Niagara (Ontario) 15) Saint-Jean (Nouveau-Brunswick) 16) Montréal (Québec) 17) Kitchener (Ontario) 18) Saint-Jean (Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador) 19) Québec (Québec) 20) Hamilton (Ontario) 21) Sherbrooke (Québec) 22) Sudbury (Ontario) 23) Oshawa (Ontario) 24) Windsor (Ontario) 25) Abbotsford (Colombie-Britannique) 26) Trois-Rivières (Québec) 27) Saguenay (Québec) Source: Cyberpresse Franchement, moi j'y crois pas à ce classement. Victoria, c'est joli, mais ça m'a semblé assez vieux et tranquille comme ville. Ça prend bien des américains pour faire un classement pareil!
  15. Investing in Montreal Halifax developer Homburg building properties, portfolio in city By BILL POWER Staff Reporter Mon. Apr 7 - 5:47 AM Richard Homburg, president of Homburg Invest. Inc, has just launched the $35-million Phase II of the 333 Sherbrooke St. E. luxury condominium project in Montreal. He also has an ambitious plan for the CN Central Station in the city, a project that will bring Homburg Invest Inc.’s portfolio in Montreal up to the $1-billion mark. (CNW) A HALIFAX property developer is helping reshape the Montreal skyline and attributes increasing investor interest in the city to its annual Grand Prix and acclaimed jazz and comedy festivals. Richard Homburg just launched the $35-million Phase II of the 333 Sherbrooke St. E. luxury condominium project and at the same time unveiled an ambitious plan for the CN Central Station in the heart of the city that he scooped up last year for $355 million. The completed project will bring the Homburg Invest Inc. portfolio in Montreal up to the $1-billion mark. Mr. Homburg said in Montreal he will build two $150-million 24-storey office towers at the CN Central Station site to take advantage of a proposed new link between the downtown location and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport at Dorval. "The best is yet to come for property investment in the Montreal region," the Halifax-based developer said in a release. "The Montreal office market is on fire, and downtown core vacancy rates have fallen sharply with little new space on the horizon. . . . The condo market will continue to flourish for several more years." Mr. Homburg told the Montreal Real Estate Forum he believes Montreal real estate is undervalued compared to that of other cities in Canada and around the world. "Montreal is ideally situated at a major crossroads for European and North American trade and business," he said. The Sherbrooke Street project is in the heart of Montreal’s Plateau neighbourhood and consists of 83 condominium units in the first phase and another 67 in the second phase, and 30 townhouses connecting to the property. Initial occupancy is set for fall 2008 and the first phase is sold out. Units cost $350,000 to $2 million. Mr. Homburg said the real estate market in Montreal is supported by rising investment in both public and private projects. "Major tourist events like the Grand Prix, the jazz festival and the comedy festival attract people from all over the world who also come here to shop in the city’s highly developed shopping districts and eat in the city’s renowned restaurants," he said. Homburg Invest has been very busy in Montreal for the past three years. Major acquisitions include Place Alexis Nihon, as part of the $485 million Alexis Nihon REIT purchase; the CN Central Station for $355 million and a partnership interest in the $400-million redevelopment of the historic Chateau Viger site. Through these and other properties the company says it owns more than 1.5 million square feet of prime retail space in Montreal. Beacon Securities Ltd. in Halifax said it was initiating coverage of Homburg Invest with a buy rating and a 12-month price target of $4.75. It noted Homburg shares were recently trading at about $3.60 on the TSX. "Homburg’s $3-billion development pipeline has a total of 15 projects, with completion dates ranging over the next decade," analyst Michael Mills said in his outlook and financial forecast, distributed Friday. "However, many of the projects are condo resales and the commercial projects in the pipeline will not add to leasable square footage during our two-year forecast period," the forecast said. ( [email protected]) ‘The best is yet to come for property investment in the Montreal region.’ RICHARD HOMBURGProperty developer http://thechronicleherald.ca/Business/1048082.html
  16. Il s'agit d'un contrat de gestion de l'infrastructure technologique et des applications logicielles de services bancaires de la société de Halifax League Data. Pour en lire plus...
  17. Le holding d'investissement qui siège à Halifax annonce ce matin un remaniement de sa direction qui comprend la nomination de Rob Normandeau comme PDG. Pour en lire plus...
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