National Newswatch

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto reach deal on reduced scope for Quayside

Oct 31 2019 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A contentious development on Toronto's waterfront proposed by Sidewalk Labs has cleared a major hurdle after Waterfront Toronto's board unanimously approved terms for a scaled-back vision of the project. The two sides had set a deadline of Thursday to resolve key issues including the project's size, privacy and data issues, developer selection, and public transit commitments before […]

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto reach deal on reduced scope for Quayside

Oct 31 2019 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A contentious development on Toronto's waterfront proposed by Sidewalk Labs has cleared a major hurdle after Waterfront Toronto's board unanimously approved terms for a scaled-back vision of the project. The two sides had set a deadline of Thursday to resolve key issues including the project's size, privacy and data issues, developer selection, and public transit commitments before […]

Sidewalk Labs faces criticism over Indigenous consultations for Quayside

Oct 25 2019 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Sidewalk Labs has come under criticism for not doing enough to include recommendations by members of the Indigenous community in its proposal for the Quayside development on Toronto's waterfront. In an Oct. 25 letter to Waterfront Toronto, Indigenous artist and elder Duke Redbird and architect Calvin Brook say that the Google Inc. sister company talks about […]

Election results means more tax for foreign buyers, little change on mortgages

Oct 22 2019 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The re-election of Justin Trudeau's Liberals on Monday will likely result in potential new barriers for foreign real estate investors as well as some help for first time buyer, but not the more significant changes that opposition parties had promised. Liberal promises on housing included some expansion of its first-time buyers assistance program, and a one per cent tax […]

TransUnion breach shows rising threat of third-party cyberattacks

Oct 10 2019 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A cybersecurity breach at TransUnion has underscored the rising threat of third-party attacks and the difficulty of preventing them. The credit monitoring agency confirmed this week that the personal data of 37,000 Canadians was compromised when someone illegally used a legitimate business customer's login to access TransUnion data.   Daniel Tobok, CEO of Cytelligence Inc., said he's […]

TransUnion Canada says data on 37,000 Canadians may have been compromised

Oct 9 2019 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The personal information of about 37,000 Canadians held by TransUnion may have been compromised this past summer, leaving both of Canada's credit monitoring agencies with data blemishes on their record. The TransUnion incident is much more limited than the high-profile data hack at credit monitoring agency Equifax Inc. in 2017, which exposed the information of 147 […]

Real estate industry needs to remain flexible as expectations shift says PwC

Oct 4 2019 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The real estate industry will need to become increasingly adaptable as tenant expectations and building configurations evolve, according to research findings presented on Friday. Distinctions between categories of real estate are blurring as developers increase amenities in their buildings, PwC's Andrew Warren said at the Toronto launch of a trends report by the consulting firm and […]