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    Toronto | 191 College | 95.18m | 31s | Unix Housing Group | Icon

    Here's the Daily Commercial News version. https://canada.constructconnect.com/dcn/news/projects/2022/06/tallest-mass-timber-build-proposed-for-toronto?ct=t(DCN_2022_07/06)&mc_cid=6e91e3f53a&mc_eid=a60185aced
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    Toronto Pearson International Airport

    This was expected to be funded by office developments on airport land. It was one of the big new non-aeronautical revenue sources, an area they've been growing (parking, restaurants, retail, ...) to reduce airline fees after being crowned the most expensive airport in the world. I expect it's...
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    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    As seen from platform 4/5.
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    Metrolinx: Finch West LRT

    As with all TTC routes, service provided will depend on ridership, with a minimum service threshold. If it's not that way at the start, someone will eventually cut the excess service. Looking at current Finch West bus schedules, it'll probably be around 5 to 7 minute frequencies during AM/PM...
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    VIA Rail

    Except when there are major political events in Toronto or Montreal; in those cases you might find Business Class sold out for the entire day before and economy with plenty of remaining space.
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    Toronto | The Well | 174.03m | 46s | RioCan | Hariri Pontarini

    18 cents/kwh vs 34 cents/kwh in London. Lots of things contribute to that, but ultimately above-ground electrical is much cheaper than underground both to install and maintain.
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    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    CCTV monitored by building security, who issues a trespass notice if you refuse to leave. 24/7 on-site security is standard in office buildings.
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    Toronto | East Harbour \'1B\' Office Tower | 218.55m | 44s | Cadillac Fairview | KPF

    Perhaps not on spec, but I could see them taking a non-trivial loss on the first building (on the first round of leases, under NDA of course). They have a 2 billion dollar incentive to have a structuer and customers in place very quickly after East Harbour GO station opens. If the area looks...
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    VIA Rail

    This is very much in line with something David Collenette would, and has, pushed it the past. I hope it works out better than the original privatized UPX proposal.
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    Union Park | 303.26m | 58s | Oxford Properties | Pelli Clarke & Partners

    The residential bits may move quickly, but the office portion will almost certainly come after The Hub (shovel ready; better location).
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    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    Agreed. I don't see inter-city truck sizes being reduced. Fleet (tractor) standardization is of non-trivial benefit for both manufacturing and maintenance, and we need at least one model capable of hauling a standard container so this seems the obvious standard to follow. But very few retailers...
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    TTC/Metrolinx: Scarborough Subway Extension

    Interest rate increases may make budgets near the end of his second term interesting, as older bonds start to rollover at the higher 2023 rates. I'm not expecting any major projects beyond what is already underway, though Ford budgets have surprised me (nearly every year). Incidentally, does...
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    Toronto Pearson International Airport

    There are a few European discount airlines which get pretty close (FreeBird in Turkey for example); I don't think they have any flights long enough to worry about hotel credits. No, I was making the assumption the customer wants to get to their destination. A refund would likely be something...
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    Toronto Pearson International Airport

    A lot of Air Canada's customer service issues could be resolved through changes to their app and website. For a flight cancellation, customer service only really needs to mark the entire flight as cancelled; after that a free flight credit could be issued (internally) for a certain time range...
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    No, it's strictly for ELRT. Pantograph wiring is considerably heavier than what trolley polls typically use: the wires are a larger gauge, there are more of them, and they have weights for tension. TTCs transitional wiring can support both, but isn't very durable and will most likely be...

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