Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts | 156.05m | 45s | Daniels | RAW Design


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Dec 7, 2007
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Corner parkette/plaza shaping up.



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About the Award
The Ernest Assaly award is named after Tarion's first Chair of the Board of Directors, who led the Board from 1976 to 1988.
An esteemed builder in his own right, Mr. Assaly also served as President of three different organizations: the Ottawa-Carleton Home Builders' Association, the Ontario Home Builders' Association, and the Canadian Home Builders' Association. In 1986, Mr. Assaly was inducted into the Home Builders' Association Hall of Fame.
Each year, the Ernest Assaly Award will celebrate one Ontario residential builder who has demonstrated a continued commitment to Mr. Assaly's values of building quality and innovation, customer service, and community involvement.
While Tarion's Homeowners' Choice Awards focus primarily on customer service, and are determined entirely by new home owners, the Ernest Assaly Award is similar to a lifetime achievement award. Only select builders are invited to participate, and the recipient is determined by our Board of Directors, based on a broad range of criteria (see below).
Award Nomination Criteria
To be considered eligible for an Ernest Assaly Award nomination, an Ontario builder must:
  • Have been registered as a builder for at least 10 years;
  • Not be a current Board member;
  • Not be a previous winner of the Ernest Assaly Award;
  • Have an "above average" rank on our customer satisfaction surveys, compared to industry peers; and,
  • Have completed a minimum of 50 home possessions within the last 10 years.
Additionally, each nominee, including companies under an umbrella organization, must have:
  • No chargeable conciliations;
  • No valid "alerts" or "flags" on their record;
  • No reserves (current or potential);
  • No paid claims;
  • No Notice of Proposals (to revoke Tarion registration) within the last 10 years;
  • No outstanding balance greater than 60 days;
  • No Unwilling/Unable status; and,
  • No illegal building convictions or fines.
Another key component of the award's criteria is each nominee's ongoing commitment to:
  • Workmanship;
  • Employee Development;
  • Social Responsibility;
  • Innovation; and,
  • Customer Service.


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All these garbage exteriors is a product of today's disposable culture. We used to make things to last. A television set was good for 15+ years. Now we throw things away after a few years and we build things to fall apart quickly. These building exteriors are no different. We used to build things to last a century yet these facades often have a shelf life of 20 years maximum.

No wonder they don't spend money on them. Unfortunately we predictably end up with buildings that look cheap, uninspired, boring, and/or ugly. Perhaps when all these facades start failing in 2030-2050 consumers will get angry enough that things will change.

It's to the point that cheap, crappy exteriors is becoming Toronto's signature. Maybe people around the world will start calling a building 'Toronto style' if it looks cheap, boring, and of poor quality.
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