Fraser: Infrastructure stimulus spending a waste

Infrastructure projects have very long timelines and by the time shovels hit the ground the recession is usually over and recovery has begun, think tank argues

Fraser: Infrastructure stimulus spending a wasteLooking to discretionary public infrastructure investments as a response to economic downturns may be a poor policy choice, suggests a new study released Wednesday by public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute. The Fiscal Policy and Recessions: The Role of Public Infrastructure Spending report said infrastructure spending is not an effective policy for stimulating the economy…

Businesses must develop emerging leaders

We don’t recognize that times and technology have changed, we’ve been holding the organization back or we’re just exhausted by our years of leadership

Businesses must develop emerging leadersIt wasn’t the several times I almost died on the job. It wasn’t when I fell off roofs or rolled heavy equipment. But I can remember the day and time I knew I had to get out of construction. It was -35C and I was demolishing a gas station for my employer. As I went…

Moncton builds it and they come

Yes, a downtown can be revitalized. But how to do it successfully – as Moncton has – remains a bit of a mystery

Moncton builds it and they comeIf there’s anything special about the much-ballyhooed Moncton Miracle, it’s that this New Brunswick city manages to thrive despite itself. That could be said about almost all successful municipalities, of course. But one look at this community’s downtown core five years ago and you would not have detected anything remotely resembling gritty determination. Look anywhere…

Homes should be as unique as the people who live in them

Brigitte Lepage talks about the Capstone Custom Homes values of caring for clients, being accountable, innovative and passionate

Homes should be as unique as the people who live in themBrigitte Lepage is co-owner of Capstone Custom Homes. What is Capstone Custom Homes and what does it do? Lepage: Capstone Custom Homes is a luxury custom home builder based in Calgary. We’re also a relationship builder, a people-focused business that builds outstanding homes. The relationships that we have with our clients and everyone we deal…

Better-designed buildings make people’s lives easier

Tomasz Sztuk of Sztuk Architecture explains why focus on long-term sustainability, efficiency and good detailing pays off

Better-designed buildings make people’s lives easierTomasz Sztuk is owner of Sztuk Architecture. Tell me about you and your company. Sztuk: I’ve been practising architecture in Canada since 1991. Before starting my own firm, Sztuk Architecture Inc., in 2013, I worked in Calgary in capacities ranging from junior architect, to director of design, to principal. In addition to running my own…

Chateau Laurier to be defaced because leaders wouldn’t lead

What no one wants will now be built on some of the most historic land in the country, in an architectural environment in Ottawa that ought to receive heightened protection, not less

Chateau Laurier to be defaced because leaders wouldn’t leadThe Château Laurier fight is over. The hideous extension will be built and Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa will be despoiled as it will now dwell in the shadow of an enormous shipping container. It’s astonishing that the only ones who defended the hotel’s extension on the merits themselves were those being paid. What no…

Canadians to spend less this year on home renovations

Half of Canadians plan to renovate their home this year but the average spend is the lowest it’s been in six years

Canadians to spend less this year on home renovationsCanadian homeowners are continuing to cut back on home renovation spending this year, with the average spend the lowest in six years, according to a CIBC poll released on Tuesday. The annual CIBC Home Renovations Poll found that 49 per cent of Canadians plan to renovate their home this year, but the average spend of…

Walmart investing $200 million in Canadian store renovations

The company said about 3,250 construction jobs will be created to support these upgrades.

Walmart investing $200 million in Canadian store renovationsWalmart Canada is investing over $200 million in its store network, with a focus on refurbishing and refreshing 31 stores across the country over the next year, including five stores in Alberta. The company said about 3,250 construction jobs will be created to support these upgrades. The five renovated Alberta stores are in Calgary (Westbrook),…

National housing market faces shakeup

Ben Myers of Bullpen Research & Consulting talks about how markets are changing across the country

National housing market faces shakeupBen Myers is president of Bullpen Research & Consulting Inc. What does your research tell you about today's consumer and what they’re looking for in a new home? Myers: Location remains the top priority for buyers, that hasn't changed. However, different demographic segments have much different priorities after location. In speaking with realtors and developers,…

Investment in new Alberta housing construction dips

But spending on apartment building construction in the province rose following several consecutive year-over-year drops

Investment in new Alberta housing construction dipsInvestment in new housing construction declined by 6.4 per cent year over year in Alberta to $711.6 million in July, says Statistics Canada. In a report released on Thursday, the federal agency also said that in Canada investment in new housing construction increased 1.7 per cent year over year to $5 billion in July. The…