Supreme Court of Canada has sided with Competition Bureau and gave a big victory to Toronto house buyers and sellers. Supreme court said that starting now housing sold pricing could be available online.
Before you could get that data (sold housing prices) only from licensed real estate broker. Real estate websites were banned from publishing that data online. That meant that you had to deal with one of roughly 50,000 real estate brokers to get that info via fax, email or in person.
Canada’s Competiton Bureau has been fighting Toronto Real Estate Board for over 5 years before coming up with this big win.
Board chief executive, John DiMichele , at Toronto Real Estate Board said that it
“will be studying the required next steps to ensure such information will be protected in compliance with the tribunal order once that comes into effect.”
Competition Bureau said that everyone should have the right to that info while Toronto Real Estate Board said that would violate their clients privacy.
Toronto home sales data is now free to be published online.
Canada’s largest real estate board has officially lost (for the 3rd time!) its seven-year legal battle to keep basic info (i.e. recent selling prices of any given home) private. https://t.co/SdbL3UeTfT
Watch out Uber, Lyft is finally coming to Hog Town as earlier announced. The ride sharing operation has finally confirmed that by Christmas December 2017 you will be able to catch a ride with Lyft in Greater Toronto area as well as City of Hamilton. This is Lyft’s first expansion outside of the US market, where they operate in approximately 300 U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles and provide about 18.7 million rides a month.
Lyft made an announcement early this Monday:
“We’ll begin outreach to drivers today and will have additional information on timing in the coming weeks. Wherever we are, we know it matters how you get there, so we’ve got our toques on. From brunch in Bloordale and belly laughs on Mercer St to polishing off some late-night poutine at your favourite burger joint out in Woodbridge, we know Toronto is the place to be.”
This announcement is followed by a long battled out road that Uber had to take with taxi industry and City of Toronto to get ride sharing legalized earlier last year. The ride sharing industry no longer needs to operate in the shadows.
Lyft is so desired in Toronto that 50,000 people in the city have downloaded the app despite the fact it has no local presence … until now. https://t.co/DI3eiiryEh
Lyft will be around to help ring in the holidays, so if you’re in Toronto, just tap to request — ’cause for the first time in TO, we’ve got your ride.
Lyft is coming to Canada at times when some provinces taken tough stance against Uber to protect the taxi unions. Province of Quebec, mostly French speaking second most populous, Canadian province , has recently introduced draconian new laws not seen anywhere in North America where if you want to operate part time for Uber you need to jump through hassles just like a regular taxi driver. Uber has urged the province to reconsider and has until end of the year to cease operations in the province.
“We’ve confirmed that the new training requirements that would impede our ability to operate do not have to be initiated for a few months, and we are committed to working with the government over this period,” the Uber Quebec statement reads.
So how can Toronto visit Waterloo and vice versa on daily basis? Well now you would need to be stuck in traffic of around 4 hours round trip. Or take Go Train for around the same time of about 4 to 5 hours wasted.
Do not fret, starting November 6, FlyGTA will offer daily flights to the Waterloo region from downtown Toronto from Monday to Friday. Their planes will seat eight passengers, and only cost $129. No need to be a big hustler to afford one of these trips. And if you travel a lot – the tickets can become as cheap as $105 one way. The flight itself will only take 18 minutes.
MakerKids is the #1 kids workshop in Toronto. Thousands of kids have taken our STEM programs in Coding, Robotics and Minecraft. Our Camps, After-School & Weekend Programs and Birthday Parties empower children to be creators, not just consumers.
Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?
Jenn Turliuk is the CEO of MakerKids. Jenn had a transformative and empowering moment when she coded a website at 12 years old that received thousands of views. This propelled her take on more challenges and give her self-confidence. Jenn then continued her studies as an adult at NASA’s Singularity University where she studied how to connect education and exponential technologies.
Jenn’s career highlights include doing marketing and PR for the Matterform 3D Scanner crowdfunding campaign (which raised over $471K – the most-funded Indiegogo campaign outside the US), helping build a 3D printer for a music video, launching an SMS-based disaster relief project during Hurricane Sandy, being selected as a Startup Chile entrepreneur (as part of a program run by the Government of Chile to foster entrepreneurship locally), creating her own self-education program which involved being 1 of the top 6 finalists in a competition to shadow Dave McClure of 500 Startups, leading the Canadian launch of Tide Pods (P&G’s biggest launch in 27 years), running Canada’s largest business plan competition (the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition), writing one of Forbes Greatest Hits articles and doing a TEDx talk in Spanish.
MakerKids is designed and created by industry professionals and makers (NASA’s Singularity University graduate, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and speakers from Queen’s University). Our instructors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including music, theatre, 3D design, game design and engineering. What all instructors have in common is the love for teaching! How are you being financed?
We have programs and camps throughout the year. We also teach our programs offsite at many schools.
What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?
There are many perspectives about technology and many about children, media and digital technology. When kids should go online? How much screen time? We realize that many kids are already introduced to video games, computers and phones before they come to MakerKids. Our goal at MakerKids is to encourage kids to use technology positively, effectively and wisely. Technology can do a lot of good and people can do a lot of good – that is one of the values we push. There is apprehension about the new digital world (for adults and kids) and we this is a concern we have considered.
How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?
Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds. We search many sources and industries to find the best fit. Experience teaching and working with kids is key. We have created premium training over the years to teach our new instructors our approach to teaching, coding, robotics and Minecraft.
See video of instructors at MakerKids:
Who is your biggest competition?
Coding and kids STEM programs are a growing industry and new. The landscape is always changing and there is much space for all of us to grow. The more kids reached, skills learned, and positive change that can happen are wins for us.
How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues? In what markets?
We have been in Toronto for over 6 years and we are always looking to grow and expand. This may be in the form of additional locations and school programs.
What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.
Technology, which affects STEM education, is always changing. This means we always stay current, move quickly and be well versed with emerging technology. We were the first and largest makerspace for kids and have unique programs you can’t find anywhere else. This is a big success for us by propelling the maker movement here in Canada and abroad further.