Are government employees sicker than the rest of us?

Too sick for work can be a subjective term.

I must admit I’ve pushed the limits and found myself exiled from the office on more than one occasion for coming to work when I should legitimately be at home.

I would say my average yearly sick days would even out around 3 or 4 maybe.

Which puts me well below recent statistics that say government employees are averaging in at 12.2 days lost per year.

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More than just a place to rest your head

The modern hotel concept sprung up in Europe around 1768.

Before hotels, travelers pitted in at coaching inns which tended to the needs of the traveller and their livestock.

Travel was considerably less common due to restriction of time and distance prior to the proliferation of the railway system.

But with advances in travel came the need for short term lodging.

To say we’ve advanced past seeking a place to lay our head, however, is understatement.

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Midtown Common erases all signs of Sears

“I think we’re eating in linens right now,” I said casually to my mom recently.

We were taking in the tastes offered by Midtown Common, the new Midtown Plaza food court located in the Sears vacancy.

Any semblance of the historic retailer, however, has all but disappeared.

The shopping space has been replaced with exposed concrete and a modern look.

Basically everything Sears wasn’t.

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Now that’s how you throw a music festival

It isn’t a summer music festival unless you’re trudging around in mud. At least that’s what Craven organizers over the years have led us to understand.

But what if I told you that isn’t the case everywhere?

What if a festival site was thoughtfully designed with drainage, sound control and amenities that could serve up to 65,000 people?

Montreal’s redesign of Parc Jean Drapeau has achieved just that.

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Do I have a deal for you

There are many real estate investors who wish they’d just got into a market before a boom.

Appreciation of real estate investments has made many people wealthy over time.

For those willing to take the risk, the reward can be real.

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Maintaining a safe social place of community within a city core

The vibrancy of a city’s core creates the fabric of the community. A safe downtown gathering place provides an ambiance that reverberates throughout the city.

Who decides the definition of “safe”? 

It’s a subjective word that may have different meaning to different people. I have my own translation and believe that “safe” is achievable.

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When time is not on your side

A focus on deal timelines are a necessary evil in our commercial real estate world.

They are the thread that binds conditional lease and sale transactions.

But what happens when issues arise beyond your control that negate those agreed upon timelines?

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