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Want to be more innovative? Don’t watch the news.

Want to be more innovative? Don’t watch the news.

Some of the most creative people I know decided long ago not to watch TV news. I used to find their decision curious. This past week, I decided it was brilliant.

After a few minutes of tears on Friday, I decided that watching sensationalized news for more than a few seconds violates my commitment to remain boyishly optimistic. My decision was reinforced over the weekend. Every time I surfed past a news channel, I immediately felt the optimism being sucked out of me. Bickering politicians arguing about metaphoric cliffs, sordid details of kids being gunned down, and smarty-pants journalists deeply committed to forcing each and every issue under the left and right lens threatened to squash the ideals of the most committed optimists.Enough.

Einstein said, “The most important decision a man will ever make is whether he lives in a friendly universe.”

Since I spend my days with people committed to changing the world, I can tell you that Einstein’s words are fundamental to entrepreneurship and innovation. Great leaders believe they live in a friendly universe. They believe the world is conspiring to make it successful. What about you? If not, perhaps you’re watching too much news.

Years ago, I heard a wonderful story about two shoe salesmen. As the story goes, they were both sent to a third world country—at the time, probably China—to sell shoes. After a couple of weeks, the sales manager calls the first salesperson and asks for a progress report. “It’s terrible over here. Nobody wears shoes!” reports salesperson number one.

But the second salesperson’s report is completely different. He says, “It is unbelievable over here. Everybody NEEDS shoes!”

People who believe they live in a friendly universe are looking for opportunity at every turn. People who believe they live in an unfriendly universe look to be persecuted. They live in fear, and fear is the enemy of creativity.

There is goodness all around if you are looking for it. You may notice that people are living almost twice as long as they did 200 years ago. You may notice that there are tens of millions of children being equipped with education and information never before available to them. You may notice the power and availability of technology to change the world—for good or evil, depending on the lens we choose to create.

This is not a media-bashing piece. News directors have made a choice that is totally understandable in our capitalistic system. They want to attract as many people as they can so they can get the most money possible for the commercials that run within their broadcasts. And so, as every young reporter is told from day one, “if it bleeds, it leads,” meaning the bigger the tragedy the bigger play the story will receive.

I understand their choice. I simply think it is wrong. More important, I am aware of the negative effect it has on my friends and me. And so, with this awareness comes choice; and I choose to ride the remote when misery makes money.

Here’s a question I’d like to end with. Is our media helping to create a country of optimistic believers or fearful nonbelievers?

I think you can answer that question with another. Would you let your 7-year-old watch the news? If the answer is “no,” then perhaps you should opt out for the same reason.

We need people who believe that they can change the world. At age seven, I bet you thought you could change the world. I’ve got news for you. You still can.

Source: Forbes (Mike Maddock, Contributor)

 

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IT Lofts

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IT Lofts is a boutique loft residence, located in Little Italy where it meets Little Portugal and Dufferin Grove.

Say ciao to la dolce vita in downtown’s favourite neighbourhood. Rising seven storeys above the stylish streets of Toronto’s Little Italy, IT Lofts put you at the centre of vibrant city living. Great nightlife, beautiful residential streets, and charming shops, cafes and restaurants offer a modern European vibe you won’t find anywhere else in Toronto. IT’s the ideal place to live, work and play, all within blocks of home.

In fact, IT’s the perfect place to call home.

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With architecture that’s geometric, angular and remarkably varied, this is no cookie-cutter construction project. IT Lofts is an artful blend of design and function that merges glass and concrete with striking marble accents, dark with light, recessed spaces with jutting elements. It all works together to create a harmonious structure that’s unexpected, exciting – and remarkably beautiful.

The Finishing Details

Suite Features

  • ceiling height in principal rooms is 9ft or 10ft†
  • floor to ceiling windows†
  • sliding doors open onto the balcony† and terrace†
  • exposed concrete ceilings and in all areas except the bathroom, powder room†, washer/dryer room and foyer†
  • exposed round concrete columns†
  • white painted interior walls
  • 4” baseboard and 2 1/2” door casing
  • slab style bathroom, closet and washer/dryer room doors with brushed chrome hardware
  • glass sliding door(s)† to bedroom
  • vinyl coated wire shelving in all closets and storage areas†
  • full-size stacked Energy Star™ washer and dryer
  • individually controlled heating and air conditioning system utilizing a heat pump system
  • gas BBQ connection provided on all terraces† and balconies†
  • hose bib provided on all terraces†

Kitchen

  • custom designed kitchen cabinetry with island† in a selection of finishes*
  • quartz surface counter top*
  • back-painted glass backsplash*
  • single bowl under-mount stainless steel sink
  • single lever deck mounted faucet set with pull-out spray
  • integrated and stainless steel appliances – Energy Star™ frost free refrigerator, Energy Star™ dishwasher, gas cook top, and electric built-in oven
  • integrated exhaust hood and microwave oven

Bathrooms

  • custom designed bathroom cabinetry in a selection of door finishes*
  • rain style shower head
  • full width mirror
  • porcelain wall tile* on all wet wall surrounds (bathtub and shower†) and vanity wall
  • white bathroom fixtures
  • deep soaker bathtub† with tiled skirt
  • pressure balanced mixing valve in the bathtub and shower†
  • exhaust fan vented to the exterior

Floor Coverings

  • engineered wood floors* throughout with the exception of the bathroom(s) and washer/dryer room
  • porcelain floor tile* in bathroom
  • ceramic floor tile in washer/dryer room

Safety and Security

  • pre-wired for a personally encoded suite intrusion alarm system
  • electronic communication system located in the secure main entry vestibule. guests in the main entry vestibule can be viewed on the resident’s television
  • surveillance cameras in the lobby, and main entry vestibule
  • key fob controlled access system at all main building entry points and parking garage
  • smoke and carbon monoxide detectors provided in all suites

Electrical Fixtures

  • individual electrical panel with circuit breakers
  • white ‘decora style’ receptacles and switches throughout
  • ceiling mounted track lighting in kitchen
  • ceiling mounted light fixtures in foyer† and hallways†
  • pot lights in bathroom(s) and powder room†
  • capped ceiling light fixture outlet in dining room†
  • switch-controlled split outlets in living room, den† and bedroom(s)

Multi-media Technology

  • structured high speed wiring infrastructure with network centre to support the latest entertainment and high speed communications services
  • pre-wired telephone, cable television and communication outlets. category 6 telephone wiring to all telephone outlets. rg-6 coaxial cable to all cable television outlets. each cable television and telephone outlet connects directly to the suite network centre
† – as per plan
– from the vendor’s samples
natural products (i.e. granite, wood and marble) are subject to natural variations in colour and grain. tile is subject to pattern, shade and colour variations
if the unit is at a stage of construction which will enable the Vendor to permit the Purchaser to make colour and material choices from the Vendor’s standard selections, then the Purchaser shall have until the Vendor’s date designated by the Vendor (of which the Purchaser shall be given seven (7) days prior notice) to properly complete the Vendor’s colour and material selection form. If the Purchaser fails to do so within such time period, the Vendor may irrevocably exercise the Purchaser’s rights to colour and material selections hereunder and such selections shall be binding upon the Purchaser. No changes whatsoever shall be permitted in colours or materials so selected by the Vendor, except that the Vendor shall have the right to substitute other materials and items for those provided in this Schedule provided that such materials and items are of quality to or better than the materials and items setout herein
the Purchaser acknowledges that there shall be no reduction in the price or credit for any standard feature listed herein which is omitted at the Purchaser’ request;
references to model types or model numbers refer to current manufacturers models. If these types or models change, the Vendor shall provide an equivalent model;
all dimensions, if any, are approximate. Actual useable floor space may vary from the stated floor plans, if so stated;
all specifications and materials are subject to change without notice E. & O.E.;
pursuant to this Agreement or this Schedule or pursuant to a supplementary agreement or purchaser order, the Purchaser may have requested the Vendor to construct an additional feature within the unit which is in the nature of an optional extra. If, as a result of building, construction or site conditions within the Unit or Building, the Vendor is not able to construct such extra, then the Vendor may, by written notice to the Purchaser, terminate the Vendor’s obligation to construct the extra. In such event, the Vendor shall refund to the Purchaser the monies, if any, paid by the Purchaser to the vendor in respect of such extra, without interest and in all other respects this agreement shall continue in full force and effect;
the Vendor shall have the right to substitute other products and materials for those listed in this Schedule, represented to the Purchaser or provided for in the plans and specifications provided that the substituted products and materials are of a quality equal to or better than the products and materials so listed or so provided. The determination of whether or not substituted materials and products are of equal or better quality shall be made by the Vendor’s architect
all suites protected by the Tarion New Home Warranty Program

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Encore Condos

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Encore at Equinox

Monarch Group has announced the launch of the Encore Condos at Equinox Monarch’s final masterpiece in Scarborough City Centre. This exclusive tower is the brand new addition to the incredibly popular community. Encore Condos is just steps from the Loblaws Supercentre, and the 1,300,000-square-foot Scarborough Town Centre, which offers fabulous retail stores, dining and entertainment venues. Enjoy the convenience of having the Scarborough RT and Highway 401 right at your doorstep, meaning you can be in downtown Toronto in minutes. Own a home in one of the hottest locales, giving you everything you need right at your doorstep.

This new luxury development by Monarch offers an affordable lifestyle and includes many modern amenities starting from as low as $139,990*. All suites include expansive windows, balconies, terraces and/or solariums. Choose from studios, one bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, one-bedroom-plus solarium, two-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus solarium suites. Standard suite features include strip laminate flooring in the living/dining room, 40-ounce broadloom in the bedrooms, and contemporary kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertop.

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Features And Finishes

Bathroom

  • Ceramic tile flooring*** from Vendor’s standard samples*
  • Chrome bathroom towel bar and toilet paper dispenser (ceramic soap dish in tub/shower to be white)
  • Contemporary designed vanities*** from Vendor’s standard samples*
  • Cultured marble countertop with integrated contemporary washbasin and single lever faucet
  • Main bathroom vanity to include lockable medicine drawer*
  • Separate shower stall with framed glass door to include ceramic tile from Vendor’s standard samples on shower wall to ceiling (excluding ceiling) with ceramic base to match floor tile*
  • Tub enclosure to include ceramic wall tile from Vendor’s standard samples to ceiling (excluding ceiling)
  • Vanity mirror with designer selected decorative light fixture

Electrical

  • Ceiling light fixtures in foyer, hallway, kitchen, bedroom(s), den and walk-in closet*
  • Individual 100amp service panel with circuit breakers and copper wiring within suite (110/208 volt)
  • Pre-wired for cable TV in all bedrooms, living room and den* and separate telephone line in all the above rooms plus kitchen*
  • Smoke and heat detectors

Foyer

  • Interior designer detailed suite entry with solid core entry door complete with security view port and brushed metal lever hardware
  • Polished porcelain or ceramic tile flooring*** from Vendor’s standard samples*
  • Strip laminate flooring*** from Vendor’s standard samples
  • Suite intrusion alarm and key pad with digital display, featuring concierge to suite digital display communication

Kitchen

  • Ceramic tile backsplash*** from Vendor’s standard samples*
  • Complete brand name stainless steel kitchen appliance package including: 30’” Energy Star ® frost free refrigerator, 30” ceran top stove with self clean oven, 24” Energy Star ® built-in multi-cycle dishwasher and 30” microwave range hood fan vented to exterior*
  • Contemporary designed kitchens. Select cabinets offering horizontal awning style uppers.* One choice of colour for kitchen cabinets from Vendor’s standard samples.
  • Granite kitchen countertop with stainless steel drop-in sink(s) from Vendor’s standard samples*
  • Polished porcelain or ceramic tile flooring*** from Vendor’s standard samples*
  • Strip laminate flooring*** from Vendor’s standard samples*

Laundry

  • Ceramic tile as chosen for bathroom floor, from Vendor’s standard samples, to continue into laundry when it forms part of the bathroom*
  • In suite laundry with white, full sized, stacked dryer vented to exterior* and Energy Star ® front load washer
  • Studio suites features 24” Energy Star ® under counter ventless washer/ dryer all-in-one in kitchen or bathroom*
  • Vendor’s pre-selected white ceramic tile flooring* in laundry

Standard Suite Features

*In applicable suites as per Vendor’s plan.

**Interior bedrooms are those bedrooms without any windows to the exterior

***One choice of colour per room from a range of Vendor’s standard sample colour choices

Purchasers understand that the texture and smoothness of the finish on concrete surfaces will be to concrete forming industry standards. The Vendor shall have the right to substitute other products and materials for those listed in this schedule or provided for in the plans and specifications provided that the substituted materials are of a quality equal to, or better than, the products and materials so listed or so provided. Colours and specific finishes will depend on Vendor’s package as selected. All specifications, dimensions and materials are subject to change without notice. E.& O.E. Tarion Warranty Corporation All Suites protected under Tarion (formerly The Ontario New Home Warranty Program).

 

Construction Pricing now available, prices start from the $200,000s*

Floorplans are not to scale and is subject to architectural review and revision, including without limitation, the Unit being constructed with a layout that is the reverse of that set out above. All materials, specifications, details and dimensions, if any, are approximate and subject to change without notice in order to comply with building site conditions and municipal, structural, Vendor and/or architectural requirements. Actual floor area may vary in accordance with Bulletin 22 published by the Tarion Warranty Corporation. Bulkheads are not shown on floorplans and may be located in areas of the Unit as required to provide venting and mechanical systems. Balconies, Terraces and Patios if any are exclusive use common elements, shown for display purposes only and location and size are subject to change without notice. Window location, size and type may vary without notice. E.&O.E.

 

 

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Gramercy Park Condominiums

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A Private Oasis

Amidst the steel and concrete of New York is a beautiful private oasis called Gramercy Park Condos. A tranquil green space designed and built for the exclusive enjoyment of a privileged few.

Inspired by that one-of-a-kind experience, Toronto now has its own Gramercy Park Condos, an exquisite condominium residence designed around an immaculately landscaped private park.

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A beautiful space where body, mind and spirit can commune with gorgeous nature. A garden of Eden, where residents can escape the strident demands of a bustling metropolis and enjoy a moment of peace and serenity.

Welcome to Gramercy Park Condos. Your private oasis in the city.

Though tucked away in a serene setting. Gramercy Park Condos is just a short walk from the Wilson subway station. From here, residents are conveniently connected to every part of Toronto. An evening date in the theatre district? Just hop on the subway and you’re there within minutes. Shopping at an east end mall? Let “The Better Way” take you there with ease and comfort. Apart from the subway, you have numerous bus routes, highway 401 and a GO Transit bus stop-all within ten minutes of home. At Gramercy Park, you’re well connected with everything the city has to offer.

Features & Finishes

Suite Features

  • The suite entry door is solid core with elegant lever hardware and privacy viewer
  • The suite’s interior doors are semi-solid with the same elegant lever hardware
  • Door casings are wood, with 4” baseboards
  • Interior walls are painted off-white
  • Lavish, 35 oz carpeting adorns bedrooms and dens
  • Laundry area floor is graced with lovely ceramic tile
  • 8’ ceilings in principal rooms on typical floors
  • Spacious 9’ ceilings in principal rooms in ground floor suites in both buildings, along with 9th floor suites in the east building, plus the 10th, 11th and 12th floors in the west building

Foyer Features

  • Ceramic tile flooring*
  • Mirrored sliding closet doors**
  • Quality ceiling fixture

Kitchen Features

  • Stylish custom cabinets*
  • Elegant granite countertop and ceramic backsplash
  • Ceramic tile flooring*
  • Double stainless steel sink** with a single lever chrome faucet
  • Choice of exquisite black or white appliances, including 18 cu. ft. refrigerator, electric range with self-cleaning oven, multi-cycle dishwasher, and over-the-range microwave oven with fan. Plus, white full-size stacked washer/dryer.
  • Three-head track halogen lighting

Bathroom Features

  • Plenty of storage in custom bathroom vanity with full-width lower storage drawer*
  • Lovely laminate counter top* with drop-in sink and chrome sink faucet
  • Vanity mirror with elegant light fixture
  • Ceramic tile flooring with full-height ceramic surroundings for shower and tub*
  • Chrome framed glass shower door in the shower stall**
  • Pressure-balanced chrome tub and shower valve
  • White fixtures

Mechanical, Electrical & Wiring Features

  • Individual season-controlled heating and cooling system
  • Individual remote suite hydro meter
  • Elegant light fixture in the hall and walk-in closet**
  • Dining room features a capped switched ceiling outlet
  • Switched wall outlet in living room, den and bedrooms
  • White Decora-style light switches and receptacles
  • Suites are conveniently pre-wired for TV outlets in the living room, bedrooms and den (where applicable)
  • Also conveniently pre-wired for telephone outlets in the kitchen, living room, bedrooms and den (where applicable)
  • The entire building is pre-wired for high-speed Internet access
  • Hardwired smoke and heat detectors are included in every suite

Building Amenities – The Gramercy Club

  • A beautiful, 2-storey glass-enclosed building filled with incredible conveniences and luxuries
  • 24-hour concierge to cater to your needs
  • Well-equipped fitness room and yoga room
  • Indoor oasis with pool and whirlpool, overlooking an outdoor sun terrace
  • Men’s and women’s change rooms feature steam rooms, showers and lockers
  • Entertain in a well-equipped party room with catering kitchen
  • Enjoy a lovely meal in the private dining room
  • Be entertained in complete comfort in the theatre
  • Enjoy your leisure time in a fantastic games room
  • Pamper your pets in the pet spa
  • Pamper your guests in the two guest suites
  • The community features a live-in superintendent

BONUS WITH PURCHASE

Saffron: 1 parking space, $10,000 cash back AND $5,000 in upgrades

Marigold: 1 parking space, $5,000 cash back OR $8,000 in upgrades

Penthouses: 2 parking spaces and $25,000 in upgrades

Suite Features

Pre-engineered wood veneer flooring throughout (except in kitchen, bathrooms and laundry closet). Electric fireplace with wood surround in living room/dining room, as per plan. Kitchen to include choice of stainless steel, black or white appliances and glass, smooth top self-cleaning range. Pantry or pantry shelving, as per plan and granite countertop with under mount sink. Laundry room to feature full size, side by side washer and dryer. Master ensuite features marble countertop with under mount sink and chrome sink faucet. Powder Room or Main Bathroom (if no powder room) to feature marble countertop with under mount sink and chrome sink faucets.

Multi-media Technology

Pre-wired for cable TV outlets in living room, bedroom and den. Pre-wired for telephone outlets in kitchen, living room, bedrooms and den. Building pre-wired for high-speed internet access. Hardwired smoke and heat detectors in every suite.

The Gramercy Club

2-story glass-enclosed amenity building. 24-hour concierge. Equipped Fitness room and Yoga room. Indoor pool and whirlpool opening onto an outdoor sun terrace. Men and Women’s change rooms with showers and lockers. Party room with catering kitchen. Private dining room. Theatre. Games room. Pet spa. Two Guest suites. Superintendent suite. Private, extensive, landscaped park.

*All prices, figures and materials are preliminary and are subject to change without notice E &O.E. Note: All areas and stated room dimensions are approximate. Floor area measured in accordance with Tarion Bulletin #22. Actual living area will vary from floor area stated. May 19, 2012.
 

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The Mercer Condos

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The Mercer Condos is the newest address in the Theatre District developed by Graywood Developments builder of the upcoming landmark Ritz Carlton Residences.

The Mercer Condos is located on 8 Mercer between King West and john Street and the building contains 33 floors and 415 units sized from 363 to 1133 sq ft. Prices will start around $250,000.

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The Mercer Condominiums at John and King will have amenities that reflect the area it is in. On the ground floor, there will be retail units along Mercer and John Street. The lobby will have a stunning museum of modern design feel and throughout the common areas. Their indoor amenity space on the second floor will have a fitness centre, a party room, a theatre, sauna and spa area, as well as a hot tub.

The Mercer Condos will boast its 10,000 square foot roof top patio terrace on the 6th floor. It will have 42% of the terrace covered with greenery. A host of private lounges, game area, kitchen, dining, cabanas, misting stations, an outdoor screen for “movie under the stars”, and obviously being in Canada, barbecues to complete the Mercer condos amenities.

Building Features

  • 33 Storey brick, stone && glass tower with 6 storey brick podium
  • Architectural design by Brisbin Brook Benyon Architects
  • Interior design by The Design Agency
  • Landscaping by TerraPlan Landscape Architects
  • Stunning Lobby with green living wall, limestone walls and terrazzo floors
  • 10,000 square foot Terrace on 6″ floor with private lounges, games area, BBQ, kitchen and dining area surrounded by green space and reflective pool.
  • Four elevators servicing all levels
  • Scandinavian-Inspired sauna and spa
  • Screening Room
  • Party Room with kitchen
  • Fitness Centre with Hot Tub
  • Lounge
  • 9′ and 10′ Ceiling Heights*
  • All new construction protected under the Tarion Warranty Corporation

Suite Features*

  • Smooth ceiling finish
  • Custom designed solid core suite entry door
  • Plank engineered hardwood flooring
  • Contemporary kitchen cabinetry with extra height upper cabinets and valance lighting under upper cabinets
  • Granite or engineered quartz kitchen countertops
  • Double or single undermount stainless steel sink with a brushed nickel single lever pull out faucet
  • Halogen track lighting in kitchen
  • Glass tile, ceramic subway tile or marble mosaic tile kitchen backsplash
  • 6 Energy star rated appliances
  • Porcelain or ceramic tile tub surround and floor in main bath and powder room
  • Rectangular design, white acrylic soaker tub
  • Master ensuite with frameless glass shower and door
  • Floating vanity cabinet with slab marble countertop and top mount white sink in bathroom
Floor Plans are not to scale and is subject to architectural review and revision, including without limitation, the Unit being constructed with a layout that is the reverse of that set out above. All materials, specifications, details and dimensions, if any, are approximate and subject to change without notice in order to comply with building site conditions and municipal, structural, Vendor and/or architectural requirements. Actual floor area may vary in accordance with Bulletin 22 published by the Tarion Warranty Corporation. Bulkheads are not shown on floor plans and may be located in areas of the Unit as required to provide venting and mechanical systems. Balconies, Terraces and Patios if any are exclusive use common elements, shown for display purposes only and location and size are subject to change without notice. Window location, size and type may vary without notice. E.&O.E.
 

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