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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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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Media, News

 

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Centro Square Condos

Centro Square Condos, Liberty Development’s newest condominium development. Centro Square Condos Ideally situated in the heart of Vaughan, at the corner of Highway 7 and Weston Road. Centro Square will add a thriving residential community to one of the 905’s most dynamic commercial/retail corridors. Located at the former site of the iconic Al Palladini car dealership, Centro Square Condos will give purchasers unequalled access to the hundreds of stores, restaurants, cafes and offices that sit adjacent to the site (along both Highway 7 and Weston Road).

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Well served by public transit (with a planned subway extension coming soon), the location is centrally located between Highways 407,401 and 400, which, makes getting anywhere in the GTA by car, VIVA or TTC a dream.

Set on a prime site, the mixed-use Centro Square development will consist of two residential towers joined by a podium, over 100,000 sq. ft. of office space, and approximately 162,000 Sq.Ft. of retail.

Designed by the award-winning teams at Kirkor Architects, and Hefele Makowka Design Associates, Centro Square Condos will, in itself, become of one of Vaughan’s newest destination developments.

Priced from the mid-$200’s, the first residential tower will stand 33 storeys and have 445 suites. Each unit will boast a range of contemporary features and finishes, including nine-foot ceiling heights, balconies and walk out patios (on “garden level” suites).

Featuring modern, functional kitchens, each offers granite countertops, European-style cabinetry, ceramic tile backsplashes and a stainless steel appliance package. Bathrooms will boast marble countertops, ceramic tile floors and tub surrounds, recessed cabinetry in the master bath, and a white acrylic soaker tub.

Rich with amenities, Centro Square Condos will offer residents access to a media room, yoga studio, party room, swimming pool with whirlpool, exercise room, golf simulator and multi-purpose room.

Centro Square Condos Tower A VIP Price List & Floor Plan Available Upon Request

Deposit Structure:

  • $5,000 with Offer
  • 5% less $5,000 in 30 Days
  • 5% in 90 Days
  • 2.5% in 270 Days
  • 2.5% in 360 Days
  • 2.5% in 600 Days
  • 2.5% in 720 Days
  • 5% Due on Occupancy

Parking:

$28,000 per spot (HST inclusive)

Monthly Maintenance Fees2:

$0.49/Sq. Ft., plus Hydro (metered separately) for each individual unit consumption)

Estimated Taxes4:

1% of purchase price per year

Tentative Occupancy4:

September 30, 2015

Floor Premiums: Floor Price Increments vary. Please consult the sales consultants for details.

Suite Features3:

  • Granite kitchen countertops
  • Marble or granite bathroom countertops
  • European-style kitchen cabinets with 36″ uppers
  • Ceramic tile backsplash
  • 4 stainless steel appliances plus washer and dryer (white)
  • Laminate flooring in foyer, kitchen, living/dining room, den & bedrooms (if applicable)
  • 9′ Ceilings

Building Amenities3:

Party Room and private membership in Club Liberty, which includes, exercise room, Multi-Purpose Room, Media Room, Yoga Room, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and change rooms, card room, golf simulator, and outdoor green rooftop terrace

Number of Suites: 652

Number of Levels: 33

1Prices and availability subject to change without notice. All areas and stated dimensions are approximate. Actual living area, usable floor space and square footage may vary from stated floor plans. All prices, figures, sizes, specifications, information and choices of vendor’s samples are subject to change without notice.
2Maintenance fees and taxes are approximations/estimations only and are finalized on condominium registration.
3Per Condominium Disclosure and subject to feature and finishes sheet Notes, vendor’s plans and vendor’s samples.
4As per respective Agreement of Purchase and Sale.
©Liberty Development Corporation, 2012. All rights reserved. Brokers Protected. E. & O. E. August 02, 2012.
 

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Noir Condos

Noir 87 Peter

The New Black

Mysterious. Flirtatious. Intoxicating. That’s the power of Noir Condos. On Peter Street at King. Straddling the imaginary divide between finances and frivolity. Chic urban condominium living with a cool city vibe. Elegant suites that embody your personal style. Step into the back and never look back.

NOIR CONDOS COMING SOON TO PETER STREET.

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Building Features & Amenities

 

  • Soaring glass tower designed by Core Architects Inc.
  • 24-hour Concierge
  • Welcoming lobby with visitor seating lounge
  • Party room with adjacent bar lounge and media lounge
  • Dining room that can be closed off separately for private functions
  • Convenient catering kitchen
  • Games room with billiard tables, open lounge seating, unique wall niche seating and walk-out to a landscaped outdoor terrace
  • Main outdoor terrace features lounge seating, BBQ facilities and dining areas
  • Theatre lounge with pod seating
  • Fully-equipped gym with separate cardio and weight areas
  • Separate yoga room for yoga and/or exercise classes
  • Luxurious water spa including individual hot tubs, water massage beds, water walls, showers, a co-ed steam room and walk-out to an outdoor terrace
  • Manicure / pedicure room
  • Treatment room
  • Men’s and Women’s change rooms
  • On-site management office
  • Two luxurious hotel-styled guest suites
  • Four passenger elevators
  • Convenient on-site bicycle storage

 

General Suite Finishes

 

  • 9′ ceilings in all Principal Rooms with lower bulkheads in some areas to accommodate mechanical and electrical distribution systems
  • Ceiling heights are measured from the concrete floor slab to the underside of the finished ceilings above
  • Full-height*, thermally-insulated energy efficient windows
  • Awning-style operable windows
  • Solid core security entry door with designer hardware
  • Interior hollow core swing doors or barn-style sliding doors*
  • Wood baseboards and coordinated door casings
  • Laminate flooring** in foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, den* and bedroom*
  • Porcelain or ceramic tile flooring in bathroom**
  • Ceramic tile flooring in laundry area
  • Six (6) brand name appliances, including in-suite laundry with stacked Energy Star washer and dryer
  • Individually controlled centralized heating and cooling comfort system

 

Kitchen

 

  • Unique custom-designed kitchen cabinetry** with focal integrated light feature by Mike Niven Interior Design
  • Quartz countertop** with ceramic**, porcelain** or glass** tile backsplash
  • Stainless steel under-mounted sink with single lever pull-out spray faucet
  • European-style appliances, including:

 

Built-in Energy Star refrigerator with custom panel front matching kitchen cabinetry

 

Self-cleaning, slide-in stainless steel range with glass cooktop

 

Built-in 18″ Energy Star dishwasher with custom panel front matching kitchen cabinetry

 

Stainless steel microwave oven

 

Integrated exhaust fan built into kitchen cabinetry

 

  • Decorative track lighting

 

Master Ensuite / Main Bathroom

 

  • Custom-designed vanity** by Mike Niven Interior Design with cultured marble vanity top**, integrated sink basin and single lever faucet
  • Full width vanity mirror with linear designer wall sconce
  • Soaker tub or shower*
  • Chrome-trimmed clear glass shower door*
  • Full height ceramic** or porcelain*” wall tiles in tub / shower enclosure
  • Ceramic** or porcelain”* tile feature wall by Mike Niven Interior Design
  • Temperature-controlled pressure balance shower faucet
  • Separate vapour resistant ceiling light in shower*
  • Designer selected white plumbing fixtures
  • Exhaust fan vented to exterior

 

Second Bathroom

 

  • Custom-designed vanity** by Mike Niven Interior Design with cultured marble vanity top**, integrated sink basin and single lever faucet
  • Full width vanity mirror
  • Shower with chrome-trimmed clear glass door
  • Full height ceramic** or porcelain** wall tiles in shower enclosure
  • Temperature-controlled pressure balance shower faucet
  • Separate vapour resistant ceiling light in shower
  • Wall mounted decorative light fixture
  • Designer selected white plumbing fixtures
  • Exhaust fan vented to exterior

 

In-Suite Laundry

 

  • 24″ front-loading Energy Star washer and dryer

 

Life Safety and Monitoring Systems

 

  • Concierge monitoring system includes strategically placed surveillance cameras and two-way voice communication stations with call buttons in common areas and garage
  • Personally coded suite intrusion alarm system, with suite door contact and keypad connected to Concierge desk for the ultimate in security
  • Personal remote panic alarm on key chain for use in garage
  • Controlled access to the amenity area floors
  • Hardwired in-suite smoke detectors
  • In-suite sprinkler system

 

Electrical and Multi-Media Features

 

  • Individual service panel with circuit breakers
  • Pre-wired for cable T.V. and telephone
  • White Decora designer series receptacles and switches throughout
  • Distinctive ceiling fixture in foyer, kitchen, den* and hallways*
  • Capped ceiling outlet in dining room*

 

Green Features

 

Suites

 

  • Individual hydro meters for separate hydro billing and resident control over hydro consumption
  • Individually controlled centralized heating and cooling system for resident control over energy consumption
  • Energy saving construction materials, including superior wall insulation and double-glazed windows
  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints and adhesives
  • High pressure, low flow showerheads, faucets and dual flush toilets for water efficiency in bathrooms
  • Premium quality Energy Star appliances, including

 

front-loading washing machine designed to conserve water and detergent

 

refrigerator

 

dishwasher

 

Community

 

  • Energy efficient lighting in common areas, including motion sensors to reduce electricity use
  • Timed carbon monoxide monitoring in parking garages to increase efficiency of fans used for fresh air distribution
  • Convenient building facilities for sorting household recyclables
  • Easily accessible and secure bicycle parking areas

 

* As per plan. ** Colours and/or materials to be selected from Vendor’s standard sample packages. Principle Rooms consist of the Living Room, Dining Room, Den* and Bedrooms. Specifications are subject to change without notice. All room measurements and sizes are approximate. Builder may substitute materials for those provided in the plans and specifications provided such materials are of quality equal to or better than the material provided for in the plans and specifications. Decorative and upgraded items displayed in the furnished model suites and sales office are for display purposes only and are not included in the purchase price. E. & O.E. 12/04/12

 

 

Noir Condos Price List

 

Prices are Available Upon Request

 

 

By indicating your interest in Noir Condos at 87 Peter Street at this early stage, you’ll be among the first to be invited to view Price List and Floor Plans and take advantage of coming in to our Insider member.

 

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