Nearly 40% of Toronto homes not owner-occupied, new figures reveal

Statistics Canada data suggests investors drive housing market and prompts fears that Vancouver-style affordability crisis could be spreading More than a third of Torontos condominiums are owned by people who dont live in them, according to new government figures which suggest that more cities across Canada could be facing a growing struggle with Statistics Canada show that 39.7% of Toronto condos are not owner-occupied, meaning they are either vacant, rented or used as a second property. The new statistics offer further evidence that people now view housing as an investment, and not necessarily as a place to live, said Andy Yan, the director of 12% of families can afford to own a home, and where nearly half of condos are …

Which is the most hayfever-prone city and is ‘botanical sexism’ to blame?

Allergy sufferers from Tokyo to London are struggling as pollen levels surge in cities, possibly due to a preference for male trees In 2016, Melbourne experienced a rare and extreme case of thunderstorm asthma that led to ten deaths and 8,500 people being abundant allergenic pollen. Some are dioecious plants, which have their own distinct sex, and some are monoecious plants (those with male and female flowers on the same plant) that have been cloned to be male. The last few times I was in London, for example, almost every single willow tree I saw was now a male clone; almost all of the bay trees being sold and planted were males; virtually all of the many species of poplar …