(Source: The Globe and Mail)

In a nod to a summer construction season hit by Toronto’s civic workers strike, the city expects to issue up to 500 building permits over the next two weeks. But the green light, announced Tuesday by Mayor David Miller, only applies to permits submitted before the June 22 strike by locals 79 and 416 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“We want to help Toronto residents and businesses carry on with planned construction and renovation projects as best we can,” said the mayor. Hundreds of permits are ready to go – those in luck are asked to wait to hear from the city – with several hundred more under review by officials. A spokesman for the development industry, and others with projects in limbo, sounded relieved. “This is summer, this is when we build,” said Stephen Dupuis, president of the Building Industry and Land Development Association, which represents major developers and home renovators. “This is our window of opportunity.”

Read the full article by Jennifer Lewington “Toronto to issue building permits submitted before strike began” in The Globe and Mail (July 22, 2009).

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