The CBC‘s recent No Fixed Address series has drawn some much needed — albeit controversial — attention to Toronto’s red-hot rental market.

If you haven’t kept up with the string of stories, here it is in a nutshell: journalist Shannon Martin, self-described as “small but cute” — just like her former apartment — lived in a 454-square-foot condo rental for $1,650 a month, plus hydro. Underlining the similar living circumstances of her friends, she reports, “Whether we work in media, pharmacy or public relations, most of us are forking well over 50 per cent of our paycheque to put a roof over our heads.”

Hustle. That was Martin’s way of making it work. That is, until she received an email from her property manager that rent was about to increase to $2,600. Read: a 454-square-foot condo for $2,600 a month. She called up the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board and got a two-word answer: you’re screwed.

A reality? Maybe. Screwed? Not exactly.


So starts Jessica Green’s latest piece for Toronto Storeys. She aims to prove that $1,000 actually CAN get you a great rental in the GTA – and breaks it down with some luxurious examples from Greenwin Inc.

Read Jessica’s full piece on Toronto Storeys right now.

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The Cursive team extends our congratulations to Greenwin’s Jenny Affe on being named to the HRM Hot List 2017!

As the Vice President of HR, Jenny has played an integral role in shaping Greenwin’s award-winning team. Here is what HRM had to say about her accomplishments:

“One of Jenny Affe’s key accomplishments over the past year has been the implementation of a leadership development program that allocates time twice a year for people managers and managers-in-training to go off-site and participate in workshops for leadership competencies. Affe facilitates the full-day program, along with similar programs, while overseeing the usual full spectrum of HR services for more than 400 employees.

In 2017, Affe and her team plan to focus on digital initiatives that will drive efficiencies, such as introducing a self-service employee model and an online absence reporting system, following the recent integration of a new payroll and HRIS. They also aim to launch Greenwin University, an in-house training and peer program to deliver a customized onboarding experience, depending on location and role.”

See the full HRM Hot List 2017 here.

Learn more about Greenwin, one of Canada’s leading property management firms, by visiting their website.

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We were proud to attend the Fight for Youth fundraising event on March 9, with all proceeds going to the Believe to Achieve Organization.

Our friend Spider Jones hosted the fete, featuring young boxers and celebrities.

Believe To Achieve Organization (BTA) is a registered non-profit that assists kids, ages 8-16, in after-school personal development and mentorship programs. The after-school drop in centre at Jane and Finch provides food programs, study groups for homework help, computer rooms, teaching guides and motivation and support with caring adults.

Join Spider Jones for the next Fight for Youth event in St. Catharines on May 13. Buy your ticket right here.

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