People don't realize that Canada is quite ahead in vaccination compared to most of its peers such as Germany, France, Japan, Australia. Only a handful of major countries are ahead of Canada. But of course criticizing is always more fun!
IBM Canada has announced plans to increase its headcount and consolidate its physical presence in Toronto, as it looks to support flexible, return to in-person work and 500 new hires in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
As part of the move, IBM plans to merge its four existing Toronto offices at Spadina Avenue, Bloor Street, King Street, and Wellington Street into a new downtown Toronto office at 16 York Street.
IBM said the transition to a single hub was “accelerated over the past year when virtual work environments became commonplace.” The company’s new, larger office, which is set to open in November, will include an artificial intelligence (AI) and hybrid cloud client showcase centre, collaboration space for IBM employees and clients, and space for IBM Garage, a design approach to innovation and digital transformation.
One of my favourite buildings, though biased as I grew up just down the street. I am also a fan of IBM's other building on the NW corner (now called Liberty Centre), just not quite on the same level as the NE corner. Both are quite anti-urban with huge parking lots and expansive landscaping, mostly a product of their times.
This is an interesting move as centralizing in the downtown core seems to me to be a vote for transit oriented commuting (which given the pandemic was an uncertain premise at least in the short-term).