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Some questions

It might help if you advised:

a: Which way your unit faces?
b: Are there any other buildings (within a kilometer) between you and the CN tower? 30 degrees to the left? 10 degrees to the right?
c: Do you have a balcony? Can you erect an antenna on it?
 

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Your main problem is location. At your distance from the "flamethrower" (CN Tower) you should get CTV and CBC with a paperclip. (I'm on the other side, in Mississauga and can get them using the exposed end of a coax connector.)

But you have the mass of your own building plus an apartment building jungle looming above you (your height indicates about the eighth floor) blocking things.

Try wandering about your unit with a simple "rabbit ear" antenna (on a long cable) and see if you can get anything from some "sweet spot". Try the balcony and aim at other buildings that might reflect a stronger signal. (Toronto, that is - doubt Buffalo is in the cards.)

The gain of an antenna is a function of its "size" (effective aperture) and its directionality (plus efficiency); you might be further ahead with a large reflectorless design of the GH or something along the lines of the "Scatter Forager" or "The Sieve" that could be placed flat against a wall (and covered with some "artwork"). You might also look at "The Stealth Hawk".

In short, I'd suggest you try something simple to see if there is any purpose to a more complex build.

The caveat about wood is its moisture content (natural or absorbed from exposure to the elements) which can play hobb with the signal. For an indoor "flat" design, a simple Styrofoam insulating slab with the wires pressed into it may be quite workable.
 
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