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medical cannabis

Medical cannabis a prescription for uncertainty

Rental housing industry advocates have been urging the Canadian government to review and modify rules governing the cultivation of plants for personal medical use.
cannabis

Recreational cannabis use to become legal this fall

Is it time for condo boards and property managers to brace for reefer madness? It may depend on which condo lawyer they ask.
cannabis

Cannabis in the multi-residential living space

On October 17, the new Cannabis Act will officially take effect, and no one is more alarmed about the pending challenges than landlords and tenants.
Investment property

Investment property imperils preferred tax rate

The new rules capture the demographic of investors who own small low-rise residential or mixed-use commercial-residential buildings as a sideline to their main business ventures.
marijuana

Landlords seek cannabis veto

With the Cannabis Act set to make recreational pot use legal throughout Canada, landlords are demanding the right to ban the divisive substance within their rental units before the law officially takes effect July 1.
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Thermal metering regulations coming to Canada

While oversight of electricity and gas metering has been in place for quite some time, thermal metering has remained unchecked in Canada. But not for long.
development

Big data backs medium-density development

The development of courtyard apartments, multiplexes and town homes could be among the building blocks of better housing affordability in Ontario.
money laundering via real estate

Money laundering via real estate scrutinized

Recent guidance from the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada sets out 39 indicators that should prompt parties involved in facilitating real estate deals to contemplate purchasers' or vendors' motives.
telecom

CRTC decision addresses telecom access in condos

Let a fourth telecommunications service provider in, or risk losing all Internet access. That was the headline version of an Aug. 15 Canadian Radio-television and
thermal metering

Thermal metering crosses the pond

Thermal metering, already widespread in Europe, is expected to gain traction in Canada as the technology becomes more accessible.
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An affordable remedy to a national crisis

Affordable housing shortages for working Canadians have hit critical levels in most major cities across Canada. For years, grim statistics of growing waitlists far outpacing the number of affordable rental units under construction have made headlines nation-wide. Despite the alarming numbers, not much in the way of viable, sustainable solutions have been presented. That is, until now...
low-income housing

Boosting Canada’s low-income rental market

Affordability is a concern for many Canadians, but low-income rental households face the greatest set of challenges. With the federal election fast approaching, party leaders have been busy unveiling plans to tackle what is being dubbed an “affordable housing crisis.”
security

Canadian security strategy enlists landlords

Bill C-51, the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act, would give CSIS a broader mandate, including entry, search and installing equipment in buildings.
Election

When political canvassers come knocking

Condo boards and staff can't restrict political canvassers from reasonably accessing condominiums during municipal, provincial or federal elections.
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Lighting efficiency on the agenda for 2014

A previously postponed phase-out of incandescent light bulbs is set to go in most Canadian provinces in 2014.
stairwell

Caution afoot

Engineering and life safety specialists are currently examining stairwell concerns in preparation for possible new or revised rules that would be introduced in the 2015 National Building Code.
REMI

Employers enlisted to prompt workers’ savings

Quebec’s voluntary retirement savings plans (VRSPs) to capture workers not formally enrolled in company pension or group retirement savings plans.