Security & Life Safety

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New rules could help dislodge drug dealers

Proposed amendments to Ontario's Cannabis Control Act would allow authorities to lock down and bar entry to residential dwellings in the course of laying charges
Ontario Fire Code

Ontario Fire Code to add steeper fine bracket

More stringent fines and an extended period for prosecutions are slated to come into force 30 days after the Ontario legislature adopts the Budget Measures Act.
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Flood recovery in four steps

There are four basic steps that those responsible for a property need to take to help manage disasters such as floods.
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Lounge furniture targeted as multi-res fire risk

Some condo lobbies may be looking spare lately because the lounge furniture that usually occupies these spaces is being targeted as a fire risk.
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Lighting design that illuminates condo security

Lighting design can make a big difference in the safety and security of a condominium.
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Integrated security solutions add new layer

The intrusion detection system (IDS) is slowly being incorporated into integrated security solutions in condominiums.
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London fatal fire sparks high-rise safety concerns

The fatal fire that ripped through a 24-storey apartment tower in London, England, on Wednesday, June 14th, has left the city traumatized. Deemed one of the deadliest of its kind in the recent history, the blaze in the 120-unit Grenfell Tower council housing block has resulted in 30 confirmed deaths and dozens of lives still unaccounted for.
fire safety

Fire safety steps for high-rise building owners

A recent fire in a Toronto high-rise apartment building has put the spotlight back on fire safety after numerous residents had to be rescued by Toronto Fire Services. Though no injuries were reported, the incident is a reminder that Fire Safety Plans are critical—especially when building fire alarm systems are rendered inoperative due to repair and maintenance projects.
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Tragedy accentuates fire safety in buildings

Following the recent tragic fire in Oakland, California, fire safety and legal experts are reflecting on the confluence of deliberate and inadvertent omissions that underlie most calamities.
winter safety tips for condo managers

Five winter safety tips for condo managers

December has been seasonably mild, so winter safety tips may not be top of mind for condo managers. But now is a good time to prepare for coming weather.
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Spate of condo blazes sparks safety campaign

A spate of condo blazes in Alberta has reignited conversations about the perennial fire safety risk posed by cigarettes in multi-residential buildings.
Apartment Building

Balcony mishaps in residential towers

Most Canadian cities see up to ten residential high-rise balcony- and window-related accidents per year. Here is an inside look at why they happen and how to help prevent them.
Building security

How building design influences condo security

Condominium security and the management of security services can be challenging if the three main bodies that govern the service (the condo board, property manager
VRCA industry B.C. wildfires

Fire safety fundamentals for seniors’ homes

The Quebec government has moved quickly to mandate sprinklers in seniors' homes following recommendations from Coroner Cyrille Delâge.
Disaster Prepardness Plan

Effective disaster management for condos

The massive floods that occurred in southern Alberta and the Greater Toronto Area in 2013 are just a few examples of the rising prevalence of natural
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Detecting marijuana grow operations

Marijuana grow operations can be the gateway to health, safety and financial risks that endure long after criminal activity is discovered and shut down.Rental housing operators often suffer the consequences, and a recent report to the Alberta government suggests they should be more proactively involved in detecting grow operations on their properties.
Apartment balconies

Restoring balcony slabs and railings

Weather damage can severely damage balcony slabs and railings. CMCH's Gasparro outlines the repairs required at one Ottawa apartment.