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Study: Cannabis policies in Canadian workplaces

Canadian employers have reacted admirably to the legalization of cannabis, but there is still room for improvement. This is according to a Conference Board of Canada examining how home-grown businesses are managing the implications of cannabis on the workplace.
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Tourism momentum tests Toronto and Vancouver

A new index of tourism-related economic development potential in 49 global markets plots Toronto and Vancouver among nine cities that are experiencing pressure from a growing influx of leisure attraction seekers.
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RHF Accessibility Professional Network launches

RHF has launched an Accessibility Professional Network, a professional association developed to bring together the accessibility community.
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NB confers on industrial property assessment

A standing committee of New Brunswick's legislative assembly is exploring whether equipment and machinery used in manufacturing and industrial processes should be factored into the assessed value of the property.

Report: Improving safety in long-term care facilities

A public inquiry requested by the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) has resulted in numerous recommendations to enhance the safety and care of residents in long-term care facilities.

2019 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence now open

Sponsored by Canadian Architect, the national awards pay homage to project designs across the country and are open to all architects registered in Canada.
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Carbon pricing reappears on Ontario gas bills

Carbon pricing has been reinstated on Ontario's natural gas bills 10 months after utilities were instructed to remove the levy that the provincial government has been seeking to quash.

Birgit Siber receives SBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) is set to bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award to Birgit Siber, a long-time principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Feds invest $8.8M in Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

The new 86,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2021.
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Offbeat locales hold co-working space bargains

Despite shared status for the lowest office vacancy rate in North America, co-working space in Toronto and Vancouver appears generally more affordable than in major markets in the United States.
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Calgary tower features distinct curtain wall system

The new 707 Fifth AAA office tower in downtown Calgary features a distinctive, curved glass curtain wall system that is highly energy efficient.
Exterior design of Parks Canada's new purpose-built collection storage facility. © Moriyama and Teshima Architects and NFOE Architects, a joint-architectural venture. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)

Parks Canada reveals design for new collection facility

Parks Canada is developing a purpose-built collection storage facility to house archaeological and historical artifacts representing Canada's natural and cultural heritage.

ASHRAE releases HVAC handbook

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has released two new reference guides for the facility management community.
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Retrofit fund draws on carbon pricing revenue

Grants of up to $250,000 are available to small business operators in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan for energy-saving and emission-reducing building retrofit projects.

Whitehorse compost facility undergoing green upgrades

The Government of Canada has earmarked $3.3M from its Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) program to support upgrades to Yukon’s Whitehorse Compost Facility. The funds will

IFMA announces 2019/20 board, exec committee

The newly-elected IFMA team will oversee the association's operations, which support facility management professionals across 100 countries.
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Order of Canada honourees grace buildings sector

Donald Schmitt, Principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects, and Raymond Cole, Professor Emeritus at University of British Columbia's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, are among 83 new appointments announced prior to Canada Day.