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mental health

Fewer Canadians report ‘sense of belonging’ at work 

More than half of Canadians are doing their job when feeling unwell on a weekly basis. The mental health scores among this group are significantly below those who report never working while feeling unwell.
remote building inspections

Remote building inspections to get code clarity

A proposed amendment to the Ontario Building Code would explicitly allow for alternatives to building inspectors’ physical presence on construction sites.
Glenbow Museum

Calgary’s Glenbow Museum begins massive overhaul

Calgary's Glenbow Museum kicked-off a three-year, $120-million renovation that will eliminate barriers to accessibility never considered when the building was designed in the 1970s.
Buildings urged to brandish orange for Truth & Reconciliation Week

Buildings urged to brandish orange Sept. 30

Orange is the designated colour to show support and build awareness within commercial and institutional buildings as Canada prepares to mark its first official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
hospital staffing

B.C. begins bringing hospital staffing back in-house

B.C. says the move is an attempt to improve wages and work environments and make frontline work more desirable.
race2reduce prepares to mark 2021 milestones

Race2reduce prepares to mark 2021 milestones

This year’s top achievers in the friendly competition with serious intent will be announced on September 16 when the annual CREST (commercial real estate sustainability trailblazers) awards are bestowed.

Study finds ‘serious difference’ in viability of different masks

A new study from the University of Waterloo found the most common masks, primarily due to problems with fit, filter about 10 per cent of exhaled aerosol droplets.
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Majority of businesses plan mandatory vaccination

Majority of Canadian businesses are making or plan to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for their employees.
Fitwel Viral Response

BentallGreenOak sets record with Fitwel Viral Response

The achievement represents the largest portfolio of commercial real estate properties in Canada to earn the certification.
ESG benchmarking tallies continued global uptake

ESG benchmarking tallies growing global uptake

The 2021 GRESB real estate results, slated to be released later this fall, will draw from a database of 1,520 entities collectively reporting on 117,000 assets valued at USD $5.7 trillion.

CNC opens new Vanderhoof campus for trades

A new Vanderhoof campus of the College of New Caledonia (CNC) has officially opened to meet the growing demand for trades training.
facilities management market

Facilities management market predicted to surge

Market growth of US$660.29B over the next 4 years is expected to be spurred by rising demand for smart facilities & increasing emphasis on outsourcing building management services.

iOFFICE merges with SpaceIQ

A new merger between iOFFICE and SpaceIQ creates one of the most complete workplace technology companies in the world as the era of hybrid work unfolds.
Heatwave conditions and operational shortfalls pose challenges in some Ontario LTC homes

LTC operational shortfalls bared in heatwave

Heatwave conditions and operational shortfalls are posing challenges in some Ontario long-term care homes that do not have central air conditioning.
Senate of Canada Building

Senate of Canada Building wins International Architecture Award

Diamond Schmitt in joint venture with KWC Architects has won a 2021 International Architecture Award for its design of the Senate of Canada Building in Ottawa, Ontario.

SmartCentres unveils largest digital art gallery of its kind in Canada

SmartCentres unveiled Canada's largest, permanent low-res LED art installation in SmartVMC, its flagship 100-acre master-planned city centre in Vaughan.
outdoor dining

New handbook proposes designs for safe outdoor dining

Researchers at Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism have created a design handbook that envisions new ways to enjoy safe outdoor dining in Ottawa during and after pandemic restrictions.