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Building services seen as precarious employment

Cleaners, security guards, parking attendants and building-specific food service workers could attain union certification through a streamlined one-step process if proposed amendments to Ontario's Labour Relations Act are adopted.
Waterdown Library and Civic Centre

Library facility reads like ‘fragment’ of its landscape

The new Waterdown Library and Civic Centre is designed to read like a ‘fragment’ of the Niagara Escarpment over which it cantilevers.
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Using technology for safe building evacuations

An expert highlights how new systems help first responders deploy their resources more efficiently during building evacuations.
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Complex alternative to carbon tax questioned

Commercial and multi-residential real estate owners will catch a significant share of the fallout from Ontario's pending cap-and-trade system, but a projected natural gas price increase in the range of $0.84 to $1.05 per gigajoule is lower than carbon tax rates in British Columbia or Alberta.
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UBC library facility takes a page from Harvard

UBC has taken a page from Harvard with its newly opened Library PARC facility, using a model that extends the shelf life of books from 30 years to 300.
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How FMs can support employment standards

The latest phase of accessibility regulations in Ontario may concern employment standards, but facility managers have a role to play in compliance.
REMI

Accessibility, ergonomics and AODA compliance

As of 2015, anyone renovating or constructing a public space must meet new building code requirements. Here's how one company achieved AODA compliance.
energy reporting

Toronto puts energy reporting proposal on pause

An energy reporting requirement for large buildings is likely coming to Toronto. The only question is: Will it come from the city or from the province?
Universal design

Expanding the frontiers of universal design

Universal design encompasses much more than physical accessibility, as three Interior Designers of Canada members recently explained in a panel discussion.
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Enforcing Smoke-Free Ontario Act changes

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Toronto's smoking bylaws recently changed. A tobacco enforcement inspector shares what property owners and managers need to know.
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Fire safety fundamentals for seniors’ homes

The Quebec government has moved quickly to mandate sprinklers in seniors' homes following recommendations from Coroner Cyrille Delâge.
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Urbanization is the new normal: report

Urbanization is the new normal, according to PwC and the Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015 report. The publication, now in its
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Compliance with AODA lessens liability risk

Many of Ontario’s building owners and managers are now struggling to decipher requirements for barrier-free access in the Ontario Building Code (OBC), under the Accessibility
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Delineating where private property rights end

The City of Toronto is investigating the use of visual aids to delineate where private property rights end and public property begins. The move follows
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Workplaces may face radon testing requirements

A proposed bill would require owners of enclosed workplaces in Ontario to conduct radon testing and mitigate unsafe levels of the naturally occurring gas.
Queen's Park

Real estate industry tags Ontario election issues

The real estate industry names Ontario election issues that will affect the sector, and outlines how this election has killed some proposed bills.
Queen's Park

Ontario Municipal Board reform still polarizing

Calls for Ontario Municipal Board reform are on the rise. But the OMB is a contentious issue, and experts cannot agree on how to move forward.