Regulations

low-carbon vanguard

Real estate primed for low-carbon vanguard

Canada's Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance suggests there is more untapped opportunity than coordinated action in a market grappling with emerging imperatives for climate-related financial disclosure and integrating ESG measures.
Commercial ratepayers

Few favours for commercial ratepayers in 2018

Tax ratios for 11 of Canada's largest cities demonstrate that commercial ratepayers consistently carry a disproportionate share of the municipal property tax burden.
cannabis

Cannabis legalization calls for drug policies

How can companies adapt to the monumental change of cannabis legalization? The short answer is to implement a drug policy.
more smokers

More smokers stoke litter and fire risk

Business, professional and public interest groups are devising and deploying strategies to promote common sense and minimize risk, discord and environmental fallout.
condo law

Fate of outstanding condo law reforms unknown

The fate of some of the recent changes Ontario’s condo laws remains unknown after the change in provincial government three months ago.
Green Energy Repeal Act

CDM mandate survives Green Energy Repeal Act

Selected provisions enabling some of Ontario's key energy and water conservation programs will be transferred to the Electricity Act.
general operating bylaw

General operating bylaws due for update

Many corporations’ operating bylaws contain provisions that are either inoperative or inconsistent with the latest amendments to the Condominium Act.
Smoothing of tax inequities

REALPAC calls for smoothing of tax inequities

An illogical quirk in the apportionment of business education tax continues to undermine competitiveness for some of Ontario's major cities, advocates for the commercial real estate sector maintain.
construction site security

Site security comes under renewed scrutiny

Construction site security is under renewed scrutiny after a member of the public gained access to a downtown property and scaled a crane.
hot weather plans

Hot weather plans get a workout in summer 2018

Workplace health and safety practitioners advise that measures to safeguard building services personnel from heat stress should be fairly straightforward.
Energy efficiency messaging

Energy efficiency messaging reset in Ontario

Energy efficiency advocates are working to enlist broader support and leverage existing influential backers at a time when government commitment is becoming more uneven across North American jurisdictions.
records

Navigating a new process for requesting records

As of Nov. 1, 2017, there is a new process under the Condominium Act, as amended, for making and responding to records requests in condo corporations.
warranty coverage

Maximizing common element warranty coverage

An engineer offers tips for maximizing common element warranty coverage to get construction deficiencies resolved in new condo complexes.
property tax grant

Developers decry pullback on property tax grant

Rules for the program are set to change, making the timing less than ideal for development proponents still awaiting a decision based on the original criteria in place when they submitted their applications.
development

Digging into development under Premier Ford

How might Ontario’s development landscape shift as the PCs take over the provincial policy levers from a 15-year-old Liberal government?
furniture

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.
retrofit incentives

Alberta retracts promised retrofit incentives

Despite information posted on the Energy Efficiency Alberta website for more than a month, commercial customers do not qualify for the new incentives announced in May 2018.