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When the developer next door comes calling

With construction booming and land scarce, condo buildings in urban areas may face a situation where a neighbouring developer requires access to their land.
construction

Construction side effects carry deadly risks

Living through construction may be a fact of life for city dwellers, but living through construction can be a fact of life and death for hospital patients.
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Condo conversions to see expanded warranties

Starting next year, builders and vendors of residential conversion projects will have to register with Tarion and get approval to proceed with their plans.
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Builders abuzz about cannabis legalization

Ontario’s residential construction industry is anxiously awaiting tools from the province to help it uphold its workplace health and safety obligations when recreational cannabis becomes legal next year.
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How contractor claims for extras should be prepared

In Ross Clair v. Canada (Attorney General), the Ontario Court of Appeal held that a contractor’s $1.437 million claim for extras was barred because the
community hubs

Interim report released in Tarion review

An interim report in Tarion review flags calls for a dedicated section for and further rules unique to condominiums in the new home warranties legislation.
glass balcony guards

A guide to glass balcony guards and breakage

In the past few years, there have been many cases of glass balcony guards breaking. An expert explains why this happens and how to mitigate the risk.
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Dangerous defects and professional liability

In many cases insurance is unavailable, developers are unwilling or unable to help and condominiums end up repairing construction deficiencies themselves.
University of Ottawa

Consultation dates released for Tarion review

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services this week released consultation dates and locations for the Tarion review, following a stretch of silence that, for some, raised questions about the terms of engagement.
intensification

Intensification impacts on millennial consumers

A new report on the impacts of residential intensification on consumers makes recommendations for consumer education, planning policies and more.
Avison Young

Resolving disputes by arbitration

Construction contracts often call for disputes to be “finally resolved” by way of arbitration in order to exert some control over the process, keep disputes out of the public record, and manage costs.
construction injuries

Working at heights standard takes effect in April

A new working at heights training standard aimed at preventing deaths and critical injuries in the Ontario construction sector takes effect April 1.
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Alberta firm convicted under Safety Codes Act

In a landmark decision released on November 3, 2014, the Provincial Court of Alberta found Williams Engineering Canada Inc. (Williams Engineering) guilty of creating unsafe conditions contrary to provincial safety legislation.
Construction Safety

Why consider pre-qualifying contractors

A property management company has a health and safety program in place; its employees are well-trained and aware of the hazards they face in the
Businessman in wheelchair

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

Navigating year one in a new condo building

Owners in a new condo building may want to strike a steering committee to oversee the transition from declarant-appointed board to owner-elected board.
Bill 104 land-use planning

Tercon: five years later

In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada affected a shift in contract law when it decided the case of Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. British Columbia (Tercon). That case precipitated two major changes to the law governing exclusion clauses (clauses limiting or excluding liability).