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safety management

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

New technology advances safety management

Information technology is safety management, with rapid advances in cloud computing and data management technologies.
condo auditors

CondoBusiness

What board directors should ask condo auditors

It’s important for board members to review the draft financial statements and know what questions to ask their condo auditor before giving their approval.
drone

CondoBusiness

Drone use comes with flight risks for condos

A drone can capture data about the building structure as it scales the envelope, but consider too the images or video it could unintentionally capture.
asbestos

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Existing asbestos stockpile raises concerns

Although Canada is finally banning asbestos-containing products for good by 2018, the government hasn’t yet clarified issues related to existing asbestos.
dogs in condos

CondoBusiness

Much a-doo about dogs in condos

With the growing number of dogs in condos, DNA registration programs have become available that match unscooped waste to offending pooches.
custodial injuries

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Hidden costs of custodial injuries

Cleaning contractors and facility managers that hire their own cleaning staff are often not aware of hidden costs that can result from custodial injuries.
Reliable Elevators Act

CondoBusiness

Reliable Elevators Act passes second reading

If it becomes law, the Reliable Elevators Act would require maintenance contractors to restore out-of-service elevators within 14 days in most buildings.
medical marijuana

CondoBusiness

Can patients grow pot in their condo units?

A recent court decision may have opened the door to medical marijuana patients to grow a limited number of a marijuana plants in their condominium units.
condo manager licensing

CondoBusiness

First condo manager licensing reg finalized

A final version of the first set of rules under new legislation that will establish condo manager licensing is now available online.
special owners' meeting

CondoBusiness

Can a condo owners’ meeting be discriminatory?

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal dismissed applications alleging discrimination in a case of a special owners' meeting that fell on a religious holiday.
electrical work

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Safety considerations for electrical work

A recent survey of managers in Ontario indicates that about 40 per cent don’t realize the Ontario Electrical Safety Code applies to work in their buildings.
condo board

CondoBusiness

When private interests infiltrate the condo board

Governance challenges and financial issues abound when condo board directors become motivated by self-interest.
elevator repairs

CondoBusiness

MPP proposes time limits for elevator repairs

Han Dong, the Liberal MPP for Trinity-Spadina, is proposing to set time limits for elevator repairs with a private member's bill.
Roehampton

CondoBusiness

Unit owners sell boutique buildings to developer

The sale of a property in midtown Toronto that closed in January marks Ontario’s first case of unit owners terminating a condo corporation by vote.
condo insurance claims

CondoBusiness

Many condo insurance claims arise from liability

Experience as an insurance broker specializing in the condo segment shows that the majority of claims arise from liability.
waste diversion

CondoBusiness

Toronto cracks down on waste contamination

The City of Toronto is cracking down on bylaw infractions concerning the co-mingling of garbage and recycling in bins put out for municipal pick-up at multi-residential properties.
workplace safety

CondoBusiness

Workplace safety tips for property managers

Coordinating building systems and dealing with a variety of issues personal to clients’ homes have the potential to place property managers in harm’s way.