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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.
live-in superintendents

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Ontario leaves live-in superintendents exposed

For now, market demand and the goodwill of employers are still the prime determinants of superintendents' working conditions.
building services

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

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.
Grenfell_Tower_fire

Canadian Apartment Magazine

London fatal fire sparks high-rise safety concerns

The fatal fire that ripped through a 24-storey apartment tower in London, England, on Wednesday, June 14th, has left the city traumatized. Deemed one of the deadliest of its kind in the recent history, the blaze in the 120-unit Grenfell Tower council housing block has resulted in 30 confirmed deaths and dozens of lives still unaccounted for.
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.
development

CondoBusiness

Big data backs medium-density development

The development of courtyard apartments, multiplexes and town homes could be among the building blocks of better housing affordability in Ontario.
energy conservation programs

Canadian Property Management

Alberta rolls out energy conservation programs

Commercial business operators and broader public sector entities such as health care facilities, schools, universities and colleges can claim for partial refunds of applicable purchases made since March 24 of this year.
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.
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.
commercial electricity customers

Canadian Property Management

Commercial electricity customers mull decision

Newly expanded eligibility for Ontario's Industrial Conservation Initiative could be even more punitive for smaller customers on the losing side of cost redistribution.
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.