Risk Management

Environmental mishaps can herald personal liability

Canadian Property Management

Environmental mishaps herald personal liability

Personal liability is a mounting possibility for directors, officers and supervisors of organizations that run afoul of environmental regulators or are on the losing side of civil litigation.
BOMA Canada

REMI Network

BOMA Canada honours national award winners

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) hosted its second virtual National Awards Gala on October 21, 2021.
Pandemic paperwork piles up with new vaccination attestation protocols

Canadian Property Management

Pandemic paperwork piles up with new protocols

Pandemic paperwork is becoming more voluminous for commercial landlords as a growing list of influential tenants ask for proof that building personnel have two valid COVID-19 vaccinations.
healthcare facilities 

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Guidelines inform resilient healthcare facilities 

Newly released guidelines offer a standard for approaching the planning and designing of healthcare facilities from a resiliency perspective.
pandemic

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Pandemic expands an aging workforce

The pandemic is pushing people to reconsider their post-work-life ambitions.
vaccination policies

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Building well-rounded vaccination policies

A smart risk management strategy includes two distinct vaccination policies to seperately address employees and tenant use of non-essential amenities.
water damage

Canadian Apartment Magazine

5 ways to mitigate losses from water damage

While climate change has increased the prevalence of weather-related floods, water damage due to plumbing and appliance failures happen daily—and sadly, they are often preventable.
reserve funds

CondoBusiness

Reserve funds ignore climate target impacts

We should be asking our reserve fund planners to look at the Paris accord target dates and compare the end-of-life replacement of our gas-burning appliances against the target dates.
EV

CondoBusiness

Scanning the road ahead for EV-ready condos

As the country moves to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, questions are brewing among people living in multi-unit dwellings.
cybersafe

Canadian Facility Management & Design

A cybersafe return to the workplace

At last, our buildings are ready to catch up with the conveniences and expectations that future users have come to expect in the 21st century—and COVID has been the much-needed accelerant for this transformation in the building industry.
condo collapse

CondoBusiness

Could a Florida condo collapse happen in Ontario?

How would this scenario unfold in Ontario? Leaving aside the construction process itself, there are vast differences between Ontario and Florida condominium laws that would have given the Champlain towers significant added protections following registration.
Yorkdale

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Yorkdale becomes first Canadian retail centre to achieve GBAC STAR accreditation

Yorkdale is the latest Canadian facility to achieve the certification, which indicates that best infection prevention practices are in place.
procurement

CondoBusiness

Three red flags of risky procurement practices

Federal scrutiny of condo procurement should be sufficient reason for diligent condo boards to examine their procurement practices.
ergonomics

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Re-visiting office ergonomics for a safe return

For employees transitioning daily between different workstations, management may want to standardize equipment so employees can easily learn how to adjust equipment and not have to relearn each workstation type.
structural safety

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Collapsed high-rise spotlights structural safety

The recent collapse of a Florida residential building is an unimaginable tragedy that underscores the importance of structural safety and the consequences that could result from a failure.
closure safety plans

Construction Business

Are your COVID safety plans good enough?

A construction site closure can happen even with the best COVID precautions and safety plans in place. Vigilance and due diligence are key.
fire code

CondoBusiness

Condos lag on fire code compliance

Fire plans may need an overhaul as the resident population ages, building systems are updated, and renovations alter the layout of floors or rooms.