Barbara Carss

Industrial properties

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Ontario cues agenda for industrial properties

The action is included in a list of initiatives associated with Bill 66, the proposed Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, even though none of the bill's dozens of legislative amendments pertain to the Assessment Act.
2018 investment returns

Canadian Property Management

Some drag in buoyant 2018 investment returns

A surging industrial sector helped to counterbalance slipping retail values and push up 2018 investment returns on Canadian commercial real estate.
suburban office parks

Canadian Property Management

Mixed uses to ease into suburban office parks

The new policy would give developers a basis to challenge any local government's veto of non-employment land uses in suburban office parks.
clothing donation bins

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Clothing donation bins may pose liability risk

Commercial property owners who host clothing donation bins could run afoul of their province's Occupiers Liability Act or Occupational Health and Safety Act should an incident occur.
climate change first responders

Canadian Property Management

Climate change first responders speak out

Engineers and physicians underscore some of the most worrisome vulnerabilities they see, framed through the lens of their professional concerns and responsibilities for public health and safety.
Rollout of RHFAC

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Rollout of RHFAC continues cross-Canada

Real estate operators can look to CSA-accredited professionals for guidance on making buildings more welcoming and workable for people of all abilities.
Barbara Carss

REMI Network

REMI Network’s Barbara Carss wins Canadian Online Publishing Award

Barbara Carss, editor-in-chief at the REMI Network, won a Canadian Online Publishing Award for three articles examining how new tax policies could affect commercial real estate.
low-carbon vanguard

Canadian Property Management

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.
more smokers

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

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.
medical cannabis

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Medical cannabis a prescription for uncertainty

Rental housing industry advocates have been urging the Canadian government to review and modify rules governing the cultivation of plants for personal medical use.
Green Energy Repeal Act

Canadian Property Management

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.
cleaning products industry

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Cleaning products industry blasts research

The American Cleaning Institutes chastises the slate of 15 authors affiliated with health sciences faculties of six Canadian universities for overlooking the role disinfectants play in infection control.
hot weather plans

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

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

Canadian Property Management

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.
climate risk

Canadian Property Management

Climate risk serves up shocks and stressors

Measures to avoid or minimize flood damage and prepare for long-term power outages now rank among the most cost-effective design decisions and capital investments that building owners/managers can make.
urban pressures arise in step with proptech

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Urban pressures arise in step with proptech

Toronto conference explores commercial real estate in its urban context, focusing on factors that support or threaten economic growth, investment returns, urban liveability and sustainability.
risks to commercial real estate

Canadian Property Management

Balancing the risks to commercial real estate

Senior ranking valuation specialists agreed that new uncertainties around fraying trade agreements, political instability and climate volatility have broadened the scope of their worries well beyond rising interest rates.