Barbara Carss

scrutiny of accessibility

Canadian Property Management

Ontario aims to relax scrutiny of accessibility

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing says the underlying principle of improving accessibility will be maintained, and connects the revisions to the government's commitment to cut red tape that is slowing down the production of new housing.
property tax breaks

Construction Business

Alberta enables long-term property tax breaks

Newly adopted amendments to Alberta's Municipal Government Act extend provisions that were initially devised to support the rejuvenation of derelict brownfields to all non-residential properties.
talent attraction efforts

Canadian Property Management

Making space for talent attraction efforts

Commercial real estate's core function as a provider of workspace serves as something of a living lab for the industry's own human resources strategies.
Alberta energy efficiency programs

Canadian Property Management

Alberta energy efficiency programs in question

Ontario draws on the legacy of more than a dozen years of programming, while Energy Efficiency Alberta has had little time to capture public or capital planners' attention.
Global adjustment status quo

Canadian Property Management

Global adjustment status quo foreseen into 2020

The current formula for allocating global adjustment costs is generally thought to be locked in for at least another year. Changes in the conservation and demand management regime are unfolding more rapidly.
dislodge drug dealers

Canadian Apartment Magazine

New rules could help dislodge drug dealers

Proposed amendments to Ontario's Cannabis Control Act would allow authorities to lock down and bar entry to residential dwellings in the course of laying charges
Ontario Fire Code

Canadian Apartment Magazine

Ontario Fire Code to add steeper fine bracket

More stringent fines and an extended period for prosecutions are slated to come into force 30 days after the Ontario legislature adopts the Budget Measures Act.
unpaid building code advisors

Canadian Property Management

Ontario spurns unpaid building code advisors

The 2019 Ontario budget lists the Building Code Conservation Advisory Council among 10 provincial agencies deemed to be unnecessary or imprudent expenditures.
Ontario fee revenue

Canadian Apartment Magazine

LTB collects $13 million in Ontario fee revenue

The volume and sum of Tribunal admin charges exceed most other tolls tied to commercial real estate and/or professional and skilled personnel who work in the industry.
CDM program delivery

Canadian Property Management

Ontario reroutes CDM program delivery

Local distribution companies have been the prime drivers of the Conservation First Framework, tasked with collectively attaining 7 million megawatt-hours of energy savings in the 2015-2020 period.
new home warranty

CondoBusiness

Manitoba sticks to optional new home warranty

After first postponing the date the legacy legislation from its predecessor would come into force, the provincial government now plans to repeal the New Home Warranty Act.
pace of change

Canadian Property Management

Pace of change still sluggish for women in CRE

Commercial real estate is a notable multidisciplinary industry that increasingly risks a notorious reputation for the largely uniform composition of its leadership ranks.
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.