Health & Safety

Saskatchewan ends exemptions for smoke and CO alarms in older residential buildings

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Sask ends exemptions for smoke and CO alarms

Saskatchewan landlords and homeowners will have to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in older residential buildings that were previously exempt. Enforcement begins July 1, 2022.
Heatwave conditions and operational shortfalls pose challenges in some Ontario LTC homes

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LTC operational shortfalls bared in heatwave

Heatwave conditions and operational shortfalls are posing challenges in some Ontario long-term care homes that do not have central air conditioning.
virtual tours of optimal post-pandemic space configurations available

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Post-pandemic space configurations on view

Working with the furniture distributor, NUA Office, Colonnade BridgePort has developed a primer to help companies welcome back their workforces and acclimatize to new levels of awareness and concern about healthy indoor environments.
Indoor temperatures must be logged in Ontario long-term care homes

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Indoor temperatures logged in Ontario LTC homes

There is still no requirement for air conditioning in all residents’ rooms, but Ontario long-term care home operators now have to implement prescribed measures to prevent heat-related illnesses.
radiation cleanup crews to be recognized more than six decades after incidents at Chalk River Laboratories

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Radiation cleanup crews to be offered payouts

Long overlooked cleanup crews have been offered compensatory payouts more than six decades after nuclear contamination incidents at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s Chalk River Laboratories.
Pandemic propels healthy building momentum

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Pandemic propels healthy building momentum

COVID-19 has intensified pressure to support physical, social and emotional well-being within the built environment, but many investors, owners and managers were already embracing healthy building principles ahead of pandemic-triggered challenges.
self-isolation facilities

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Self-isolation centres get funding injection

The initiative ties in with Ontario’s high-priority community strategy, which earmarks designated neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa for a targeted intensified response to COVID-19.
Slow pace of radon testing in New Brunswick public housing draws Auditor General's attention

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Sluggish radon testing decried in New Brunswick

At the current pace, New Brunswick Auditor General Kim Adair-MacPherson calculates it will take nearly 23 years to complete radon testing in the provincial public housing portfolio.
Manitoba to redefine trespass violations

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Manitoba to redefine trespass violations

Construction sites are not specifically identified for limited occupiers' liability provisos, but an associated proposed amendment defines unauthorized entry onto a construction site as a criminal act.
New flat rates for Ontario elevators licenses

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New fee model for Ontario elevator licenses

The flat license rate will penalize mid-rise and high-rise owners with extra costs if an elevator passes the periodic inspection and does not require a follow-up. It will be a bargain if just one follow-up inspection is required.
COVID-19 HVAC learning curve

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

ASHRAE tracks COVID-19 HVAC learning curve

A newly refreshed edition of the ASHRAE Epidemic Taskforce’s Building Readiness Guide provides more resources for calculating the effectiveness of building flushing and filtration.
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Safety concerns abound as students head back to school

Assessing health, safety, and infection control risks of going back to school against the value of physical classes is a tricky balance.
Fire code updates demand ongoing vigilance

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Fire code updates demand steady upkeep

Although they increasingly rely on professional service providers to keep up with the complexities of compliance, owners/managers ultimately carry the responsibility for life safety and bear the brunt of enforcement.
Electrical Safety Authority advised to redeploy resources

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Safety body advised to redeploy resources

Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has been advised to place greater priority on the scrutiny of complex installations and adopt technologies to better support efficient, cost-effective service delivery.
COVID-19 related investment announced in fall economic statement

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COVID-19 related investment unveiled

The commercial real estate, facilities management and construction/retrofit sectors appear poised to capture a share of the spending announced in the Canadian government’s fall economic statement.
Coroner's inquest to examine circumstances of 2009 scaffolding collapse

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Inquest to examine 2009 scaffolding collapse

An inquest into the circumstances of the four construction workers' deaths is mandatory under Ontario's Coroners Act. A construction site supervisor has already been convicted.
New tax credit could apply on eligible common area upgrades

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New tax credit may apply on common area upgrades

The one-time tax credit applies on eligible capital improvements made in 2021 to safeguard seniors and enable mobility and independence within their current principal residence.