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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Condo reform bill passes second reading; public’s comments invited

Condo reform bill passes second reading; public’s comments invited

Ontario’s proposed new condominium legislation has moved one step closer to becoming law by passing second reading in the legislature. Bill 106, the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, now moves to the standing committee on finance and economic affairs, which will hold two public hearings later this month at Queen’s Park. The public are invited to… Continue Reading

Home construction up in most of country in September

Home construction up in most of country in September

Home builders were very active across Canada in September. Housing starts were up in most areas of the country, with the exception of Ontario, where they dropped slightly. The total for Canada reached 230,701 units, the strongest level since 2012. Starts were up in both the single detached and multi-unit categories, Canada Mortgage and Housing… Continue Reading

Commercial real estate investors stymied by lack of product: report

Commercial real estate investors stymied by lack of product: report

The only thing holding back investors in Canada’s commercial real estate sector is a lack of available “quality product,” according to Toronto-based real estate services firm Avison Young. Surplus capital, low interest rates and lack of product characterize the marketplace in Canada, an Avison Young investment market overview says. Nevertheless, investor interest remains high. While… Continue Reading

Toronto report aims to inspire cooperation, participation

Toronto report aims to inspire cooperation, participation

Toronto’s Vital Signs 2015, the fourteenth annual state of the city report from the Toronto Foundation, should be required reading for anyone interested in how the city is faring: politicians, planners, philanthropists, voters, volunteers, neighbours. Not only is it a treasure trove of facts and figures about every aspect of life in this city, it… Continue Reading

Versatile, sophisticated white named Colour of the Year for 2016

Versatile, sophisticated white named Colour of the Year for 2016

The year 2016 is still almost three months away, but the people at Benjamin Moore Colour Studio no doubt want to give designers, decorators and do-it-yourselfers an early heads-up on an important piece of news: the Colour of the Year. The “highly anticipated” colour is—white. Not strictly a colour, of course, but white is “transcendent,… Continue Reading

Green office buildings pay off for owners, tenants, study finds

Green office buildings pay off for owners, tenants, study finds

Office buildings that incorporate various sustainability and energy efficiency features are not only better for the environment and for the people who work in them, they are also more valuable to their owners. The correlation between buildings’ sustainability features and their economic performance has been observed for some years now, but, according to a new… Continue Reading

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Easter can be dangerous for pets and children: lilies, ham and chocolate can be toxic

Easter can be dangerous for pets and children: lilies, ham and chocolate can be toxic

Easter can be dangerous for young children and pets if condo owners display seasonal Easter lilies and other flowers. Also topping the list of easter cautions for pets in particular: ham is dangerous for cats and dogs and can cause pancreatitis tasty packaging: good foods with tasty smells can be ingested by pets, leading to choking…

Ontario to target real estate "scalpers" with "responsible reforms" to help cool rises in home prices

Ontario to target real estate "scalpers" with "responsible reforms" to help cool rises in home prices

As expected, Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced that pending Ontario government intervention will target speculators — an attempt to help ordinary buyers and sellers. He emphasized that the Ontario government would not be targeting real estate agents who facilitate bids. In his remarks to journalists at Queen’s Park, he compared speculators to “scalpers” who grab…

Ask the Lawyer: Richard Hoffman replies to a reader concerned over a fire caused by a resident with dementia

Ask the Lawyer: Richard Hoffman replies to a reader concerned over a fire caused by a resident with dementia

By popular demand, Condo.ca, Canada’s Condominium Magazine, is pleased to bring back “Ask the Lawyer.” We invite readers to submit their condo related questions to Richard Hoffman, a lawyer with DelZotto, Zorzi LLP, practicing in the area of condominium law. Do you have a question for Richard? Please reach out to us through our contact…

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