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Vancouver Bans Some Short-Term AirBnB Rentals

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Vancouver Bans Some Short-Term AirBnB Rentals

Vancouver has banned owners of basement suites and laneway houses from listing them on Airbnb after a heated debate in which some city councillors warned that homeowners would not be able to pay their mortgages without the extra income. City council approved new regulations in a 7-4 vote Tuesday for vacation websites such as Airbnb and Expedia. The rules prohibit hosts from listing homes that are not their principal residence, including any secondary suites on their property. Mayor Gregor...

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Federal Government must be smoking something: Provinces balk at Ottawa’s marijuana tax plan

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Federal Government must be smoking something: Provinces balk at Ottawa’s marijuana tax plan

Provincial leaders say they are not impressed with the federal government’s proposal to evenly split excise tax revenue from marijuana sales. They say that type of tax distribution would simply be unfair, given the extra costs provinces will end up shouldering as they prepare for the legalization of recreational cannabis in July of 2018. “The federal government must be smoking something to think it will work for the provinces,” said Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, while speaking to...

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Rolling Out Legal Weed Comes With a High Price Tag for Canada

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Rolling Out Legal Weed Comes With a High Price Tag for Canada

Enforcing Canada’s new legalized marijuana comes with a high price tag. The federal government will spend C$546 million ($426 million) over the next five years to implement its new cannabis laws, according to the latest budget forecast. Agencies such as Heath Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will receive a portion of the funds to license, inspect and enforce the new rules. A “cost recovery scheme” will also be implemented to reduce the overall spending on the initiative, according...

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City of Toronto- Enhanced MRAB Inspection Criteria & Reports

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Exterior Building, Finance, Health & Safety, Housing, HVAC / Mechanical, Industry Trends, Interior Building, Legislation, Maintenance, Newsworthy

City of Toronto- Enhanced MRAB Inspection Criteria & Reports

FRPO has received a copy of the City of Toronto’s Evaluation Letter, and their Evaluation Scorecard Report (provides a detailed scoring matrix including the 20 areas of review and evaluation criteria). Please click on each link below to review. RentSafeTO Building Evaluation letter  RentSafeTO Building Evaluation Report  From our ongoing discussions with the City staff, this year’s building inspections will largely focus on judging buildings relative to compliance with the old Property...

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Affordability crisis worsens homelessness in Metro Vancouver: Report

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Affordability crisis worsens homelessness in Metro Vancouver: Report

Metro Vancouver’s affordability crisis is driving up the number of homeless people in the region, and it’s getting worse for seniors and First Nations people, according to the latest homeless count. The 2017 count found 992 people — or 45 per cent of the total homeless population — are homeless for the first time. “We know affordable dwellings have declined within Metro Vancouver at an estimated rate of eight per cent per year since 2007,” said Mike Clay, chair of the Metro Vancouver Housing...

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What will Canada’s energy future look like?

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What will Canada’s energy future look like?

The transition to a low carbon economy could take many paths. Hydrocarbon fuels have been part of our lives for decades, taking civilization from an economy built around wood and coal to one far more affordable and and efficient, with an increased quality of life. While oil and gas will continue as part of Canada’s energy mix for some time to come, the transition to a lower carbon future is inevitable. Four energy futurists share their visions on what that transition could look like. David...

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I Don’t Envy The Politician Who Tries To Sort Out Canada’s Housing Mess

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I Don’t Envy The Politician Who Tries To Sort Out Canada’s Housing Mess

Ensuring adequate shelter. Safeguarding homeowners’ value. Protecting the environment. I do not envy politicians. It seems like every decision our elected officials make, thousands of people immediately attack their keyboard, criticizing everything about it. Even when a politician’s choice is heavily supported, the vocal minority shouts from the rooftop that this politician doesn’t care, doesn’t understand, or is willfully ignorant of the needs of a certain subsection...

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Marijuana legalization issues moving to the provinces

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Marijuana legalization issues moving to the provinces

On September 13, CFAA President John Dickie appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health. While the committee recognizes that some tenants will be disturbed by tenants who are smoking or cultivating marijuana in their apartments, it was clear that any solutions to that problem are going to have to come from the provinces. For example, Quebec apparently intends to prohibit home growing. CFAA made the following points: Smoking marijuana should be banned anywhere that smoking...

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Ontario to open up to 150 marijuana stores, separate from liquor sales

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Ontario to open up to 150 marijuana stores, separate from liquor sales

TORONTO — Ontario is the first province out of the gate with a detailed plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana when Ottawa legalizes it next summer. The Liberal government announced Friday that it will sell marijuana in as many as 150 dedicated stores run by the province’s liquor control board. Those looking to purchase marijuana when it becomes legal across the country will be subject to the same age and usage restrictions currently in place for alcohol, said Attorney...

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Landlord Pays for Tenants’ Breach

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Landlord Pays for Tenants’ Breach

A landlord in Waterloo was ordered by a municipal fire inspector to replace all smoke detectors in the bedrooms of his apartment building with heat detectors. While it is unconventional to install interconnected smoke detectors within bedrooms, the landlord intended to provide a higher level of fire safety in the apartment building than that required by the Fire Code. The landlord prohibited smoking in the rental units, but in direct contravention of their lease agreements, tenants were...

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