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Canadian Home Construction Takes A Plunge In The Middle Of A Population Boom

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Canadian Home Construction Takes A Plunge In The Middle Of A Population Boom

Canada’s housing market slowdown, which began with a drop in sales, is now spreading to home construction. Housing starts in Canada have fallen steeply in recent months as the country’s developers react to a slowdown sales brought on by rising interest rates, tough new mortgage rules and historically poor levels of home affordability. But the timing is wrong: Population growth has accelerated, and we may now not be seeing enough construction to keep up with demand. The number of...

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Manitoba backs out of planned carbon tax, maintains ‘green plan’

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Manitoba backs out of planned carbon tax, maintains ‘green plan’

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister did an about-face on carbon taxes Wednesday, abandoning plans to start charging a levy in December and joining other conservative leaders in flat-out opposition to federal plans. Pallister announced a year ago he would enact a $25-a-tonne carbon tax and keep it at that rate. That would have increased the price of gasoline by 5.3 cents a litre and raised other energy costs. The federal government has said provinces have to enact a cap-and-trade...

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Cannabis and the Code: Human Rights Commission releases new policy statement in advance of legalization

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Cannabis and the Code: Human Rights Commission releases new policy statement in advance of legalization

On October 11, 2018, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new policy statement on cannabis and the Human Rights Code. The policy statement confirms that provincial smoke-free legislation prohibits smoking or vaping cannabis for a recreational or medical purpose in common areas of apartments and condominiums.  The Commission acknowledges that people can smoke, vape or consume edible cannabis for medical or recreational purposes inside apartments and condominiums unless there...

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These 5 Canadian cities have the fastest rising rents in the country

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These 5 Canadian cities have the fastest rising rents in the country

Toronto has claimed the title of highest rent in the country for the past few months, but other Canadian cities have seen rents rise at a steeper rate, according to a new report from rental listings site PadMapper. While the average rent for a Toronto one-bedroom apartment sat at $2,200 last month, the city saw a 14 per cent year-over-year price appreciation, a slower rate than five other Canadian cities. In fact, the city with the fastest rising year-over-year rent in September was Windsor....

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High-rise condo developments lose steam in 2018, amid demand for mid-rise projects: Urbanation

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High-rise condo developments lose steam in 2018, amid demand for mid-rise projects: Urbanation

The GTA new condo market was dominated by a wave of high-rise launches in 2017. But this year, towering condo projects may be replaced with some more modest counterparts, according to a new report from Urbanation. There were just 27 launches of condo projects taller than 12 storeys in the first half of 2018, a 34 per cent drop from the 41 projects that launched during the same period in 2017. Meanwhile, there were 15 launches of mid-rise buildings under 12 storeys, down just slightly from...

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Vancouver Takes Step Towards Densification, Allows Duplexes In Single Family Home Areas

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Vancouver Takes Step Towards Densification, Allows Duplexes In Single Family Home Areas

Mayor Gregor Roberts says it isn’t a “silver bullet” that will solve the housing crisis — but it’s an “important” change. Vancouver councillors have ended two days of public hearings by voting to allow duplexes in most city neighbourhoods currently restricted to single-family homes. Mayor Gregor Robertson says the decision is another step toward adding homes in the city for the so-called “missing middle,” which includes young families pushed out...

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PIPEDA: New Liabilities for Landlords and Property Managers

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PIPEDA: New Liabilities for Landlords and Property Managers

As of November 1, 2018, landlords and property managers in Canada will have enhanced obligations to keep records and report data breaches under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). If you experience a data breach – referred to in the regulation as a “breach of security safeguards”- you will be exposed to new liabilities, including: Mandatory reporting of the breach to the Information and Privacy Commissioner; Mandatory notice to affected...

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Yet another Government change to Rent Control Increase for 2019

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Yet another Government change to Rent Control Increase for 2019

The B.C. government is capping rent increases in the province at the rate of inflation, a move that will drastically cut the maximum annual rent hikes that had been allowed under the old formula. The province dropped the automatic two per cent increase in annual rental costs for renters around the province, starting next year. The increase will now be limited to the annual rate of inflation, which now stands at 2.5 per cent. This comes on the heels of recommendations from the Rental Housing...

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Power returning after Environment Canada confirms two Ottawa tornadoes

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Power returning after Environment Canada confirms two Ottawa tornadoes

Hydro crews were at work this morning trying to untangle and repair fallen power lines, some of which snapped like twigs in the Friday tornadoes that hit the Ottawa area. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Saturday night he was planning to visit the affected areas sometime today. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to help them get back on their feet,” Ford told his annual Ford Fest barbecue in Vaughan, Ont., on Saturday. “We want you to know that the entire province stands with you and is...

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Tornado tears through Ottawa and Gatineau area, causing injuries

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Tornado tears through Ottawa and Gatineau area, causing injuries

A tornado ripped through the Ottawa area Friday afternoon, damaging homes and vehicles as severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts also pounded southern Ontario. Extensive damage to houses was reported by residents in Ottawa and in nearby Dunrobin. In Gatineau, Que., cars were overturned on Highway 50, said Environment Canada, which confirmed a tornado had touched down in the region. Approximately 25 people were injured in the storm and at least six were taken to hospital for treatment, the...

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