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Toronto – Vital Service Disruptions in Apartment Buildings

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Toronto – Vital Service Disruptions in Apartment Buildings

Toronto’s Planning & Housing Committee meets tomorrow to discuss a Vital Service Disruptions in Apartment Buildings report.  The City emailed the details to your designated contact in their database, so you should have already received notice. The report “provides an update on measures being undertaken by the City of Toronto to respond to Council directives on apartment building safety issues identified in the St. Jamestown catchment area.“ We have all closely followed...

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Tenant’s Insurance

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Tenant’s Insurance

It’s not uncommon lately to see on the news that a fire, flood or other natural disaster has left a building uninhabitable, and tenants without insurance leaving them without a home or possessions. Statistics Canada says that less than 50% of renters purchase tenant’s insurance. Owners and managers understand the risk and are looking for ways to reduce their exposure to damage caused by tenants. The issues for owners are encouraging tenants to protect themselves and to confirm tenants maintain...

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1 dead, hundreds of homes evacuated as floods swamp eastern Canada

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1 dead, hundreds of homes evacuated as floods swamp eastern Canada

One woman has died and hundreds have been forced from their homes after spring flooding washed out parts of Quebec and eastern Canada, prompting the deployment of Canadian Armed Forced soldiers to provide assistance as waters continue to rise. A 72-year-old woman died Saturday morning after driving her car into a massive sinkhole caused by flooding in Pontiac, Que., police said. Other drivers parked nearby tried to warn the woman, identified as Louise Seguin Lortie, but she couldn’t stop in...

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Cost of Severe Weather Damages in 2018 Fourth-Highest on Record

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Cost of Severe Weather Damages in 2018 Fourth-Highest on Record

Insured damage for severe weather events across Canada reached $1.9 billion in 2018, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). Ice storms, floods, windstorms, and tornadoes, did damage to homes, vehicles, and commercial property across the country throughout the year. Damages in 2018 are the fourth-highest amount of losses on record in Canada. However, unlike with the Quebec ice storm in 1998, the Calgary floods in 2013, or the...

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Second Cup ‘ready to hit the gas pedal’ on pot, eyes Amsterdam-like lounges: Director

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Second Cup ‘ready to hit the gas pedal’ on pot, eyes Amsterdam-like lounges: Director

The future of Second Cup Ltd. is in cannabis as the company aims to spur growth amid an ultra-competitive Canadian coffee market, according to one of its directors. Michael Serruya, managing director of Serruya Private Capital and a major Second Cup shareholder who also sits on its board, said the company is “ready to hit the gas pedal” to sell legal pot as it looks to eventually shift its operations from a national coffee chain to an Amsterdam-like cannabis dispensary where patrons can enjoy...

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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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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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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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Now Your Tenants Know Your Cannabis Rules…But Do Your Staff?

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Now Your Tenants Know Your Cannabis Rules…But Do Your Staff?

Most multi-res industry professionals have now updated their leasing documents in anticipation of the legalization of cannabis use, cultivation and distribution to ensure the health and safety of residents; preservation of property; and the avoidance of resident conflicts. With cannabis legalization scheduled for October, industry professionals would be prudent to turn their attention to their employees, “agents”, and contractors, all of whom are in a position where their...

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What are tenants’ rights under proposed marijuana laws?

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What are tenants’ rights under proposed marijuana laws?

With the federal government’s announcement to legalize recreational marijuana by October 2018, landlords across Canada have been raising concerns about marijuana use in rental units. Many landlords want to prohibit tenants from growing and smoking marijuana on their properties, but one lawyer says it may not be so easy. Bob Aaron, a Toronto-based real estate lawyer, said that just like with cigarette use, landlords may not be able to prevent all tenants from smoking marijuana inside their...

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