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Another fire at 650 Parliament during re-occupancy procedures

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Another fire at 650 Parliament during re-occupancy procedures

Investigators have determined the cause of the latest fire to break out at 650 Parliament Street. The blaze began inside a 15th floor unit on Wednesday morning as crews were testing the building’s electrical system. According to Toronto Fire Services, investigators have since determined that the fire was caused by the ignition of some combustible materials that were left on a stovetop burner inside the unit. They say that the burner was left in the on position following the building’s...

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Canada’s First Accessibility Bill Could Become Law Next Month: Minister

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Canada’s First Accessibility Bill Could Become Law Next Month: Minister

The federal government will heed the calls of Canada’s disabled community and amend the country’s first piece of national accessibility legislation to include some of the changes they sought, the minister spearheading the effort said Thursday. Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough said the government will be adopting all the amendments the Senate introduced to Bill C-81, also known as the Accessible Canada Act, when it comes back before the House next week. Earlier this month, the upper...

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CFAA OPEN CALL: Federal money for building retrofits


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CFAA OPEN CALL: Federal money for building retrofits


CFAA is lobbying the federal government to loosen the strings on retrofit grants and loans. Tell us what would lead you to take up the money! Email admin@cfaa-fcapi.org to tell us if you (or someone from your company) can attend a telephone conference call at any or all of these dates and times: Tuesday, December 4          2 to 3pm EST Thursday, December 6        11:30 to 12:30 EST Thursday, December 6        2 to 3pm EST We will fix one or two of those times for the call(s). Before the...

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Rent Increase Guideline for 2019 is 1.8%

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Rent Control, Suite Renovations

Rent Increase Guideline for 2019 is 1.8%

The rent increase guideline is 1.8% for increases between January 1 and December 31, 2019.  This is the maximum a landlord can increase most tenants’ rent during a year without the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board. The guideline applies to most private residential rental units covered by the Residential Tenancies Act. In most cases, the rent for a unit can be increased 12 months after: the last rent increase a tenant first moves in A tenant must be given written notice of a rent...

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Parametric simulations in support of integrated design processes

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Parametric simulations in support of integrated design processes

Integrated, “whole-building” energy modelling is a process in which all design options related to a building’s energy consumption and generation are simulated and mapped. It is increasingly being used in support of building energy code compliance, green building standard evaluation, and utility and government incentive programs. Recent advances in both energy modelling software and computing power have made it easier to execute what are known as parametric simulations. These types of...

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Landlord Licensing Fees Result in Whopping Rent Increase

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Landlord Licensing Fees Result in Whopping Rent Increase

The City of Waterloo is by far the greediest of all municipalities when it comes to the charges levied under its Landlord Licensing By-law.  Waterloo’s licensing fee and mandatory charges (the bulk of which go to its bureaucratic “cousin”, the Electrical Safety Authority) amount to over $1,000 per townhouse unit and are imposed on a “per bedroom” basis (the more bedrooms the higher the fee).  The fees are imposed on “converted residential dwellings”...

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EPIC 2017: A huge success!

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, CMHC, Communications, Development, Elevators, Events, Finance, Housing, HVAC / Mechanical, Industry Trends, Insurance, Interior Building, Legislation, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Professional Services, Rebates, Restoration, Retrofit, Roofing, Suite Renovations, Technology, Utility Management

EPIC 2017: A huge success!

On Monday November 6th 2017 our industry was witness to the highly successful, informative, new and innovative show that brought LCD’s, Owners and trades together for a true insight on how to take advantage of industry incentive programs. RHB Magazine was the media sponsor of Energy Programs and Incentives Conference (EPIC) 2017, which showcases active energy programs within the City of Toronto, in addition to rebates and incentives that help building owners and managers, as well as engineers...

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Energy Programs and Incentives Conference (EPIC) 2017

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Development, Elevators, Events, Exterior Building, Finance, Housing, HVAC / Mechanical, Industry Trends, Interior Building, Legislation, Maintenance, Media Releases, Newsworthy, Professional Services, Restoration, Retrofit, Roofing, Suite Renovations, Technology, Utility Management

Energy Programs and Incentives Conference (EPIC) 2017

MINGO Rally presents: The Energy Programs and Incentives Conference (EPIC), Toronto   ONE FOCUS. ONE GOAL. Did you know that more than tens of $millions of energy incentives are available to building owners every year? Navigating the variety of energy programs and incentives available to apartment owners can be overwhelming and intimidating. EPIC – The Energy Programs and Incentives Conference, showcases active energy programs within the City of Toronto, along with their incentives and...

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An ideal case study on reducing water consumption

Posted in Finance, Housing, Interior Building, Janitorial, Maintenance, Suite Renovations, Utility Management

An ideal case study on reducing water consumption

Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) oversees a large number of residences — approximately 14,800 units in 164 communities. In each one, OCH is responsible for covering the cost of water. Until recently, this was an especially burdensome expense, making up 43% of OCH’s utility costs. The communities’ 16,000 toilets accounted for the majority of the water use. Many units still had original fixtures — some nearly 40 years old. And there was little standardization in either the toilets or the shower...

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No blank cheque for Toronto’s housing repair backlog, new minister says

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No blank cheque for Toronto’s housing repair backlog, new minister says

MPP Peter Milczyn is a former Toronto councillor. Mayor John Tory has warned that hundreds of community housing units may because $1.73 billion in repairs are needed. Ontario will not be handing Mayor John Tory a “blank cheque” to deal with a backlog of repairs needed in crumbling Toronto Community Housing units, says the new minister of housing. The province is waiting to see Toronto’s plan to reconfigure the agency before any money is forked over, Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn said...

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