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Positive Developments for Housing Providers on Reasonable Accommodation

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Positive Developments for Housing Providers on Reasonable Accommodation

Two recent decisions of the Human Rights Tribunal are instructive for those in property management with respect to the duty to accommodate.  Both cases involved physical modifications to residential complexes and include insight into: the procedural duty to accommodate; the substantive duty to accommodate; and, what is reasonable accommodation. In Polito v. Briarlane, the tenant requested accessible access to the residential complex by way of an automatic door opener on the front doors.  The...

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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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Alberta official questions data used in B.C. money laundering report

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Alberta official questions data used in B.C. money laundering report

A report commissioned for the government of British Columbia warned that money laundering in real estate is widespread across Canada – but a government official in Alberta is alleging that the conclusions are based on unreliable data. According to the report from former B.C. deputy attorney general Maureen Maloney, more than $7 billion in dirty money was laundered in the province in 2018, hiking the cost of buying a home by about 5%. The report also estimated that Alberta had $10 billion...

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Steven Mnuchin: U.S. Close To Scrapping Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Against Canada, Mexico

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Steven Mnuchin: U.S. Close To Scrapping Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Against Canada, Mexico

“The president has instructed us to try to figure out a solution.” A top Trump administration cabinet member says the end of punishing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico is close at hand. “I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday, as Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with Trump trade czar Robert Lighthizer in a renewed push to get the tariffs lifted. Mnuchin was testifying before...

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Ontario and Saskatchewan premiers meeting today in Toronto

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Ontario and Saskatchewan premiers meeting today in Toronto

The premiers of Ontario and Saskatchewan are set to meet in Toronto. Doug Ford and Scott Moe will meet at the Ontario legislature to discuss a variety of issues including the federal carbon tax, interprovincial trade and an upcoming meeting of Canada’s premiers. The Conservative leaders have been vocal opponents of the federal carbon tax and both launched court challenges against it last year. Last week, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled the federal government does have the...

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B.C. says $5B laundered in housing market, pushing prices up 5%

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B.C. says $5B laundered in housing market, pushing prices up 5%

A report that estimates $5 billion was laundered through British Columbia’s real estate market last year also lifts the lid on the extent of illegal cash moving across Canada. Some $7.4 billion overall was laundered in B.C. in 2018, out of an estimated total of $47 billion in Canada, concluded the report by an expert panel led by former B.C. deputy attorney general Maureen Maloney. The report is one of two released Thursday and says B.C. ranks fourth for money laundering among a division...

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Ontario Government Announced its Housing Supply Action Plan: More Homes More Choice

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Ontario Government Announced its Housing Supply Action Plan: More Homes More Choice

The Honourable Steve Clark announced the provincial government’s Housing Supply Action Plan. The measures proposed will help get more purpose-built rental housing built in Ontario. It will reduce barriers to development by: Speeding up the development approvals process by reducing the costs of delayControlling fees and charges that must ultimately be paid by the renterUpdating policy to encourage more units in the right places, like transit hubs, and other places where density is both...

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Sask. Court of Appeal rules federal carbon tax is constitutional

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Sask. Court of Appeal rules federal carbon tax is constitutional

A slim majority on the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled that the federal government’s national carbon-pricing system is constitutional. In a decision issued Friday, the court found that requiring a national price on carbon pollution fell within federal jurisdiction under the national concern branch of its peace, order and good government (POGG) power stipulated in the Canadian Constitution. This allows the federal government to legislate on matters of national importance that have a...

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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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‘Unicorn sites’ touted to boost housing supply

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‘Unicorn sites’ touted to boost housing supply

Rental completions in Toronto hit a quarter-century high during Q1-2019, and it’s buoying hopes that the city might finally be on its way towards solving a critical supply problem. The 1,849 units were nearly five times the quarterly average going back to the first quarter of 2016, according to Urbanation, which furthermore noted that, considering there have only been 13,250 units built in 14 years, it is a considerable improvement. “While vacancy rates surveyed within purpose-built projects...

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