September 2021

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  • All Reserve Funds Start Underfunded – Most Ontario condominium reserve funds start off and remain underfunded until funding is increased to a sustainable level
  • Recycling Programs Face Collapse – Toronto’s recycling program is proving unsustainable as the cost of delivering, sorting and cleaning materials destined for recycling exceeds its value
  • What does a Condominium Manager do all Day?
  • Safety and Security Review
  • Internet Demand Increases during COVID
  • E-consent Approach Outdated
  • Condo Residents Frustrated by COVID Restrictions
  • Board Decisions to Avoid
  • Uncharted Territory for High-Rise Condominiums
  • Maintaining Hygiene in Recreational Spaces
  • Building Renovations on a Budget
  • Interest Rates, Weather and Water
  • If I Only Had the Noive – The Cowardly Board Member
  • Repairs and Maintenance by Owner-Volunteers
  • Kids and Condos
  • Cost of Experts
  • Demise of Dollars – Part 2
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Federal Election – 2021
  • Election Canvassing – 2021
  • Digital Links in Toronto Condo News articles – Letter to the Editor

August 2021

  • Building Maintenance that should NOT be Delayed – Problems resulting from delaying planned maintenance during the pandemic will persist long after the pandemic has become a memory
  • Innovation in Residential Buildings Post-COVID – New features in high-rise buildings provide cleaner and safer indoor space with fewer touch points and facilitate physical distancing
  • Is your Condominium Corporation still in the Dark Ages
  • Miami Building Collapse – This tragedy was avoidable

July 2021

  • Post-Pandemic Toronto on the Rise – As the pandemic pause in Toronto’s growth and development ends, the city is expected to be better than ever
  • The Hunt for Condo Data – The most basic of information, including how many condo buildings exist and average fees paid, is unpublished but can be made available with nominal effort
  • Condo Fee Increases Inevitable – Maintenance cannot be avoided
  • Saving Money without Thinking

June 2021

  • Recession Proof Condominium Communities – Condominium managers and boards are working frantically to deal with pandemic-related changes to operations and systems
  • Evaluating Condo Management – All management should be evaluated – a performance review is the time for the board and manager to address concerns
  • Simplicity More Effective Than Truth – Communication Lessons from the Pandemic
  • Poor Condo Rules have Consequences

May 2021

  • Rebuilding Toronto Post-COVID – There is a push to create a more pedestrian-friendly city with reduced access to automobiles and improved mass transit
  • Restrictions on Enforcement of Mask Wearing – Communities have limited authority to enforce mask wearing
  • Condo Management in Crisis Mode
  • Fixing the Condominium Authority Tribunal

April 2021

  • Calling Out Bad Governance – One condo owner is asking local politicians to improve disclosures by condo boards
  • COVID’s Primary Lesson for Condo Communities – Government failures in dealing with the COVID crisis offer lessons for condominium boards and management
  • If COVID is Airborne, why are we Focused on Surfaces?
  • In Person or Virtual Board Meetings

March 2021

  • Who’s Driving the Bus – A path forward for one community with a $1 million deficit and outstanding loan of $1.4 million
  • Secrecy – A Canadian Tradition – Where secrecy exists within a condo board, they follow a Canadian tradition
  • Healthy Air, your Fan Coil Unit and COVID
  • Pandemic Cleaning Protocols for High-Rise Communities

February 2021

  • No News Here – Condominium Authority of Ontario receives unwanted scrutiny and poor review
  • Leveraging your Reserve Fund – Increasingly loans are used by older buildings to spread out the cost of major projects
  • Closure of Common Areas Short-Sighted
  • COVID – Where do we go from here?

January 2021

  • Taming your Condo Budget – Budget pressures increasing from energy, COVID and salaries – Condo budgets are under pressure on multiple fronts. Communities can choose to accept these higher costs, and increased condo fees, or adapt.
  • Cleaning – Back to Basics thanks to COVID – We have had to relearn forgotten behaviours. Cleaning and disinfecting, always important, have until recently been viewed as routine.
  • Resolving Package Delivery Problems
  • Reserve Fund Challenge

December 2020

  • The Limited Authority of Condo Management – Even the most experienced management reports to and follows direction provided by the condo board
  • Prioritizing Hand Hygiene in Shared Spaces – The second part of the hand hygiene process – hand drying – plays a crucial role in preventing virus transmission
  • Toronto’s Waste Collection Process
  • Failing to Follow the Rules – The Cost

November 2020

  • Tsunami of Packages Headed your Way – The Cost of Package Delivery Convenience – A tsunami of packages is coming your way. Is your community prepared?
  • The Future of Cities … and Condo Living … is Bright – Toronto and other large urban areas will survive COVID just as they did SARS, AIDS, Polio and the 1918-19 flu epidemic.
  • Problem Free Virtual Meetings – One community’s experience with virtual meetings.
  • Illegal Renovations – Avoid renovations you could be required to reverse.

October 2020

  • Buildings Pivot to Post-COVID Operations – Opportunities for communities focused on building operations with a greater focus on how best to prevent virus infection.
  • Red Flags Signifying Potential Trouble – Recognize warning signs of problems in your community
  • Resident Retaliation against Condominium Managers
  • Future of Working from Home … and impact on high-rise communities

September 2020

  • COVID – Facts, Rumours and Misrepresentations – An incomplete narrative has been presented by relying on selective presentation of data, daily news items and government announcements all of which impact on condo board decisions.
  • What has Condo Authority of Ontario done for You – How the CAO operates should be of great importance to condo owners. We review their recent higher-profile efforts.
  • The Unrecognized Star of your Condo Board – The treasurer has the greatest responsibility and time commitment.
  • Re-Opening Amenities after COVID Closure -Communities are looking at when and how to re-open. They are deciding what, if anything, needs to change.

August 2020

  • What You Pay for Clean Air – Condominium corporations and building residents can expect dramatic annual increases in electricity fees starting in 2021
  • Innovations in Condo Living and Management – Technological innovation continues to improve the condominium lifestyle and management
  • COVID’s Condominium Management Lessons
  • Fact vs. Opinion – One is easy, the other is correct

July 2020

  • Living with COVID – We hope for a COVID cure or vaccine. More likely we learn how best to mitigate against coronavirus. As we learn more about coronavirus and how to manage it our concerns and actions should lessen. Today’s preventative measures will be curtailed.
  • Electric Vehicles on the Way
  • Tomorrow’s Electricity Grid
  • The Secret Truth about Lowering condo Fees

June 2020

  • Life After Covid – Past pandemics offers a guide to how, and how much, things may change. Covid is likely to make specific impacts on high-rise and condo living.
  • Smart Buildings in a Post Covid World – Smart buildings and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are likely to play a more important role in helping detect and control the spread of infectious disease while providing convenience, comfort and financial savings.
  • Taming Energy Costs – The experience of 400 McLevin Avenue
  • When Condo Owner and Board Interests Diverge

May 2020

  • Insurance Crisis in Condoland – Prepare today to avoid 800 percent increases tomorrow
  • Combating Condo Ignorant – Reflections on a 30-year condominium management career
  • Condominium Authority of Ontario in Disarray as Directors Resign – Conflict of interest, initially reported by Toronto Condo News in 2019, has CAO dealing with repercussions
  • Covid Protection Measures – Necessary or just when convenient

April 2020

  • Tomorrow … arrived Yesterday – Technology innovation creeps up on us. What we once thought of as “the future” is already here.
  • Cononavirus in Condo Communities – Rumours abound. Facts get muddled. We present current known information.
  • Changes to Electricity Bills and Cost
  • Problem Solving Strategies for Condominium Managers

March 2020

  • CAT continues to COST Condo Owners – Condominium Authority Tribunal has increased condo expenses while delivering little in the way of results
  • Power of Digitization – A path for condominium corporations ready to join the 21st century
  • Higher Buildings Create Challenges
  • Dog Wars

February 2020

  • Expert Guide to Ride Sharing Services – Ride sharing services are now an integral part of the “condo lifestyle”. Improve your ride sharing experience with insider knowledge of how they operate.
  • The internet is a great invention.  It also has a problem impacting on condominium communities that needs fixing.
  • Proposed Condo Act Revisions for 2020
  • Valentine’s Day Pet Safety

January 2020

  • Welcome to 2020 – Our expectations for the new year – New and higher taxes on our home – overt and hidden – are to be expected in 2020
  • Trials and Tribulations of a CAT – A practical perspective on the Condominium Authority Tribunal
  • Effective Management-Board Relations – Guidance for Condominium Managers
  • Does Your Building Allow Short-Term Rentals – New laws impact on condo communities
  • Enticing Younger Condo Directors