February 2021

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  • 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
  • Condominium Manager Jobs Remain Secure
  • Respecting the Rights of those with COVID
  • COVID – Where do we go from here?
  • Changes to Electricity Bills and Cost – 2021
  • Circle of Care
  • Aging at Home Loses Lustre during COVID
  • Trends in High-Rise Condo Design
  • Closure of Common Areas Short-sighted
  • Intelligent Surveillance Systems
  • Any Way the Wind Blows ….
  • Amenities that Resonate Post-COVID
  • Confidential Information
  • Hop On Hop Off is now The Better Way
  • Accessible Parking Spaces – Letter to the Editor

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