August 2022

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  • Effectiveness of the Condominium Authority Tribunal – Five years into CAO’s existence, we look more closely at the effectiveness of its Condominium Authority Tribunal
  • Resolving Problems with Better Communication – Virtually every situation can be resolved faster and easier with better communication
  • Trash Plague
  • Electronic Voting in Action
  • Read Prior to Signing Documents
  • The Cost of Free
  • Decarbonizing our High-Rise Buildings
  • Puppies, Peloton and Property
  • Getting what you Expect from Condo Security – Condo Security Services Checklist (2022)
  • No Increase Condo Budget
  • Fixing Fee Arears
  • Ten Years Later – Condo Information and Resources
  • The Secretary of your Condo Board
  • Bid-Rigging Update
  • Garage Cleaning
  • Sabotaging Good Decision Making
  • Life and Safety Documentation
  • Service Dogs – Ontario vs. Alberta
  • Popular Social Programming
  • Electric Vehicle Charging for Older Buildings
  • The Future has Arrived
  • Swimming Pool Lift Device – Letter to the Editor

July 2022

  • Recycling Programs no longer Viable – Recycling requires high-rise communities to invest time, money and equipment in a system that does not work.
  • Technology and the Evolution of Condominium Management – Despite advancement in technology, condominium management remains a people business.
  • Energy Reporting Mandatory in 2023
  • Working with Engineers and their Proposals

June 2022

  • Fixing Condo Voting – Condo elections are under scrutiny after an electronic voting platform has been found to facilitate election manipulation.
  • Shortage of Condominium Managers – Condo boards are finding it to be increasingly difficult to obtain good management.
  • Owners DO NOT Approve the Condo Budget
  • Why Reserve Funds Matter

May 2022

  • Toronto in 2030 – A population of 8 million, smaller living spaces, easy access to transit, recycling, pollution and climate change are challenges to be met by high-rise communities.
  • Looming Condo Fee Increases – There are growing warnings of massive condo fee increases as more communities fail to set aside enough money for future expected payments and unexpected repairs.
  • A Uniquely Bad Situation – $1.75 in the Reserve Fund
  • Preventing Sick Building Syndrome

April 2022

  • Inclusionary Zoning – Toronto has a plan for growing its population that will impact on all high-rise communities.
  • The Last Mile – Online Purchases and “Free Shipping” – The most expensive and hardest part of delivering products to your home is more complex in high-rise communities.
  • Breathing Better Air – Your Fan Coil System
  • Condo Management Software – The Cost of Free

March 2022

  • Gold Rush of Luxury Condos – Cities are being transformed by luxury properties after developers over-estimate market and government response.
  • Electronic Voting Platform Compromises Security – Thousands of condominium elections are suspect after electronic voting platform provides way to influence results.
  • New Cleaning Regimen
  • Reality of Electric Vehicle Charging in High-Rise Buildings

February 2022

  • 2022 – Are You Prepared? – After two years of acting as if COVID will disappear, this year our communities begin making sustainable long-term decisions about maintaining our homes.
  • Amenity Wars – Few communities have sufficient space to incorporate all the amenities they desire. Choices and sacrifices must be made.
  • Innovation in Parcel Management
  • Amenities – To Close or Open during COVID

January 2022

  • Condo Fees – Double Digit Increase in 2021 – A double-digit increase in condo fees in 2021 is the result of higher costs and increased risks.
  • Eliminating a Pandemic – An earlier pandemic was fought and beaten using aggressive measures.
  • A New Way to Deal with Problem Tenants
  • Vaccination Policies in Condominium Communities

December 2021

  • Holiday Tipping to say Thank You – The who, how and why of holiday tipping in condominium and high-rise communities.
  • Artificial Intelligence Revolution in Energy Savings – Artificial intelligence is creating new and better ways to maintain high-rise residential buildings that focus on energy savings.
  • The Way Condo Building Lighting Should Work
  • Debt Problems to Avoid

November 2021

  • You Get what you Pay For – Experienced management commands greater financial compensation. Their cost of “doing business” has increased yet condo boards seek zero percent increases or fee reductions. Clearly this is unsustainable.
  • Package Deliveries in High-Rise Communities – Surging package volumes have created a perfect storm. Those packages have a high cost to receive, store and notify residents so they can retrieve them.
  • The Threat of Water
  • Boasting about Low Condo Fees

October 2021

  • The City of the Future – Transportation – New forms of transportation and a greater focus on transit will require condominium communities to update their parking areas
  • Hogwash, Fake News and the Science of False Information – It is easier to misinform and harder to identify condo director candidates who can make good choices
  • Identifying the Source of Water Leaks
  • Condominium Manager Roulette

September 2021

  • 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
  • Uncharted Territory for High-Rise Condominiums
  • If I Only Had the Noive – The Cowardly Board Member

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
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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
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