January 2022

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  • 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.
  • It’s a Subscription World
  • Hiring a Management Company
  • Dealing with Board Misconduct – Illegal or Improper Rules
  • Increasing Condo Insurance Premiums
  • Nomination Committees
  • A New Way to Deal with Problem Tenants
  • Fire Sprinkler not for Hanging Clothes
  • Recognize Real Service Dogs
  • Global Warming
  • The Big Quit
  • Apathetic Directors Need Not Serve
  • QR Code Resurgence
  • Vaccination Policies in Condominium Communities
  • Shared Facility Agreements
  • How to Raise Condo Fees
  • Modern Bulletin Boards
  • Breaking Up – Board/Management Relations – A condominium manager perspective
  • Cease the Grease – Avoid a Fatberg
  • Adult Only Buildings – Letter to the Editor

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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