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AEDs Save Lives in High-Rises

    There are a lot of perks to living in a downtown high-rise. Shared amenities, access to nearby shopping and restaurants, and the ability to walk to work are just a few of the reasons why some people might choose to..

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    Depreciation Report: How To Use It

      So, you’ve received your most recent depreciation report. Now what do you do with it? While it’s obvious to use the depreciation report for planning your strata fees and preparing to save for your reserve fund, the report is a..

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      Critical Emergency Preparedness Tips

        Normac recently sponsored a Strata Educational Seminar hosted by CCI Vancouver about Disaster Planning and Emergency Preparedness. The seminar was presented by Jackie Koosterboer, author of My Earthquake Preparedness Guide and an Emergency Planner at the City of Vancouver. According..

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        Age Restrictions in Alberta Condominiums

          In January 2017, an amendment to Bill 23, the Alberta Human Rights Amendment Act, was put forward that would add age as a prohibited ground of discrimination under sections 4 and 5. Age is currently a prohibited ground of discrimination..

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          Condo Board Governance

            The Ontario Ministry of Governments and Consumer Services is currently implementing changes to the governance of condo boards in Ontario. These changes come after a string of legal problems were uncovered earlier this year. Three men are being accused of..

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            Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now Mandatory

              Earlier this year, the City of Vancouver updated its bylaws to make carbon monoxide detectors mandatory for all buildings with gas-fueled appliances or attached garages. This comes after 4 people died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in March and a..

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              Construction Costs Increase Due To BC Fires

                British Columbia is a leader in providing quality wood exports to destinations around the world. In 2013, BC exported $5.8 billion worth of softwood lumber, pulp and other products with the US and China accounting for 75% of the export...

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                REIC Depreciation Reports Survey

                  The Real Estate Institute of Canada – Greater Vancouver Chapter, recently released an independent study by the Crux Group.  The survey’s intent was to find out how many strata corporations in British Columbia have completed Depreciation Reports and to highlight..

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                  Alberta to Adopt Builder Licensing Program

                    There is a new bill tabled for discussion in Alberta to further protect new home owners under the New Home Buyer Protection Act. The Amendment to the Act introduced in 2014, which covered building warranties, calls for the implementation of..

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                    Dangerously Old Elevators

                      A while back, we published this blog about old elevators in major Canadian cities leading to unanticipated repair and replacement costs for strata corporations. The causes are multi-fold; with so many elevators reaching the end of their life, and an increase..

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