Municipal

intensification

Intensification impacts on millennial consumers

A new report on the impacts of residential intensification on consumers makes recommendations for consumer education, planning policies and more.
Water

Change to Toronto sewers bylaw on tap for Jan. 1

One of two sewers bylaw changes that are expected to trickle down to building owners and managers is on tap for the New Year.
Transit oriented development

Factors of intensification and transit imbalance

Why has development in the GTA over the last decade not happened closer to planned or current transit infrastructure? An industry panel discusses factors.
energy reporting

Toronto puts energy reporting proposal on pause

An energy reporting requirement for large buildings is likely coming to Toronto. The only question is: Will it come from the city or from the province?
Universal design

Expanding the frontiers of universal design

Universal design encompasses much more than physical accessibility, as three Interior Designers of Canada members recently explained in a panel discussion.
smoking

Enforcing Smoke-Free Ontario Act changes

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Toronto's smoking bylaws recently changed. A tobacco enforcement inspector shares what property owners and managers need to know.
carpets

Changes to Toronto sewers bylaw may be on tap

Toronto has two changes to its sewers bylaw coming down the pipes that, if adopted, may trickle down to building owners and managers.
office_towers

Urbanization is the new normal: report

Urbanization is the new normal, according to PwC and the Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015 report. The publication, now in its
Coins in a guitar case in a street

Delineating where private property rights end

The City of Toronto is investigating the use of visual aids to delineate where private property rights end and public property begins. The move follows
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Some progress in cutting commercial tax rates

Commercial tax rates in Toronto and Montreal continue on inverse trajectories even though ratepayers in both cities carry a disproportionately higher share of the overall
construction of residential house

Toronto to curb builders’ use of public space?

A Toronto city councillor is proposing to curb the practice of allowing developers to occupy the public right-of-way. It’s a move that has surprised and
energy

T.O.’s energy reporting consultations set for fall

City of Toronto staff have set out a fall to winter timeframe for consultations on the development of a proposed energy reporting bylaw for large buildings.
FirstService Residential

Toronto eyes time limit for elevator repairs

Property owners and managers may eventually face not only frustrated residents and tenants when elevators have to be taken offline, but also a time limit
Election

When political canvassers come knocking

Condo boards and staff can't restrict political canvassers from reasonably accessing condominiums during municipal, provincial or federal elections.
energy reporting

Toronto priority neighbourhoods may increase

The number of Toronto priority neighbourhoods may rise to 31 from 22, due to changes in the criteria that the city uses to determine at-risk areas.
Queen's Park

Ontario Municipal Board reform still polarizing

Calls for Ontario Municipal Board reform are on the rise. But the OMB is a contentious issue, and experts cannot agree on how to move forward.
cleaning services

Toronto’s land transfer tax remains unscathed

Despite vocal opposition from the real estate industry, attempts to reduce the Toronto land transfer tax in the 2014 budget have failed.