Daniel Viola

Montreal-greenroof

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Red tape stifles Quebec’s green roofs

In Montreal, Saint-Laurent borough Mayor Alan DeSousa has a seemingly straightforward goal: to promote green roofs on private sector developments. DeSousa, who received the 2014
Queen's Park

Canadian Property Management

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.
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CondoBusiness

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.
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Canadian Property Management

Industry group slams “unworkable” parking levy

A report released by a real estate industry coalition warns of the negative impact a proposed parking levy would have on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
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Building Strategies & Sustainability

Toronto’s new Green Standard raises concerns

As Toronto prepares to phase in updates to its Green Standard, some building industry members have concerns about ...
hamilton

Canadian Property Management

Hamilton’s rental licensing proposal shelved

Hamilton’s controversial plan to license rental housing will not be moving forward, much to the relief of many in the ...
water

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Grey water technology flush with savings

Grey water recovery systems are starting to gain traction in commercial and multi-residential buildings because of their ...
Queen's Park

Canadian Property Management

Liberals’ plan to review OMB worries industry

The Liberal government is going to review the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeals process, beginning with consultations in the coming months.
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Building Strategies & Sustainability

The debate over carbon neutral buildings

Determining what exactly counts as a carbon neutral building can lead to debate among industry members.
Baby boomers

Canadian Property Management

Baby boomers could boost demand for condos

Today, an increasing number of baby boomers are looking to shed their single-detached homes for condominiums.
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Building Strategies & Sustainability

Electric cars have developers charged up

As electric vehicles become more popular, the building industry is starting to look at how it can accommodate ...
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Canadian Property Management

Transforming one of Toronto’s iconic landmarks

The University of Toronto is rebuilding one of Toronto's neglected architectural landmarks: 1 Spadina Cres.
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Building Strategies & Sustainability

Building lasting change with LEED

According to the CaGBC, there are now more than 1,000 LEED certified buildings in Canada – and that number is only ...
historical buildings

Canadian Property Management

Canada’s historic buildings lack solid foundation

In Canada, there are currently no regulatory safeguards and federal tax incentives to protect the country's heritage buildings.
toronto_green_roof

Building Strategies & Sustainability

Toronto a leader in green roof industry

Toronto’s leadership in the industry is due to the fact that green roofs are not only encouraged but mandatory.
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CondoBusiness

Honest advertising for condo projects

Toronto developers may soon have to adhere to stricter ad rules.
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Canadian Property Management

Gaining ‘app’titude

Many industry insiders and advocates are now urging building managers and operators to make better use of their smartphones.