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THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 TRENDING STORIES
1. First condo manager licensing regs finalized
A final version of the first set of rules under new legislation that will require condo managers and condo management providers to obtain licenses is now available online. The rules, which were published in draft form late last year, have undergone a number of changes following a public input process, but the general system of licensing remains the same. When the relevant sections of the Condominium Management Services Act are proclaimed into force, Ontario Regulation 123/17 will establish three types of licenses: a limited license, a general license and a transitional general license.
 
2. CVA-related tax increases still levied unevenly
More than 9,200 commercial, industrial and multi-residential properties in Toronto are still officially overtaxed nearly 20 years after interim measures were introduced to ease tax shifts related to Ontario’s 1998 adoption of current value assessment.
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3. Infection control downplayed in surface selection
Housekeeping staff continue to face challenges when cleaning and disinfecting healthcare facilities because some environmental surfaces that are purchased downplay infection control.
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4. Google's Kitchener office earns LEED v4
Google’s new office in the Breithaupt Block, a redeveloped historic building in the warehouse district of downtown Kitchener, Ontario, has earned LEED v4 Silver for Interior Design + Construction (ID+C).
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5. RioCan and Killam form joint venture in Ottawa
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and Killam Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust announced the formation of a joint venture to develop a rental residential community at Gloucester City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
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