Condos & COVID-19
#WeSpeakCondo resumes with special guest Carol Dirks, Partner at Fogler Rubinoff’s Condo Law Group. Carol Dirks has been practicing condominium law and litigation for more than 25 years and joins us to discuss what condominium boards and managers are adapting to COVID-19. Our discussion includes recreational facilities, condominium liens and collections, board and community meetings under quarantine and financial concerns for condominiums during the pandemic. You can reach Carol Dirks by contacting her at: http://foglers.com/expertise-and-industry/see-practice-areas/commercial-real-estate/lawyers/carol-a-dirks
April 04, 2020
Board Meeting Minutes with Noah Maislin and Marko Lindhe
Special Guests: Noah Maislin & Marko Lindhe of Minutes Solutions Minutes Solutions Inc. is an experienced, professional third-party minute taking company specializing in transcribing comprehensive meeting minutes, allowing board members to focus on the tasks at hand. Founded in 2014, Minutes Solutions continues to grow and has a fundamental understanding of what goes (and doesn’t go) into a quality set of minutes. Since inception, Minutes Solutions has maintained an integral focus in minute taking and now offers additional services including virtual minute taking, audio recorded minutes, and a phone-based application that streamlines the process. For all your questions and inquiries please contact: email@example.com 1 888 570 1149 Website: www.minutessolutions.com Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/minutes-solutions-6a3426b1/
May 24, 2019
The CAO and CMRAO with Armand Conant
We’re back! After a temporary hiatus #WeSpeakCondo returns with condominium lawyer Armand Conant to discuss the Condominium Authority of Ontario (“CAO”) and the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (“CMRAO”). These two separate governing bodies were recently established by the Province to oversee condominium corporations and condominium managers. We discuss why the Province made sweeping reforms to the Condominium Act, 1998 as well as the function of the CAO & CMRAO and how these government institutions impact condominium owners, managers and boards of directors. Armand heads up the Condominium Law Group at Shibley Righton LLP and represents numerous condominium corporations of all types across Ontario. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Condominium Institute (Toronto), where he also serves on its Board of Directors and is Chair of the joint ACMO and CCI (Toronto) Legislative Committee, which prepared and submitted an extensive legislative brief to the Ontario government with recommendations for changes to the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”). Armand has been on all the government committees involved in the reform of the Act and was one of 11 people appointed to the government's Expert Panel that conducted the final analysis of the Act. Armand has also been appointed as one of the four founding/first Directors of the newly created Condominium Authority of Ontario. Armand is a recipient of the ACMO Special Recognition Award which is presented to recognize an individual for special achievements and services that have positively impacted the condominium industry in Ontario. He is also a past recipient of ACMO's President's Award and the Associate Member of the Year Award. http://www.shibleyrighton.com/Lawyers/Lawyers_List/~183_Armand%20G.R.%20Conant
April 22, 2019
Cannabis in Condos – What you need to know
Condominium Boards and Owners throughout the GTA are rushing to figure out how to respond to the legalization of marijuana. The law will permit residents to consume cannabis recreationally and grow up to four plants inside their homes. How does this affect condos you ask? What happens when the smoke from your neighbour’s cannabis creeps into your home? Should Boards be worried that their neighbours may attract undesirable visitors to their building now that cultivation of marijuana will become legal? How should Condominium Boards respond to complaints and enforce rules when it comes to marijuana in condos? We’re joined by Shawn Pulver, a condominium lawyer and litigation partner at Macdonald Sager Manis, LLP. Shawn has a thriving condominium corporation practice and advises condominium boards and owners on condominium governance issues relating to the Ontario Condominium Act. Shawn also has significant experience advising clients on the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and dispu
August 15, 2018
Condo Insurance isn’t THAT bad is it!?
Have you ever been faced with a nasty insurance claim at your condo? Did your upstairs neighbor flood your home forcing you to relocate for a few weeks? You might have been hit with a surprising repair bill for damage to a neighbour’s suite. Perhaps you’ve been issued a special assessment. Did you know that insurance is there to help you cover these costs? Owners and Boards are faced with the daunting task of decrypting complex insurance policies and claims procedures in condominiums. Insurance for condos is vastly different than insurance for freehold homes or automobiles. In this episode, we’re joined by Tom Gallinger, the Vice President of Atrens-Counsel Insurance Brokers - part of Arthur J. Gallagher Canada Limited. Atrens-Counsel is arguable the leading insurance broker specializing in condominium insurance in Ontario. For years, Tom has worked with Property Managers, Boards and Owners to help manage their insurance responsibilities.
July 25, 2018
Learn how to communicate with Property Managers, Boards of Directors and Residents in a tech savvy condominium
Have you ever tried to get in touch with a Property Manager to rent a party room, book an elevator or just ask a general question about your condo? What happens when the Property Manager isn’t in the office? Doesn’t answer their emails? Doesn’t return your calls? In today’s modern and tech-savvy world, you can order food to your home or get a ride to the airport all by the click of a button. Now more than ever, lighting fast communication is the expectation. In this episode, we’re joined by Ryan Grossman, the co-founder of Condo Communities. Ryan’s software program helps condominiums across the globe improve their communication skills. For more info visit: http://condocommunities.com/
May 11, 2018
AGMs, Elections & Board Disputes. Learn how YOUR condo runs NOW!!
Have you ever wondered how to become a Director? Have you ever asked yourself who is qualified to be a member of the Board? What about how you can contact your Board of Directors and speak with them directly about your concerns in a condo? We answer these questions and much more on Episode 7 of #WeSpeakCondo. We are joined by Marc Bhalla a Chartered Mediator with Condo Mediators. www.codomediators. ca Marc Bhalla is a mediator and arbitrator who focuses his practice on what he knows inside and out –condominiums. Marc appreciates the nuances of condominium conflict management, including the unique restrictions surrounding how they can be addressed and the difficulties posed by forced ongoing relationships between people experiencing issues with one another. Marc holds the Chartered Mediator (C.Med) designation of the ADR Institute of Canada, the most senior designation available to practicing mediators in Canada. He offers dispute resolution services both online and in person and is d
March 21, 2018
Board of Directors 101 with Marc Bhalla
In our 6th episode of #WeSpeakCondo we explore the basics of a Board of Directors in a condominium corporation. We focus on the hierarchy of governance in a condominium and we discover who makes all the big decisions in a condo. We are joined by Marc Bhalla a Chartered Mediator with Condo Mediators (link to Marc’s website: condomediators.ca/). Marc Bhalla is a mediator and arbitrator who focuses his practice on what he knows inside and out – condominiums. Marc appreciates the nuances of condominium conflict management, including the unique restrictions surrounding how they can be addressed and the difficulties posed by forced ongoing relationships between people experiencing issues with one another. Marc holds the Chartered Mediator (C.Med) designation of the ADR Institute of Canada, the most senior designation available to practising mediators in Canada. He offers dispute resolution services both online and in person and is dedicated to providing his clients with affordable,
January 15, 2018
Electric Vehicles, Tesla and Condos. How your condo can adapt to EV technology.
"Mark started in the trade back in 1973 and established Signature Electric in 1985. His favourite part of being in business is his contact with people. Each day Mark gets to connect with wonderful and interesting, customers, vendors and his staff on how technology has and will continue to change at unprecedented speeds, affecting Signature Electric's clients’ businesses as well as the value they bring to them. While times have changed, some things remain the same. Their dedication to their clients and their passion to solve complex challenges. For more information visit www.signatureelectric.ca"
December 27, 2017
Enforcement pre-school. What happens when you break the Rules?
In our last episode with Special Guest Ben Rutherford we cover the enforcement of Rules and Regulations at a condominium corporation. What happens when you break the Rules? Listen and find out.
November 16, 2017
Big trouble! Your status certificate has errors or omissions. Ben Rutherford explains what you can do!
We pick up right where we left off in Episode three of #WeSpeakCondo. What happens when your Status Certificate is missing crucial information? We discuss the consequences of errors or omissions with a Status Certificate and who is responsible for these errors or omissions.
November 16, 2017
Buying or selling a condo? Look at the Status Certificate before you buy!
Episode two of #WeSpeakCondo explores the sale of a condominium unit. A condition of purchase/sale is the Mighty Status Certificate. This document provides a purchaser with critical information about the property they are buying. Special Guest Ben Rutherford explains some of the important points to look for when buying or selling a condo.
November 16, 2017
The absolute basics of condominium living! What is a Condo Board & a Property Manager?
Join us for our first episode of #WeSpeakCondo where we discuss the basics of condominium living. We introduce the general governance of a condominium corporation in Ontario and cover the expectations of living in a community of condominium owners.
November 16, 2017