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1. Lounge furniture targeted as multi-res fire risk
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Some condo lobbies may be looking spare lately, and it has nothing to do with minimalist design. The lounge furniture that usually occupies these spaces is being targeted as a fire risk. Toronto Fire Services now instructs its staff to look at the flammability of seats, tables and cabinets that display decorative objects for the purposes of enforcing a provincial regulation that prohibits the accumulation of combustible materials in means of egress.
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2. Urban pressures arise in step with proptech
Analysts can be simultaneously zealous and short sighted about the future, suggests the man steering a global association of property and planning professionals. In Toronto earlier this month for a summit on commercial real estate and its urban context, Sean Tompkins, chief executive officer of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), summed up this somewhat contradictory thought pattern. Read More »
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3. Edmonton testing electric autonomous vehicles
Electric autonomous vehicles have the capacity to be a game changer in the field of transportation, and the City of Edmonton is planning a pilot project later this year to test the technology. Edmonton will conduct its pilot in October and share test results with the City of Calgary, where an autonomous vehicle pilot is scheduled for September. Read More »
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4. Waste management tips for avoiding unwanted pests
Summer is fast-approaching, which means annoying pests will soon be out in full force. These buzzing, whirring and stinging creatures can become a big nuisance for your facility if left unchecked, and one of their favourite places to gather is a spot you may not often think about—the waste disposal zone. Read More »
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5. Montreal suburb moves to ban leaf blowers during summer
Beaconsfied, Que., has moved one step closer to banning the use of leaf blowers during summer months. The Island of Montreal suburb passed the motion at  Monday night’s council meeting, with the council likely to cast its final vote on the measure at next month’s meeting. Read More »
 
 
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