Proposed new instructions for land use planning in Ontario would downgrade the required scrutiny of accessibility. Where municipal Official Plans have been expected to give directions for “identifying, preventing and removing land use barriers” that could keep people with disabilities and seniors from fully participating in society, the modified policy would call for the less specific step of “addressing land use barriers”.
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Real estate flies red flags of money laundering
Real estate transactions top a global list of financial activities deemed most likely to provide cover for money laundering or terrorist financing. Recently released guidance from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) focuses on the role legal professionals can play in either enabling or disrupting criminal efforts, and offers advice for interpreting and responding to clues that clients have nefarious intent. »READ MORE
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Energy exposure fuels Calgary office woes
Key service centres for the oil and gas industry are at differing junctures in Canada and the United States. JLL’s newly released overview of office and industrial space trends in North American energy hubs contrasts the shale boom bolstering U.S. economic activity with the logistical constraints squeezing Canadian producers — and also flowing through to Calgary and Edmonton’s commercial real estate markets. »READ MORE