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14 October 2018

News Release - Toronto Fire Services launches advertising campaign in Parkdale encouraging smokers to stop tossing cigarette butts

October 1, 2018
Toronto Fire Services launches advertising campaign in Parkdale encouraging smokers to stop tossing cigarette butts
Toronto Fire Services today launched an advertising and public education campaign aimed at encouraging smokers in Parkdale to stop tossing their cigarette butts.
Data shows that Parkdale, over a five-year period, had more fires started from careless smoking than any other area of Toronto. Many of these fires occurred on balconies as a result of tenants discarding their lit cigarette butts by throwing them from their balconies.
The campaign includes transit shelter posters, restobar (combined restaurant and bar) ads, posters on construction hoarding sites in the Parkdale neighbourhood, as well as geo-targeted social media and features two themes. The first campaign design depicts a hand holding a lit cigarette with the tagline "Don't be a flicking idiot … tossed butts start fires." The second design shows a teddy bear on fire with the tagline "Kill your butts, not your neighbours … tossed butts start fires."
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Condo boards need to start taking bike theft seriously
As thefts from apartments and condos surpass street thefts, many Toronto buildings still refuse to allow residents to store bikes in units or on balconies.
The problem is real but the suggested solution is not the answer. Having dozens on bicycles on the condo's elevators in rush hour is not practical.
Keeping thieves out of condo parking garages will help prevent all kinds of criminal behaviour and make for safer communities.

Is Section 37 money an unfair perk for downtown Toronto or compensation for endless construction?
But the high concentration of tall-tower development in the downtown core means those wards — such as the old Ward 28, where Berczy Park is located, and neighbouring Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale, which have more than $22 million and $67 million respectively in their accounts as of May 2018 — are getting the biggest pots of funding.
This has led to a perception that downtown is getting not only a disproportionate amount of development, but added perks to go with it — something one Scarborough group wants to see changed.

Fate of outstanding condo law reforms unknown
As for the Progressive Conservative government’s intentions for the outstanding changes to Ontario’s condo laws, more information appears to be months away, according to the statement provided by the minister of government and consumer services.

Probably the saddest thing I've seen in Toronto. It was about 5 feet wide.

This is suppose to be a dog playground at a Toronto condo.

This condo developer collected millions in deposits — and hasn’t built anything
The frenzy continued for three straight weekends and Central Park Ajax was sold out in less than a month. Two-and-a-half years later, ground has yet to be broken, the project is mired in litigation and frustrated purchasers are asking for their deposits back.

Toronto land zoned for employment use is shrinking
What do you expect? Manufacturing is gone and its not coming back. Condos have to be built somewhere.

Down the drain: seven Feng Shui mistakes you're making in the bathroom
”The bathroom is one of the key energy centers in the home, so focusing on this space is important for good feng shui," says Ping Deters,  a certified feng shui consultant.

Quebec tenant whose snoring kept downstairs neighbours awake loses harassment complaint
The Quebec City woman refused to seek help and did not appreciate the intervention, seeking compensation for harassment and meddling in her personal affairs.
She filed a complaint against her landlords, requesting a reduction in her $665 monthly rent as well as unspecified damages.
But in a decision this month, the province’s rental board ruled against her, saying there was no malicious intent on the part of the landlords.
“As the tenant did not want to address her acute snoring problem, and this situation created a loss of enjoyment to other tenants, the landlords were fully justified in initiating a lease termination proceeding,” wrote Marc Forest, a commissioner with Quebec’s rental board.

Alberta rental giant Boardwalk bans all cannabis use from its properties
A major landlord in Alberta will prohibit tenants from growing, smoking, or eating cannabis on its properties, even after the product is legalized in Canada on Oct. 17. Smoking cigarettes will continue to be okay.

Sidney BC allows short-term rentals, but only in occupied homes
Here are two stories about short-term rentals. One is from Sidney and the other from Sydney.

Strata manager’s actions a form of racketeering
BC: Here is another way an unethical property manager may try to make unearned money from condo owners.

The fight back: dealing with the rental headaches from short-term letting
“A lot of buildings are worried about short-term letting companies like Airbnb, and have issues like security, uninsured damage and thefts,” says Reuben Schwarz, co-founder of BnbGuard which now monitors over 5000 properties, mostly in Sydney and Melbourne.

China: Electrician insists he didn’t mean to kill father-in-law when he unlocked, opened elevator doors
Most likely just an accident. A safety lesson on why people should not fool around with elevators.