Tackling Human Rights in Condos

By Heidi Besuijen and Melissa L. Stappler Overview Alberta case law has  recently confirmed that the Alberta Human Rights Act (the “Act”) applies to condominium corporations.  This means that condominium corporations are prohibited from discriminating against unit owners or occupants on the basis of any of the protected grounds identified in the Act, which are:…

Top 10 Ways to Communicate with Condo Owners

1 Welcome Package / Committee What better way to communicate with owners but when you first receive notification of the change in ownership. Creating a simple FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) sheet along with a document checklist to ensure they have all the required condo documents (and where to get it if they don’t) is invaluable.…

The How and Why of Levying Fines

By Todd A. Shipley In order to levy a fine or monetary sanction, a board must carefully consider the “how” and “why.” The Condominium Property Act (RSA 2000, c. C-22) (the “Act”) and most modern condominium by-laws allow boards to issue fines or monetary sanctions for noncompliance. However, the case-law provides both cautionary tales and…

Private Agency Parking Enforcement Program

By Erna Malcolm The City of Edmonton wants to raise awareness about the Private Agency Parking Enforcement program, which gives private condominiums, management companies, shopping malls, hospitals, and post-secondary institutions the authority to issue City of Edmonton tickets on their property. What is the Private Agency Parking Enforcement program? The Private Agency Parking Enforcement program is…

How to Create Awesome Board Meetings

by Gord Sheppard 1. Smile – Because you volunteer for an effective Board that is knowledgeable easily gets things done? 2. Bite Your Lip – Because you don’t want to say anything bad about someone who said they would get something done after the last meeting and they didn’t? 3. Scream Out Loud – Because…

Top 10 List For Successful Board Meetings

This List Originally Appeared in the 2017 Winter Issue of Insite to Condos Ask board members, the condo manager and others that are involved in the meeting to submit agenda items before the meeting day. Set a clear deadline for submission, for example one week prior to the meeting. This will ensure everyone will have…