Carbon Monoxide Detectors: The Fire
Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 now mandates the
installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all residential
buildings that have (i) a fuel-burning appliance; (ii) a fireplace;
or (ii) a storage garage (i.e. parking garage). The installation
requirements are set out in Section 220.127.116.11 of the Fire
Code and can be summarized as follows:
for units with a fuel-burning appliance or a
fireplace, a carbon monoxide alarm must be installed adjacent to
each bedroom in the suite;
if a fuel-burning appliance is installed in a service
room, a carbon monoxide alarm must be installed in the
service room and adjacent to each bedroom in each
residential suite that has a common wall, floor or ceiling with the
for parking garages, carbon monoxide alarms must be installed
adjacent to each bedroom in each residential suite that has a
common wall, floor or ceiling with the parking garage.
For condominium corporations with six (6) or more residential
suites, carbon monoxide alarms must be installed by October 15,
The Drones are Coming? The use of unmanned
aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, is becoming
more prevalent in certain industries, such as land surveying,
filming and, not surprising, surveillance. Is it only a matter of
time before drones are used in the condominium industry for
compliance related purposes?
Drones are governed by the Canadian Aviation
Regulations. To operate a commercial drone (or any drone
larger than 35 pounds), the operator requires a Special Flight
Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada, which is
relatively difficult to obtain. However, drones under 35 pounds are
considered recreational hobbyist aircraft and, if used for
recreational purposes, fall completely outside the legal
The serious privacy concerns, and related criminal sanctions
arising from misuse, are likely to dissuade most condominium
corporations from using drones for rule enforcement. However, a
larger concern may be residents conducting surveillance on other
residents. It is only a matter of time before managers and boards
are asked to respond to incidents of "lateral
surveillance" by residents.
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Russell v. Township of Georgian Bay provides a useful reminder of the fact that while municipal officials sometimes appear to hold all of the cards in disputes with home owners, that is not always the case.
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