BSG Articles

How Much Does Your Home Cost to Operate?
Published on October 15, 2018

We realize that it can be a bit daunting trying to figure out how you can reduce expenses in your home. Sometimes it can be beneficial to consider your house as a business, and to take the same actions that a business would to maintain their property’s affordability.

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Condo Boards and the Rush to Legalization
Published on October 15, 2018

Lawyer Robert Noce, a partner of Miller Thomson LLP in Edmonton, is advising Canadian condo boards to quickly establish rules that prevent the smoking or cultivation of pot within the building, before legalization happens on the 17th. 

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$74.7 Million in Federal Investments Going Towards Affordable and Energy Efficient Housing in Ottawa
Published on October 12, 2018

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, announced on September 21st that an investment totaling $74.7 million is being put towards the construction of 243 new rental housing units, aiming to provide middle-class Ottawans with a safe and affordable place to live.

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New Findings Suggest Energy Efficiency Can Address Climate Change
Published on October 11, 2018

Distinguished American energy expert, and co-founder and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Amory Lovins, recently published findings in the paper titled “How Big is the Energy Efficiency Resource?”, that he believes indicate that the world’s ability to sustain a rapid increase of energy efficiency every year has been understated, and that decreasing worldwide energy consumption may be even more profitable than had been previously thought. The main reasoning behind his findings is that energy efficiency in a factory, building, or vehicle is often analyzed as its individual parts, and not as a whole.

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Cannabis Legalization and Stopping the Spread of Unwanted Smoke
Published on October 10, 2018

With the upcoming legalization of cannabis on October 17th, Canadians are free to smoke recreationally on their own property. Cannabis smoke is known to have a strong skunky odour, and can pose an air quality concern inside poorly compartmentalized homes that neighbour recreational smokers.

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Framing Climate Change as a Health Issue
Published on October 09, 2018

The World Health Organization had identified climate change as ‘the defining issue for public health during this century’ over a decade ago, and since then a number of public health professionals have been keeping track of climate-related effects on Ontarians’ health.

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The Province’s HRRP Now Offers New Eligibility, New Territories, & New Incentives.

There’s great news for homeowners who are planning to do residential renovations or upgrades! The Ontario Government has significantly enhanced the province’s Home Reno Rebate Program. And the bottom line for homeowners - higher rebates! By doing renovations or upgrades that will improve a home’s energy efficiency, homeowners may be eligible for substantial rebates of up to $5,000 from Union Gas. Simply put, there are long-term payoffs with an energy efficient home.

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