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Condo Smarts: Pre-sales agreement is not a purchase or sale of strata lot

Condo Smarts: Pre-sales agreement is not a purchase or sale of strata lot

Dear Tony: How do we find out the costs and liabilities of a new strata high rise in a development in Burnaby with several air space parcels, when it is a pre-sales purchase?
B.C. strata must pay owner almost $16,000 in sewage-backup dispute

B.C. strata must pay owner almost $16,000 in sewage-backup dispute

A B.C. condo owner isn't responsible for an overflow through his sink and the costs his strata corporation tried to pin on him, B.C.'s Civil Resolution Tribunal has ruled.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Stunning checkered lilies naturalize easily

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Stunning checkered lilies naturalize easily

Dear Helen: Last spring, around this time, I saw an unusual flower. I never discovered its name. The stem was around 25 cm long and the flowers, though not ultra-showy, were most unusual.
Victoria to raise garden suite fee, but faces bigger obstacles in pushing small homes

Victoria to raise garden suite fee, but faces bigger obstacles in pushing small homes

A Victoria builder who specializes in garden suites and carriage houses says the application fee is the least of the problems with Victoria’s garden suites program.
Long, cool spring tough on growers, as gardeners wait for warmth

Long, cool spring tough on growers, as gardeners wait for warmth

Cool temperatures, strong winds — even snow and hail — have kept gardeners out of the dirt this spring.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Lingering cold frustrates planting plans

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Lingering cold frustrates planting plans

But chilly weather did not prevent planting staples like potatoes, peas, and carrots
Condo Smarts: Casual approach to enforcement can jeopardize bylaws

Condo Smarts: Casual approach to enforcement can jeopardize bylaws

Dear Tony: Our strata council is divided over the enforcement of a pet bylaw that has been in place for 10 years.
How Canadian tenants, landlords and cities must face extreme heat

How Canadian tenants, landlords and cities must face extreme heat

National guidance outlines how tenants, landlords and cities should prepare for the next heat wave.
Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Nasturtiums, calendula good choices for child's garden

Helen Chesnut's Garden Notes: Nasturtiums, calendula good choices for child's garden

As with sunflowers, nasturtium seeds can be planted this month
Condo Smarts: Can strata allow tree pruning without a vote?

Condo Smarts: Can strata allow tree pruning without a vote?

There are many factors to consider when a request for a common property alteration is submitted.