Welcome, we are FULLY BOOKED for 2020. Clients.Condo,Commercial,Strata properties. Landscape,lawns,gardens,maintenance.

Experienced with the complexities of commercial, condo, strata contracts and property management.
Landscape Canada Certified Staff, Red Seal Journeypersons:Horticulturists, Arborists, IPM:solutions.

Residents, Strata Councils, Please Read our COMPANY POLICIES and contract information.
No job vacancies at the moment. Thank – you

www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

spam and unsolicited e-mails will be deleted, unopened.

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STRATA COUNCILS, Condos, Commercial Properties, Real Estate, We’re Fully Booked for this season. Thank-you.

2020 Landscape Maintenance Contracts Wanted – STRATA, CONDO, TOWNHOUSE + COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Site Specific: Landscape Maintenance Packages and Services.
CONSISTENT QUALITY LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS

Lawn and Garden Maintenance Programs
Over 25 years experience. Servicing the challenging demographic of Large Strata and Commercial properties.
Member: BCLNA,CNLA,ISA. Landscape Canada Certified Staff and services.
BC/Canadian Landscape Standard. IPM Certified, Red Seal Journeyman Landscaper, Horticulturist, Arborist etc. on staff.

We earned our BBB A+ Rating with hard work, dedication and knowledge of our industry.

INFO@TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca Call or Text 250-263-2060
hint: shortcut through our site at www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca
Contact us on facebook as well. We’ll call back quickly.

We’re on facebook with many client pictures, testimonials, information and insights.
Servicing The Lower Mainland. Both Sides of the Fraser River.

There is a lot of great competition. We believe there’s enough work for every-one to make a living.
And wish our Brothers and Sisters in the business Great Prosperity and Happiness.

From one of our websites:
Welcome to TERRA NOVA Landscaping Services of BC. Specializing in Strata and Commercial Properties. We’ve grown to become one of the top companies in the region with our goal of providing the best quality landscape services around. www.kamloopsstratacare.com
With TERRA NOVA Landscaping Services on the job you can be assured that all of your (contracted) landscaping and property maintenance needs will be taken care of in a timely and professional manner. By one of the more experienced landscapers in the area.

When choosing a landscape contractor, you want a company you can trust and depend on. For over twenty-five years, TERRA NOVA Landscaping Services has built its’ reputation on providing Consistent Quality Landscaping Services and programs to over 250 strata and commercial landscapes. We’ve been consistently rated as one of the top professional landscaping companies in the Vancouver area. And have a BBB A+ rating.

At Terra Nova Landscaping Services,

We’re looking for a long term relationship with Your Landscape.

CONSISTENT QUALITY LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS for over 25 years

Call us First for a detailed Estimate Today 250-263-2060
info@TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca

BE THE ENVY OF YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD with Terra Nova Landscaping Services Ltd.

www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

spam and unsolicited e-mails will be deleted, unopened.

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GRASS CUTTER BLUES

Grass Cutter Blues
Still cutting your own lawn? You could be pushing that old mower between 25 and 40 times a year.
That’s like devoting an entire work week every year to being a slave to your lawn.
Come spring, you might be one of the adventurous rare breeds who cleans, sharpens and tunes-up their machine?
For a fact, most home owners have never changed mower oil or sharpened their mower blades. That means,
your old pull start, may be environmentally unfriendly, decreasing your property value. Stressing and damaging your lawn.
Dirty emissions, sputtering, clogged, noisy pollution. Clouds of burning oil and wasted gas. Leaking and staining your lawns, walkways and driveway.
Dull and Damaged Blades and wobbly wheels are really slowing you down. Hurting your lawn’s health and appearance. Creating lawn stress and the potential for disease and insect damage.

Our commercial lawn mowers each average 40 hours of lawn care service “per week.”

We’re pro-active in preventing down-time and other potential problems on our client’s properties.
WE WANT TO HELP INCREASE PROPERTY VALUE through proper horticultural practices.

All of our Mowers and lawn and garden equipment are Kept ” Clean, Sharp and Sterilized.” Professionally Maintained.
Clean sharp mower blades won’t tear and stress your lawns. They won’t spread lawn diseases. Daily blade changes give us a true Clean Cut.
That will add to your lawn’s VIVID OUTSTANDING CURB APPEAL
We change blades and clean our lawn machines every day.
Once a week, our ergonomic small engine repair shop changes oil, cleans filters and lubricates transmissions and
all other moving parts.
We keep all of our landscaping equipment in top notch condition.

Time is money. Spend your time enjoying life.
Contact us: at info@TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca, for Quality Landscape Maintenance, Designs, Installations and Consulting services. Leave the yard work to us

We Are on FB too: TerraNovaLandscapingServices.
20 year BBB A+ rating. Member of BC Landscape Nursery Association
Landscape Canada Certified Staff.
two five zero-263-twenty,sixty.

Note: we’re always looking for New Strata and Commercial Maintenance accounts
www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

spam and unsolicited e-mails will be deleted, unopened.

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Lawn Repair, insect damage Control. Government Licensed.

GOT EUROPEAN CHAFER BEETLES? Landscape pest and diseases?
TERRA NOVA: landscape Canada Certified PRO

I’ve removed the proprietary blog post on What To Do to Control European Chafer’s.
It was being copied by other landscapers and used without permission.

I’m also laughing my head off at all the people on facebook trying to come off as professional lawn care people.
NO ! The lawns DON’T like acidic soil. Quit telling people that. hahahaha

If you have an infestation, Terra Nova Landscaping is trained and certified (Government licensed)
to repair damage. And Control the larvae.

CONSISTENT QUALITY LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS. TERRA NOVA. Let us get your lawns and gardens healthy.

www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

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Read Me: COMPANY POLICIES www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com, www.KamloopsStrataCare.com

TERRA NOVA LANDSCAPING SERVICES LTD (1996)

CONTRACT ADDENDUM ‘B’ COMPANY POLICIES-This is agreed to as part of your contract.

It’s recommended that this page be shared with all Strata Properties. Post in Common Area.

NOTICE: BY 8 AM ON REGULAR SERVICE DAYS, ALL RESIDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO REMOVE:
DOG WASTE, Furniture, Hoses, Toys and other items from their lawns and gardens
Terra Nova employees do not REMOVE ITEMS FROM LAWNS

Landscape Contractor is not responsible for damage to items left in our service areas.
DOG WASTE MUST BE CLEANED UP OR WE MAY NOT CUT THE OFFENDING AREA!
REGULAR SERVICE CHARGES WILL STILL BE LEVIED FOR SKIPPED YARDS.
PROBLEM YARDS WILL BE REPORTED
(Long grass is extra wear and tear on the equipment, animal feces rots equipment, no-one wants to work soiled!)

- Modifications to your landscape by any: Thing, Person, Company, Act of God, etc., which creates a greater
workload or cost, above that agreed to in this contract, will be included as extra billing.
- All Invoices are due upon receipt.
- Clients: Contact the Terra Nova Landscaping Office, before undertaking any projects or exterior services.
- One Council member and the Property Manager shall be appointed contact persons for the Landscaper.
- Residents: Do Not perform any tasks, work or Landscape changes on common property. You could breach
contracts, or depreciate property value, curb appeal, or create a greater work load than agreed to.
- Waste from “private backyards” or other areas not included in this contract will not be removed
- All work order changes go through the Terra Nova Landscaping Services Office.
- Terra Nova landscapers, gardeners and sub-contractors take direction from their on-site Supervisor only.
- WorkSafeBC rules/regulations, BC/Canadian Landscape Standard, Codes of Ethics enforced on all sites..
- Terra Nova Landscaping Services Ltd., is an equal opportunity employer -

Please Respect our employees right to privacy. Do Not Take pictures and post them on social media.

*Disclaimer*“We can make your property shine, Increased property value, Consistent Quality Landscape Solutions” and others, are advertising slogans and are relevant to the extent of and particulars of each maintenance, installation, design or consulting program and or contract. And are directly related to the amount of investment by the contractee. You will notice a great improvement. Thank-you for choosing Terra Nova

Council Representative and Property Manager: PLEASE SIGN AND DATE the CONTRACT PAGE.
This includes all information found on your Addendums A and B and C.
Return Signed Contract to Terra Nova Landscaping Services, Annually and Prior to commencement of services
Change work orders must be in writing and approved by the Terra Nova Landscaping office.
See contract specifics for payment terms. Thank-you

www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

spam and unsolicited e-mails will be deleted, unopened.

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Canadian Landscape Standard. info/link www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com, www.KamloopsStrataCare.com

www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com, has always used the B.C. Landscape Standard as the benchmark to achieve goals on all of its client’s properties. This is the same standard used by the BC Society of Landscape Architects to design landscapes. It ensures consistency and professionalism from consulting and design, through installation and maintenance. Regulating design criteria, maintenance levels, installation procedures, plant selection, soil depths and much more.
Our B.C. Standards were used as the template for the new Canadian Landscape Standard (CLS).
Recognized by the Government of Canada. The standard has also been incorporated into the Red Seal Occupational Standards for Landscape Horticulture. (Terra Nova has Red Seal Journeypersons, Landscape Canada Certified Horticulturists, Landscapers, Designers and isa Arborists on staff.
The Public Services and Procurement Ministry has determined the Canadian Landscape Standard reflects what they have long aspired to do in the conceptualization and realization of landscape projects across Canada.
They are conducting a further review of their policy, with CNLA (Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association) working with the Deputy General to further the discussion related to living green infrastructure and the CLS.
The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) held Red Seal Occupational Standards (RSOS) workshops in Ottawa this January 2017, with the result that the CLS are now incorporated into the Red Seal Occupational Standards for Landscape Horticulture. (note: I was the 9th Red Seal Journeyperson Landscape-Horticulturist approved in Canada and challenged the exam.)
Congratulations to all the people in BC and across Canada who worked diligently to have the BC Standard nationalized, and integrated into these important documents and programs. Particular thanks go to:
•Christene LeVatte, CNLA Past President, Nova Scotia
•Phil Paxton, CNLA 1st Vice, Alberta
•Jeff Foley, BCLNA Past President. Hey I went to landscape school with his Dad, Peter (Para Space Landscaping)
•Plus numerous others. Thank-you to every-one involved.
Many years ago I worked on the BC Landscape Standard 6th edition. This was the predecessor of the New, Canadian Landscape Standard. Unfortunately, Volunteering with the Landscape Association took too much time away from running my business.

Note: Terra Nova Landscaping is qualified to sponsor Apprentice training through the ITA of BC. Industry Training Authority.

Links: https://www.csla-aapc.ca/standard

https://bclna.com/bclna-resource/canadian-landscape-standards/

www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

spam and unsolicited e-mails will be deleted, unopened.
https://www.yelp.ca/biz/terra-nova-landscaping-kelowna-2 (please don’t communicate via yelp, use our e-mail. Thanks)

https://www.yelp.ca/biz/terra-nova-landscaping-kamloops-2

Find us on thefacebook, @Terra Nova Landscaping Services Ltd. and Kamloops Strata Care.
Visit our BLOG www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca
e-mail us via our websites. (spam, unsolicited mail, secret code attachments etc. will be deleted unopened)

Note: we advertise on many sites. Communication is controlled and manipulated by advertisers ie:yelp,google,facebook. Please use our secure company e-mail.

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B.C. Strata Property Act >>>FREE COPY @www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,www.KamloopsStrataCare.com

http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/98043_00

Please cut and paste this into your search engine.
Our hyper link for this blog page is on the blink.

www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

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TESTIMONIALS: STRATA CLIENTS, PROPERTY MANAGERS

*People are talking about how good our property looks
and how our grass has come back to life.
Thank you for your efforts.
You really are very good at what you do.
Doug H.
Creekside Strata
Port Moody, BC

*We would like to take this chance to pass on that we are very happy
with your hard work and
the level of service that you are providing.
Carol C, Property Manager

*Your company and crew has done an excellent job to date and we wish you every success with your company in the future.
Ray D, Strata Council Chairman

*Hi, I am not sure if you had any other owners give you feedback about the weed situation, but our yard looks amazing. There are no more weeds and the grass is completely lush and health. Could you pass this off to the landscaper? Thanks, Christine (unit 48)
Note: This was a new site for us. Weeds were controlled using non-toxic (IPM) methods.

*I would like to take this opportunity to say that in the short time TERRA NOVA Landscaping has taken over the Cobalt Sky landscaping contract, the quality of the workmanship has improved greatly.
On several occasions I have had the opportunity to witness the work of David Payne and I must say that I am greatly impressed with this mans work.
The pruning of our shrubs and the raking of the leaves at our unit has been first class.

If this is an example of what is to come from TERRA NOVA landscaping then we have a winner!
Would you please pass this along to our committee . All too often they get negative comments from the residence, how ever in this case I would like to congratulate our committee for finding a landscaper who seems to genuinely know what horticultural is all about. Great work.
Al M. Strata Resident
www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

spam and unsolicited e-mails will be deleted, unopened.

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WELCOME New and Old CLIENTS. Who we are.

Accepting new 2020 Clients. TERRA NOVA LANDSCAPING BC. Since 1996
Demographic: Strata Condo Commercial sites
Services: Weekly Maintenance lawn + garden packages. Monthly billing, Annual contracts.
Site specific landscape maintenance program for your property.
Quality Maintenance, Installation, Designs,Consulting.
Office hours 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.
E-mail : Info@terranovalandscapingservices.ca,
When you contact us we will do a phone interview. Send us your phone number and the best time to contact you for a brief interview. We’ll need your strata number and your position on council. Thanks.
We have great people on staff: : RED SEAL Journeyman Landscape Horticulturist, Landscape Canada Certified Horticulturists with specialties in lawns and gardens, Turf Care, Ornamental Plant Health Care, Trees, fertilizing,Organic Turf manager. non-toxic pest control, IPM, EUROPEAN CHAFERS (control and repairs), Landscaping. ISA Arborist, , Landscape Canada Certified Horticultural Technicians, Certified Residential Landscape Technicians.. Certified/Worksafe/ISA/TRAQ- Hazard Tree Risk Assessor, Government Licensed Landscape General and Industial Site/Noxious weed Pesticide Applicators. Canadian Construction Industry Safety Certified, first-aid/safety supervisors.

IPM/PHC Certified Pro : We use integrated pest management and plant health care techniques. (pest and disease control) Prefering the non-toxic approach for correcting problems that are stressing your landscape. We can include a non-toxic eco-friendly weed and pest control program in your contract ie: beneficial insects, Safers insecticidal soap, fertilizers for nutrient deficiency, midges, non-toxic weed control spray programs, over-seeding lawns etc.

All employees are trained for their tasks. WCB/WorkSafeBC registered.
We carry $3 million in liability insurance.
Terra Nova is an active member of: BC Landscape and Nursery Association, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, International Society of Arboriculturists, Affiliated with: Western Canada Turfgrass Association, PLANET-The LandCare Network. And CHOA. B.C. Condominium Home owners association.
Membership keeps us informed with the latest information on landscaping and tree care. As well, our employees must constantly upgrade their knowledge of the industry in order to keep their Certified Status intact.
As company owner, I have many international industry qualifications. A published author and consultant of tree care, lawns, gardens and landscaping. Featured on the weather Network, when I find time, I blog and answer landscape related questions as Dr New Earth on many industry sites.

OUR GOAL IS TO HELP INCREASE YOUR PROPERTIES VALUE
THROUGH HEALTHY ECO-FRIENDLY LANDSCAPING PRACTICES.*

It’s Company Policy to document accurate work records. Our tools are kept clean, sharp, and sterilized.

Besides having a large number of commercial mowers. Trimmers, edgers, blowers, and hand held vacuums, we also use walk behind turf vacuums, extra long reaching hedge saws (up to 18 feet if required) and ride on mowers for our larger clients. Our Trucks and trailers are better equipped than most seen on the road today.

We use two way radios and cell phones to communicate when warranted by property size.

Although we maintain many smaller stratas, our average site size is 5 acres/1 hectare.

*** SIGNED CONTRACTS MUST BE RETURNED Annually and Prior to service commencement***

Visit our BLOG, Strata Living information via one of our web domains:

www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

Spam an unsolicited e-mails will be deleted, unopened. Thank-you

Facebook info: https://www.facebook.com/Terra-Nova-Landscaping-Services-Ltd-107771349296189

Thank your for your time.
D. Payne President

*This is to be considered one of our slogans, and is dependent on the amount of investment made by the contractee, as well as other factors that may be out of our control or scope of contracted services.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING POLICIES:
It’s recommended that this page be shared with all Strata Properties. Post in Common Area.

NOTICE: BY 8 AM ON REGULAR SERVICE DAYS, ALL RESIDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO REMOVE:
DOG WASTE, Furniture, Hoses, Toys and other items from their lawns and gardens.
Terra Nova employees do not REMOVE ITEMS FROM LAWNS

Landscape Contractor is not responsible for damage to items left in our service areas.
DOG WASTE MUST BE CLEANED UP OR WE MAY NOT CUT THE OFFENDING AREA!
REGULAR SERVICE CHARGES WILL STILL BE LEVIED FOR SKIPPED YARDS.
PROBLEM YARDS WILL BE REPORTED
(Long grass is extra wear and tear on the equipment, animal feces rots equipment, no-one wants to work soiled!)

- Modifications to your landscape by any: Thing, Person, Company, Act of God, etc., which creates a greater
workload or cost, above that agreed to in this contract, will be included as extra billing.
- All Invoices are due upon receipt.
- Clients: Contact the Terra Nova Landscaping Office, before undertaking any projects or exterior services.
- One Council member and the Property Manager shall be appointed contact persons for the Landscaper.
- Residents: Do Not perform any tasks, work or Landscape changes on common property. You could breach
contracts, or depreciate property value, curb appeal, or create a greater work load than agreed to.
- Waste from “private backyards” or other areas not included in this contract will not be removed
- All work order changes go through the Terra Nova Landscaping Services Office.
- Terra Nova landscapers, gardeners and sub-contractors take direction from their on-site Supervisor only.
- WorkSafeBC rules/regulations, BC/Canadian Landscape Standard, Codes of Ethics enforced on all sites..
– Terra Nova Landscaping Services Ltd., is an equal opportunity employer -

Please Respect our employees right to privacy. Do Not Take pictures and post them on social media.

*Disclaimer*“We can make your property shine, Increased property value, Consistent Quality Landscape Solutions” and others, are advertising slogans and are relevant to the extent of and particulars of each maintenance, installation, design or consulting program and or contract. And are directly related to the amount of investment by the contractee. You will notice a great improvement. Thank-you for choosing Terra Nova

Council Representative and Property Manager: PLEASE SIGN AND DATE the CONTRACT PAGE.
This includes Addendums A and B and C, if applicable.
Return Signed Contract to Terra Nova Landscaping Services, Annually and Prior to commencement of services

www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

Again, SPAM is illegal in Canada. Spam and unsolicited e-mails will be deleted. Unopened. Thank-you

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Find Us FAST @www.facebook.com/Terra-Nova-Landscaping-Services-Ltd-107771349296189/?ref=bookmarks

Accepting new 2020 Clients. www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com: Strata Condo Commercial sites
Services: Weekly Maintenance lawn + garden packages, Quality Maintenance, Installation, Designs, Consulting.
blog at www.LAWNSITE.COM. As ” Dr. New Earth ” owner of www.DrNewEarth.com.
Visit OUR BLOG via>
www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

Other places I blog: The University of BC Botanical Garden site

Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

Burnaby Continuing Education hired me to teach Landscape Business Practices.
And I’ve been a National Landscape Certification Judge with the BCLNA/CNLA,
BC Landscape Nursery Association/Canadian National Landscape Association.

My writing contributions have been published in The CHOA Journal, (http://www.choa.bc.ca).
The Weather Network: segments and interviews on landscaping, lawns,gardens. Basic pruning techniques for home-owners.
As well, I’ve been interviewed on local radio stations and community channels.

Currently though, a lot of my time is spent on fb. Where Terra Nova Landscaping has a number of business pages. ie:

https://www.facebook.com/Terra-Nova-Landscaping-Services-Ltd-107771349296189/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.David-Payne-of-Terra-Nova-Landscaping-lawns-and-gardens-1053277741434010

https://www.facebook.com/Quality-Strata-Landscaping-Services-168721230194433/

https://www.facebook.com/Kamloops-Strata-Care-1841181199445277/

https://www.facebook.com/David-Payne-Horticulture-Lawnsn-Gardens-1657878677784511/

https://www.facebook.com/Port-Coquitlam-Lawn-and-Garden-Terra-Nova-Landscaping-399079200188362/

https://www.facebook.com/Doctor-New-Earth-225047430915707/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.facebook.com/Kamloops-lawns-550401345157591/

New page at Terra Nova Landscaping-Kelowna.

There’s a bogus company from Alberta that ‘s been using our name illegally in Kelowna.

Accepting new 2020 Clients. TERRA NOVA LANDSCAPING BC. Since 1996
Demographic: Strata Condo Commercial sites
Services: Weekly Maintenance lawn + garden packages
Quality Maintenance, Installation, Designs,Consulting.

The facebook addresses will have to be copied and pasted into your search bar.

www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.com,
www.KamloopsStrataCare.com,
www.KamloopsLawns.com,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.ca,
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.

Final Note: Spam e-mails deleted unopened. Do not solicit services.

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Prepare Your Home for Winter. Due Diligence for any time of year.

*Safety first. The batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced annually with the devices being tested regularly. To clean dust from a device, open the cover and gently vacuum. It is important to check that the devices have not expired. To find out how old your devices are and their expiration date, simply look on the back of the device where the date of manufacture is marked. The typical lifespan of a smoke alarm is 10 years from the date of manufacture (not the date of purchase) however some models may last as little as 5 years. More information regarding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be found here.
*Get rid of the dust and debris. Clean your furnace vents and baseboard heaters with a vacuum to ensure the best airflow. If you have baseboard heaters, ensure furniture does not block them and heat can circulate in the room. Dryer vents also require cleaning on a regular basis to prevent lint build up which is a serious fire hazard. You may opt to have your furnace and dryer vents cleaned by a professional.
*Turn on the heat. Before the temperature dips, you’ll want to ensure your heating is working. If you have hydronic baseboard heaters, you may need to check with your Property Manager as to when the building’s boilers will be turned on. *If you have a furnace, Fall is great time to have your it professionally inspected and serviced. If you have a furnace, check your air filter. It is recommended that they are changed every 3 months however certain factors (like having furry pets) can result in the need to change them more often. If you don’t have one already, Fall is great time to upgrade your thermostat to a programmable version. Many Provincial and Municipal governments in Canada are offering incentives to make your home more energy efficient such as upgrading to a programmable thermostat.
*Deal with any drafts. If you have a door on the exterior of the property, check that all the weather stripping is in place including the door sweep if applicable. Make sure your windows and doors close completely.
*Start the fireplace. Just like your traditional heating system, it is important your fireplace is inspected and serviced by a professional. Where applicable, chimney cleaning is recommended at least once year but may be needed more frequently depending on your usage of the fireplace.
*Change the direction of your ceiling fan. In colder months, the fan direction should be counter clockwise so that it forces warmer air down into the room.
*Turn off the outside water. The line to your exterior water spigot can be damaged or cause flooding if water becomes frozen within the line. The water should be shut off from the valve inside your home (typically in the basement) with excess water being drained from the spigot outside before it is closed. It may also be beneficial to inspect water shut offs, faucets and other plumbing throughout your home for leaks or drips that require repair. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year!

Addressing these issues in Fall before the temperature dips below freezing can save you the time and money involved with emergency repairs.

We hope you enjoy the season!

Thank-you to the author: Deborah Knott (Gateway PM).

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Hello,
Company Policies and contract info: One council member is appointed landscape liason
We love dogs but may decide not to work in your yard if you won’t Clean up- Dog Waste by 8am on service days.
The same rule applies to keeping common areas, lawns and gardens free of obstructions, hoses, furniture, toys etc by 8am.
Terra Nova Landscaping and our employees reserve the right to exclude problem areas. Without reduction in fees.
- Residents are not to undertake any landscaping, gardening, pruning etc. or lawn care tasks or fertilizing, contracted to Terra Nova Landscaping.
- Private Yard Waste and/or residential refuse removal is not included in the scope of this contract.
- Non strata plants (ie: planters on balconies) and private lawns and patios are the responsibility of the owners.
- Modifications and/or damages to landscape by any: one, thing, company or Act of God, creating a greater workload or cost to TNL above agreed to in our contract, will be included as “ extra billing” to the contractee.
- Before undertaking any projects effecting the landscape. Clients, Strata Councils, residents, other contractors etc. shall consult with this independent landscape contractor
- Messes, damage, obstructions created by others, including other contractors, shall be cleaned up properly by them or we may include clean-up in extra billing to the contractee.We work hard and fast. under tight time constraints and a budget while landscaping your property.
-Stopping crews + equipment, then removing safety gear to talk or answer a question is inefficient and costs us.
-Also, please respect our employees right to privacy. Do Not Post pictures of them on social media.

- Your property manager will be notified of extra-ordinary problems. Thank-you for helping Terra Nova Landscaping Services keep on budget and do a better job.
work records are documented for every client property. Tools kept clean, sharp, and sterilized. Better equipped landscape trucks and trailers.
WorkSafeBC rules, professional Codes of Ethics followed at all times. Although we maintain many smaller landscapes, our average site size is 3.5 acres/1 hectare.

NOTICE: BY 8 AM ON REGULAR SERVICE DAYS, all RESIDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO REMOVE: DOG WASTE, Furniture, Hoses, Toys, pools, planters etc. and other obstructions from lawns, gardens, and common areas.
Sorry, but Terra Nova employees cannot REMOVE the above items. Problem areas will be avoided and reported. Landscape Contractor is not responsible for remediation or damage to items left in our service areas.
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Paying for a Large Insurance Deductible

Our strata has had a deductible of $100,000 for several years due to a number of claims and the inability to approve a resolution to replace our piping. In November we had another claim over $100,000. In one of your articles you indicated the strata corporation could levy that amount to the owners without approving a ¾ vote at a general meeting. Our property manager and president told the council we either had to pay this amount from our contingency or call a meeting, and they paid the amount from our contingency fund without a vote of the strata council. We are concerned about the significant reduction of our reserve funds, because we would not have any funds to pay for emergencies that are not insurable. Who has the authority to make these decisions? AJC.
Dear AJ: Decisions that relate to bylaw enforcement, major expenses, selection of contractors, when general meetings are called, the agenda and resolutions of general meetings, the recovery or back charging of damages and insurance deductibles, and when a strata decides to levy owners for an insurance deductible that is a common expense of the corporation, are all decisions of the strata council by majority vote. It is critical the decision is voted on and minuted as the decision will delegate authority to the strata manager to act on your instructions and in the event of an action to recover a deductible or proceed with further bylaw enforcement such as a tribunal or court application, the decision and minutes provide valuable evidence of the actions and authority of the strata council and the strata corporation. There is more than one benefit to the owners when you issue a special levy for an insurance deductible. In addition to reducing the pressure on your reserve fund and depleting your cash resources, owners are in a position to apply their share of the insurance deductible to their home owner policy if they qualify. This is one of the many reasons we recommend home owners purchase condo insurance. Unfortunately, we have created a culture in strata corporations where owners and tenants assume the strata corporation takes care of everything. In addition to neglecting their personal insurance obligations we see the same behaviour exhibited in use of energy. We still commonly hear from owners they use their gas fireplaces 24hrs a day to heat their units as the gas is paid by the strata, resulting in excessive energy consumption and fuel costs for strata corporations.
In your strata, the insurance claim was caused from a failed pipe, damaging 5 units, and the damages were $138,000. The $100,000 deductible applies as a common expense of all owners based on unit entitlement. Your options of payment are your operating fund, the contingency reserve fund or you may special levy owners directly. If a strata corporation does not have sufficient cash flow, they will have no choice and must levy the owners. The special levy of $100,000 is approved by a resolution of the strata council at a council meeting. Like all levies there must be a due date for payment, the purpose of the levy (payment of an insurance deductible) and the method of calculating payments, which is unit entitlement, the same formula applied to all common expenses such as strata fees. The strata corporation/manager then manages a collection process like any special levy and owners may have liens applied to their units if they fail to pay the amount. Because this is a special levy, your strata corporation must also report this account separately as part of your fiscal year end reports. When in doubt of who has authority to make decisions, always err on the side of inclusion and first bring the matters to council.
Tony Gioventu, Executive Director CHOA
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Insurance Bylaws

Our strata corporation has consulted with a lawyer and our property manager and have been advised that if we approve a bylaw that limits the amount an owner would have to pay if they were responsible for a claim, it would be easier for the strata corporation to renew our insurance policy. The bylaw basically limits the amount to $50,000 as we now have a $250,000 deductible for water escape. This makes no sense to us however because the amount an owner would have to pay for the deductible if they caused a claim has nothing to do with the insurance policy. The strata corporation and the rest of the owners would still be required to pay the remaining $200,000. How does this benefit anyone? Carmen R.
Dear Carmen: Bylaws that limit, restrict or qualify claims, coverage or limitations of liability are extremely complicated to administer. For example, while the Strata Property Act sets a threshold for corporations that enables them to recover the deductible if an owner is “responsible” for a claim, strata corporations are under the impression if they adopt a bylaw that qualifies this condition as negligence, it is easier to collect. Not so, the higher standards, definitions or thresholds will require a higher test in the courts or tribunal to obtain a successful judgement. A bylaw that limits an owner’s liability will impose a greater liability on the rest of the owners, even if they had nothing to do with the cause of the claim. Yes, deductibles are excessive, but the related risks the insurers are adopting may be equally high. At this time owners may be able to obtain insurance to cover high deductibles, but the rational question owners must discuss at your meeting is why they are shielding an owner from such a liability if the owner had caused the claim? Why should the remaining owners pay for a $250,000 if someone has caused a claim as a result of failing to comply with the strata bylaws, maintaining their strata lot or appliances, or an action that caused the claim? Sadly, there will be owners who lose their homes as a result of high deductibles and claims. We have not identified any related benefits to renewing insurance or cost of policies if strata corporations adopt such bylaws. An insurance deductible as a result of a claim on your strata policy is a common expense of the strata corporation, and paid by the strata corporation until it is determined who is responsible for the claim and the amount is collected. A strata corporation is automatically authorized by the Act to pay a deductible from the contingency reserve fund, operating fund or directly special levy each owner for their share. Because insurance deductibles do not qualify for a lien priority on charges, it could be possible your strata may obtain a decision from the courts or the tribunal for a high deductible amount with no equity in the property. In the event of an order under such conditions for sale proceeding if the owner does not pay, and the strata requires an order for payment, the remaining owners may still be at risk of covering the amount. A word of caution, if a strata council or property manager indicate they have legal advice on a matter, it is beneficial to either have the lawyer attend the meeting or a copy of the written opinion on the proposed bylaw included with the notice. Managers and council members frequently wordsmith bylaws before they send out notice packages that were not the same advice provided.
Note for the Province Article to add: CHOA is hosting 2 public insurance Forums in Vancouver and New Westminster on February 11th and 13th from 7-9pm. To register email info@choa.bc.ca or call 604 515 9672. Space is limited.
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Unlawful Charges

Our strata corporation recently approved a special levy at our Annual Meeting to pay for a deficit of $37,000 from 2019 over runs. The resolution required 3 equal payments March, April and May 1st. At the meeting several owners objected to the resolution as the payments were due in a short period of time and the fee of $10 to collect the levy was added on to each payment. When questioned, the property manager admitted to writing the resolution and advising council the Act required the deficit had to be repaid in the next fiscal year and this was the only option. The owners at the meeting agreed to amend the resolution and spread the payments out over 6 months. We have now received notice of a new schedule of payments with a $10 addition to each of the 6 payments. Are there other options to paying for a deficit that does not impose additional collection fees on the owners? Claire L.
Dear Claire: When a strata corporation is left with a deficit at the end of their fiscal year, the Strata Property Act permits three options to repay that amount. A special levy is not the only option, but it is the option that permits the management company to charge an additional fee. The first option is to add a line item to the agenda of the next year’s budget to repay the deficit. This does not incur any fees for special levies, it is paid over 12 months, and only requires a majority vote for approval. While this does increase the strata fees for the next year, it is the best payment method because of the least cost and approval requirements. The other two options require a 3/4 vote resolution approval. The strata corporation may approve a special levy, and depending on your service agreement with your management company, there may be charges for the collection of the special levies. This charge is paid by the strata corporation, not by each individual owner and is a common expense based on unit entitlement the same as the deficit amount being levied. The management company does not have the authority to charge owners directly for their fees or services for collections of special levies. This additional amount is included in the special levy to pay the deficit. The special levy schedule must be re-issued and is only based on the total amount approved by the owners at the meeting. A third option is for the strata corporation to approve a one-time payment from the contingency reserve account to cover the deficit. While there is no immediate impact on the owners, it will result in the depletion of valuable savings for future renewals or emergencies.
While deficits occur for strata corporations due to insurance deductibles or emergencies, the cause of the expense is also important to identify. In Claire’s strata corporation, over $40,000 of emergency expenses for a deck leak and repair was allocated to their operating fund, while they have over $250,000 in their contingency fund. Emergency expenses may be allocated from either the operating fund or the contingency reserve fund. How the funds are allocated is a decision of the strata council. If you are an active strata council member, take a direct interest in your monthly operations and expenses. While it is not mandatory, an emergency expense can be replenished to the contingency fund simply by approving by majority vote a higher contribution in the following year’s budget, eliminating the need for special levies. Persons who are not licensed legal professionals, such as strata managers and consultants, and who are compensated for their services, are not permitted to write resolutions or bylaws for strata corporations as this is defined as a practice of law under the Legal Professions Act in BC.
Tony Gioventu, Executive Director CHOA
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How do strata corporations and owners manage the dramatic increase in Insurance Rates?

Over the past few months across BC. there has been an industry struggle to renew strata corporation insurance polices. With renewals, the cost of the insurance has increased anywhere from 50-300% and the deductibles to cover claims have also increased substantially, from manageable rates of $25,000 per claim to as high as $250,000 and $500,000. While not all regions of the province have been affected in the same manner, there have been targeted building types or large strata communities across BC, that have seen the dramatic increase. British Columbia currently has over 30,000 strata corporations. They vary in size from a duplex to over 1,000 units in a single strata community. Many conventional strata corporations are low-rise wood frame apartment buildings, townhouses or high-rise buildings. When a water failure or fire occurs in multi-unit buildings multiple units are often affected. The result is an increased risk of cost for damages and losses by the insurance industry. Under the Strata Property Act a strata corporation must insure for full replacement value of all common property, common assets and fixtures. This basically means in a duplex, town house, low rise or highrise community, the original construction including finishing attached to the building is covered under the strata corporation insurance policy. What is the cause of the dramatic increases? In addition to world wide catastrophes, we live in a high-risk earthquake zone, and with several major building claims in the province, there are a reduced number of insurance companies who are covering strata insurance in BC. The hardest hit regions are the high-density metro areas, but resort properties and communities with large developments of more than 250 units are also feeling the crunch as they have the highest compound risks when there is a claim. In addition, with a limited number of insurers, increase in claims, higher property and construction values and a high demand for insurance, a supply/demand imbalance has been created where the insurers have imposed much higher costs and deductibles to manage risks. How does this impact owners of strata units in BC? If your strata is faced with a substantial increase in insurance rates, the cost will be reflected in your annual budget which determines your annual strata fees. If the deductible is dramatically increased to $100,000 for example, it means any claims under 100,000K are not covered by insurance, and subject to your bylaws, each owner is likely responsible for damages to their strata lot and the corporation is responsible for the cost to repair common property. The result is many of the past insurance costs will now be downloaded onto the affected owners in the event of a claim. If an owner is responsible for a claim, for example their washing machine hose fails flooding out the building, the owner could be responsible for the $100,000 deductible. This time more than ever home owners need to consider condo home owner insurance to cover their liability in the event of a claim for damages to their unit, the cost of a deductible or the risk of being sued by other owners if they cause a claim. If there is a claim from a failed pipe and the amount of the claim is over $100,000 resulting in an insurance claim, the $100,000 deductible becomes a common expense of the strata and the council may pay it from the contingency fund or directly levy owners without the need for a 3 / 4 vote at a general meeting. What can our strata do to limit the risk? Work closely with your broker. If the strata corporation is faced with a change in insurance or the possibility of no coverage, immediately give notice to owners. If you fail to obtain insurance, contact your lawyer to determine the liabilities for owners and council members and what next steps you should consider. Maintain your buildings. Work with your owners to manage risks. Verifying that all units with washing machines have upgraded their hoses to braided steel. Failed rubber hoses in cramped closets and spaces are a chronic cause of water damages. Address risks that may result in a claim. Owner activities such as smoking, barbeques on balconies, balcony gas heaters and in suite hot water tanks all present a higher risk. Repair access or building issues that may risk an injury. Update your bylaws: Bylaws that present a risk of Human Rights complaints or court actions also increase your risk. What should buyers consider: Before you purchase, obtain a copy of the strata insurance and confirm the insurance cost, deductibles for water escape, and the renewal dates. Over the coming year the increases will likely continue.
Tony Gioventu, Executive Director CHOA

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Condo insurance rates to surge ’50 to 300%’

B.C. condo owners are bracing for sticker shock amid surging insurance rates for their homes.

“Rates are increasing for people in policies now anywhere from 50 to 300 per cent, and deductibles are going from the conventional $10,000 or $25,000 to $100,000, $250,000 or $500,000,” said Tony Gioventu, executive director of the Condominium Home Owners Association.

The reasons for the surging rates are multiple, but one of the factors is the sky-high value of B.C. properties.

Gioventu said in the case of a devastating fire, claims for a large strata building can massive.

“To insure full risk for one building, one building may have a $100 or $200 million dollar value to it, that’s an enormous risk for a single insurer,” he said.

As a result, the number of insurers willing to take on policies for B.C. condos is shrinking, particularly if the building has made multiple claims or has not kept up with maintenance, Gioventu said.

Paul Murcutt, BFL Canada Insurance Services Inc. said the growing cost of insurance isn’t just a B.C. issue.

What’s the first industry to take a hit from this? Landscaping most likely. Strata Councils, keep up with proper landscape maintenance programs. Through a reputable independent contractor, such as Terra Nova Landscaping Services.

The return on investment will help to increase your property value up to 15 per cent, on average.

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3 Bids. Are they always required?

Dear Tony: Is there anything in the Strata Act or legislation that requires a strata council to get 3 bids for projects of a certain value? Our strata council are negotiating with a contractor to replace our siding and our decks and several owners are raising concerns about the price and the reputation of the contractor. From what we can see, it looks like basically a blank cheque with no real understanding of what is going to be done. It’s one thing to call in a contractor to replace a broken window, or a hot water tank or a broken entry door but removing our siding and replacing decks that are over other living spaces may have grave consequences if there is a problem. Asiz M.
Dear Asiz: One of the benefits of living in a strata corporation is the collective power of purchasing and negotiations. If the purchasing process is administered well, the community can look forward to secure pricing, confidence in the construction, and contingencies that address potential risks and problems before they occur. Strata councils are volunteers and are generally held to that standard of a comparable volunteer under the same circumstances in the legislation. This does not excuse the responsibility of a volunteer to ensure they have sought advice and counselling on their actions and decisions. The BC Lottery slogan, “Know your limit, play within it”, applies to many facets of life. Purchasing and negotiating contracts and services is a perfect example. There are few strata council members who have sufficient knowledge and experience relating to procurements and negotiations of major construction. While there is nothing within legislation that requires multiple bids on projects within strata corporations, a prudent council member will acknowledge they have an obligation to obtain the optimum pricing for the best services with all of the terms and conditions of the contractor and services clearly defined. It is a small investment to retain a consultant to set the specifications identifying the scope of work, and consult a lawyer before you issue the project for bids. If your community is considering construction, the value may be the only factor that determines the scope of services you require. Seeking multiple bids on a project is only reliable if there are published specifications of the scope of work and terms and conditions of the contract. At least all contractors are bidding on the same project. For major construction such as decks, siding, balconies, windows and roofing, a consultant is always recommended to ensure the project is detailed, construction is inspected and the strata corporation is not left with a construction disaster, endless expenses, or a contractor that leaves a site before the project is complete. The moment a contractor informs you they are not interested in the work if they have to compete with other contractors and bid on a scope of work, it is apparent their intentions were not credible. Strata councils routinely comment they had not budgeted funds for a consultant or legal services, yet we often don’t know the cost of construction until we have completed the bidding process, so how did they reach a budget amount in the first place? Before your strata council starts a major project, determine the cost of a consultant to set up your specifications. This will help you budget for professional services in the coming year. The cost varies depending on the scope of work, condition of buildings, and the amount of supervision that may be required as the project proceeds. Next, consult your lawyer on the bidding process. Are the bidding documents sufficient? Is bonding insurance required for the scope of the project? Are the terms and conditions sufficient? How is the value determined? Are there cost allocations for unknown conditions, such as rotting wood? Are there specific site conditions that require details? If you don’t secure terms and conditions in the bidding process it becomes difficult to negotiate in a contract and impossible and costly to correct after a contract is signed.
Tony Gioventu, Executive Director CHOA
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Get a written contract/change work order signed

What an annoying place facebook is. Idiots with no experience arguing and stressing out the original poster (and me) on a “professional” landscape site.??? I don’t want to be a mentor there nor help for free any longer argh………any-how, I offered some direction and information meant to assist a younger member (or others in the future)……. Some-one cut down “the wrong tree”. Male home-owner had started the removal. Called them over and asked them to finish it. (there was no written contract/change work order. All verbal) His wife said later that was the wrong tree. Husband isn’t talking. This is a, ” he said, she said ” dilemma…..Wife wants up to 17 grand for the loss, against the value of their home. She’s isn’t too far off base. I gave some insight into what’s required as I’ve prepared reports on this before. I was certified as a “plant appraiser” through the isa-international society of arboriculturists. So I explained very basically about the stump measurements, detailed calculations and that a licensed real estate agent is needed to access median price information on homes in the area etc. Then the flaming started…So now according to some of the Big Minds out there, I’m totally wrong on everything I was trained by the isa to do in this type of situation… I also suggested carrying some blank paper and writing up and signing a quick contract for service/change work order if this ever happens again. But apparently I’m stupid to suggest that. haha I feel that I’ve been disrespected and lost credibility in this “professional landscaper ” group. ” A handshake isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. ” I’ve prepared a few hundred arborist reports over the years. It’s rare that a plant appraisal is required. But I have prepared them for legal cases,,,,, So now, all of the factual information and experience I mentored in the group, hoping to help some-one (now or in the future) is being questioned and corrected by pseudo intellectuals. “Any-body with a pick-up truck and lawn mower can call themselves a landscaper.” lol.

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Insurance Deductibles

Condo Smarts November 20, 2019
Insurance Deductibles
Our strata corporation renewed our policy in October and as a result of a number of minor claims in the past 3 years our water deductible has been increased to $100,000. All of our claims were below this amount in the past, so does this mean there is no insurance claim if the amount of the damages is below the $100,000 deductible and the strata corporation is left paying the bills? How will our owners in a 35-unit strata ever pay this? Jeremy K.

Dear Jeremy: The Strata Property Act grants a provision to strata corporations to seek a claim against an owner if they are responsible for a deductible. Strata corporations may also seek a claim against an owner for damages if they are responsible for the cause of the damages. While these conditions are often defined, limited or restricted in strata corporation bylaws, the effect on the remaining owners who were not responsible for the claim is much more direct. If the strata corporation has a water escape deductible of $100,000 and there is a claim below the deductible, each owner is responsible for the damages to their strata lots and the strata corporation is responsible for damages to common property and common assets. Owners must be prepared for these types of risks and seriously consider home owner insurance to cover the damages to your strata lot in the event this occurs. A failed washing machine on the 4th floor will likely damage multiple units below if the water flow is not quickly checked. It is likely most claims in homes will be under $10,000 per unit and the best remedy to protect your home is a condo home owner policy that will cover damages to your strata lot in the event of such a claim, but what happens when a common pipe breaks and the claim damages 20 units and is over $100,000? The insurance deductible of $100,000, becomes a common expense of the corporation and the owners based on the same formula as strata fees. Each owner pays their share of a special levy issued by council, or the strata corporation has sufficient reserve funds to pay the deductible amount. If the strata council issues a special levy, each owner who has purchased condo insurance to cover their share of a deductible, could claim that amount on their policy. In your 35-unit strata corporation, the levies will vary between $3,000 and $4,000. A home owner condo policy that covers deductible claims often has a deductible amount of $250 or $500. While it isn’t the ideal situation, it is the best option to limit costs to owners. With a limited number of insurance providers making condo coverage available in BC, the rising costs of insurance, and an increase in claims, strata corporations across the province are facing the highest historic increase in policy rates and deductible thresholds. While it is impossible to avoid owner/tenant actions that result in claims, there are a number of pro-active decisions that your strata corporation can take to limit risk and manage your future claims and costs. 1. Review your bylaws. If your strata corporation is still permitting gas barbeques on decks and balconies, smoking within buildings or other high-risk behaviour, this will increase your risks of claims and costs. Time for a serious discussion with your owners. 2. Repair and maintain your property. If your depreciation report has scheduled replacement of piping and plumbing for a specific date, or you have a roof that has reached its life expectancy, don’t delay repairs until your buildings fail. Planned repairs benefit everyone and significantly reduce the risks of claims and operating costs. 3. Don’t ignore surface risks. Broken sidewalks, unsecure building components that have a high fall risk, or security risks all add to the cost of operations and insurance costs.
Tony Gioventu, Executive Director CHOA
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Corporal Bill Smith. Famous Tenor, sang on “Johnny Canuck’s Revue. BBC Radio. WW2. Glad I knew him.

Some-one on my high school’s alumni page was saying, “one of the original Double Mint twins taught at our Senior High.
I didn’t know her. But I did know the writer/producer of The Double Mint Gum commercial.
Bill Smith was one of my instructors at BCIT. Broadcasting and Business School. He taught “copywriting for t.v. and radio”.
This charming dark haired man actually produced dozens of t.v. commercials shown nationally and internationally during the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s that older readers will have certainly seen.
Remember the commercial with rows of Smarties marching? One of my favorites when I was a kid.
During the Second World War, Corporal Bill Smith was a famous tenor, singing on the popular BBC program “Johnny Canuck’s Revue ”
He showed me direct to disk acetates they recorded of the show. Incredible collector’s items.
Big Heavy records, that were thick like 78 rpm’s. And about two feet across. Glad I knew him.
(this is only a short excerpt of the commercial. Wrigley’s still uses the same idea with twins, decades later)
I’ve been a broadcaster, recording-touring musician and business owner. What’s next? I’m feeling bored. lol

Our hyperlink isn’t operating at the moment. But you can paste this link into your browser for the youtube commercial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHfjdxN1URI&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2HR96R9z7dt4PY3WgwalRSaMSZH6pLtiJWvfZEnO-xB8sUOrJWyHzYCp0

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Contact us Directly.(e-mail,phone,website) Do Not use Social Media or Advertising sites to contact us, please and thank-you.

Advertising sites and social media can be a problem. Yelp for example….they don’t respond to requests to correct page information. Yelp….some-one reported us out of business and I suspect it was competition. If you land on that page it incorrectly shows us out of business, top of page. If you scroll through the information, it also says “at this location” Yelp gives the wrong impression. Clients can only speak to us through the yelp site. We have no access to real e-mails. Some-times I believe the responses and requests are bogus, sent by yelp salespeople….. Yelp controls and hides all your information from us, except for your first name. Beware…. I had to start two other business pages to replace the closed one. Terra Nova Landscaping. Another for Kamloops Strata Care. Which for some reason says we’re in Kelowna. Can’t edit this. I suspect they want money for advertising before they will respond accordingly to change requests?
Yelp…FINALLY some-one claiming to be a yelp rep called on the phone. No call display and it was an U.S. English speaking person in a noisy call center. So I took a chance and spoke to them. Normally we don’t answer out of province phone calls.
I swear to God this guy was high on cocaine. He would not shut up. Kept repeating himself. Talked right over top of me. Wouldn’t answer questions. Made NO sense. Just kept on talking in circles real fast….wouldn’t fix errors on my pages. Couldn’t help at all.
Then he wanted to “confirm” my e-mail address. Red flag. Nope. Then he started talking about my website. NOPE. “That’s proprietary information”. Not sure what to think of this phone call?
It was an insane couple of minutes. And I was really busy in the office to play games with this guy. If he really was from Yelp? Normally I would get rid of a Goof Phone solicitor. I was being polite, as I wanted him to fix the yelp pages. Nothing was accomplished. Like I said, this guy was high on cocaine or perhaps meth amphetamine (speed) Finally I said, “George, thanks for calling. You obviously can’t fix the problems on our yelp pages. Thanks for your time.” What a Goof…..ten seconds later he called back…argh. Click. Then another call from an East Indian Lady a few minutes later. Stop Wasting my time.
Yesterday google maps sent us an update notification for the address correction I made with them weeks ago…..Google decided to show our Port Coquitlam warehouse and address again, instead of Kamloops. lol. A glitch? Mercury Retrograde causing problems again? John Lennon used to hide during Mercury Retrograde. lol Yes I follow the moon cycles and other things. I’m a Journeyman Redseal horticulturist, arborist, landscape designer.
This morning I went onto Yelp, who will not correct or allow us to edit…..and our yelp address has been changed to the new google map address and picture of the old warehouse. lol
Facebook is being really greedy for more personal information and proprietary business documents. And they too want advertising money. Lots and lots of money. $$$$ All the time. Facebook time wastes so many hours every week. Not just social stuff with friends. Continually updating business pages. fb constantly requires resetting, answering their questions, input input money money money…… If you don’t have business pages on fb. you’ve no idea of the amount of time it takes to maintain each page. We have nearly 20. Using different regional search terms, services etc.
Yellow pages is not great like it used to be. I see they’ve allowed an un-registered company from Alberta to continue with a free placement ad in B.C. They come up as Terra Nova Landscaping BC. and show a telephone number that is not my companies. Yellow pages doesn’t respond to requests to correct this fallacy. YP used to require an advertiser to show proof of B.C. incorporation. Documentation. Signed contract etc. They too want lots of money for any proper advertising with pictures etc.
As with all of these on-line advertisers, the more you pay them for advertising every month the higher your ad will show up in their searches. So, a company like ours, trying to be frugal is relegated to the bottom of the list. Potential clients statistically will choose what-ever comes up first. “Ya, this must be a good company. They paid a fortune to get at the top of the list. Let’s call them instead of researching others”
Google, instagram, twitter, what-ever. Show me a better return on investment from advertising. I’m tired of dealing with the internet and these money hungry sites that people can’t seem to do without now a days.
BBB-great reference? Pay them money, get accredited and you’ll be treated differently. Fortunately our BBB Rating is A+.
Without having to pay them any money. Alberta company using our name shows up on BBB in BC. argh. By the way, the BBB doesn’t respond to our requests for changes either. lol.
Terra Nova Landscaping BC and myself, wish you Peace and Happiness. And hope you find our website and blog Helpful and informative.

Accepting New Strata Condo Landscape Maintenance Contracts
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