Welcome, we are FULLY BOOKED at this time. Not Hiring, Thanks. No Website Services Wanted. Spam is deleted and blocked. 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,
www.TerraNovaLandscapingBC.PRO
www.TerraNovaLandscapingServices.net
www.DrNewEarth.com
Please contact us directly on our secure company website and e-mail
Communication via social media and other advertising sites is not recommended.
Note: we don’t use fb etc. But, do have 20 different fb pages in mothballs that you can still view.

spam and unsolicited e-mails will be deleted, unopened.
Note: NO WEBSITE, SEO, APP OR OTHER COMPUTER SERVICES WANTED. QUIT SPAMMING US.

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

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

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
See The Facebook for more client pictures, testimonials, information and insights.

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

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

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

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

Note: we don’t use “yelp” or other sales sites. Social media accounts (fb) are only for informational purposes
and are not monitored. Do Not communicate with us via social media, thanks.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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Once opened they release a virus.

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Incorporated and Established inBC 1996, Terra Nova Landscaping. FULL SERVICE LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR. Canadian landscape Industry certified Horticulturists ISA Arborists, Red Seal Journeypersons (CLT)(CLP)(CLT)(RLT)(ISA) (ITA)

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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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Queen Elizabeth II RIP

RIP Queen Elizabeth.

I was a young child when I watched Charles being crowned the Prince of Wales. Now I have fresh vivid memories of his
Mother’s funeral. The pageantry, tradition, history and tears.

As her coffin was brought into the Cathedral, festooned with beautiful flowers and our late Queen’s crown regally sitting atop….I couldn’t help but notice a big black hairy spider running about confused, on the card amongst the flowers.

Long live King Charles. Peace.

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B.C. scientists hopeful in fight against mites that puncture and kill honeybees

SURREY, B.C. — Chemistry professor Erika Plettner gestures towards beehives surrounded by tall, dry grasses as she explains the multiple pressures facing honeybees worldwide.
Pesticides, pathogens and the effects of climate change are putting bees and their role as pollinators of the world’s food crops in peril, she says.
So Plettner and her team of researchers are working towards mitigating one tiny yet deadly risk factor — the varroa mite.

The team at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland is testing a chemical compound that appears to kill the mites without harming the bees, in hopes it could one day be widely available as a treatment for infested hives.

Varroa mites kill bees by puncturing their cuticle, or exoskeleton, creating a wound that doesn’t close, Plettner said.

That leaves an opening for disease and weakens bees’ immune systems, she said in an interview at the researchers’ experimental apiary outside Surrey, B.C.

“That’s what then ultimately makes (the bees) collapse during wintering,” she said.

Plettner and her team are testing the safety and efficacy of the compound identified in her lab some years ago, which appears to paralyze and then kill the mites.

The bees involved in the experiment fly in and out of their hives as Plettner explains that the researchers don’t yet understand exactly how the compound works.

“We don’t know the actual protein in the mite to which the compound binds, or a collection of proteins. We know that paralysis usually involves the nervous system of the mite,” she said.

Her team recently obtained funding from Genome British Columbia, a non-profit organization, to work with researchers at the University of British Columbia to investigate how the compound affects the mites, she added.

The researchers place a sheet of sticky paper beneath the hives to collect the dead mites for analysis in their lab, she said.

So far, the chemical compound looks promising as a potential treatment alongside five or six others currently available, Plettner said.

It’s important to rotate through different treatments from year to year, she said, because the mites are starting to show resistance to what she called the “gold standard” of existing treatments.
The varroa mite originally parasitized honeybees in Asia before spreading to Afro-European honeybee populations about 100 years ago, she said.
“In terms of evolutionary time, this is relatively short. And that’s why our bees are so affected by this, because … in an evolutionary sense, they haven’t had a chance to develop, through selection, natural defences.”
( NOTE from Terra Nova Landscaping…..in relative terms, about ten percent of all insects will become immune to any given pesticide. So, you can end up with super bugs that breed many more super bugs year after year, that aren’t effected. Control approaches/ pesticides should be changed occasionally instead of always using the same “can of raid”.)

Efforts are underway to find bees that are more naturally resistant to the mites, said Plettner, noting one of her own hives at her home has had no mites this summer, while the neighbouring hive was “boiling over” with the pests.

“Every once in a while, you get a hive that is quite resistant to the mite, and this is a subject of very intensive research and bee breeding efforts.”

It will take some years to commercialize the compound, making it available as a treatment, Plettner said.

The researchers still need to understand how it works and demonstrate that it’s safe for bees, beekeepers and the surrounding environment, she said.

It’s especially important to mitigate varroa mite infestations given the range of environmental pressures bees are facing, Plettner said.

Climate change is affecting the ecology of honeybee habitat, changing the availability of the flowers and plants they need to survive, she said.

Moreover, bees are part of a system of intensive agricultural practices that employ pesticides and herbicides across Canada and worldwide, she said.

“Even if near the apiary is not sprayed, bees will fly quite far, up to two kilometres, to seek flowering plants and food,” she said. “So they can get accidentally contaminated with substances that are harmful.”
At the same time, many plants that are considered weeds and targeted with herbicide by agricultural operators are important for bees, Plettner said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 4, 2022.

Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press

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Surrey condo owner fined $800 for smoking, must pay $13,000 for strata legal fees

A Surrey condo owner who fought against $800 in fines for smoking cigarettes and marijuana in his unit has to pay more than $13,000 to cover the strata’s legal fees.
The strata at a complex on 68th Avenue with 55 units took owner James Graham to the B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal to get him to stop smoking in his unit after there were complaints, according to a recently-posted decision.
A neighbour reported there were 260 times, over a period of about a year and two months ending in late March 2022, when the smell and smoke from cigarette and marijuana emanated from drain openings and plug outlets in her unit, which is next to Graham’s condo.
Her complaints said “there were days the smell was so bad that she could not work from her home office, take baths in the upstairs bathroom, or make breakfast in the kitchen.”
Council members confirmed “the heavy smell of marijuana coming through electrical outlets” on two occasions in 2021 and that they were coming from Graham’s unit and not the unit on the other side.

Graham denied smoking in his condo and countered that the strata did not prove he was doing so.

But the strata pointed out that in several emails in early 2021, Graham provided a doctor’s note saying he need to smoke pot for medical reasons to treat depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal disorder and pain. Later, when the strata required Graham to seal his unit and make it airtight, he replied he would not be making any repairs and that he would only smoke off the property.

Based on these emails, the tribunal determined that Graham acknowledged he was smoking in his unit.

It disagreed with Graham’s claim that the strata didn’t do “reasonable investigations” before issuing four fines, amounting to a total of $800, around mid- and late-2021.

It said the strata gave Graham the opportunity to be heard and address the allegations against him.

A new strata bylaw at the Surrey complex that was set in September 2021 prohibits smoking or vaping tobacco, marijuana or any similar organic substance in any interior or exterior common or limited common property as well as in the units. There is an exception for anyone with a valid marijuana license or note from a medical doctor confirming the need to use marijuana at home for medical reasons, but stipulates that anyone under this allowance must not allow smoke to escape such that it can be smelled by another resident.

It was established as more strata corporations in B.C. have been implementing non-smoking bylaws, but also struggling to juggle the concerns of non-smokers versus the personal freedoms of other residents.

In January 2021, a Richmond condo owner won $500 in damages from the strata after complaining to the CRT about her neighbour’s second-hand smoke and aromatherapy scents.

In March 2021, a frustrated condo-dweller in Burnaby sued the strata and a neighbour claiming that second-hand cigarette smoke was causing her health issues. In that case, the strata spent more than $20,000 in legal fees, which it didn’t get back. The tribunal didn’t rule on where the smoke was coming from, but awarded the owner $400 in damages because the strata stopped investigating.

Graham did not claim he has a valid medical marijuana license or need to consume marijuana for medical reasons, according to the tribunal.

The strata relied on a bylaw to claim its legal expenses in the amount of $13,948.74.

It said that “legal counsel’s involvement was necessary due to (Graham’s) continued disregard for the strata’s enforcement measures and repeated bylaw breaches.”

In the end, the decision ordered that Graham pay the strata $13,336.83, which includes the $800 in unpaid fines, legal expenses before and during the tribunal process, interest and fees for the CRT.

jlee-young@postmedia.com

( note from TNL….how can you pass people in the hall after such a fight? I would want to move.

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Ending ‘renter bias’: The arguments for and against ending rules that limit rental housing

Soudabeh Zarrinkafsh has lived in the spacious basement of a North Vancouver townhouse, with a door that walks out onto a leafy backyard garden, for two years. And she doesn’t want to move.
But the UBC Hospital employee may be forced to look for a new suite she can afford — a daunting task during a severe housing crisis — because of long-standing rules that advocates complain have an anti-renter bias.

A provincial task force has recommended the province eliminate a policy that allows strata corporations to ban rentals, but the NDP has not acted. And some municipalities still have bylaws that restrict secondary suites and other types of rentals.
“It’s a challenge because … I love this house that I’m living in right now,” said Zarrinkafsh, who co-ordinates doctor positions in the fellowship program at UBC Hospital’s radiology department.
“This is such a big issue with the housing and availability and affordability. And this place may have to sit empty. I can’t understand the logic behind it.”
The townhouse where Zarrinkafsh lives is in a development near the base of Grouse Mountain that was built in 1985 and is overseen by a strata council that prohibits rentals. In addition, North Vancouver District bylaws forbid secondary suites in the townhouse complex, as it is zoned “multi-family.”
“The District needs to say you can have legal suites in our area, and (the province) has to get rid of the rental restrictions in stratas. If those two things happen, then we’re going to have a ton of additional accommodations,” predicted townhouse owner Jackie Ashley, who rents her basement to Zarrinkafsh under a temporary exception she fears will soon end.
Housing advocates agree these types of bans should be abolished to create more desperately needed rentals. Others insist many strata owners don’t want these rules changed, arguing it would not open up many new rentals and could even reduce affordable housing stock.
This issue was highlighted in 2018 when a provincial rental housing task force, overseen by NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, recommended government eliminate the power of stratas to ban owners from renting out their units.
Its report said, “Most Canadian provinces allow owners of strata units to rent them out and do not allow discrimination against renters.” It also said stratas should get the power to evict problem tenants.
The NDP government said it would act in 2020, after it had time to consider legislative changes and do consultation.

Three years after the release of the report, the ministry responsible for housing said nearly all the 23 recommendations had been implemented, but not the call to end strata rental restrictions. That still requires “further study and analysis,” the ministry said.
“We’re in a rental housing crisis, and I’ve had a lot of people contact me about this issue and we’re having a look at it. We’ve been doing policy work on it, given the recommendation of the rental housing task force,” Housing Minister David Eby said, although he provided no timelines.
“There’s lots of layers of barriers to rental housing, unfortunately,” he said in response to a question about municipal bylaws restricting rentals. “I think, really, it comes from a time when the majority of people weren’t renters, and the bias was obviously towards home ownership. But obviously we’re in a different situation today.”

Last year, there were 33,871 strata developments with 720,538 units in B.C., which provided homes for more than a quarter of British Columbians. It is difficult to estimate, though, how many of those units could be freed up for tenants if the restrictions were eliminated, because there is no obligation for stratas to report to the province whether they have rental bans.

Generally, strata properties built since 2010 allow owners to rent their units, while for those built before 2010, about half have some type of rental restrictions, said Tony Gioventu, executive director of the Condominium Home Owners Association of B.C.
Even if ending rental restrictions in condos provides a relatively small number of new housing options, it is better than none, said Robert Patterson, a lawyer with the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre, an advocacy organization.

“In the midst of a housing crisis, it doesn’t make sense to have buildings that prohibit renters just as a class of people. This is something that would be a positive step, absolutely, to require stratas to permit rentals in all their units,” Patterson said.

And it would provide new housing “without having to build a single building, just with a simple stroke of a pen,” he added.

There is one source that could hints at the number of new rentals that might come onto the market with this change.

From 2018 to 2021, an average of 3,428 strata units in B.C.’s biggest urban centres were listed as vacant or underutilized under B.C.’s speculation and vacancy tax, but received an exemption from the tax because their stratas limited rentals. However, that tax exemption is set to end this year.

“We encourage strata property owners who do not want to pay (the speculation and vacancy tax) to use their units to provide much needed housing, either by working with their stratas to change their bylaws to allow for rentals or by using their strata property as their principal residence,” the housing ministry statement said.

It is not known how many rentals could be created if municipalities lifted laws that restrict secondary suites in certain types of homes. North Vancouver District, like some other Lower Mainland cities, is gathering opinions from residents about whether to create more secondary suites, short-term rentals, and infill housing in single-family neighbourhoods.

“Like many other places in the region, it’s become more and more challenging, if not impossible, for a lot of people to live here,” said Coun. Mathew Bond. “More options, especially in a lot of our existing neighbourhoods, means that more people can stay. I think that’s really important for our community.”

A report to council is expected this summer, but it is too soon to know when any changes will happen or if they will include multi-family neighbourhoods like Ashley’s, he said.

Ashley, who along with her husband owns the 3,000-square-foot townhouse where Zarrinkafsh lives, provided Postmedia with correspondence from the District that indicates it has no regulations restricting a tenant in her home, as long as she isn’t providing meals (as “lodging” is prohibited) and as long as it’s not in a secondary suite.

The district “understand(s) that rental restrictions may be contained by your strata bylaws,” its email added.

Three years ago, when the couple’s three sons were in university, they received a “hardship” exemption from their strata council, allowing them to rent out their basement.

This year, after two of their sons graduate (sic)(d), Ashley believes the majority of council members no longer intend to continue their hardship exemption. That means the couple will lose their rental income, and will have to evict Zarrinkafsh.

“It’s just terrible for Soudabeh,” Ashley said. “How are people going to be able to afford to live in this community if they can’t rent or, even if you buy, if you can’t have a tenant to subsidize your mortgage?”

Ashley said many owners in her complex have told her they would support overturning the rental ban. But not everyone agrees.

Heather Peacock, who owns a townhouse in the same development, said renters were allowed when the community was first built but “due to significant issues with tenants not conducting themselves according to our bylaws, owners voted to end rentals.”

Peacock, who sits on the strata council, argues only a handful of the owners in the 32-townhouse development would want to have tenants. While she is aware that there are good tenants, she says she witnessed numerous problems with renters in a North Vancouver building where she owns a condo and also sits on the strata.

“The rest of us want to live peacefully, not have the issue of dealing with renters … or any noise or lack of care that may come with them,” she said of her fellow townhouse owners.

“Our type of accommodation will not help with the rental situation. It is too expensive. More apartment buildings need rentals or, at least, not allow vacant suites.” David Hutniak, CEO of the industry group LandlordBC, and Gioventu, of the condo owners association, also do not support the province ending strata rental restrictions, and believe the government’s focus should instead be on more purpose-built rental housing.
A 2017 survey by Gioventu’s organization found developments built before 2010, which had rental restrictions, had vacancy rates of less than one per cent. Buildings constructed after 2010 with no rental restrictions had far higher vacancy rates because, he said, many units were purchased by speculators who sometimes rented them out but sometimes didn’t.

Gioventu fears that removing rental restrictions from pre-2010 buildings would make those units attractive to speculators. He said there is a recent pattern of speculators buying several units in the same building, then wielding their votes to prevent the strata from doing necessary maintenance, and then ultimately pushing for redevelopment.

“So the assumption here is that by eliminating rental bylaws, we were going to solve the rental problem. Well, it wouldn’t change anything,” he said.

NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert speaks with tenants who received eviction notices in 2014.© Arlen Redekop NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert speaks with tenants who received eviction notices in 2014.
However, Herbert, the NDP MLA who oversaw the task force report, maintains removing the bylaws could be beneficial.

And while the rental task force heard from some strata members who were concerned about having to manage renters, “others pointed out there are owners who are troublesome,” he added. “Renters are people, they’re no better or worse than people who own. So I completely reject any notion they would be worse neighbours.”

From Zarrinkafsh’s perspective, she simply doesn’t want to leave her affordable home and believes her landlord, Ashley, should have the right to rent out her basement.

“We know life is getting more and more expensive,” said Zarrinkafsh, who moved to Canada from Iran in 2011.

“I really don’t understand why, under the circumstances, this should be something that they make landlords and tenants do. … It’s very disappointing. It’s very stressful.”

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West Vancouver council punts racist-covenant ball to provincial government

The provincial government may introduce legislative changes to deal with racist covenants on land title records, but has stopped short of fully endorsing specific solutions proposed by the District of West Vancouver to remove historical language that outlawed some homes from being owned by Blacks or Asians.
The racist land covenants are unacceptable and have no place on land titles across the province,” the Forests Ministry, which oversees B.C.’s land tiles office, said in an email on Tuesday. “We are working to see what more can be done to support this important work, including future legislative changes.”
The ministry provided no specifics about what those changes may be.
Addressing such documents gained momentum a month ago when West Vancouver resident Michele Tung found one attached to her British Properties home , and started a petition for their removal, which has now garnered more than 4,500 signatures.

A West Vancouver staff report said it would cost the district about $1 million to locate all the covenants, which were made unenforceable in 1978 but are still upsetting for residents to read. Because these discriminatory clauses also exist in other cities, any change will require a provincial solution, the report added.

At Monday night’s council meeting, the West Vancouver mayor and councillors unanimously backed a plan for a resolution at this year’s Union of B.C. Municipalities convention that requests the province have its land title agency locate and delete all such covenants. Currently, when these documents are brought to the attention of the Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA), it can only strike-through the offending words, as it is illegal to alter official land title records.

“We would all be pleased if these covenants were not to see the light of day again,” Coun. Craig Cameron said. “It’s incumbent upon (the province) to act, and the LTSA, to take care of these covenants that they hold. And I think now that there’s been more pressure put on them, that it will lead to them dealing with the problem.”

On Tuesday, the forests ministry said it understands the issue will be brought up at the UBCM convention this fall, but made no further commitment to take the action requested by the district.

In a separate email, LTSA spokeswoman Janice Fraser said there are 2.2 million land titles and millions of historic records in paper, microfiche and digital formats. The organization has begun a multi-year project to digitize all records, and is working with Simon Fraser University to explore whether artificial intelligence software can be used to speed up locating the racist language.

“While initial work with (artificial intelligence) shows promise, there is still much work to be done to fully realize its potential,” Fraser’s email said.

West Vancouver Coun. Marcus Wong. Photo: The Office of Councillor Marcus Wong.West Vancouver Coun. Marcus Wong. Photo: The Office of Councillor Marcus Wong.
In an interview Tuesday, Tung said that although she acknowledges other cities are struggling with these covenants, West Vancouver is in a unique position because a private company, British Pacific Properties, is responsible for the development of the large residential neighbourhood where she and other homeowners have found these covenants. She wonders why council didn’t direct the company to help.

“I don’t know why there isn’t this suggestion by council,” she said. “Companies that dump toxic waste into an environment are financially and legally responsible to clean it up. Why are (British Pacific Properties) not being held to that same standard?”

The company, which bought 4,000 acres from West Vancouver district in 1931, has begun to identify all the properties it developed and sold that contain such language, and will share that information with the LTSA, President Geoff Croll said in an email Tuesday. It is also researching legal options to remove the offensive words if the province is unable to give the LTSA the authority to delete them, he added.

“We absolutely have a role to play in having racist and discriminatory language fully removed from restrictive covenants on title of properties historically developed by the company,” Croll’s email said. “It is time for us all to roll up our sleeves and work together to resolve this.”

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On Monday, Tung’s petition was introduced in the provincial legislature by Karin Kirkpatrick, the Liberal MLA for West Vancouver-Capilano.

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Deep Cove senior wins human rights case after strata refuses to build hillside tram

A senior in Deep Cove has won a $35,000 human rights award against his strata, and the right to install a costly tram to and from his hillside home to accommodate his health and mobility issues

Gerald Testar and his wife Coralee live in their detached home in a strata development with three other homes on a steep property. He developed health problems including congestive heart failure, lung disease and osteoarthritis that made navigating a lengthy series of stairs up to the strata parking lot so difficult he has been housebound since 2020.

“The Testars’ home is unique within the strata plan because it is landlocked,” read a summary of the case . “In order to leave their home, the Testars need to climb seven flights of stairs with a total of 102 steps. Mr. Testar is now 84 …

“He says his health has now declined to the point that he has a physical disability, because he cannot go up and down the stairs and has not left his home in two years.”

Testar asked the strata to allow a tram on the hillside and got a quote for one in January 2020. A lengthy back and forth with the other owners ensued, and included a recommendation for a chairlift, improvements to the stairs and ramps along the hill and other potential solutions.

But the issue wasn’t resolved, and Testar’s lawyer sent a letter to the strata warning that is would be the subject of a human rights complaint based on it failing to accommodate his disability.

The hillside tram would have been on common property in the strata plan, but would have been exempt from complex elevator regulations because it was for single-family use, or for use by first responders in an emergency. (There have in fact been several paramedic calls in recent years to the Testars’ home with slow response times because of the difficulty of getting down the stairs.)

The chairlift proposal was accepted in a meeting of the other strata owners in April 2020, and they agreed to pay $17,500 each to get it built. But the Testars said the lift wasn’t a safe and appropriate solution, and offered to pay the difference for the construction of the tram, which was quoted at about $150,000.

Meanwhile, Testar’s health worsened. “Mr. Testar testified that he used to be able to safely climb the stairs to the parking lot, but the progressive effects of COPD cause him to feel breathless, dizzy and fatigued. His uncontradicted evidence was that December 2019 was the last time that he successfully climbed the stairs to get to a family event.”

His family doctor told the hearing he believed “it is medically dangerous for him to walk up or down the seven flights of stairs between the parking lot and his house. Any attempts to do so can predispose him to falls and cardiac arrest.”

While some of the other owners said they opposed the tram due to safety concerns, over aesthetics or possible hidden costs, Amber Prince of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled those weren’t good enough reasons not to proceed with the tram.

The ruling noted the company that made the quote has successfully built 80 such devices, including hillside trams.

“I also find that the strata took a resistant and inflexible approach to Mr. Testar’s tram proposal.”

The ruling awarded $35,000 as “compensation for injury to his dignity, feelings, and self‐respect,” and ordered the strata to accommodate the construction of a tram within six months.

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Vancouver strata wins against owner whose EV charger was shut off for nonpayment

A Vancouver strata has won a civil case brought by a condo owner who says his electrical vehicle charger was unfairly shut off.
Milad Rostamkhani is an owner at the Shangri-La, at 1111 Alberni St., and alleged in a civil resolution tribunal (CRT) complaint that the strata is charging him $1,911 for his EV charging station that he claims he has already paid.
The claim also alleged that the strata overcharged for the initial EV charger installation and that power to his EV charger was shut off unfairly.
In response, the strata notes that Rostamkhani never paid the outstanding balance, that reimbursements for potential overcharges are not due until the EV charger project is complete, and that it had turned off power to Rostamkhani’s charger for an outstanding balance.

In 2017, the owners of Strata Plan BCS 3165 launched an EV charging station installation project at the request of several owners. The project would install up to 50 charging stations and would be done so at participating owners’ expense.

Those who opted into the project’s first phase would be responsible for a share of the initial installation costs, additional owners who join in later phases would pay into the project with those costs reimbursed to the first round of participants as a credit.
A total of 32 owners agreed to the first phase of the project, among them Rostamkhani. The strata calculated the total cost for each owner would be $3,822, and alerted them that a 50 per cent deposit of $1,911 was to be paid to get the project off the ground in 2018, with the balance to be paid before chargers were activated the following year.
Rostamkhani paid his first instalment of $1,911 in June 2018.
In April 2019, the first round of chargers were completed and unbeknownst to the strata, Rostamkhani’s charger was activated despite his outstanding balance.
In January 2021, an audit completed by the strata found that 17 owners, including Rostamkhani, still owned a remaining balance. The strata followed up with Rostamkhani about the outstanding balance until July 2021, at which point power to his EV charger was shut off for nonpayment.
In response, Rostamkhani claims he paid the remaining balance in April 2019 by a cheque left with the building’s concierge and shared a carbon copy of the cheque as proof to the CRT.
“The strata submits, and I agree, that a carbon copy cheque is not proof of payment, but rather only shows that Mr. Rostamkhani wrote a cheque for $1,911 at some point,” read the CRT ruling released this week. “It does not mean the cheque was delivered, cashed or cleared the bank.”
Rostamkhani argued that his bank does not share cheque statements dating as far back as April 2019, but the bank confirmed with the strata that it is possible to view or print cheques online or at a branch, but that if money never left the account, no cheque would be shown on record.
Rostamkhani had sought for the CRT to order his account cleared of the $1,911 charge, for owners to be refunded the overcharge, for his charging station to be turned back on, and for the strata to pay him fuel costs he had been forced to cover since the time his charger was shut off.
The CRT refused to grant Rostamkhani’s request that he be reimbursed for overcharges for the project, as reimbursements were only promised once all 50 chargers were spoken for or until the project ends in December 2022, whichever comes first.
“Additionally, as I have found about, Mr. Rostamkhani has not proven he has paid in full for the charger, so would not be entitled to a refund in any event. I decline to order a refund at this time,” the ruling read.
The CRT dismissed all of Rostamkhani’s claims and found that the strata acted reasonably in shutting off Rostamkhani’s EV charger for nonpayment.

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Unlicensed Property Management fined $100,000

A chartered accountant who misled B.C.’s real estate regulator about his unlicensed property management business has been fined $100,000.
According to the B.C. Financial Services Authority, the penalty against Yiu Keung (“Anthony”) Ng is the first of its kind since the laws overseeing the province’s real estate sector were overhauled in 2016.
As part of a consent agreement with the regulator, Ng — the sole director of a company called Kitsilano Management Ltd — admitted to the unlicensed management of up to 23 properties in and around Vancouver for overseas clients between 2000 and 2017.
‘That is — and was — very concerning’
The issue came to light after a pair of tenants complained to the Superintendent of Real Estate.
According to the agreement, Ng then “stated in a telephone conversation with staff of the Superintendent that he did not manage any rental properties at that time, when that statement was not true.”
According to a consent order, Yiu Keung (‘Anthony’) Ng is an accountant and a notary public. The B.C. Financial Services Authority says it has referred the case to the regulators of those professions.
He compounded the situation with an email “advising that Kitsilano was not involved in the management/marketing/sale of real estate and had no intention of doing so in the future, when that statement was not true.”
BCFSA senior vice president of compliance Michael Noseworthy said the resulting penalty reflects the fact that Ng twice misled investigators before admitting to operating a property management business without a licence.
“That is — and was — very concerning to us,” Noseworthy said.
“What I would say is look at the penalty amount. That’s taken into consideration when we issue a penalty … It’s part of the calculation to look at whether the subject co-operated, provided factual information, was honest or not. There are consequences.”
The penalty includes a $50,000 fine and a payment of $50,000 — which represents the profits made from the unlicensed activity from 2016 to 2017. (note: the property management began in 2000. The fine was not retroactive. He possibly made 50K a year for 17 years = $850,000)
Noseworthy said the penalty is the first to include a disgorgement of profits since real estate regulation was amended in 2016 to allow the regulator to claw back the fruits of unlicensed activity.
‘It’s a good idea to just check’
The consent order doesn’t include any of the profits Ng and Kitsilano made prior to 2016.
According to the consent order, Ng holds designations as a chartered professional accountant, a chartered general accountant and a notary public.
Noseworthy said the BCFSA has referred the file to the bodies that oversee those professions.
The consent order says Ng met overseas clients through his work as an accountant and a notary public. He employed at least one person to help him collect monthly rent from tenants — keeping a five per cent cut.
Noseworthy said unlicensed activity puts the public at risk as well as the integrity of the real estate sector. He said renters can check with the regulator to see if the people they’re dealing with are operating legally.

“The bottom line here for people is if someone’s holding themselves out as a property manager, a realtor or a mortgage broker — as anyone of those or any other regulated financial service provider and you have concerns, or even if you don’t have concerns, it’s a good idea to just check,” he said.
“I think it’s a really important step in participating in any kind of regulated financial service.”

From Terra Nova…..about twenty years ago we had landscape clients through another Strata Property Management company whose co-owner/accountant skimmed off more than a million dollars of Strata funds and had slipped away to Mexico to retire. He was tracked down and charged. That PM went bankrupt. I never heard if the money was recovered and returned.

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“That is — and was — very concerning to us,” Noseworthy said.

“What I would say is look at the penalty amount. That’s taken into consideration when we issue a penalty … It’s part of the calculation to look at whether the subject co-operated, provided factual information, was honest or not. There are consequences.”

The penalty includes a $50,000 fine and a payment of $50,000 — which represents the profits made from the unlicensed activity from 2016 to 2017.

Noseworthy said the penalty is the first to include a disgorgement of profits since real estate regulation was amended in 2016 to allow the regulator to claw back the fruits of unlicensed activity.

‘It’s a good idea to just check’

The consent order doesn’t include any of the profits Ng and Kitsilano made prior to 2016.

According to the consent order, Ng holds designations as a chartered professional accountant, a chartered general accountant and a notary public.

Noseworthy said the BCFSA has referred the file to the bodies that oversee those professions.

The consent order says Ng met overseas clients through his work as an accountant and a notary public. He employed at least one person to help him collect monthly rent from tenants — keeping a five per cent cut.

Noseworthy said unlicensed activity puts the public at risk as well as the integrity of the real estate sector. He said renters can check with the regulator to see if the people they’re dealing with are operating legally.

“The bottom line here for people is if someone’s holding themselves out as a property manager, a realtor or a mortgage broker — as anyone of those or any other regulated financial service provider and you have concerns, or even if you don’t have concerns, it’s a good idea to just check,” he said.

“I think it’s a really important step in participating in any kind of regulated financial service.”


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Homeowners sue. Surrey condo tower not built to code

More than two years after finding out their building wasn’t built to code, dozens of condo owners in Surrey, B.C., are suing the developer and contractors behind the project.
Homeowners with units in the building filed a lengthy lawsuit this year against the developer, contractor, construction manager, architect and engineers — just about everyone who had a hand in the tower’s creation — claiming their homes have lost value.
“The construction deficiencies and dangerous defects have resulted in continuous property damage and loss to the [strata],” the claim said.
The lawsuit is the latest development in more than seven years of investigations and disputes over the tower — which, according to the lawsuit, was supposed to be a “state-of-the-art” home for hundreds of families when it was completed in 2013. Lawsuit claims developer should’ve caught mistakes.
The Ultra, a modern concrete-and-glass building, stands on a dead-end street just a few minutes’ walk from Surrey City Hall. There are more than 360 units in the building, with a penthouse listed for as much as $1.6 million.
Problems with the tower were made public in 2019 after two engineers involved with the building were suspended.
The first, John Bryson, resigned and agreed to never work again as an engineer in B.C. after an investigation found his structural designs for the building did not meet B.C. building code, specifically when it came to the building’s capacity to handle high winds and major seismic events like an earthquake.
A consent order detailing the case said Bryson used the wrong national building code instead of the code B.C. had in place to design certain parts of the building. Certain mandatory calculations weren’t done at all, investigators said.
Bryson’s partner, John Zickmantel, was suspended for a month for failing to finish his independent review of Bryson’s work.
The owners’ lawsuit this year claimed the developer, contractor, construction manager and lead architect were responsible for catching Bryson’s mistake. It claims they didn’t properly supervise design and construction
The claim also named the city, saying it had a duty to ensure designs were up to code.

None of the allegations has been proven in court.
City review of building’s integrity not being released
As for the safety of the building, the original engineering investigation did not comment on how Bryson’s mistakes might have affected the integrity of the building.
The purpose of Engineers and Geoscientists B.C. (EGBC), which regulates engineers in B.C., is only to investigate whether engineers did their jobs properly.
After news of the suspensions broke in 2019, the City of Surrey launched a review of the building. CBC News requested a copy of the findings, but the city said the results are not being made public.
“This matter is before the courts and as a result, the city has no comment,” read an email from a city spokesperson on Thursday.
According to the lawsuit, Bryson’s lawyer has said the building does not present “a public safety concern.”
Tony Gioventu, executive director of the Condominium Homeowners Association of B.C., said the fact the building is not up to code combined with the ongoing lawsuit creates the potential for loss for selling owners — even before considering public safety.
“What you’ll find is buyers and mortgage providers … are probably going to step back and say, ‘Wait a minute, we’re not going to proceed on this deal,’” said Gioventu, adding that it is “extremely rare” that a building in B.C. does not meet code.
The owners are suing for breach of contract, breach of warranty and negligence. They claim they’ve lost money because the flawed design has decreased the value of their homes as well as creating higher maintenance fees and property management bills.
The original warranty offered various levels of coverage for construction deficiencies, up to
$2.5 million for a period of up to 10 years.
The lawsuit also said the strata has been paying for several years to assess the building. It claimed the building needs a “substantial rebuild” or retrofit to bring it up to code.
None of the defendants have responded to the lawsuit in court.

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Some-one is fraudulently using our supply account

Not sure who did this as the security footage is wiped after 30 days , but we had some-one fraudulently use our
business account at Meadows Landscape in Pitt Meadows on August 19th, 2021.

Our mailing address has changed since Terra Nova Landscaping BC.com last used the account and the invoice
was returned to the supply center.

Who-ever the perpetrator is, let me know so I know who to keel haul when I catch you. Peace to all others.

I wonder if it’s the same genius that’s been messing with our Yelp account?

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