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​​Last, the NDP Government, through their Open Government Initiative, wants to "increase citizen access to government information and data, as well as facilitate better conversations with, and increase engagement between, citizens, stakeholders and government".  I support that concept, in particular, on how it applies to improving condominium legislation to benefit Alberta condo owners.  END​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Alberta Condo Act Team (ACAT), a grassroots, informal group of Alberta condominium owners who want to make Service Alberta, work - in - progress condo legislation more inclusive, fair and balanced to those of us who pay the bills, contribute to the salaries of condo managers and lawyers, are the economic engine behind ALL condo industry successes AND who are the single largest stakeholder group of all condo related stakeholder groups in Alberta.  


THREE (3) points are covered here:  (1.) our recent request to elected representatives for their opinions on our Improvement Ideas. (2.) our request to Service Alberta to see the Report of Results on their recent open houses and condo survey.  (3.) the ugly and potentially costly to us as condo owners idea of condo boards/managers/lawyers and other condo industry insiders "redacting" or removing information from our condo minutes and other documents.

1.  We see condominium legislation as a non-partisan issue.  Why wouldn't EVERY elected representative, no matter the party, not want equitable condo legislation when it's estimated that approximately 1/3 of homes sold in Alberta are condos and that number is growing.  Recently, we sent to ALL eighty-seven (87) elected representatives, a letter, questionnaire and list of our LATEST, EXPANDED, AND UPDATED condo related “Improvement Ideas”.   We sent a similar package to the Mayor and Councillors of Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer because condo development starts with the cities approving development proposals.


We wanted to know the elected representative opinions on our condo related "Improvement Ideas".  Do they agree with them?  Do they disagree?  If so,  why?  Do some need to be modified?  If so, which ones?  Do they have better ideas than we do to improve this incomplete, costly and punishing to condo owners’ legislation?  If so, what are those ideas?  Are they willing to take a public stand to support condo owners in their jurisdictions?  


Bottom line:  Do our elected representatives have our condo backs or don’t they?  THE RESULTS ARE IN:  THEY DON'T ...  and we need to remember their names at election time!   Of one hundred and sixty two (162) contacts, only three (3) elected representatives responded.  Two people, Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean and Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne responded with "non-responsive responses" where they responded but did not answer our questions.  Their individual responses are posted in the Documents tab.  


The most meaningful, specific, observable and measurable response, by far, came from DR. DAVID SWANN, MLA, CALGARY-MOUNTAIN VIEW, ALBERTA LIBERAL OPPOSITION LEADER.   Dr. Swann wrote directly to Minister McLean and his letter is also located in the Documents tab.


A final report of all elected representatives who RESPONDED and WHO DID NOT RESPOND is also located in the Documents tab.  If you are as surprised as we were by the low level of response as us, you might want to let your MLA know that and remember their name at election time.  


Service Alberta is working to proclaim into law what we see as INCOMPLETE and PUNISHING to condo owners ... legislation.  When the full array of legislation is "proclaimed" it will be in effect for years, if not decades, and if you think condo ownership and living is challenging now, just wait and see how ugly things could get.   Our Improvement ideas would remove many shortcomings of what is being worked on, however, to date it appears the NDP Service Alberta would rather just push through Progressive Conservative (PC) generated substandard legislation "as is".  (We're still trying to figure out why they would do that ... any ideas?)


2.  I, and others from the Alberta Condo Act Team (ACAT), attended all five (5) mid-summer condo open houses.  We saw the open houses as tokenism, a tremendous waste of taxpayer money, another waste of Service Alberta time and resources, and nothing more than the Government looking for a way to say: “we consulted with Albertans”.   When the survey ended in early November, 2017, we wrote Service Alberta asking for a Report of Results on their findings.  We have not received a response.
  We sent our comments about the open houses to Premier Rachel Notley, Minister Stephanie McLean and others.  You’ll find our correspondence to them in the DOCUMENTS tab.

We understand if Service Alberta is hesitant to offend the condo industry by implementing ideas that could lessen industry power, privacy and profitability ... but that doesn't make it right.  
We deserve to be included and see the Regulations (that are related to the Amendments) so we can provide feedback on how we are going to be governed in the future because consider this ... the Regulations are only ONE set of rules that will govern us for years, if not decades.  

In total, we could be governed by FOUR (4) sets of laws:  The Condominium Property Amendment Act, 2014; the Regulations that support the Act; the condo bylaws (that could number as high as 99 {or more}) and ... and here comes the really scary part ... the "Rules" and "Fines" which we understand at the present time can be arbitrarily generated (with no owner involvement or agreement) by an unlicensed, unregulated, untrained in condo board governance, sometimes ill informed group of VOLUNTEERS who manage our multi-million dollar investments!  (Even writing that out scares me!) 

We are going to do all possible to prevent our condo complexes from facing condominium board abandonment; potential corporation bankruptcy, or our condo complexes becoming the new slums of Alberta due to weak legislation, lack of elected representative accountability and mismanagement on many levels.


3.  Recently, we learned that some condo boards, managers, lawyers, and other condo industry insiders are taking it upon themselves to "redact" (fancy word for remove, delete, "doctor", sanitize, non-disclose) certain condominium corporation events, issues, actions and/or decisions from our condo minutes and other documents citing potential violation of the Privacy Act and/or "because the situation is legal".  


​Our recent newsletter explains in DETAIL the many concerns we have about this unacceptable practice.  If you would like a copy of the newsletter please contact us at info@albertacondominiums.ca.  As well, make sure you are signed up below to receive future newsletters. 


​IN CLOSING:


1.  We cannot emphasize enough how incomplete, substandard and punishing the proposed condo legislation will be to Alberta condo owners.  To learn more about our condo owner advocacy work and be informed, register your name below and join up with us to receive our newsletters.


​2.   Review the latest edition (December, 2017) of our "Improvement Ideas" located in the DOCUMENTS tab, top right.  You'll see our ideas are reasonable and easy to implement (if the political will was there) best practices.


You can also find YOUTUBE videos represents 20-25 videos that discuss necessary updates (and the list has grown since doing those videos).  Here's the link to the first video: an Introduction and Disclaimer by me, Dr. June Donaldson. 17.21 minutes, released March 14/16, https://youtu.be/JVsl2nO8FQo


3.  If you haven’t yet contributed to our Go Fund Me page and you are finding any value from the work we do, please make a donation.  Your money, and our work, is needed at this critical time to keep the pressure on this Government to do the right and honourable thing by tens of thousands of Alberta condo owners, their families and their finances.  


Once our  mission is accomplished any remaining money will be split 50/50 between the Veteran's Food Bank and the Alberta SPCA.  NO team member volunteer is paid a wage.  Here's a YOUTUBE link to my video appeal:

 

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=8bnA30TYm_M  AND the link to the donation site:   https://www.gofundme.com/albertacondoactteam


BOTTOM LINE:   I, and my valued core team of volunteers, will do the work if you help pay the bills!  


4.   Next, please sign our petition to Premier Notley to have us included in the Regulation  development:  

https://www.change.org/p/include-dr-june-donaldson-alberta-condo-owner-advocate-and-other-non-conflicted-ordinary-everyday-condo-owners-in-condo-act-bill-9-governance-and-dispute-resolution-regulation-development


You don't have to own a condo to sign the petition:  you only have to want ethical, fair and balanced legislation.  Don't think your letter won't matter because it will.  There are a lot of votes in Alberta condoland.  The more letters to Government the better as it helps increase ​our position with Government:  the ONLY entity that can make meaningful improvements in condo legislation.


5.  If you have condo challenges and nightmares, complaining to your family, friends, or colleagues does nothing.  There are ONLY THREE PEOPLE who can change the course of forthcoming condo legislation and if we don't tell them what our issues are, they can't be expected to fix them through fair legislation.  Those people are:  Premier Rachel Notley, Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean and your MLA.    The addresses are:  premier@gov.ab.ca AND ministersa@gov.ab.ca .  You can find your MLA address on line.  


5.  Questions?  Send to: info@albertacondominiums.ca.   THANK YOU SO MUCH for your interest in our work.  To be continued ....


Sincerely, June A. Donaldson, (MBA, EdD, Mediator/Arbitrator, Business Consultant, Mentor, Best-Selling Emotional Intelligence author), 

UNPAID, VOLUNTEER Alberta Condo Owner Advocate:  Founder of the Alberta Condo Act Team.

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