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Reduce favouritism, stonewalling, shunning, bullying, secrecy, harassment and discrimination of owners

Let's lessen the “win-lose”, “us vs them”, "my way or the highway" culture that exists in some condo communities.

Let's establish standards to prevent the withholding of relevant condo information from owners

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DISCLAIMER for:  M.M,D webmaster  sierraswatchdog.com  
  1. I am not a lawyer, politician, psychologist or Condo Act expert and I do not, and will not, provide legal advice.  The information provided in all of my offerings is based on my personal opinions, experiences, observations and current knowledge of issues and it is not to be considered as advice of any kind.
  2. I am an unpaid, volunteer, self-appointed Alberta condo owner advocate who has near to 26 years of condo ownership experience.
  3. My information is for information purposes only by me, Malcolm MacDonald.
  4. I do not claim to address each and every issue  or situation that could affect condo owners.
  5. I am not responsible for how my view or comments are interpreted, or acted upon, by others.
  6. My website and I bear no responsibility or liability for results that come from how others interpret or act on my comments, opinion, observations or ideas for improvements or remedy.
  7. The term “service provider(s)” used throughout the website and videos refers to anyone who provides a product or service to Alberta condominium owners. Examples of service providers would be: developers, lawyers, condo managers, condo boards, condo document review representatives, Service Alberta and other government employees to name just a few.
  8. Disparaging, offensive, insulting, rude or threatening comments will be ignored, reported and/or made public.
  9. It is understood the recommendations or “fixes” presented could require discussion, compromise and legal “word smithing”, however, the intent of the material is to provide positive, constructive and helpful ideas and/or "fixes" to :
  • engage Alberta condo owners to provide feedback to Service Alberta  
 regarding the Alberta Condominium Property Act
  • identify “real life” condo issues, and remedies currently causing owners distress, financial hardship, and/or the devaluation of their property values
  • establish standards to prevent the withholding of relevant condo information from owners
  • lessen inconsistent application of the bylaws
  • reduce favouritism, stonewalling, shunning, bullying, harassment and discrimination of owners
  • minimize inconsistent communication among boards, management company representatives and owners that leads to owner apathy, misunderstandings, decision delays and interpersonal conflict, to name just a few issues.
  • result in The New Act implementing business oriented best-practice standards so as to enhance protection of owners and purchasers while improving board transparency, accountability and governance
  • provide ideas on how to raise management, interpersonal and mediation standards in the condo management sector
  • lessen the “win-lose”, “us vs them”, "my way or the highway" culture that exists in some condo communities
  • raise the spirit of helpfulness and collaboration among service providers and owners
  • reduce conflict and shorten dispute resolution timelines
  • enhance the quality and peacefulness of condominium living along with the protection of property values
  • be a conduit for owners, condo investors, and other interested parties to have a united voice so they are heard differently than in the past
  • present reasonable, realistic, workable, and easy to implement recommendations that could help facilitate all Service Alberta published goals for the new Alberta  Condominium Property Act.
 
Last, our new 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'm all for that concept, however, when I'm ignored or brushed off, I do what I am doing here which is going public with my concerns. Thanks for listening. Have a positive and productive day.
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