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Fire at Champlain Ridge

On July 7, 2013, fire displaced the occupants of 22 units from Champlain Ridge, a 75 unit Vancouver strata building. While the fire, thankfully, did not result in any loss of life, Champlain Ridge residents are still, seven weeks later, dealing with the fall-out from the blaze.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

“The fire spread throughout the building via attic crawl spaces between units, making it particularly hard for the 86 firefighters that attended the four-alarm fire to extinguish,” said Lorne Prupas, council president of Champlain Ridge.

“In the end, between 6 and 8 units of the 22 units affected were very badly damaged by the fire; however, the majority of the other units sustained significant water damage or may be inaccessible due to construction and security concerns. Of the 22 units affected, 4 units did not have home insurance. Residents will be unable to re-enter their units for up to 18 months. Continue Reading…

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving Message from Mat

WOOT! It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend in Canada.

I’d like to mark this special weekend by thanking you for being a part of MiCasa. Your ideas and guidance help us to continue reinventing the way that strata communities currently operate.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and your friends.

Sincerely,

Mat Peake
Co-founder of MiCasa

Friendship Dolls

The Problem with West Coast Aloofness.

Re-invent Your Strata, Tip #14: Make a friend.

Those of you who follow the MiCasa Twitter feed, will know that I’m a big fan of independent journalism. When it comes to independent journalism in British Columbia, it doesn’t get much better than The Tyee. So when The Tyee ran a Jesse Donaldson article that took a tongue-in-cheek swipe at the famously aloof nature of West Coasters, I was caught howling with laughter, shouting “it’s true, it’s so true” at my screen. Continue Reading…

Fill the Net For Hunger

3 Tips to Help Achieve Higher Purpose in Your Strata.

Re-invent Your Strata, Tip #13: A higher purpose.

If you love shoes, you might be familiar with online shoe retailer zappos.com. I’m a Zappos fanboy, but not because of their selection of fancy, must have, running shoes, I’m a fan of their culture. Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) believes that people are happiest when they are part of something bigger than themselves – a higher purpose. Tony has made this ideology the cornerstone of Zappos’ culture, and for this reason Zappos is consistently rated one of the best companies in the United States to work for.

From a business point of view, Tony is a visionary, but the idea that people are happier having a higher purpose is not a new one. In fact this same idea can be applied to your condo, apartment or townhouse to create your own amazing culture and help Re-invent Your Strata. Continue Reading…

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Don’t Confuse a Lack of Participation with a Lack of Caring.

Re-invent Your Strata, Tip #12: Why Residents Don’t Care.

We’re all guilty of whining from time to time. I whine about Canada’s position on the environment (what’s with Bill C-38 anyway?), I moan about the rain, I rant about reality TV, and don’t get me started on media ownership. Anyway, my point is we all whine, and for the most part I’m okay with it. Continue Reading…

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MiCasa – Annual General Meetings, Flawed By Definition

Re-invent Your Strata, Tip #10: Don’t Rely on Your AGM

Anyone who lives in a townhouse, condo or apartment is familiar with the term Annual General Meeting (AGM). It’s universally accepted that AGMs are the best way to keep residents informed, seek opinion on important issues, approve budgets and elect councils.

Unfortunately, the antiquated Annual General Meeting is flawed by definition. Even for the smallest strata, a single yearly meeting cannot adequately summarize a year’s worth of council decisions, provide operational transparency, or come close to providing enough information for residents to make good decisions on important strata issues. Continue Reading…

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MiCasa – Lessons On Intent By The Master

Re-invent Your Strata, Tip #9: Intent is Everything

Last week, I had an enjoyable chat with Charles. Charles is the president of his strata, located in Burnaby, British Columbia.

I admire Charles for the respect he showed his fellow strata council members, his appreciation for residents and how he acknowledged the good work done by their property management company. Charles is a perfect case-study on how showing the best intent for the people involved in your building will Re-invent Your Strata. Continue Reading…

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MiCasa – The Facebook Community Vision

Currently working on: Building a Better Community

At the moment we are discussing how we can better communicate with members of the MiCasa Facebook Community. Our aim is to create a non-intimidating conversational environment, for people who live in strata buildings to share their experience and knowledge with other strata residents. We are also keen to share the experience that we’ve gathered while creating MiCasa. We’ve worked with many residential buildings, each with their own quirks and peculiarities, and lived in many too. Facebook is a great medium for these conversations.

Tell us how you think we can do a better job in this area. Your suggestions mean the world to us, so we’re listening… Continue Reading…

Video Tip #8: Lend a Hand

Encouraging residents to lend a hand in your building will Re-invent Your Strata. Relatively simple acts like helping the elderly lady on the third floor carry her groceries or feeding your neighbour’s cat while they’re away, have an immeasurable knock-on effect within a residential building. Continue Reading…