Technical Corner

The following documents and opinion articles are prepared by ORFA's Director, Training, Research and Development as needed in response to industry pressure points or inquiries from the membership.


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The Future of AI in Recreation Facility Operation and Management 2024 March 
Off-Season Recreation Grounds Risk Care & Control 2023 November 
Ice Resurfacer Indoor Air Quality Rests With Facility Management 2023 November 
Hockey Canada Dressing Room Policy Requires Contract Clarification2023 November 
Compliance and Safety Must Percolate Down From the “Owner” 2023 October 
The Anatomy of Skating Ice Maintenance 2023 October 
Facility Worker Rental Equipment Risks and Responsibilities2023 September 
The Past & Future of Recreation Facility Concessions2023 August 
Understanding The Facility Contract Indemnity/Hold Harmless and Insurance Clause2023 August 
Competent vs. Qualified Recreation Professionals 2023 August 
Dealing with Ontario’s Recreational Aging and Environmental Tree Inventory Risk2023 August 
The Rising Risk of Handling Recreational Medical Waste 2023 August 
Understanding Professional Accreditation2023 August 
Dealing with Ontario’s Recreational Aging and Environmental Tree Inventory Risk 2023 July 
Recreation Facility Fire and Life Safety 2023 July 
Recreation Facility Roof Top Solar Panel Risks 2023 June 
Dealing with Forest Fire Smoke at an Evacuation Centre with Smoke Eaters 2023 May 
Water Clarity Makes the Pool Operator a Lifeguards Best On-Deck Assistant 2023 April 
The Shift In Provincial Regulations As They Relate to Recreation is Interesting2023 April 
The Right to Disconnect Law May Not Be Applicable to All 2023 March 
Reasonable Cost Recovery Based User Fees Are Key To Asset Management 2023 March 
Cross Ice Barriers Shines Light on User/Facility Relationships2023 February 
What We Learned and Forgot from the Pandemic 2023 February 
How Will Inflation Impact Recreation In 2023 2023 January 
The Evolution of Creating Industry Best Practices 2023 January 
Operating Outdoor Aquatics Facilities in 2023 2023 January 
What Hockey Canada Can Learn from USA Hockey 2023 January 
Recreation Waste – Cradle to Grave 2023 January 
The Quiet Evolution of the Recreation Facility Frontline First Responder 2022 December 
Masking Recreation Facility Staff for the Winter of 2022/23 2022 November 
Managing The Risks From Above – Out of Sight, Out of Mind 2022 November 
Will King Charles III Picture Now Replace His Mother’s in Ice Rinks? 2022 September 
Bauer Raises the Issue of Fair and Equal Access to Ice But There is a Bigger Conversation to be Had 2022 September 
Monitoring the Shift Toward New Pool Chlorination Option 2022 September 
Dealing With 2022 Municipal Election Recreation Anxiety 2022 September 
Understanding Recreation Facility Relative Humidity Is Key To User Safety and Building Longevity 2022 August 
Thinking Outside The Traditional Ice Box 2022 August 
Pandemic Recovery – What Is The New Industry Normal? 2022 August 
Do Recreation Facilities Really Need Earth Day? 2022 August 
Closing the Gaps of Section 6 of Regulation 565: The Public Pool Designated Operator 2022 August 
Recreation Facility IAQ – A Managers Asset Management Challenge 2022 July 
Where Have All the Workers Gone? 2022 July  
1982 - Ice Rental Skates in Canada – Never! 2022 – Maybe! We Need to Look at Rental Skates to Build Business? 2022 July 
Can we let users back into the building before the emergency lighting system has fully recharged? 2022 June 
50 Plus Years Later Facility Measurements Are Still a Mix Bag of Metric and Imperial 2022 June 
Ontario’s Lifeguards – Caught in the “Perfect Storm” 2022 May 
The Other Side of a Recreation Facility as a Gathering Location 2022 May 
Bill Vass - Mr. Refrigeration 2022 May 
Fred Horvath – From the Frontlines to National Chair 2022 May 
Tony Brenner – A Mentor to Many 2022 May 
Ringette on the Eve of Turning 60 2022 May 
What Happens If An Operation Fails to Meet All the Standards & Best Practices? 2022 April 
The Importance of Facility Maintenance Tracking 2022 March 
30-Years Since Westray and It Is Still A Predictable Path to Disaster 2022 March 
Controlling Safe Wheeled Movement in All Recreation Facilities 2022 March 
The Ethical Questions of the Environmental Impact of Battery Technology 2022 March 
What the ORFA Thinks is Complicated 2022 March 
Is It Time to Rethink the Traditional Hot Water Flood? 2022 March 
Will We Really Ever Completely Turn The Corner on COVID? 2022 March 
History of Ice Sheet Refrigeration Plant Logbook Data Collection 2022 February 
Facility Management Challenges 2022 2022 February 
Municipal Purchasing (Procurement) – “Why is there never enough time or money to do it right, but there is always money and time to do it over”? 2022 February 
What Constitutes Vandalism? 2022 January 
Why We Need to Bring Back the Traditional Indoor Ice Season2022 January 
Will Ontario Recreation Facility Decommissioning Soon Out Pace New Construction? 2022 January 
Canada’s Ice Sheets Contribution to Rock & Roll History 2022 January 
Effectively Playing the Recreational Grant Game in 2022 - and Beyond 2022 January 
Facility First Aid - Way More Complicated Than It Sounds 2021 December 
The Role of Ice Sheet Refrigeration Plant Room Ventilation 2021 December 
Shifting the Responsibility of Refrigeration Plant Maintenance Back to Where It Belongs 2021 December
Happy 50th Pickleball 2021 December 
ORFA Encourages Leadership in Preparing Recreation Facilities to Assist During Climate Change Disasters 2021 November 
Creating A Business Case of What to Do About Not Having Enough Facility Staff 2021 November 
Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze, Not Always Green or Efficient 2021 November 
Fernie Still Bothers Me: How Could We Allow This to Happen and Will It Happen Again? 2021 October 
Municipal Taxation 101 2021 October 
Evaluating a Facilities Operational Culture 2021 October 
Due (DO) Diligence 2022 2021 October 
Will It Soon Be Time to Close All Community Ice Facilities? 2021 October 
Creating a Positive Facility Management Legacy2021 September 
Jet Ice Logo’s “Brings Ice to Life” – The Story Behind Ice Logo’s 2021 September 
Better Understanding Ontario's Public Health Regional COVID-19 Regulation Application 2021 September 
COVID-19 Prompts a Recommendation to Review Facility Rental Agreements and Hold Harmless Contract Clauses 2021 August 
Recreation Facility Indoor Air Quality and HVAC COVID-19 Ventilation Best Practices  2021 August 
A Call For Change in the Change Room 2021 August 
Leveraging Our Technical Advantage2021 August 
Is Refrigeration Training Transferable to Other Regions?
2021 July 
Is It Time to Pay Staff for What They Know? 2021 July 

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