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7 Apr

Owner of corporation personally liable for litigation misfeasance

Wednesday, April 7, 2021James R.G. CookLitigation, Real EstateOntario, Agreement of Purchase and Sale, Personal Liability

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One of the perceived benefits of using a corporation for real estate or other business transactions is to shield the individual owner from personal liability for costs and other...

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22 Mar

Municipality improperly abandoned ratepayers by failing to oppose application for legal non-conforming use of lakeside land

Monday, March 22, 2021James R.G. CookMunicipal Law, Litigation, Real EstateOntario, Zoning By-Law, Norfolk County

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Some municipal zoning restrictions are intended to address local planning needs for commercial and residential purposes, while other...

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13 Jan

Ontario’s New Stay Home Order Effective January 14, 2021

Wednesday, January 13, 2021Soma Ray-EllisLitigation, Employment LawOntario, COVID-19, Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, Child Care and Early Years Act

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The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has responded to the unsettling levels of mobility in the province and has declared a second provincial emergency under...

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22 Dec

Seller Not Responsible for Zoning or Future Use Limitations of a Property

Tuesday, December 22, 2020James R.G. CookLitigation, Real EstateOntario, Agreement of Purchase and Sale, Zoning By-Law

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A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice affirmed that preliminary discussions between a buyer and seller regarding the potential zoning or...

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11 Dec

Can your boss force you to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Friday, December 11, 2020Soma Ray-EllisLitigation, Employment LawEmployment Agreements, Ontario, COVID-19, Employer, Employee, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Human Rights Code

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If 2020 has felt like a horror movie, the COVID-19 vaccine is the highly anticipated final act. Now with the vaccine’s...

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12 Nov

Preparing for the ONCA

Thursday, November 12, 2020Clifford S. Goldfarb, James M. Parks, Heather KeachieCorporate Law, Non-Profit and CharitiesOntario, Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA), Corporations Act

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The Not-for-profit Corporations Act (Ontario) (ONCA) that we have been waiting for since 2010 is likely going to come into effect on January 1, 2021 or shortly thereafter. When it comes into effect...

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5 Oct

Ontario Court of Appeal Declines to Enforce “Building Scheme” Restrictions

Monday, October 5, 2020James R.G. CookLitigation, Real EstateOntario, Development, Ontario Court of Appeal , Land Title Act, Restrictive Covenant

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A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed a developer’s attempt to enforce a “building scheme” restricting the construction of an...

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21 Sep
7 May

Ontario re-opening for business: A gradual approach

Thursday, May 7, 2020Stephen A. Thiele, Gavin J. TigheLitigationOntario, Ontario Government, COVID-19, State of Emergency

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With Victoria Day a little more than a week away and people experiencing a growing urge to return to pre-COVID-19 routines, many governments, including the Ontario government, have...

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27 Apr

Property Disputes during a Pandemic

Monday, April 27, 2020James R.G. CookLitigation, Real EstateOntario, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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In Ontario regular civil court operations have been largely suspended since mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One consequence of this has been the temporary postponement of...

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4 Apr

Ontario expands non-essential business closures

Saturday, April 4, 2020Stephen A. ThieleLitigationHealthcare, Ontario, Infectious Diseases Emergencies, Infectious Diseases, COVID-19

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On April 3, 2020, the Ontario government expanded the list of non-essential businesses that will be required to close while the province courageously battles to control the spread of COVID-19.

Under Regulation 82/20, the Ontario government had previously provided a list of businesses that it had deemed essential and that could remain open during the current health emergency.

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20 Mar

New Ontario Legislation To Protect Workers: COVID-19

Friday, March 20, 2020Soma Ray-EllisLitigation, Employment Law, Employment Standards ActEmployment Agreements, Wrongful Dismissal, Ontario, Safety, Infectious Diseases Emergencies, Infectious Diseases, Bill 186, Ontario Government, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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On March 19, 2020, the Ontario Government introduced the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020, which amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000, to protect the jobs of employees who...

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29 Jan

Dispute Over Outhouse Clogs Up The Courts: Armstrong v. Moore

Wednesday, January 29, 2020James R.G. CookLitigation, Land Use Regulation, Real Estate, Land Titles ActCosts, Ontario

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Can the location of an outhouse grant title to a portion of the neighbour’s land? This was the smelly issue facing the Court in a matter that went through a seven day trial followed by a recent trip to...

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13 Aug

Discipline Matters Before the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO): A Defence Lawyer’s Perspective

Tuesday, August 13, 2019Lad KucisLitigation, Health LawOntario, Dental Hygienists, Complaints, College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, Inquiries, Complaints and Report Committee, Disciplinary Hearing

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As legal counsel for dental hygienists, we are often asked questions about what happens when a dental hygienist is referred to the Discipline Committee of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (the “CDHO”).

The following is the essential information that dental hygienists need to know about...

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2 Oct

A Primer on Ontario’s New Cannabis Legislation

Tuesday, October 2, 2018Jonathan James NehmetallahLitigation, CannabisMarijuana, Ontario, Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, Compliance, Cannabis Laws

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On September 27, 2018, the Ontario government tabled Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 (the “Act”). The Act contains four schedules and...

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27 Sep

Ontario Legislature Tabling New Cannabis Retail Framework Legislation

Thursday, September 27, 2018Jonathan James NehmetallahLitigation, CannabisMarijuana, Ontario, Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Compliance

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On September 26, 2018 Attorney General and the Minister of Finance released highly anticipated information regarding the proposed legislation on private cannabis...

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21 Jun

Social Clubs with Share Capital and the ONCA

Thursday, June 21, 2018Clifford S. GoldfarbNon-Profit and Charities, Ontario Corporations ActOntario

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Transition Requirements for Share Capital Social Clubs Under the Ontario Corporations Act on Proclamation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010. There are...

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5 Dec

Advertisers Beware

Tuesday, December 5, 2017James R.G. CookLitigationSmall Claims Court, Ontario, Advertising

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How much is your physical image worth if it is used in an advertisement without your permission? A recent decision of the Ontario Superior of Justice (Ottawa Small Claims Court) addressed this...

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25 Sep

Ontario Announces Changes Dealing With Not-For-Profit Corporations

Monday, September 25, 2017James M. ParksCorporate Law, Non-Profit and Charities, Ontario Corporations ActOntario

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The Ontario government enacted legislation several years ago that is intended to modernize the outdated law governing corporations without share capital. The Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (the “ONCA”) received Royal Assent in 2010, but...

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15 Aug

Where will marijuana laws end up?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017Stephen A. ThieleLitigationGeneral Interest, Marijuana, Ontario, Mental Health

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As Canada prepares to legalize marijuana next July, questions remain about the restrictions that will be put on this drug.

In a recent position paper released by the Ontario wing of the Canadian Mental Health Association, it is...

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26 Jul

Are Contracts for Probationary Employees Enforceable: The Ontario Court of Appeal in Nagribianko v. Select Wine Merchants Ltd.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017Stephanie ClarkLitigation, Employment Law, Employment Standards ActEmployment Agreements, Reasonable Notice, Ontario

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Employers often rely on a probationary period to determine whether a new employee is suitable for an employment position. If an employer determines that an employee is...

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5 Jul

Is Canada Day celebration controversy worth breach of contract claim?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017Stephen A. ThieleLitigation, Employment LawToronto, Toronto Politics, Termination, Ontario, Canada Day

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On July 1, 2017, Canada turned 150 years old. All across the nation, public and private organizers...

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19 Apr

The “People’s Court”: Now By Online Civil Resolution Tribunal?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017Dara HirbodLitigation, Civil LawSmall Claims Court, Civil Resolution Tribunal, British Columbia, Ontario

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The Ontario Small Claims Court is often referred to as the “People’s Court”. The colloquial title has even been adopted by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General. The People’s Court is designed to... 

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