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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of March 4

  • March 08, 2024

B-Day at Queen’s Park: Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy will table the next Ontario budget on March 26. In a post on X Thursday morning, he said the budget will outline how the government is “rebuilding Ontario's economy without raising taxes and fees or putting more burden on businesses and municipalities." The OBA will have full coverage of the budget and how it impacts lawyers, as well as information about relevant policy initiatives. Stay tuned!

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of February 26

  • March 01, 2024

Remembering Brian Mulroney: Premier Doug Ford is remembering the late Brian Mulroney as a “mentor” and advisor”. “You wanna talk about leadership? You wanna talk about trailblazers, visionaries? That was Brian Mulroney,” Ford said of the former prime minister who passed away on Thursday at the age of 84.

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Provincial Government

Recommendations for Further Legislative Reform to Ontario’s Construction Act

  • February 28, 2024

The OBA identifies legal challenges presented by the Construction Act and suggest legislative solutions to complete the work in 2018 in creating a modern legislative framework for resolving construction payment disputes efficiently and economically.

Construction and Infrastructure Law, Environmental Law, Municipal Law

Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of February 19

  • February 23, 2024

Repeal Reveal: The provincial government quietly repealed Bill 124 on Friday morning through an Order in Council, which it says was permitted through the legislation. Bill 124 capped salary increases for public sector workers. It was struck down as unconstitutional and the Court of Appeal upheld that decision. 

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of February 12

  • February 16, 2024

Bill 124 Very Repealing: The province says it will repeal a wage-cap law on public sector workers that the Court of Appeal found unconstitutional on Monday. Bill 124 capped salary increases for public sector workers at one per cent a year for three years. It was struck down as unconstitutional and the Court of Appeal upheld that decision.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of February 5

  • February 12, 2024

Breakfast at Dougie’s: Ontario Premier Doug Ford met with his Alberta counterpart for a “working breakfast” at his home in Etobicoke, this week. Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is facing criticism after introducing provincial legislation that, among other things, prohibits anyone under 18 from undergoing gender-affirming surgeries.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of January 22

  • January 26, 2024

Courthouse expansion? Check: The Ontario government has announced the completed expansion of the Brampton courthouse. The $117 million investment in the expansion of the courthouse – one of the busiest in the province – includes six additional floors with 18 new hearing rooms, upgraded security features, and improved accessibility spaces. The government says the courthouse also boasts enhanced technology to support more virtual hearings.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of January 15

  • January 19, 2024

Pedal down on privatization plans: The province has unveiled the next steps in their plans to ramp up the role of for-profit and private clinics in Ontario’s healthcare system. Starting in the spring, the province will begin expanding the number of licensed diagnostic and surgery centres offering things such as MRI and CT scans, endoscopies and orthopedic surgeries. The legislation the changes come under — Bill 60 — was tabled by the Ford government as a way to, hopefully, cut waiting times.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of January 8

  • January 12, 2024

Bail or jail: Ontario's solicitor general has announced a new system to track people on bail. An investment of $24 million is being is being delivered through the Bail Compliance and Warrant Apprehension Grant program. The province says it will help police services establish dedicated bail compliance and/or warrant apprehension teams to monitor high-risk individuals, as well as support new technology for a provincewide bail compliance monitoring system.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of December 11

  • December 15, 2023

Booze news for you: Ontarians will soon have 8,500 new places to buy their favourite drinks. On Thursday, Doug Ford finally made good on his promise to expand the sale of alcohol. Starting in 2026, Ontarians will be able to buy beer, wine, cider and seltzers at convenience stores, big box outlets and some gas stations.

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