Articles 2019


Proposed Amendments to Ontario’s Excess Soil Laws

  • 19 avril 2024
  • Matthew Gardner, Partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

On October 17, 2023, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (“MECP”) posted proposed regulatory amendments to Ontario Regulation 406/19 - On-Site and Excess Soil Management (“O. Reg. 406/19”) and the Rules for Soil Management and Excess Soil Quality Standards (“Soil Rules”) on the Environmental Registry of Ontario.

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How to Ensure you Have Secure Funds

  • 19 avril 2024
  • Ray Leclair, VP, Public Affairs at LAWPRO

1. For funds to be truly irrevocable, you need a PCRN. Anything else is a risk. 2. “On-Us” funds (e.g. when the payee and the payor are at different branches of the same financial institution) are safe and you can proceed. 3. Just because a bank releases your funds – even after a hold period – does not make it real money – you should try to get confirmation that the funds are irrevocable.

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Property “Owners” May Constitute “Employers” Under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act

  • 20 février 2024
  • Diana Pegoraro, Torys LLP

In R. v. Sudbury Greater Sudbury (City), the Supreme Court of Canada expanded a property owner’s potential legal liability with respect to a construction project at its property, four justices finding that a property owner can breach its obligations as an “employer” under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) even where another party has expressly agreed to be the constructor pursuant to a written agreement with the property owner.

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LSO Virtual Authentication Requirements

  • 19 janvier 2024
  • Mathew Seeburger

Effective January 1, 2024, the Law Society’s temporary emergency measure allowing licensees to virtually verify client identity without authentication ended. Licensees must now authenticate an individual’s government-issued ID, meaning the licensee must use a process or method to determine if the ID is true and genuine and cannot do so virtually. Bylaw 7.1 (made under the Law Society Act) allows two methods of verification virtually: the credit file method and the dual process method.

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What We Know So Far about the Prohibition of the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians

  • 26 octobre 2022
  • Olohirere Musa & Shereen Shaath

Section 235 of Bill C-19 (which received royal assent on June 23, 2022) introduced the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act, which prohibits Non-Canadians from purchasing, directly or indirectly, any residential property in Canada. The introduction of the bill is in accordance with one of the federal government’s primary goals of stabilizing the housing market and providing more affordable housing to Canadians.

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The Ontario HVAC Rental Scam

  • 17 mars 2022

This article outlines the "Ontario HVAC Scam," which exploits loopholes in consumer protection laws and the real property registration system to dupe unsuspecting homeowners.

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Municipalities Do Not Owe a Duty of Care to Developers to Protect their Economic Interest during Rezoning Application Process

  • 14 février 2022
  • Faiza Tariq, articling student, Teplitsky, Colson LLP

This article summarizes a recent court of appeal decision where the court ruled that a municipality's undertaking to process a zoning application for the developer does not include protecting the developer's economic interests. In other words, the municipality is not liable for damages the developer incurs due to the municipality's provision of inaccurate information when processing the zoning application.

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A Lot from the DOT: Teraview Changes that came into effect on December 20, 2021

  • 22 décembre 2021
  • Jeffrey Lem, Director of Titles for the Province of Ontario

"A Lot from the Dot" bulletin by Mr. Jeffrey Lem. This bulletin describes Teraview changes that came into effect on December 20, 2021, including modifications made to the Statements to be made for Corporate Authorization.

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Much Needed Relief: Ontario Courts Address Anti-Black Racism in the Context of Relief From Forfeiture

  • 08 décembre 2021
  • Ardy Mohajer, Kwaku Tabi, Spencer Green, Sabah Kalim

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently upheld the Ontario Superior Court's decision in Elias Restaurant v. Keele Sheppard Plaza Inc. and acknowledged that the application judge was entitled to find anti-Black racism as a relevant factor behind the landlord’s refusal to renew the lease. This case is noteworthy as it illustrates a court’s willingness to view legal disputes within the context of systemic and interpersonal racism.

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