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Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

Real reasons for high cost of Toronto housing affordable_homes_sm

The last 12 years in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have seen a massive restriction of land supply with corresponding skyrocketing prices for land and both low-rise and high-rise homes. The housing situation is similar to Vancouver’s, resulting in double digit price increases. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Putting the ‘M’ back into CMHC: New housing incentive plan | John Fox

Judging by the reaction, the federal government caught more than a few people by surprise with their new housing incentive plan in Tuesday's budget . That’s the plan that provides a shared equity loan to first-time home buyers. Some people think it’s a great way to get young people into homes, others are warning that it’s going to cause a housing bubble. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Four associates join Miller Thomson

Miller Thomson announced that associates Eric Laxton, Asim Iqbal and Eduard Popov have joined the Toronto office, while associate Rebecca Grosz is the newest member of the firm’s office in Vaughan, Ont. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 10:58 AM

Still waters run deep: Ramifications of Redwater ancientoilwells_sm.jpg

Just over a month after the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its precedent-setting decision in Redwater (Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd. 2019 SCC 5), companies are still scrambling to understand exactly how this will impact their operations moving forward. While the oil and gas sector will inevitably feel the full brunt of the decision, they’re not the only industry set to suffer. Industries like mining, power, lumber, pulp and paper and any one where the provinces legislate on abandonment, reclamation and remediation are all set to be impacted. ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Why I ran for office | Robert Geurts

Despite what Shakespeare claimed, there is a consensus that lawyers have something to contribute to the legislative policies of society. The truth is that many lawyers are in fact motivated to perfect the human condition in our overall evolutionary pursuit to become better people. I chose to run for public office because of the promise of what humanity could be; and I saw a call from the millennials for a creative solution revolution. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 3:02 PM - Last Updated: Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 4:15 PM

Ontario’s move to create separate regulator for new homebuilders positive step, lawyers say Sarita Samaroo sm

Ontario’s plan to revamp the Tarion Warranty Corporation (Tarion) by establishing a separate regulator for new homebuilders is a “step in the right direction,” real estate lawyers say. However, they say the government’s intention to explore the possibility of a multi-provider insurance model for home warranties and protections raises a lot of questions. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 8:42 AM

ADVERSE POSSESSION - Intention (to excluded paper title holder)

Appeal by Taylor from a judgment granting the respondent Estate adverse title to part of the appellant’s land based on adverse possession. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 7:52 AM

TRUSTS - The beneficiary

Appeal by the defendant from summary judgment awarding the respondent arrears of rent. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Indigenous legal traditions of stewardship and the rights of nature | Angelique EagleWoman

Indigenous peoples worldwide have a deep and abiding relationship with the earth. The Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere commonly refer to the earth as “Mother Earth” and regard her as providing sustenance for all life. When you observe the material objects that surround you on a daily basis, it becomes quite apparent that everything we touch, own, wear, travel in and use as human beings is derived from the earth’s resources. Thus, in a prayer from my Dakota Nation culture, we call upon the earth “who sustains all life and provides for all that lives.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

Decision underscores developer obligations to condo purchasers condo_law_sm

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal continues a trend in condominium law regarding the obligations of Ontario developers when selling to purchasers. While most developers are reasonable and treat their purchasers with respect, there are some who take every advantage they think they can get away with. ... [read more]