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Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 4:43 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Non-profit providing low-income housing in Niagara Falls not tax-exempt on properties: Ontario court

Properties providing low-income housing cannot be tax exempt simply because they are owned by a non-profit, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has determined. The non-profit must satisfy requirements under the Assessment Act to prove it is “organized for the relief of the poor.” ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

’Tis the season to avoid folly: Employee responsibilities, liabilities during party season Christmas party

Employers that organize and host Christmas or holiday parties and similar work-related social events have a number of legal responsibilities. They can be held liable for not taking adequate precautions to protect their employees from foreseeable and preventable harm. ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 11:19 AM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court reads legislation to exclude libraries from town, county joint agreement

The Alberta Court of King’s Bench has upheld a Ministerial Order that excludes responsibility for library services from a joint agreement between a county and town that share a boundary. ... [read more]

Friday, December 02, 2022 @ 10:14 AM

Warning: These numbers are disturbing | Rob De Toni

The University of Sherbrook recently released a report on the state of mental health in the legal industry titled: “Research Report (preliminary version): Towards a Healthy and Sustainable Practice of Law in Canada. National Study on the Psychological Determinants of Legal Professionals in Canada, Phase 1 (2020-2022).” ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 2:19 PM

Condominium corporation’s duty to address noise complaints Noise

The Superior Court has recently provided guidance on when and in what circumstances a condominium corporation is required to remedy a noise and vibration complaint made by a residential unit owner. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2022 @ 9:37 AM

How to manage a remote legal team in 2023 Remote team

Are lawyers able to work remotely? Yes, they can, and it is something many lawyers are passionate about. Approximately two-thirds of private practice lawyers can work remotely 100 per cent of the time, while 23 per cent work between one and three days in the office each week. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 @ 3:29 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 11:45 AM

Legislature has ‘drawn a line in the sand’ regarding Off-Road Vehicles Act exemption, court finds

In a decision finding a “dirt bike was not exempt” from the Off-Road Vehicles Act (ORVA), the Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision, ruling that the Divisional Court “correctly concluded” that the ORVA exemption “applies only” to competitions sponsored by motorcycle associations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 @ 2:49 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court dismisses appeal of tribunal’s valuation of expropriated land and ‘derelict building’

The Ontario Superior Court has dismissed an appeal of a tribunal decision that derailed a corporate entity’s grand plans to convert an historic locomotive repair facility and its surrounding land for commercial and residential use. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 @ 9:26 AM

Sudden wealth syndrome sudden money

Someone just took home US$2 billion in the biggest lottery win ever. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what happens to them over the next few years? Unfortunately, people not used to having money who come into a sudden windfall can get into trouble. It happens to pro athletes who sign million-dollar contracts, those who receive unexpected inheritances and lottery winners. Even people who do expect a windfall can encounter problems, including legal ones. The fact is a sudden influx of wealth can have seriously negative effects and it’s called Sudden Wealth Syndrome. ... [read more]

Monday, November 28, 2022 @ 4:17 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2022 @ 8:40 AM

FOLA calls on Toronto, mayor to protect Osgoode Hall grounds from ‘irreversible damage’ by Metrolinx Douglas Judson, FOLA chair

The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) is speaking out against Metrolinx’s plan to cut down trees on Osgoode Hall’s property to advance the proposed construction of the Ontario Line. ... [read more]