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  • Condo boards have some wiggle room
    John De Vellis says a recent ruling confirmed condominium owners needed to approve a bulk cable television contract that included internet, and it was not valid without the agreement of the owners.

    Condo boards have some wiggle room

    When it comes to making changes in condominium complexes, boards have to clear a number of hurdles. Often, those hurdles aren’t as insurmountable as some people perceive them to be.

  • No dramatic shift in police treatment of pot
    Lawyers say it’s unclear if there will be major changes in how police investigate marijuana production, distribution and possession charges or how Crowns prosecute these offences.

    No dramatic shift in police treatment of pot

    The legalization of possessing small amounts of cannabis for recreational use is a campaign promise that the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is following through on since it was elected in the fall of 2015.

  • Heightened stock market interest in cannabis persists
    Cheryl Reicin says cannabis companies that have grown quickly need to strengthen corporate governance.

    Heightened stock market interest in cannabis persists

    Earlier this month, some online brokerages in Canada received numerous complaints from customers about delays in placing trades and temporary outages.

  • Pot ad rules to be stricter than alcohol marketing
    Alice Tseng says recreational marijuana products will not be able to advertise in a way that is appealing to young people.

    Pot ad rules to be stricter than alcohol marketing

    The means of purchasing cannabis legally will soon be no different for people 19 years and older in Ontario than that of beer, wine or spirits.

  • Government-run pot stores coming
    Mary Ellen Bench says the locations of government-operated stores that sell marijuana will be up to the province, but that should not be an issue for municipalities.

    Government-run pot stores coming

    The Ontario government is promising to open 40 government-run cannabis stores in more than a dozen municipalities once federal legislation is enacted later this year to permit the sale of the product for recreational use.

  • Municipal maintenance standards clarified
    James Bennett says a ruling in a recent case will assist municipalities with determining their responsibilities around winter road maintenance.

    Municipal maintenance standards clarified

    A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision has given clarity to the case law surrounding minimum maintenance standards that municipalities are liable for in the province, particularly smaller jurisdictions that don’t have the resources to maintain around-the-clock road clearing in inclement weather.

  • Blow struck against waivers?
    Samuel Crowe says a recent summary judgment decision should give lawyers looking to get a case thrown out or get a claim dismissed through a waiver some pause.

    Blow struck against waivers?

    A recent summary judgment decision in Ontario dismissed an attempt by a college police foundations course to absolve itself from responsibility when a student was injured after they signed a consent form.

  • Ontario clarifies rules around additional insureds
    Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi says that, in case law involving additional insureds, the courts have not been consistent until recently.

    Ontario clarifies rules around additional insureds

    Until recently, case law around additional insureds was vague in Ontario, but recent court decisions have been offering clarity as to what a contractor’s coverage is liable for when it comes to who they must defend and indemnify when working for a commercial establishment.

  • MVA threshold changes harder for plaintiffs?
    Patricia Sim says ‘there’s no incentive for insurance companies to settle early’ in motor vehicle accident claims.

    MVA threshold changes harder for plaintiffs?

    Recent changes to the threshold for motor vehicle accident claims are changing the landscape that can put parties at a disadvantage when it comes to trying to settle cases.

  • Top News, Newsmakers and Cases 2017

    Top News, Newsmakers and Cases 2017

    This special section highlights the top news events of the year 2017, along with Ontario’s top newsmakers. From significant appointments to scandalous departures, benchmark decisions to inflammatory reactions, Law Times was there to report.