Municipal and planning law


  • Condo tribunal won’t award costs to winning litigants

    Condo tribunal won’t award costs to winning litigants

    Jan 22, 2018

    The new Condominium Authority Tribunal — the province’s first of its kind launched last November — is designed to quickly resolve condominium disputes.

  • Electric vehicle plan could present problems

    Electric vehicle plan could present problems

    Jan 22, 2018

    An attempt by the provincial government to introduce rules allowing the installation of electric car chargers in condominium buildings could run into some problems, say lawyers.

  • Short-term rentals present legal issues

    Short-term rentals present legal issues

    Jan 22, 2018

    Condominium boards are adopting a variety of approaches to allow or prohibit short-term rentals, as municipalities and courts have also started to weigh in on the issue.

  • Condo boards have some wiggle room

    Condo boards have some wiggle room

    Jan 22, 2018

    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.

  • Government-run pot stores coming

    Government-run pot stores coming

    Jan 15, 2018

    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

    Municipal maintenance standards clarified

    Jan 8, 2018

    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.

  • Ontario clarifies rules around additional insureds

    Ontario clarifies rules around additional insureds

    Jan 8, 2018

    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.

  • Region of Waterloo refuses records to lawyer

    Region of Waterloo refuses records to lawyer

    Dec 11, 2017

    An adjudicator has upheld a decision taken by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo not to disclose certain records to a prominent lawyer about a complaint filed against him.

  • Protest protested

    Sep 5, 2017

    Lately, the act of public protest — particularly on public grounds — is getting more scrutiny than ever before. Therefore, the legal elements of the recent ruling in Bracken v. Fort Erie (Town), 2017 ONCA 668 may have important implications for municipalities across Ontario.

  • Judge rules in city’s favour in park levy dispute

    Jul 4, 2017

    Development projects that are constructed in phases may still be considered to be part of a single site for the purposes of calculating the park levy that is owed, an Ontario Superior Court judge has found.

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