Municipal Law


  • Decision highlights how spouse is defined

    Decision highlights how spouse is defined

    Nov 12, 2018

    The definition of spouse may have evolved and expanded in the family law context, but that does not affect how it should be interpreted in the Insurance Act, an Ontario Superior Court of Justice judge has concluded.

  • Familiarity with retail cannabis rules needed

    Nov 5, 2018

    October 17 has come and gone. Recreational cannabis is now legal across Canada and demand spiked instantly.

  • Little legal recourse for opponents of council cuts

    Little legal recourse for opponents of council cuts

    Sep 17, 2018

    Ontario’s provincial government said it will use both the courts and the legislature to cut the size of Toronto’s city council ahead of an Oct. 22 election.

  • Never a dull moment

    Sep 17, 2018

    Admittedly, when I heard about the move by lawyers to challenge Ontario over the constitutional validity of cutting the Toronto council wards in the midst of an election cycle, I had my doubts about its success.

  • Homeowner fighting condo development with challenge

    Homeowner fighting condo development with challenge

    Sep 17, 2018

    An Ottawa homeowner trying to prevent a condo development in his neighbourhood is challenging provisions in the Planning Act that allow developers to turn single-story houses into three-storey apartment complexes as unconstitutional.

  • Litigation wages over space between properties

    Litigation wages over space between properties

    Aug 20, 2018

    Some of the relevant case law may date back to the mid 19th century or earlier, but even in 2018, there appear to be judicial disagreements about how to apply the legal tests when it comes to litigation between neighbours over whether a prescriptive easement has been established on a space between their properties.

  • Toronto lawyers against proposed city council cut

    Toronto lawyers against proposed city council cut

    Aug 6, 2018

    Some Toronto lawyers are voicing their opposition to a plan by the province to reduce the number of councillors elected in the City of Toronto.

  • Things fall apart

    Aug 6, 2018

    There’s a huge push and pull between the will to centralize — resources, goods, power — and the forces against it.

  • Doug Ford settling the score?

    Aug 6, 2018

    No sooner had Ontario Premier Doug Ford unveiled his plan to shake up Toronto city politics by eliminating nearly half the current council seats than the jokes were flying fast and furious within the federal parliamentary precinct.

  • Litigation waged over dispute on overhanging tree

    Litigation waged over dispute on overhanging tree

    Jan 8, 2018

    A homeowner who does not object to a neighbour regularly accessing a strip of his or her property should not normally lose any legal rights over that land, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled.

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