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July 26, 2022 - By Ashley Winberg

Operating a Pool Amidst a Lifeguard Shortage

 

Residing in a condominium that has a pool is a huge perk for residents in the summer months; however, this perk comes with significant risk for the condominium since under Sections 26 and 117 of the Condominium Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c. 19 (the “Act”), the condominium has …

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July 21, 2022 - By Shannon Penney and Patricia Elia

Human Trafficking

Section 279.01(1) of the Criminal Code explains that human trafficking involves the recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving, holding, concealing or harbouring a person, or exercising control, direction, or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation.

Who is at Risk?

In Canada, …

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July 7, 2022 - By Shannon Penney, Patricia Elia and Ashley Winberg

EV charging Stations in Condos and Government Funding

The troubling statistic that transportation accounts for 25% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in Canada has influenced the Government of Canada to believe that electrification is crucial to decarbonizing the transportation industry and transitioning to a low-carbon future. In an attempt to tackle this initiative, Natural Resources Canada (“NRCan”) …

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May 9, 2022 - By Victor Yee

Maturing CAT Confirms Owners Have Duties Too In Human Rights Requests

What is a condominium corporation supposed to do when one resident’s human rights come into conflict with another resident’s human rights?  As cities in Ontario get denser and denser with people living in closer and closer proximity to each other, this question becomes all the more important as we try …

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March 25, 2022 - By Victor Yee

Superior Court Confirms Section 117 Carve-Out From CAT Jurisdiction

On October 1st 2020, the Condominium Authority Tribunal of Ontario (the “CAT”) was granted the jurisdiction to decide condominium disputes regarding pets, vehicles, parking, and storage (“PVPS”) issues – however, the CAT’s PVPS jurisdiction did not apply “to a dispute that is also with respect to section 117 of the …

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February 15, 2022 - By Elia Associates

Covid-19 Bulletin No.51: Ontario Announces Further Easing of Restrictions Effective Feb. 17

With key public health and health system indicators continuing to improve, the Ontario government announced that the province will be moving into the next step of its COVID-19 reopening plan on February 17th 2022, four days ahead of schedule, and will lift proof of vaccination requirements on March 1st 2022.

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February 14, 2022 - By Victor Yee

Maybe Don't Post Those Board Meeting Minutes After All

In the interests of transparency and communication with unit owners, some condominium Boards have been in the regular habit of uploading their monthly Board Meeting Minutes to their condominium corporation’s online community portal.

But maybe that’s not such a great idea after all, given some of the recent cases from …

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February 4, 2022 - By Elia Associates

Toronto’s New Vacant Home Tax

In December 2020, Toronto City Council asked City staff to develop a Vacant Home Tax (“VHT”) program and to report back with a recommended design for a VHT by the end of the second quarter of 2021, for tax implementation in 2022. At its meeting held on July 14th and …

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January 24, 2022 - By Elia Associates

Covid-19 Bulletin No.50: Ontario Announces Plan To Gradually Lift COVID-19 Restrictions

Before the weekend, Premier Ford announced the province’s three step plan to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions, beginning January 31st 2022, and continuing through February and March. On January 31st 2022, businesses, including gyms and restaurants offering indoor dining will be permitted to reopen again with 50% capacity. The government added that …

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January 12, 2022 - By Elia Associates

Covid-19 Bulletin No.49: COVID-19 Restrictions: Ongoing Confusion & Inconsistency

Since our COVID-19 Bulletin No. 48, which was posted on January 5th 2022, there has been an ongoing debate within the condominium industry as to whether the Step 2 Regulation: Ontario Regulation 263/20 (“O. Reg 263/20”) applies to condominiums.

On January 7th 2022, the Ontario Minister of Health’s office confirmed …

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