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Concerns voiced about Condo Act overhaul

Alex Robinson - Monday, March 20, 2017

Lawyers are expressing concerns over the timing of the rollout of extensive draft regulations by the provincial government to amend the Condominium Act, saying it will leave them little time to bring clients up to speed.
The government passed legislation back in 2015 to amend the act and to introduce the Condominium Management Services Act.

After 18 months of consultations, the government began releasing the first round of extensive draft regulations in February.

The first round of changes will include updates to rules concerning communications between boards and owners, director qualifications, meetings and records.

Condo lawyers will need to have an understanding of the new draft regulations that will make changes to the Condomini...

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Company found liable for contamination

Lawyers say a recent Ontario Superior Court decision finding an Ottawa dry cleaning company but not a principal of the business liable for a spill could have significant implications for compensation orders in prosecutions related to historic contamination.

Social host liability case must go to trial

Lawyers say a recent Ontario Superior Court decision leaves the door open for a possible finding of social host liability in certain circumstances.

Editorial: Protecting sources?

Much coverage has been dedicated to the trouble the journalism industry has endured in the last decade.

Speaker's Corner: Missed opportunity for family law

The Ontario government recently released the findings of Justice Anne-Marie Bonkalo, in the form of the long-awaited Family Legal Services Review.

Focus: Immigration chaos in U.S. masking Canadian problems

Refugee advocates say the Canadian government’s shortcomings in the area are being masked by the immigration chaos south of the border.

Focus: Number of fraudulent immigration consultants growing

Unlicensed representatives will continue to plague the Canadian immigration system until the national regulator of immigration consultants gets the power to go after rogues, says the president of an industry group.

Focus: MPs push for direct access to representatives

MPs inundated with immigration inquiries from constituents could significantly cut their workload by allowing authorized representatives direct access to officials within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, lawyers in the field say.

Focus: Judge gives solicitor’s charging order priority

A judge’s decision to give a solicitor’s charging order priority over a perfected Personal Property Security Act security is good for access to justice, according to a Toronto commercial litigator.

Inside Story

Monday, March 20, 2017

Thora Espinet was the only black woman in her class at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and one of the first black women lawyers in Ontario after being called to the bar in 1984.
But that didn’t stop her from pursuing a career, first in criminal law and then family law.

“Sometimes, what holds people back is self-doubt,” Espinet told Law Times in an interview. “But I’m very confident. I don’t let other people define me.”

That confidence has led Jamaican-born Espinet to become a leader in “promoting social change as well as addressing issues of discrimination and equality,” according to the Law Society of Upper Canada. Espinet is the recipient of the Lincoln Alexander Award.

The award is one of several Law Society Awards that will be handed out May 24 at Osgoode Hall.

Law Society Medal winners include Patrick Case, a leader in establishing policies on addressing racism; Larry...

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Law Times poll

Law Times reports that lawyers are expressing concerns over the timing of the rollout of extensive draft regulations by the provincial government to amend the Condominium Act. Do you feel this will leave little time to bring clients up to speed?
Yes, the government expects the first phase of legislation to be implemented later this year, and this leaves little lead time for lawyers.
No, the changes leave appropriate time for lawyers to digest all the regulations and help clients understand them.