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January 26, 2023 - By Patricia Elia

The Gap in the Fourth Level of Government

To build upon the article presented Antoni Casalinuovo of Elia Associates and Bill Thompson learning from a tragedy: what amendments can be made to the Condominium Act, 1998, to protect the community [link to article here],  I wanted to comment on the tragedy in Vaughan and some of the lessons …

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January 16, 2023 - By Antoni Casalinuovo & Bill Thompson

Learning from a tragedy - What amendments can be made to the Condominium ACT to protect the community

In the fast-paced world of condominiums where everything moves at the speed of Zoom, it takes something significant to stop the entire industry in its tracks. One such event occurred last December when tragedy struck a Vaughan condominium community when a resident went on a mass shooting spree resulting in …

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December 19, 2022 - By Victor Yee

Condos Should Not Ignore the CAT

The Condominium Authority Tribunal (the “CAT”) recently published a Stage 3 Decision which not only awarded a $3,000 penalty against a condominium corporation, but also ordered the condominium to produce certain records about a unit owner to that unit owner which might otherwise have been precluded from disclosure if the …

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November 25, 2022 - By Victor Yee

CAT Orders Removal of Dog with Big-Cat Name

In a recent Decision, the Condominium Authority Tribunal of Ontario (the “CAT”) ordered the permanent removal of a unit owner’s dog with one of the most famous big-cat names of all: Simba.

Like the well-known Disney character, Simba was the pride and joy of his household.  But the Pride Lands …

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September 26, 2022 - By Victor Yee

Enforcement Process Flowchart and Tracker Tool

We all know how busy condo Boards and Managers are these days, so here are a couple of helpful tools that we’ve developed to illustrate the overall enforcement process and to help condominium corporations track their ongoing enforcement matters.

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September 13, 2022 - By Victor Yee

Condos are Stuck Between the Victim and the Violator Due To Chilling Effect of CAT's No-Costs Presumption

With the January 1st 2022 expansion of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (the “CAT”) into disputes over noise and other nuisances, the CAT has quickly become the default venue for many day-to-day condominium enforcement matters.  In addition to the CAT’s jurisdiction over pets, vehicles, parking, and storage disputes, the Tribunal is …

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August 19, 2022 - By Angie Tracey and Patricia Elia

Expiry Date of Temporary Virtual Meeting Provisions

TIME IS UP

On September 30, 2022, the ability to hold unit owner meetings electronically and vote at those meeting electronically will end.

As a result of the pandemic, legislation suspending the operation of 50(2) came into force.:

5 The operation of subsection 50 (2) of the Act is temporarily …

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August 15, 2022 - By Antoni Casalinuovo

Unrealistic Expectations Get You Nowhere

Unfortunately, there are some litigants that have become all too familiar with the Condominium Authority Tribunal (the “CAT”), but for the wrong reasons. 

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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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