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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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July 18, 2022 - By Shannon Penney

Inflation and the effect on Condo

 

Most, if not all of us have noticed that items are becoming more and more expensive from groceries to gas to the real estate market and unfortunately this looks like our new reality. Condominium corporations will have to prepare their yearly condominium budgets based on the current inflation rates. …

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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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