Employers: Consider these sample New Year’s resolutions
With the start of a new year comes the opportunity to reflect on your business’s labour relations and start tackling those items on your “to-do” list. Here are three sample New Year’s resolutions that may benefit your business: 1. Revise your template employment contract, if necessary One of…Continue reading the post titled Employers: Consider these sample New Year’s resolutions
Ontario’s Environment Plan and Reduction of Sulphur Dioxide Emissions Regulation
On November 28th, 2018 the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) posted its climate change plan as part of its environmental plan. Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made in Ontario Environment Plan (“Environment Plan”) appears to commit Onta…Continue reading the post titled Ontario’s Environment Plan and Reduction of Sulphur Dioxide Emissions Regulation
Enforceability of Termination Clauses in Employment Contracts – Trending towards Clarity, or More Uncertainty?
It is a basic principle of employment law in Ontario that employees terminated without cause are presumed to be entitled to common law reasonable notice of termination unless the parties clearly agreed to a different notice period, typically through a termination clause in an employment agre…Continue reading the post titled Enforceability of Termination Clauses in Employment Contracts – Trending towards Clarity, or More Uncertainty?
Ontario Court of Appeal Holds that Deterrence Justifies Minimum Fine in Environmental Prosecution
The Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resource Act are unique among Ontario’s environmental legislation for containing mandatory minimum fines. A new decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal makes it clear that where minimum fines exist, a trial justice has very narrow d…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Court of Appeal Holds that Deterrence Justifies Minimum Fine in Environmental Prosecution
Bill 66 – Expanded Municipal Zoning Power Would Make Some Environmental Land Use Policies Optional
UPDATE: Government announces that it will not be proceeding with Schedule 10 of the Bill. See update here. On December 6th, 2018, Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018, passed first reading in the Ontario legislature. The government’s Proposal Summary on the Environmental Re…Continue reading the post titled Bill 66 – Expanded Municipal Zoning Power Would Make Some Environmental Land Use Policies Optional
Remedies of a Commercial Landlord in Ontario
If a tenant defaults on their obligations under a commercial lease, a landlord may wish to pursue a remedy. There are two types of tenant defaults – monetary or non-monetary. The type of default will determine the landlord’s available remedies. A monetary default occurs when the tenant…Continue reading the post titled Remedies of a Commercial Landlord in Ontario
Mortgagee Remedies in Ontario
When a mortgagor (borrower) defaults on mortgage payments, the mortgagee (lender) has several remedies at its disposal. The most frequently used remedies are a power of sale, an action for judicial sale, and an action for foreclosure. The following is a comparison of the three remedies, high…Continue reading the post titled Mortgagee Remedies in Ontario
The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) Convenes in Katowice, Poland
On December 2, 2018, delegates from almost 200 nations convened in Katowice, Poland for the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The COP24, also known as the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Katowice, Poland, 2…Continue reading the post titled The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) Convenes in Katowice, Poland
Do I Have to Collect HST if I am Just Selling my Vacant Land?
Determining whether or not you have to pay Harmonized Sales Tax (“HST”) during a real estate transaction can be a tricky situation. There can be rebates, exceptions and a whole host of factors which come into play. The sale of a vacant lot carries with it its own problems. When D…Continue reading the post titled Do I Have to Collect HST if I am Just Selling my Vacant Land?
Lenders Beware: Not All Charge Terms Are The Same
When a lender, be they a large bank or a private individual, lends money to someone they will, in most cases, require security for that loan. One well-known type of security is the mortgage. A mortgage, otherwise known as a charge, is a lien or encumbrance on the property, giving the lender …Continue reading the post titled Lenders Beware: Not All Charge Terms Are The Same