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Year: 2018

Has the Condo Tribunal Delivered all that it Promised to?

The “new” Condo Tribunal started hearing and adjudicating condo-related disputes on November 1, 2017. A year later, what have we learned?  What documents are being requested? Are corporations complying with their obligations? Can corporations charge to access records? In this post we take a look back at the CAT’s first year of operation. Condo Tribunal The […]

Can Condos Terminate a Snow Removal Contract Early?

“Can we terminate our snow removal contractor?” This is a question condo managers and directors hear fairly often from dissatisfied owners. So, what is it? Can you terminate the contract early? The answer is “perhaps”, but have a close look at your contract before you do. We recently represented a group of condo corporations who […]

Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities: November 2018

Are you looking for networking opportunities or to get more knowledgeable on condo matters? Here is the list of the known condo training and networking events for November in Ontario. Each of these offers a unique opportunity to gain condo knowledge and to meet with other like-minded condo-driven individuals.  Read on to find an event near you. November […]

New Education Requirements for Condo Managers Renewing their General Licence in 2019

While there had been a bit of a lull in the implementation of the amendments to the Condo Act since the change of the guard at Queens park, things have not come to a screeching halt.  The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has released new continuing education requirement for some condo managers. These changes do not […]

100 years later, poppies still bloom

This post marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War’s Armistice. The last to fall In the early morning of November 11, 1918, the 28th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, arrived in the village of Havré, Belgium, having secured all bridges on the Canal du Centre. There, around 9 a.m., while facing Ville-sur-Haine across […]

Cannabis Rules: What Do Condo Owners Think?

I know what you are thinking: “Please, not another post on cannabis.” I hear you. I really do. Over the last while, updates regarding the legalization of cannabis have saturated the news.  We have also written several posts about how condos should prepare for and react to cannabis’ legalization. What I hope this post provides, […]

Changes to the Smoke-Free Act Affecting Condos

As our readers know already [unless you have been hiding under a rock or have been under the influence of some recently legalized substance], cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. On that same day, but some 17 hours later, Ontario adopted Bill 36, which modified its Smoke-Free Ontario Act.  This was required to address […]

Smoking Cannabis in Condos is Not a Protected Human Right

Only days before the legalization of cannabis, the Human Rights Commission of Ontario has issued a Policy Statement on Cannabis and the Human Rights Code.  This Policy Statement helps us understand how the Commission is likely to deal with cannabis-related competing rights in a condominium setting. There is No “Right” to Consume Recreational Cannabis in […]

Must Condos Grandfather Cannabis Smoking When Adopting a Rule?

As the entire country is counting down the days to the legalization of cannabis, many condos are adopting rules prohibiting cannabis smoking and growing in units. In many cases, condos also take this opportunity to address tobacco smoking. Invariably, we are asked whether condos are required to grandfather existing smokers when adopting such rules. This […]

What Happens if a Condo Directors does not Complete the Mandatory Training?

We were hoping you would not be asking that question. Who is opposed to apple pie? Ontario’s Condo Director Training is not only mandatory, its extremely useful, easy and free. But here it is, our post on what happens if a condo director fails to complete the required training within the set time. Requirements and […]