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Year: 2019

No Gender Parity on Condo Boards

Earlier this month, CBC published an article on gender parity on corporate boards across Canada. Its findings were surprising and it made us wonder whether condo boards fared better in Ontario. You may be surprised by the results of our research. Inequities in the corporate world As reported by the CBC, according to Statistics Canada, […]

Condo Events in Ottawa – Coming up Soon!

As we come out of the tail end of this year’s second or third winter (I’ve lost count), we can see on the horizon that summer is around the corner. Beaches, patios, frisbee in the park, and (in the Ottawa region) two great new condo networking and learning opportunities! Both of these fantastic events will […]

Condo Owners not Entitled to the Email Addresses of Other Owners

Over the years, there has been much debate over whether condo owners have a right to access the email addresses of other owners. Just as we were last blogging on this, the Condo Authority Tribunal was hearing a case on this exact topic. If there was any doubt, we now know: condo owners are not entitled […]

Can I BBQ on my Condo Balcony?

We’ve finally hit 20 degrees in many parts of the province… about a month later than last year. With the summer season finally upon us, so is the barbecue season. With it, come questions pertaining to BBQ safety and neighbourly etiquette.  This is particularly true in condominium living and even more so when one lives […]

Do Police Need a Warrant to Investigate on Common Elements (Part II)

In this series of posts, we are exploring the question of whether condo corporations can (or should) assist police in the context of an ongoing investigation. In our prior posts, we reviewed two cases where police entered onto common elements for the purpose of their investigation. In the White case, the police entered and hid onto common […]

Should Condo Owners Vote on Changes to Common Elements?

A recurring question from our readers is whether condo owners are required to vote on a renovation project. Aside from the more important question of whether they should be consulted or informed (yes, they should), the legal question is whether consultation is mandatory and, if so, what is the level of support required for the […]

2019 Ottawa Condominium Conference – 3 Directors for the Price of 2

As we enter that special Canadian time of year where we keep getting teased with Spring weather, that can only mean one thing: the annual CCI-EO/ACMO Conference in Ottawa is around the corner! This year, the conference is being held on May 11, 2019. Like last year, the conference is taking place on a Saturday in […]

Lexology Legal Influencer Award

Lexology has recently announced its Content Marketing Awards. We’re delighted to announce that our own Rod Escayola was recognized as a Legal Influencer and Gowling WLG, as a Thought Leader for the first quarter of 2019. Gowling WLG has received this recognition for the last three consecutive quarters! These awards recognize authors who consistently provide Lexology […]

When Neighbourly Disputes Get Out of hands

I was recently asked by CBC to comment on a war-of-the-roses type of dispute between neighbours. This non-condo court case playing out of Kingston involved two former neighbours who were suing each other for damages. It all started when, after a confrontation between the two neighbours, one of them tried to […get ready for this one…] […]

Do Police Need a Warrant to Investigate on Common Elements (Part I)

The Toronto Star recently covered an interesting story involving Toronto police having installed a covert camera in the hallway of a condo corporation to assist in their investigation. They did so without a warrant but with the board’s permission.  This piece raised privacy concerns, which lead us to ponder on the duties, rights and obligations […]