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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 […]

Must Condos Making Renovations Implement Accessibility Measures?

Staying on top of accessibility issues can be a challenging task. There are many factors to juggle and many important rights to balance against one another. On top of all of this are the obvious financial  and logistical concerns that can accompany making a building accessible. One worry that some corporations may have is, if they […]

Soldier Ordered to Take Down Canadian Flag from Condo Unit

This past week, a high-ranked soldier was ordered to take down the Canadian flag and pole affixed to his condo unit. Naturally, social media lit up over this, mostly with reactions of shock at such an unpatriotic demand – condo boards and managers are rarely seen as the good guys. Emotions aside, this leave us with […]

Court Approves a Borrowing By-law Despite the Absence of a Majority Supporting it

A very short, and somewhat puzzling, decision was issued in January 2019, which appears to change the level of support required to adopt a condo by-law. The decision appears to have been rendered on an uncontested basis, which may explain the outcome.  This blog post is about the LaFramboise v. YCC No. 365 case. As I read […]

Court Orders Owner to Enter into a Section 98 Agreement

In my last post, I blogged about a case where the court sided with the owners after having found that the condo corporation treated them unfairly in the context of a dispute involving modifications to common elements. Again, in Durham Condominium Corporation No. 43 v. Bradley, the court had to deal with a dispute involving […]

Interview on Disputes Between Neighbours

Rod Escayola was interviewed by CBC on an odd case being played out of Kingston. This non-condo court case involves two former neighbours who are suing each other for damages. It all started when, after a confrontation between the two neighbours, one of them tried to  set  the other’s house on fire in the middle […]

Disclosure Statements: Say it Right and Say it Clearly

When purchasing a condominium unit, it is absolutely vital that you know what exactly it is you are getting yourself into. Accordingly, the Act imposes specific disclosure obligations onto declarants attempting to sell a unit. This is done through section 72 of the Condo Act. In the same vein, section 74 of the Act provides […]

Are Condo Owners Entitled to Access the Owners’ Email List?

A recent court decision ordering a not-for-profit organization to disclose the email addresses of its members caused quite a stir in condo land this past week. This brings us to revisit a recurrent question: Are condo owners entitled to access the list of email addresses of other owners? In case you are pressed for time, let […]