LEGAL
On April 20, 2017, the Government of Ontario made some ground-breaking changes to the housing laws of the province related to home ownership and tenancies.
After many years of trying to address racial inequality in the province, the Ontario government has introduced a new law that many feel is a step in the right direction.

The Makings Of A Hate Crime

Friday, 24 March 2017 22:18 Written by
Statistics are showing hate crimes in Canada are on the rise and are being reported almost on a daily basis.

New Law Changes in 2017 - What You Need To Know

Friday, 27 January 2017 08:49 Written by
The year 2017 brings with it change and importantly, new laws. Here are a few you should know about.
Gay, bisexual and/or transgendered blacks have recently been highlighted in the media in shows such as Empire and Queen Sugar, where Oprah is one of the creators. But how do these issues play out in real life in Ontario? 

Can Your Boss Make You Change Your Look?

Saturday, 22 October 2016 12:43 Written by
While many employers emphasize a free and expressive workplace to get the best out of their employees, for many, the display of piercings, tattoos and non-business casual attire may be a step too far, particularly when employees are the “front line” between the company and its customers.

Why You Should Never Break A Contract

Saturday, 10 September 2016 15:04 Written by
Ever signed a contract and now you want to back out? You may need to consider that a Court may hold you responsible for failing to complete the contract.
There are two ways that you may own a home with someone else. The first is with a: (1) by a “joint tenancy; and the second is (2) a “tenancy in common”.

How To Deal With Nasty Neighbours

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:33 Written by
Most of us have been there – living beside a difficult neighbour. If the situation is beyond “working it out”, what can you do about it legally? The answer, most often, is the legal claim known as “nuisance”.
Privacy in the workplace can be a difficult issue to navigate. In particular, employers may request certain pieces of information for certain kinds of employee leaves. However, the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “Act”) allows for certain protections for employees. 

How To Save Yourself From Entering A Bad Contract

Saturday, 23 April 2016 09:44 Written by
This week’s post discusses settlement agreements (a type of contract) and how they’re interpreted by the courts. Often times, parties will attempt to revise a deal after its agreed upon by trying to insert new words or meanings that aren’t present within the four corners of the document. This is rarely a good idea. 

Your Rights While Staying At A Hotel

Sunday, 13 March 2016 15:02 Written by
Last month I described the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants; this month’s column discusses the rights and responsibilities of hotels and their guests.

Know Your Rights When Renting

Friday, 12 February 2016 14:09 Written by
Around 28% of Ontario households rent their home.