Staffing announcement at Iler Campbell

June 14th, 2022 by Iler Campbell LLP

We’re pleased to announce that earlier this year, we hired Fatema Jivaji, a lawyer who shares our strong interest in land trust work.  Fatema hit the ground running working on a couple of big land trust acquisitions.  (Stay tuned to the blog to hear more details about that!) With experience gained in big and mid-sized firms and working as a lawyer directly for a private equity firm that capitalizes development projects, we’re confident Fatema will have lots to offer our developer and prospective-developer clients working in the non-profit sector. She looks forward, too, to gaining a broader understanding of the range of work we do for our non-profit, co-op, and charitable clients.   You can read more about Fatema here.

In other news, our 2021-2022 articling student, Maggie Fleming, will be called to the bar this month.  We’re delighted she’s agreed to stay with us for a few months to get us through some big ongoing projects.   Make sure to congratulate Maggie if you’re working with her. Becoming a lawyer is a long haul and one that deserves celebrating!

Freaky Friday, political-style: voting in the Ontario provincial election

May 30th, 2022 by Celia Chandler

Politicians who ‘get things done’ are good at doing bad things. But that might be the reason they get re-elected.

Currently York South-Weston is represented federally by Liberal, Ahmed Hussen, the first Somali federally-elected politician and current Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion. Credit: Micheal Swan / Flickr

“So, why do you support him?” I longed to ask the three young, white, able-bodied men, as I walked down the street.

Even without their blue leaflets, they look like stereotypical Ford supporters. They have the swagger of people who’ve never felt the sting of discrimination because of their colour or accent; who’ve never gone hungry; who’ve never wondered how they’d make rent; and who know they will secure well-paying jobs that will afford them houses in neighbourhoods with good schools, brew-pubs, and upscale coffee shops.

Not this neighbourhood.

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Vaccines, masking, and human rights: where do we go from here

April 28th, 2022 by Safia Lakhani

Legally speaking, mandatory vaccination policies may be permissible in the context of employment, business, and housing. However, such policies should account for possible exemptions under the applicable human rights legislation.

Where do we draw the line between human rights, and masking and vaccine mandates?

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Harnessing the power of community for live music

March 31st, 2022 by Brian Iler

Artists don’t play Massey Hall’s stage without first building their career in smaller venues with supportive audiences. That’s what Hugh’s Room is trying to build in Toronto’s east end.

Downtown Toronto’s Massey Hall. Credit: Ryan Raz / Flickr

The pandemic hit the live music industry extremely hard in Canada. Many live music venues, without income for two years, permanently closed. But even before the pandemic, many venues were struggling with increasingly unaffordable rents.

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Client Profile: Aron Theatre Co-operative

March 23rd, 2022 by Maggie Fleming

Aron Theatre is a historical and cultural hub in Campbellford, Ontario. What started out in 1947 as a privately‑owned theatre has since transformed into a thriving non‑profit consumer co‑operative. The theatre had been declining for years and the owner was retiring. In 2009, the community came together to save the beloved theatre in a resounding testament to the efficacy of the co‑operative business model.

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Spring training round up

March 17th, 2022 by Celia Chandler

It’s true that co‑opers are committed to the 5th Co‑operative Principle – Education, Training, and Information – even when it has to be done remotely! I have to look no further than my own calendar to see this. Continue reading “Spring training round up”