Housing affordability: rethinking single-family homes

November 26th, 2021 by Safia Lakhani

While the idea of co-buying has gained popularity in the past five years, there continues to be some trepidation about taking the leap to co-purchase property. This is because our existing systems are not structured to accommodate the model.

Given the housing crisis in Toronto, its surrounding cities, and in some places across the country, we need to consider fundamentally changing how we trade single-family homes.

There is no shortage of articles on Toronto’s housing crisis. Indeed, this catch-all term seems to encompass the lack of affordable rental housing, to the steadily increasing rates of homelessness, to the sky-rocketing price of property in the GTA. There is reason for all the discussion: as of October 2021, the average cost of a single-family home in Toronto is up to $1.16 million, a whopping 19.3 per cent more than it was in 2020, a rate of increase approximately four times that of the average income. Despite a promising national housing strategy that purports to incentivize first time home buyers and increase the stock of affordable rentals, one wonders how we — and other cities struggling to keep up with the demand for housing – can adapt current legal infrastructure to allow more people to access home ownership. Continue reading “Housing affordability: rethinking single-family homes”

Webinar recording: Vaccines & the Workplace: Where do we go from here?

November 4th, 2021 by Iler Campbell

A recording of this webinar is now online. This was the last webinar in our ‘Back to School’ series. See the other events, and watch recordings of them here.

With the return to work, many of us have questions abut the permissibility of mandatory vaccine policies. In this session Iler Campbell lawyer, Safia Lakhani, discusses the ins and outs of vaccine policies in the workplace and review the extent to which employers can rely on provincial or federal mandates in rolling them out.

Ontario Extends Virtual Meeting Provisions for Co-ops and Non-Profits

November 1st, 2021 by Maggie Fleming

The Ontario Government has made regulatory amendments to the Co‑operative Corporations Act and the Ontario Not‑for‑Profit Corporations Act to extend the provisions permitting electronic meetings until September 30, 2022. This means that organizations currently governed under these statutes can continue to meet virtually, including meetings for virtual AGMs. Co‑operatives and corporations are able to hold these electronic meetings via video conference or video call even if their by‑laws or rules do not allow for electronic meetings.

This extension is great news, as it gives organizations in Ontario the flexibility to host meetings online and prevent the spread of COVID-19. It also means that attendees can continue to attend meetings from home in sweatpants. Win-win! Our former articling student, Karly Wilson, wrote about the provincial emergency order when it first came into effect in 2020. You can read the that blog post here.

For more information about the current extension of virtual meeting provisions, please visit the Ontario Government’s website.

When old laws govern modern times in the not-for-profit sector

October 29th, 2021 by Ken Farrell

This article was first published on rabble.ca

Even without the benefit of modernized laws, there are a whole lot of not‑for‑profit corporations. We could take this as an indication of just how much the business of taking care of each other has been left to the private sector, or, as a measure of how much deprivation is really out there — but perhaps it’s something more uplifting.

Not‑for‑profit corporations aren’t new. Neither are many of the laws that govern them. Like us, laws age and have tendency to become outdated. Continue reading “When old laws govern modern times in the not-for-profit sector”

Webinar recording: Occupational Health and Safety in the time of COVID-19

October 28th, 2021 by Iler Campbell

A recording of this webinar is now online. You can also download the slides as a pdf here.

These days, the duty of an employer to provide a safe and healthy workplace is raising far more questions than ever before, such as how to deal with complaints of harassment, what steps employers have to take as workplaces begin to reopen in the pandemic, and should employers be concerned about employees who work remotely? Iler Campbell lawyer Michael Hackl discuses some of the issues that employers should be aware of in order to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Emotional Support Dog Evicted After Condo Tribunal Hearing

October 27th, 2021 by Maggie Fleming

Emotional support animals can provide vital supports to those living with disabilities. We have explored this subject in previous blog posts, which can be found here: “Service animals for mental health” & “Could Air Canada’s ban on emotional support animals be challenged?”

We were interested to read a recent case, Halton Standard Condominium Corporation No.490 v Paikin 2021, in which the Ontario Condo Authority Tribunal (CAT) issued a decision to evict an emotional support dog from a condo in Oakville.

The owner had consistently allowed the dog to urinate and defecate on the second-floor balcony, which dripped down onto the patio below. There was extensive evidence, including photos, of this behaviour. The condo had not tried to resolve the issue directly with the owner, and instead sent the matter to the condo’s lawyer to deal with. After the lawyer sent an initial warning letter to the owner, the condo board declared the dog a nuisance and the lawyer sent a subsequent letter giving the owner two weeks to remove the dog. The CAT decision‑maker decided that the behaviour was sufficiently severe enough to require removal of the dog, only after the condo board “considered communicating” with the owner to come to a resolution. Continue reading “Emotional Support Dog Evicted After Condo Tribunal Hearing”