Ontario’s Bill 142 received Royal Assent on Dec. 12, 2017 and ushered in broad reforms to the Construction Lien Act. The first of those reforms came into force on July 1, 2018. Here is what you need to know.
In the wake of tragedies such as the van attack in Toronto early this week, it is natural for people to think about whether it could have been prevented. Our very own David Contant was interviewed on Tuesday for an article in Canadian Underwriter. He spoke about the liability of the rental company that had leased out the van that was used in the attack, as well as implications for insurers.
Last month, Bill 142 received Royal Assent and is now law. The bill proposed major changes to the Construction Lien Act, seeking to modern the Act and introduce long-overdue reforms to the construction industry.
The consequences of slips and falls can be serious – who is liable if someone is injured at your office or store? Craig O’Brien has some simple solutions to keep both businesses and their clients safe throughout winter.
Statistics Canada reported earlier this year that retail sales in general increased by 4.7% year over year, but e-commerce retail sales increased by a whopping 41.6% over the same period. However, in the rush to get into this burgeoning market, it is also easy to overlook some of the risks.
Copyright can apply to a wide variety of creative works. This includes sculpture, paintings and architectural work. An architect generally maintains the copyright in architectural designs unless those designs were developed for a client under the explicit understanding that the client owns the architect’s work product. But what happens when a newly built house appears to bear the exact same design as another house in the same neighbourhood?
The long-awaited overhaul of the Construction Lien Act (“the Act”) is expected to happen soon. Here is what you need to know. On May 31, 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill 142, which seeks to modernize the Act. If passed, the Bill will bring long-sought reforms to the construction industry.
In the brief decision of Mitchell v. Lewis, the Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed that in cases of misconduct there are fairly broad circumstances in which the principals of a corporation may be named personally in a civil action.
On Tuesday March 28, 2017, the Ontario government announced that it will be relieving Tarion of its responsibility to regulate the province’s home builders. The announcement came following the release of a Final Report by the Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham Q.C. In November 2015, Ontario’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services appointed Justice Cunningham to make recommendations regarding Tarion and the new home warranty program.