Construction Reform: Bill 142 Receives Royal Assent

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January 24, 2018

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.

Top 6 Risks to Avoid for Online Businesses

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October 26, 2017

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.

Toronto Neighbourhood Heats Up Over Copyright Battle

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October 13, 2017

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?

End of the Construction Gridlock – Anticipated Legislative Changes

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August 18, 2017

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.

Ontario Announces Tarion Reform

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April 25, 2017

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.

Droning On: New Rules for Recreational Drone Users

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March 21, 2017

On March 16th, 2017, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced new rules governing the use of recreational drones. Drones weighing more than 250 grams and up to 35 kilograms may be flown without special permission from Transport Canada, but there are now new rules dictating where they can fly.

Enforcing Forum Selection Clauses – How to avoid litigating where you litigate

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November 14, 2016

Many commercial contracts contain a “forum selection clause”. This sets out the court and country that will have jurisdiction over any litigation that may result from a contractual dispute. If a party commences a legal proceeding in a different forum than the one set out in the contract, the other party may attempt to stay the proceedings and enforce the forum selection clause.