Real Estate

  • March 20, 2024

    Alberta brings legislation to protect seniors in life-leasing contracts

    The Government of Alberta has tabled legislative amendments aimed at ensuring consistency in contracts with housing operators involved in life-leasing for seniors.

  • March 20, 2024

    Home Construction Regulatory Authority freezes assets of builder suspected of illegal home sales

    The Ontario Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) is freezing the assets of a builder suspected of illegal building and selling.

  • March 18, 2024

    Appeal and judicial review of a tribunal decision | Sara Blake

    The Supreme Court of Canada has breathed life into an Ontario statutory provision that has been mostly ignored since it came into effect in 1972. Section 2(1) of the Judicial Review Procedure Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. J.1 (JRPA), authorizes the Divisional Court to grant relief on judicial review “despite any right of appeal.” For 40 years, Ontario courts consistently overlooked this provision, instead preferring to exercise their discretion to deny a remedy on judicial review because it regards a right of appeal to the court as an adequate alternative remedy.

  • March 15, 2024

    Cross-generational Indigenous trauma | Tony Stevenson

    It is the year 2024 and the last residential school closed in 1998. Fellow First Nations demand that the school grounds be thoroughly investigated for the identity of the thousands of anomalies that have been found through radar ground searches. Several non-First Nations also want those anomalies to be verified as well so that their own opinions of these residential stories were made up to get government money. Unfortunately, their intentions are that of a very negative opinion that has been drummed up by their own inherited ignorance from the generations that came before them.

  • March 15, 2024

    New partner for Robins Appleby

    A 2019 call in the firm’s commercial real estate and development group, Rachel Puma has been named partner at Robins Appleby.

  • March 14, 2024

    Federal undertakings not enclaves immune from provincial laws of general application: Ontario court

    Ontario’s highest court has sided with CN Rail in its fight with a number of municipalities over a transport hub being constructed in the Town of Milton but has also pointed out that federal undertakings are not immune from provincial and municipal law.

  • March 12, 2024

    P.E.I. building codes update reflects national shift to greener buildings

    Prince Edward Island is introducing new building codes March 31 that will bring the province into line with national building standards, including those for energy efficiency and accessibility.

  • March 12, 2024

    Merger results in new real estate firm

    Toronto-based litigator, advisor and certified construction adjudicator Jillian Siskind has joined forces with construction law expert Michael Doyle to form Siskind Doyle LLP.

  • March 11, 2024

    Exploring Indigenous peoples’ right to conservation in Canada

    The recent adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UNDA) provides a renewed opportunity to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ right to conserve and protect the environment is upheld. This right emerges from Indigenous peoples’ unique relationship with land that is inseparable from their socio-legal, political and spiritual systems. Upholding a right to conserve and protect the environment is especially important if we are to safeguard the health and well-being of Indigenous communities, who are disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices, and prevent further environmental racism.

  • March 08, 2024

    Court refuses to consider new argument on appeal, upholds finding of fraud in property transactions

    The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a finding that a mortgage and property transfer were fraudulent and intended to defeat a potential costs award, while declining to consider a statutory interpretation issue that the appellant did not argue before a lower court.

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