Adding or Removing Someone From Title – Do I Need to Pay Land Transfer Tax?
Whether or not land transfer tax applies in a transaction can be a very fact specific determination. In a “normal” purchase or sale where the seller is transferring their full interest in the property to the purchaser for consideration, land transfer tax usually applies. However, what happens in situations where you are adding or removing […]
Franchising in the Cannabis Sector
In the wake of Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis use and Ontario’s release of the licensing schemes for private cannabis sale, a number of cannabis companies have organized franchise systems to capitalize on this new market. As a result, potential franchisees and franchisors are seeking answers to a variety of questions with respect to cannabis […]
The Ontario Court of Appeal Overturns Decision Dismissing Action in Meekis v. Ontario
On July 26th, 2021, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a decision from Justice John Fregeau of the Thunder Bay Superior Court of Justice dismissing the action brought by the family of Brody Meekis against the Chief Coroner, the Regional Supervising Coroner and the Investigating Coroner for failure to investigate the death of their four […]
Dusting Off the Original Employment Agreement – What Happens When an Employee’s Role Changes?
Claims of constructive dismissal are typically triggered by adverse changes to an employee’s position such as the loss of managerial responsibilities, significant wage cuts and demotions. However, it is also the case that positive, mutually rewarding and welcome changes to an employee’s roles and responsibilities can have an impact on the underlying employment agreement. The […]
Cannabis Licences in Canada
Under the Cannabis Act (Canada) and its Regulations, an individual or a corporation who wishes to conduct certain activities with cannabis, such as growing cannabis, manufacturing cannabis products, selling cannabis for medical purposes, researching with cannabis, conducting analytical testing with cannabis, and producing and distributing cannabis pharmaceuticals, must first obtain a licence issued by Health […]
My Employer Has Given Me “Working Notice”, But Where is My Package? Why Can’t I Just Have the Money?
At law, employers can terminate employees at any time and for any reason (as long as it is not discriminatory) provided the employer provides sufficient notice to the employee. The purpose of this notice is to give the employee time to look for suitable alternative employment; this is what is known as the “notice period”. […]
What Do I Do if I Suspect Elder Abuse?
In consideration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today I thought I would provide some resources to those who may be asking – what do I do if I suspect elder abuse? The World Health Organization defines “elder abuse” as: A single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where […]
Changing Legal Tenure in Ontario – A Land Transfer Tax-Free Transfer
Most transfers of land are subject to land transfer tax, an added tax when conveying a property. This additional cost can be quite significant as the tax amount is based on a graduated formula of 1-2% of the purchase price. However, certain transfers, such as those that change the way that the property is held […]
Nursing Home Abuse: What Are Your Rights?
There are hundreds of nursing homes in Ontario. The majority of them employ professional, responsible and kind employees. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are run in a negligent manner. According to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, reported incidents of staff-on-resident abuse increased significantly over the last decade. Recently, The Ministry of Health and […]