Bill 69 will allow realtors to incorporate

Bill 69 to amend the Business Corporations Act and the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 to permit real estate salespersons to incorporate professional corporations has passed the 1st reading of the Ontario Legislature.

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Supreme Court of Canada pronounce on assisted suicide

On February 6, 2015  the Supreme Court of Canada pronounced in the case of Carter v. Canada: We conclude that the prohibition on physician-assisted dying is void insofar as it deprives a competent adult of such assistance where (1) the person affected clearly consents to the termination of life; and (2) the person has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.  We therefore allow the appeal.

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Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 now mandates the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all residential buildings that have (i) a fuel burning appliance; (ii) a fireplace; or (iii) a storage garage (i.e. parking garage). If a building has six (6) or more residential suites, carbon monoxide detectors must be installed by October 15, 2015. For buildings with less the six (6) residential units, the date for compliance is April 15, 2015.

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Court of Appeal weighs in on tender law

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal interpreted the exculpatory clause contained in the Ministry of Transportation's request for tender as a complete defence to the claim for damages made by an unsuccessful bidder.

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Breach of OHSA leads to stiff penalties

A court decision rendered on January 15, 2015 fined a furniture company $250,000 and jailed two Directors of the company for 25 days for breach of the Ontario Health and Safety Act. This precedent setting penalty stresses the need for Directors to be familiar with and to take reasonable care that the company complies with the Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

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