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New Limits on Planning Appeals Treated Seriously

December 29, 2021 By Brian Babcock The Ontario legislature has struggled for years for ways to streamline and simplify the planning process, including appeals, in a way that respects public interest but does not prevent orderly development. Various techniques have been tried: introducing provincial policy statements (PPS) to guide local decision making making compliance mandatory […]

Should You Represent Yourself in Small Claims Court?

December 29, 2021 By Brian Babcock Small Claims Court is intended to be a simple source of access to justice. For decades, that has meant that many, if not most, parties (other than debt collectors) represented themselves. But this idea started when Small Claims were truly small. For much of the province, that meant $400.00. […]

The Public Interest and Liquor Licences

December 12, 2021 By Brian Babcock Prohibition may be a distant memory, but it is not forgotten, with its history in Thunder Bay a fond memory of the rumours that the Bronfman family, of Seagram’s fame, allegedly built tunnels from the Marina Inn (on the location of the current government building) under the train tracks […]

Another Reason Not to Sit on Your Rights

December 12, 2021 By Brian Babcock For some reason, a lot of lawyers, and a lot of clients, seem to think that waiting until the last possible moment to start a law suit is a good idea. We have written before about some reasons why this is a bad idea. No one needs an argument […]

Rationality, Reasons and Human Rights

December 5, 2021 By Brian Babcock If an administrative tribunal makes a decision against you that makes no sense to you, go not give up right away. It may be possible to go to court and have it overturned. An administrative tribunal, in order to make a decision which will withstand judicial review, must make […]

Human Rights Settlements: Contravention May Cost You

December 5, 2021 By Brian Babcock What happens if a party to a human rights settlement fails to perform the non-monetary terms of the settlement? The was the question recently considered by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (HRTO). It is very common, if not universal, for human rights settlements to contain non-monetary terms – things […]

Notice Required Before Asset Seizure

November 29, 2021 By Brian Babcock Secured creditors must give notice before seizing the assets of the debtor. This principle was reaffirmed by the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1758704 Ontario Inc. v. Priest. The dispute arose from as asset purchase, under which the purchase price was paid by a promissory note secured by a […]

Trusts and Ethical Investing

November 29, 2021 By Brian Babcock Whether you are establishing a trust (by will or while alive), are a beneficiary, or are a trustee, one of the issues of concern might be the trustee’s duty to invest. What investments are allowed? In particular, what if you, whether settlor, trustee or beneficiary, holds strong views either […]

Constructive Dismissal or Workplace Injury?

November 21, 2021 By Brian Babcock It is well established law that a worker cannot sue their employer (or coworkers) for a workplace injury covered by worker’s compensation. But until this case, few if any cases involved a claim for mental stress. The employer brought an application to the Workplace Safety and Appeal Tribunal to […]

Sometimes Termination Clauses Are Effective

November 21, 2021 By Brian Babcock We have written extensively warning employers about relying upon the terms of a termination clause in an employment contract. Judges feel a need to protect employees who are vulnerable and have limited bargaining power when it comes to the terms of a contract. Often, an employee eager to take […]