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Accommodating disabilities: What medical evidence is required?

Posted in Articles, Living Together, Publications & Resources
It is well known that condominiums owe a duty to accommodate persons with disabilities.  It is less clear, however, what constitutes adequate proof of a disability. Ambiguous medical notes containing no meaningful details are often the only documentation given to condo boards and managers, who must decide whether the legal threshold for disability is met.… Continue Reading

Ignoring bullying and harassment not an option for condo boards

Posted in Case Studies, Living Together
April 13, 2016 was International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Transmisogyny, better known as the “International Day of Pink.” A recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision demonstrates that condo boards must apply the Day of Pink concepts every day of the year. In Welykyi v. Rouge Valley Co-operative Homes Inc., the Tribunal chastised… Continue Reading

A reasonably prudent director

Posted in Case Studies, Governance, Living Together
Condo directors in Ontario are expected to exercise a certain degree of attentiveness, caution and prudence while carrying out their duties. This expectation is known as the “standard of care” and is set out in section 37(1) of the Condominium Act, 1998, which provides: 37.  (1)  Every director and every officer of a corporation in exercising the powers… Continue Reading

Powers of attorney essential for condo unit owners

Posted in Financial Issues, Living Together, News and Events
To encourage people to carefully consider and protect their families, assets and affairs, the Ontario Bar Association has made April its “Make a Power of Attorney Month.” A power of attorney (“POA”) is a legal document that gives someone else the right to act on a person’s behalf. These documents can be used to oversee… Continue Reading

Fallen trees – Don’t be a sap

Posted in Living Together, Maintenance & Repairs, The Environment
The massive ice storm that recently devastated the Toronto area felled whole trees and large branches.  This damage to the urban canopy knocked out electrical service to hundreds of thousands of people and caused untold property damage. With the post-storm clean-up now underway and expected to last several weeks, condominium managers may need guidance dealing… Continue Reading

Lincoln on lawyers

Posted in Living Together, News and Events
Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysberg Address, one of the most famous speeches in history.  It was given by Abraham Lincoln, one of the most extraordinary people to ever walk the earth. Before becoming President of the United States, Lincoln was a lawyer.   From his notes, we see that his thoughts on… Continue Reading

Approaches to problem-solving

Posted in Living Together
During this spell of cold weather and economic turbulence, small problems can turn into large disputes very quickly, giving rise to division in the community and unnecessary costs. Attorney Beth Grimm of the California Condo & HOA Law Blog shares some welcome wisdom on how condo directors can approach potential problems to find quick solutions.   She suggests… Continue Reading

Proposed apology law designed to reduce conflicts

Posted in Legislation & Regulation, Living Together
 The Government of Ontario recently introduced Bill 108 – "An Act respecting Apologies."  According to the Attorney General’s news release, the Apology Act would, if passed: Allow individuals and organizations, such as hospitals and other public institutions (or condo corproations), to apologize for an accident or wrongdoing without fear of the apology being used as… Continue Reading