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Ontario Condo Law Changes

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Ontario is in the midst of a major overhaul of its condominium legislation. Here’s some background information and current sources for staying informed.

A little legislative background
Adopting the recommendations of the Report of the Ontario Law Reform Commission on the Law of Condominium, the government enacted the province’s first Condominium Act in 1967 (S.O. 1967, c. 12). A major revision thirty years later resulted in the Condominium Act, 1998 (S.O. 1998, c. 19). The 1998 act did not come into force until May 5, 2001.


Current review and legislative changes
The current reform process began in 2012 and consisted of an 18-month 3-stage public consultation that generated 200 recommendations aimed at modernizing condo law in the province.

The resulting legislative changes, contained in the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015, (S.O. 2015, c. 28, Bill 106), amend the Condominium Act, 1998, enact the new Condominium Management Services Act, 2015, and make consequential amendments to several other related acts

There have also been substantial changes to the regulations under the Condominium Act, 1998 and new regulations have been made under the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015.

Most of these legislative changes have not yet come into force.

In addition to the changes to the act and regulations, the government is rolling out three new administrative bodies this fall:


Selected sources for current awareness:

Government sites


-- Jeanette Bosschart

Lexis Practice Advisor Canada

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Did you know that Great Library now offers Lexis Practice Advisor Canada?

This source provides practical guidance on a wide range of transactional and procedural matters. Accessible through the library’s computers and WIFI, the available practice areas are:

  • Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Family Law (Ontario)
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Personal Injury (Ontario)
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates (Ontario)

What will you find on Lexis Practice Advisor? Checklists, precedents, sample clauses and flow charts, as well as practice notes and drafting tips contributed by leading Canadian lawyers and law firms.  

Searching this source is easy, and there is no need to select the practice area first – you can add filters such as jurisdiction, precedent or practice note to the results to narrow down the results. Each document contains links to related documents that may also be useful.

So, the next time you visit the Great Library give this Practice Advisor a try. And if you have any questions about this resource, or any of the Great Library’s other electronic resources available to Law Society licensees, just ask us. 




Essential Titles for Civil Litigation

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New editions of two essential titles for civil litigation research have been received by the library. You’ll find both of these titles in the Practice Collection on the 2nd floor.

The Law of Civil Procedure in Ontario provides practical guidance on the litigation process with commentary, cases and references to relevant rule numbers. Invaluable for answering the questions “Can I do that?” and “Can they do that?” The new edition updates the law to January 1, 2017.

The 4 volumes of Williston & Rolls Court Forms contain commentary and precedents for Ontario court forms, both prescribed and numerous other forms that may be needed for civil litigation. It’s available in the library both in print and electronically through Lexis Advance. 



The Law Society of Upper Canada is 220 years old

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On the morning of July 17, 1797, ten lawyers met in a tavern in Wilson’s Hotel in Newark, Upper Canada (now Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario) to found Canada’s first self-governing body for the regulation of lawyers.

This historic gathering was the result of a new act, passed just two weeks earlier. An Act for the better regulating of the Profession of Law (37 Geo III, c.13 (U.C.)) empowered “persons now admitted to practise in the law, and practising at the Bar of any of His Majesty’s Courts of the province, to form themselves into a Society to be called the Law Society of Upper Canada.”    


Led by John White, an English barrister and Upper Canada’s first attorney general, the group passed a unanimous motion to establish the Law Society of Upper Canada, thus giving their profession the authority to govern itself. And, as provided for in the legislation, they elected six of their number as governors, or Benchers. White was appointed the first Treasurer. Before adjourning their brief meeting, they called themselves to the Bar, as well as five other legal practitioners.

This small new group of Law Society members could hardly have imagined the longevity of the organization they founded, or the growth in their numbers, from 15 lawyers authorized to practice law in the province in 1797 to over 58,000 lawyer and paralegal licensees today.     


Wilson's Hotel, Queen and Gate Streets, Newark, Upper Canada.
Artist’s interpretation. The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1849.


The meeting at Wilson’s Hotel was the Law Society’s first and only Convocation in Newark. The capital of Upper Canada had recently been changed to York (now Toronto) and all subsequent meetings were held there. The Benchers met in various law offices around town until the Law Society’s permanent home was built. The first Convocation held in Osgoode Hall was on February 6, 1832.


C.H.A. Armstrong, The Honourable Society of Osgoode Hall (Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Co. Ltd, 1952).
Christopher Moore, The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario’s Lawyers 1797-1997 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997).
Miles D. O’Reilly, “Genesis”, (1972) 6 Law Society of Upper Canada Gazette (175th Anniversary Special Issue) 7.

-- Jeanette Bosschart


New CPD Materials

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Here’s a selection of recently published Continuing Professional Development titles:

Civil Practice
These materials provide updates on procedure and useful precedents. 

Practice Management
Important advice on future planning for your practice.

Real Property
New resources dealing with cottage real estate issues are always welcome!

For additional Law Society of Upper Canada CPD titles, remember AccessCLE for LSUC CLE/CPD articles since 2004.

Happy Canada 150!

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During the Canada Day weekend, the Great Library hours of operation will be as follows:

  • Friday, June 30 --- 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 1 --- Closed
  • Sunday, July 2 --- Closed
  • Monday, July 3 --- Closed

Also, we change over to our Summer Hours on the Canada Day long weekend. Between July 1 to September 5, 2017, our hours of operations are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday --- 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Friday --- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday --- Closed

Wishing you a safe and happy Canada Day weekend.

-- Great Library staff



Canada 150, Part 2

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LawNow is the website of The Centre of Public Legal Education of Alberta; the May/June issue of LawNow Magazine celebrates Canada’s official birthday with a highly readable series of articles on legal milestones that have shaped the country’s history since 1867.

Feature articles:

The Rule of Law: Two Notable Supreme Court Decisions to Celebrate! by Rob Normey.
Roncarelli v Duplessis (1959) and Mackeigan v Hickman (1989).

The Significance of the Charter in Canadian Legal History by Patricia Paradis and Tasneem Karbani.
2017 not only marks 150th anniversary of the British North America Act, 1867 but also marks the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The Statute of Westminster: A Stepping Stone towards Canadian Independence by Marjun Parcasio.
“Although Canada celebrates its national holiday on the 1st of July, the start of Canadian Confederation, that day is not strictly speaking the country’s day of independence.” – Marjun Parcasio.

Temporary Taxation? No End in Sight! by Matthew Peddie.
Canada’s War Tax Upon Income, introduced in 1917, was supposed to be a temporary measure. What happened?

The Evolution of Law in Canada by Charles Davison.
Highlights of 150 years of legal change.

An Indigenous Perspective on Canada’s 150th Birthday by Troy Hunter.
A member of the Ktunaxa First Nation who also proudly traces ancestors in Quebec back to 1666, reflects on the intertwined history of aboriginal people and early settlers.

The Evolution of Five Legal Doctrines in the Supreme Court of Canada by Peter Bowal and Rebiah Syed.
Sometimes, the Supreme Court of Canada needs a do-over. Here are five examples.

Free of the Colonial Yoke? Not Quite! by John Edmond.
“Jeopardy clue: “The Constitution of this 150-year old country exists as “Schedule B” to an ordinary statute of another country.” Correct response: “What is Canada?” – John Edmond.

-- Jeanette Bosschart