Author Archives: Tim Patterson

About Tim Patterson

Tim Patterson is a staff lawyer at the Edmonton Community Legal Centre where he serves low income clients. His primary areas of practice are housing, employment, and other areas of civil litigation. After graduating with an B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Alberta, he was called to the Alberta Bar in 2002, and practiced at a large law firm in Edmonton before moving to the ECLC. In his current practice setting, Tim has been able to pursue his interest in improving access to justice for those living with poverty.

Economic Evictions in a Residential Tenancy

Economic Evictions in a Residential Tenancy Case commented on: Oneka Land Company Ltd v Mouyadine Nur, RTDRS Case No. E-18-61728, September 17, 2018, unreported (“Oneka”) The 2014 Court of Queen’s Bench Master’s decision Milner’s Aloha Mobile Home Park (1998) Ltd … Continue reading

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An Update on the Jurisdiction of Masters in the Court of Queen’s Bench to Set Aside Orders of the RTDRS

Jonnette Watson Hamilton recently posted an article on called “Setting Aside Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service Orders for Problems with Service: It Can’t Be Done,” in which she discusses a recent written decision by Master Farrington (in Calgary) in … Continue reading

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Landlord and Tenant Issues after the Flooding in Southern Alberta

The Centre for Public Legal Education in Alberta (CPLEA) has developed a new resource called After the Flood for Landlords and Tenants in Alberta. You can find it at their blog, , as well as a link to an audio Q&A … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

A recent report on the discovery of body lice in Edmonton’s homeless population is a reminder of the daily challenges faced by low-income individuals.  While body lice appears to be primarily a problem for those without homes, even those who … Continue reading

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Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument (OPCA) Litigants

Jonnette Watson Hamilton has posted on a very useful summary of and commentary on Justice Rooke’s recent 156 page decision on Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument (OPCA) Litigants.  This issue is relevant to practitioners of poverty law as desperate low-income individuals are … Continue reading

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“Bait and Switch”: Requiring Employers to Pay Temporary Foreign Workers the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Wage Rates

Many of the Clients of the ECLC are Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) who are in “low-skilled” (and therefore low-paying) positions.  Unfortunately, these individuals often find themselves in difficult situations because they are vulnerable on multiple levels: they are low-income, English … Continue reading

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