Category Archives: Public Policy

Are Residential Tenancy Agreements Binding Contracts Before the Tenancies Commence? A Case Comment on Adam v HomeEd

By: Ryan Magh and Sarah Eadie Tenancies of residential premises are governed by the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act[1] (“RTA”). In Alberta, landlords and tenants often assume that those provisions do not fully govern their relationship until the tenant … Continue reading

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Alberta Expands Child Support Rules for Children Who Have Reached the Age of Majority

On December 11, 2018, the Family Statutes Amendment Act came into force in Alberta, amending several pieces of legislation. This post focuses on one important change arising from the Family Statutes Amendment Act: it amends the Family Law Act to … Continue reading

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Proposed Amendments to the 34 year-old Federal Divorce Act Receive Stamp of Approval in the House of Commons 

On February 6, 2019, the House of Commons completed its third reading of and passed Bill C-78. The focus of the Bill is to protect families and children from negative outcomes resulting from divorce and separation. Bill C-78 proposes amendments … Continue reading

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Polyamorous Relationships: Judicial Recognition of More Than Two Parents

In a recent Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court case known as CC (Re)[1], two male partners applied for a declaratory order of parentage of the newborn child of their female partner. The three adults were all in a polyamorous relationship … Continue reading

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Legal Aid: A View from Ontario

In this blogpost, I will outline the key features of the legal aid system in Ontario. I will also talk about how the network of legal clinics operates and what aspects are relevant for the delivery of legal aid in … Continue reading

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Pizza Delivery Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors? Commentary on Steiner v MNR.

Pizza Delivery Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors? Commentary on Steiner v MNR.  By Michael A. Power with Lydia Potter Pizza delivery is a big business that relies heavily on drivers to transport fresh, piping hot pizzas right to your door. … Continue reading

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Door-to-Door Deception

As of January 2017, section 9.1(1) of the Direct Selling Business Licensing Regulation has made it a prohibited practice to sell furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, windows and energy audits door to door.[1] This regulation does not retroactively apply to … Continue reading

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