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Rent in Arrears & Renewal Options

Friday, Sep 24, 2021

In our June 30 News ReLease titled “Withholding Rent: Gutsy or Risky?”, we considered whether a commercial tenant who was withholding r...

Anti-Black Racism and Relief from Forfeiture

Thursday, Sep 09, 2021

In June 2021, the Court of Appeal for Ontario affirmed a lower court decision taking judicial notice of anti-Black racism in a tenant’s appli...

And Now, Announcing the 2021 MVP: Mandatory Vaccination Policies!

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021

All of a sudden, every day’s headlines contain news of MVP announcements. What about commercial landlords and tenants, can MVPs be lawfully introduced to their relationship?

Withholding Rent: Gutsy or Risky?

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021

In the face of economic downturn, uncertainty and pandemic lockdown, tenants value liquidity. Many view their rent obligations as daunting.  W...

An Update on the CERS and a Refresher on Ontario’s Moratorium on Evictions

Friday, May 07, 2021

The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (“CERS”) program has been extended to continue until September 2021, but on somewhat different terms....

New CCDC-2 (2020) - Less Is Not Necessarily More

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021

The rules of engagement for construction projects are in a state of flux. As we reported in earlier News ReLeases, the construction legislation in ...

Expanding Bhasin - Acting Honestly Includes Correcting False Impressions

Friday, Mar 26, 2021

In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada’s (the “SCC”) landmark ruling in Bhasin v Hrynew recognized a duty of honest contractual per...

FAQs About Restructuring

Monday, Mar 01, 2021

With the pandemic continuing to impact the economy, the “B” word is on the minds of many people. We thought it was a good time for a brief run down of some of the questions that we are asked most frequently about bankruptcy and insolvency...

Someone Slipped…Who Takes the Fall? The Occupiers’ Liability Amendment Act

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021

The Occupiers’ Liability Act (Ontario) (the “OLA”) has recently been amended by the Occupiers’ Liability Amendment Act (the “OLAA”), which came into force on December 8, 2020. The OLAA brings a sigh of relief to landlords and tenants who may be liable as “occupiers” under the OLA...

Ontario’s Moratorium on Commercial Evictions: The Saga Continues

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021

The end date of the CECRA Tenant Non-Enforcement Period was left blank, to be completed by a future regulation. There was another important blank: Schedule 5 of the Act states that it applies to tenancies that satisfy the “prescribed criteria”. This opened the door to expanding the group of tenants to which the Act applies...

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