Landlord and tenant protections

Perhaps you read about a local residential landlord who was shorted thousands of dollars in rent. It turns out that his two tenants were on their fifth rental property since 2010. Each rental ended with debts owing. A false reference had helped secure one tenancy. In another Beach landlord-tenant dispute, a Beach landlord was fined […]

Understanding Canada’s hate laws

Virtually all residents of Ward 32 are familiar with a publication delivered to their doors by Canada Post, deceptively titled Your Ward News. Many have labeled it a racist and hateful publication. The publication features anti-Semitic rants about “ZioMarxists,” “parasites,” and the classic “illegitimate Zionist apartheid state of Israel that holocausts Palestinians.” Other targets include […]

New real estate rules provide clarity

New rules and guidelines came into effect on July 1 that are meant to add a higher level of transparency to the offer process Ontario real estate brokerages and sales representatives follow. Introduced in the Ontario Legislature through a revision to the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act (REBBA 2002), these new regulations (Bill 55) […]

No farmers’ market for Kew

Is it right that a private corporation enjoys a monopoly over our public park lands and can decide which groups use a public park and on what terms? What if, for example, a group wanted to establish a weekly farmers’ market at Kew Gardens? On or about June 2, 2010 the City of Toronto granted […]

Charities offer a way for a will

A resolution for the New Year that you may have considered is making your will. Depending on your estate, there may be an enormous cost to passing without one. Your estate may be burdened with legal expenses and court fees for appointments of executors. There may be uncertainty and disagreement between possible beneficiaries exacting a […]

Road laws accident waiting to happen

On July 22, I witnessed a white truck race out of the building site of the Glen Condominiums on Kingston Road right across from my law office. A moment later I heard the horrific scream of a dog being hit, and watched as the shaken owner and neighbours rushed to an emergency veterinarian office. He […]

Note the details when buying a condo

Toronto continues to be the condominium boom capital of North America. The boom shows no signs of letting up during this busy spring market. Sales remain strong and we are seeing more condominium projects than ever before in the Beach, from Kippendavie to the Glen Davis Ravine, from the old Lick’s building on Queen Street […]

Reflections on an OMB decision

Happy New Year to one and all!  Much has recently happened that will affect our community for years to come. Notably, the decision of the OMB to favour the developer’s appeal for the ‘Shell station’ site at Queen and Woodbine was not totally unexpected, but still a bitter disappointment to many who worked long and […]

An inside look at development

Final arguments were recently made at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) about the proposed six-storey condo on Queen Street East at Woodbine.  Residents are fighting to maintain the historic view of the Kew Beach Firehall from being lost to large condominium development.  In four to six weeks the OMB will hand down its ruling. We […]

The ins and outs of parking fines

Anyone who attended the community town hall meeting on Feb. 4 at The Balmy Beach Club about traffic and parking in the Beach didn’t feel the love in the room, but rather the frustration.  An open and heated discussion with city transit staff, hosted by Ward 32 Councilor Mary-Margaret McMahon, showed the raw emotions of […]