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For questions specific to Canada as a whole, or that span multiple provincial and territorial jurisdictions.

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If a contract to purchase a home is modified after signing without a party's consent, will it be null and void?

My sister and I jointly submitted a bid to a house today for $580 000. After I signed the documents, she modified the bid to $600 000 without my knowledge. Now, in this case, neither she nor myself ...
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Is it legal for employers to ask for social media handles?

is it legal for employers to ask for social media handles in job application or pre-employment forms? If it is unrelated to the job? I understand for jobs like marketing, modeling etc. where a large ...
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Is it possible and how to get all the information on a corporation in Canada, BC

There is a super long story of how we ended up in this situation (in fact too long to describe here), but at the end of the day, one of the contractors who started doing renovations in our apartment ...
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Does a university have rights to an invention of product which was created during one's active enrollment?

lets say I have a product which I am the sole creator, and I intend to make a business out of this product. The idea / creation of this product came to fruition during undergraduate enrollment at X ...
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What is a Formal Patent Search of Classification in Canadian patent law?

I am seeking to start patenting something, and have reached out to an organization that claims to be able to help with the patenting process. They want to do something they call a Formal Patent ...
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Evicting occupants in shared home

I live in a shared house where one person signed (by himself) the lease to the house. Each person living here pays him their portion for rent and he gives it to the home owner. The lease is up for ...
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Throwing tomatoes at a poster of a politician

As a form of protest, imagine: Printing a poster of a politician's face Placing it on a wall (with permission of the wall's owner) in a generally public space Handing out tomatoes to be thrown at ...
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Is it illegal to view voyeur videos

I basically have 3 questions 1) Is it legal to view voyeuristic videos of women changing or showering that were filmed without their consent on the internet as long as the woman in question is over ...
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Wouldn't it be hard to kick someone out who never signed a lease?

Who really has more power when a lease isn’t signed and there’s no written agreement? I know a lot of cheap rentals off craigslist do this (especially in shared living accommodations). Hypothetically ...
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How to get a court order for deceased relatives birth certificate?

What's the process for getting a court order in Canada for a deceased relatives birth certificate? There is no will or executor of the will and the birth certificate is for genealogy purposes.
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Will company with product with ® sue me if my company name is the same as their product?

I have purchased the company name Xxxxx Media in a province in Canada, but I recently realized that the product Xxxxx® is trademarked in the United States. I wish to sell my products in the US soon so ...
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Does a non-competition clause bond me to a minimum term of employment?

I am an IT instructor in a private educational institution in British Columbia, Canada. They gave me a agreement which includes a section “non-competition clause” with these lines: He or she agrees ...
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Legally withold payment for services rendered beyond a weekly limit? - Canada

If a contract specifies that work be rendered for services between 8 and 16 hours per week, and the month averages to 16 hours per week but certain weeks are in excess of 16 hours, is it legal to ...
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If two spouses are named in an agreement but only one signs, is it valid?

Say there is an agreement between a company party (call them The Company), and a married couple party (call them Spouse A and Spouse B). Spouse A and Spouse B are both named in the agreement, but the ...
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If lease doesn't specify termination, how long does one have to move out?

I live in a home with Joe. Joe has a lease with the home owner. I pay Joe a fixed amount of rent each month and he gave me keys when I moved in. We don't have a formal lease between us, but we do have ...
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Do US laws apply worldwide? Which US laws apply worldwide?

Do US laws apply worldwide? Kim Dotcom, never in USA, yet court proceedings for extradition from New Zealand to USA ongoing. A Chinese arrested in Canada during layover for breaking US sanctions law. ...
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Can the Landlord Kick us out 9 months before the contract end date?

I live in a condo in Ontario, Canada. As I used to be a student (now have a full time job) I had to pay 1 year in advance back in September. Landlord and I signed a contract that states It is ...
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Does a cash-less place have to accept cash if other payment option failed?

I had it happen to me a few times that my credit card was blocked or deactivated by the bank without letting me know, and I only that found out while trying to pay. To counter that I always carry some ...
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What exactly does it mean when someone “represents” you?

What exactly does it mean for a lawyer to represent someone? I thought it means assigning someone to argue for you and they would reply to all messages concerning the case. As mentioned in my ...
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What questions can be asked in interview? Can questions that can be used to illegally discriminate be asked?

I'm part of a group that gets job openings for short term contract gigs, often done in retail environments. During the interviews or online application process, a lot of companies ask for rather off ...
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What options exist for doing one's own legal work?

To my understanding, you can always represent yourself in court. So when is it a good idea to get a lawyer? I have a relatively simple case but could use a few pointers. I know legal proceedings have ...
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What to expect when getting (free) legal aid?

I want to sue my old landlord. The amount wouldn't be too much so I could do it in small claims court. I had searched the internet and found some free legal advice from the Legal Service Society. I ...
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Can I allow use of a property while limiting exposure to liability?

I own a semi-rural property in Canada which I use as a seasonal residence; it's unoccupied for long periods. People in the surrounding community are accustomed to traversing the property ...
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Can the Resedential Tennancy Act be included in situations where it wouldn't normally apply?

The Residential Tenancy Act list situations when it would naturally apply and when it would not. From http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/02078_01#section2 What this Act does ...
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If someone steals from me do I need a lawyer?

Someone took my bank card while at a party. Somehow he got my PIN number and took $400 from my account. I filed a complaint with the local police. They asked me if I wanted to charge him. (Of course I ...
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In Canada, how big does a work need to be to qualify for copyright?

I understand that a single letter, or even a word cannot be copyrighted, because they are too short to be a unique work. So how big does a work need to be to qualify?
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Which clauses of the Magna Carta are still in force in Canada?

In an answer to another question, it is mentioned that the Magna Carta has legal force in Canada but does not have constitutional status, and can therefore be modified by subsequent legislation. ...
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Who can initiate a criminal investigation in Canada?

I saw an interesting story in the Canadian media the other day. Several federal cabinet ministers and some prominent members of Parliament have allegedly given tax money to a Canadian charity that is ...
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Is a tattoo providing medical instructions legally binding?

This article describes an 81-year-old woman who got a tattoo reading "Don't euthanize me" to express her medical wishes if she were incapacitated. The Calgary grandmother recently had the words “...
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How does an 'authorized representative' work?

I recently moved out of a rental home and I strongly believe the landlord owes me more money. I asked her for prorated rent given that I moved out early per her request/demand. She has declined this ...
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Is attempting to steal a crime in Canada?

If someone attempted to steal something from a company and then was caught in the process and never actually got to steal the item, is that punishable by law in Canada? The company is in the U.S. the ...
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When can someone legally act on the behalf of another person?

I moved out of my rental home and the landlord has not returned my security deposit. It would appear that the landlord is trying to avoid me and have her friend (who is apparently a lawyer) do all the ...
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What does 'duty to devote full time' mean?

In a work contract there is the following term Duty to Devote Full Time The Employee agrees to devote full-time efforts, as an employee of the Employer, to the employment duties and ...
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Is it legal to shoot a bow and arrow inside the limits of an urban municipality in Alberta?

I've been searching this for some time now, and so far it appears that there are no laws in Canada that prohibit shooting a arrow from a bow (with the exception of prohibited cross-bows) under the ...
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Can a medical invoice that was disputed collect interest and be due years later?

This is a bit embarrassing. A couple years ago I had been seeing a specialist doctor. I had been a victim of a crime, so the city/police department was paying for my treatment. It had been my ...
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What are your legal responsibilities after the police have been called?

I was placed in an awkward situation recently where our neighbor called the cops on us. For reference sake, he was calling regarding a suspected domestic disturbance which occurred in the home behind ...
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Signed a leased for one room, never moved in. What are my rights?

I'm in a rather unpleasant situation. I've rushed into signing a lease for one room for July 1st on June 30 for one year. Three days later I informed the landlord I will not occupy the room and asked ...
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I suspect bait-and-switch selling, what can I do as a consumer?

I’ll keep this as generic as possible in terms of which store and which products were involved, but here’s the situation: Location, product(s) and retailer: I’m in Canada, the seller is a chain ...
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Is it legal or illegal to record my communication with my landlord in public parking area in Canada? [duplicate]

Is it legal or illegal to record my communication with my landlord in public parking area in Canada? if I didn't tell my landlord that I am going to record. if I tell my landlord I am recording but ...
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Can a company print the wrong Net. Weight on a product?

Are companies allowed to use old packaging (900g) on their new product which is (650g)? Here's the story. The product is a pita bread. My dad started buying this brand since it weighs more and costs ...
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Public figure status in Canadian defamation law

Earlier this month the controversial professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto became the plaintiff in a slander suit against a professor at Wilfred Laurier University. If this were in ...
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Why might Eric Abramovitz not be able to collect his damages from Jennifer Lee?

Eric Abramovitz is a talented clarinetist whose girlfriend, Jennifer Lee, accessed his email account to decline a once-in-a-lifetime scholarship and opportunity to study under Yehuda Gilad, a world-...
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Strata corporation installing keyless entry system and logging entrance times/dates

My concern is the strata is forcing people to sign for specified id numbers this information is then stored so they know who enters the building when and how often. I am an owner and I believe I ...
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Under what conditions can a married couple not be considered (or be considered) co-defendants?

I apologize if the question is a bit vague but I was hoping a general answer might help people in the future. My wife and I were recently charged in a municipal case that involved a co-owned property ...
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Asbestos Containing Material in Toronto apartment

I'm moving to a new building in Toronto, and received this letter: In 2005, the Ontario government introduced a new regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act regulating the ...
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Is it illegal to post an “owner is armed” sign in Canada?

I've been watching a TV show about border security in Canada and in the episode a border officer mentions that posting an "owner is armed" sign inside your vehicle. Is this true and if so, what law is ...
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Is it legal to use a surveillance system in the private area of a rented home?

I am renting a room in a shared house. On a couple occasions I caught the landlord entering my room without giving any notice. He had feasible excuses, like repairing the dresser in my room, but he ...
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Can an accountant back charge for services that were labeled as free before?

An accountant's client required an advice. The accountant did not charge for a quick consultation and claimed it was a courtesy to the client. A year later, the client discontinues the relationship ...
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Apply for Canadian Visa while being in US from another country

A friend of mine is attending a Masters program in USA. He is also applying for internships and has been shown interest from a reputed institution in Canada. What is the process to apply for ...
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What is the charge if you erase digital information that was subpoenaed?

First off I’ll let you know that this would apply for Canada. Here’s the scenario: You own a server which is used to host a secure and encrypted message website/app. Say there is possible evidence ...