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

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Fake identity on a website

Recently I had an account blocked on a merchant's website temporarily after performing a transaction. As I absolutely doesn't trust this website, and some others, I'm not providing it my real ...
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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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In which countries can police fingerprint records be destroyed on suspect's demand?

Apparently in Canada: Your fingerprints and photos will be kept as police records. If you're not convicted of the offence, you can ask the police to destroy your fingerprint records and photos. ...
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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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Is it legal to disclose border officers' laziness/slackness?

I went to one of the Canada/US border offices to renew my Canadian work permit. Some officers there were not quite concentrated on their duties, but spent time on chatting/laughing while processing ...
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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 ...
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What is the minimum distance required between a clothes dryer vent and a window?

I tried looking here: http://buildingcode.online/841.html but couldn't find anything related to clothes dryer vent clearance from tenant dwelling openings. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks in ...
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Can a landlord enter common rooms, in a house that is leased individually room by room, without notice?

I live in a large house shared with several roommates. We each have our own lease with the landlord. The landlord has been letting himself into the house frequently with no explanation. I was under ...
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Is there a recorded instance of Canada refusing to enforce a USA court order?

Has there been a case where a Canadian court refused to enforce a court order from the United States?
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What're the drawbacks of uniformising the names of Canada's Superior Provincial Courts?

Source: Introduction to The Study of Law (8 edn, 2016), p. 103 Top. SUPERIOR PROVINCIAL COURTS   The key to the Canadian court system is the superior court of general jurisdiction in each ...
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In Canada and England & Wales, why' 'versus' pronounced as 'and'?

Source: Introduction to The Study of Law (8 edn, 2016), p. 11 Middle. THE LANGUAGE Of LITIGATION   The parties to an ordinary civil action are called the plaintiff and defendant ...
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Opening a daycare near previous employment

Location: Canada, Ontario Background: A friend got a one-year contract to work at a daycare from June 2017 to June 2018, but was let go after working two months. Key things on the employment ...
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I made a software version of a semi-popular board game for free. Is that legal? [duplicate]

All the code is 100% my own - I made it for practice, and to showcase my abilities to potential employers. To facilitate this, I want to release the code open source on GitHub. I credit the game's ...
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Why would I need a section 85 roll over in Canada during incorporation?

I want to incorporate in Canada, and a law student told me I should do a "section 85 roll over" to transfer the cash I want to use to operate my corporation. its not a lot of cash, just 40-50k, but ...
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Can you escape a contract if a business mistreated its other customers?

My dad with severe mental illness bought an airline ticket. The airline then maltreated passengers, which caused him to choose to not fly the return leg. Is the airline obligated to return half of his ...
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Must you stop walking if a police officer wants to talk to you?

I know a person has a right to silence and not to answer an officers questions. But can the officer keep trying to talk to you to prevent you from carrying on your way? Yesterday a police car pulled ...
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Why did s 92(14) (of the Constitution Act, 1867) permit Provincial Superior Courts to adjudicate some matters falling under federal legislative power?

Source: Introduction to Law in Canada (2014). p. 173 Bottom. Superior Courts Like the inferior courts, the superior courts fall into two categories: provincial/territorial and federal. ...
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Is it legal to live on commercial property?

I live in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and I noticed that some commercial properties in town are very affordable. I don't plan on starting a business nor do I plan on trying within this year. I did try ...
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To what extent can a spouse assist in a legal case?

My spouse has been named in a statement of offence by a municipal court. If found guilty, the charge would result in a fine that would ultimately affect us both. I was, in fact, witness to the event (...
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Word for legal counsel/representative

I'm representing my wife in a minor legal case (I'm more comfortable with the formal aspects than she is), but I'd rather avoid describing myself as the husband of the accused. Is there a more formal ...
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Can I build an iPhone app that generates cryptocurrency income without the user's consent or knowledge?

I had an idea of an iPhone app but I'm not sure if the methods are entirely legal, for that reason I thought id come here to ask. Where I live in Canada it can get pretty cold so I had the idea of ...