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

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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 ...
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What does the phrase “…is well founded in fact and in law” mean?

I have a basic question that stems purely from curiosity. It might be important to mention that I am not a lawyer nor a student of law. I have read multiple pleadings in which some of them end with a ...
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Is British Columbia violating the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic by requiring foreign drivers to exchange their license within three months?

According to the 1949 Geneva Convention citizens of any country that signed the agreement are able to drive in any other country for up to one year with an international driving permit: No ...
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Can you own copyrights to dance moves or choreography?

So there's this thing called High Fitness. It's a company that makes money off of choreographing exercise routines to popular music, and sells the choreography. It's essentially Zumba but less dancey ...
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Offering Non-Business Free WiFi - Legal Considerations?

Ontario, Canada. I'd like to operate an open, free WiFi hotspot for public consumption, not associated with any business. Per Wikipedia : In Canadian law, unauthorized access is addressed the ...
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Is it illegal to impersonate a Provincial Securities Commission agent in Canada?

I had a situation were an old co-worker tried to stir up some trouble by impersonating an Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) agent. We have evidence that he did this, but nobody really seems to care. ...
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When can jobs discriminate against a protected class?

In Canada the Human Rights Act protects against discrimination relating to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability ...
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Do I have to notify the other party of changes I made to the contract before signing it?

Short version: I have received a final release form for a vehicle write-off payment from an insurance company and need to sign it and send it back. It's just a pdf form with my name and such filled in,...
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I’m a music producer called FrostedFlake — will Kellogg’s sue me? [duplicate]

My friend has been making music under the pseudonym FrostedFlake for many years now. He wants to make it ‘official’ and try and sell his music. He is worried that Kelloggs would sue him if he ...
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Can an employer legally confiscate property that they suspect to be illegal?

Some time ago (2017), an employee brought a bag of what was presumed to be cocaine to their private sector workplace located in Alberta, Canada. The employer demanded the employee hand the item over (...
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Recover fees associated with car being impounded

In British Columbia, there is an excessive speeding law where you get a ticket and your car is automatically impounded for 7 days. If you dispute the ticket and win, you do not pay the ticket but you ...
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Who should pay damages when a person gets injured in two car crashes in two weeks?

I was at fault in a minor car accident and the other driver was already injured (after another crash, 1-2 weeks before my accident). Who is responsible for paying the hospital costs of the other ...
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Rights and licensing of joint works in Canada

In researching copyright laws relating to works of joint authorship, I came across this McMillan article. While the situation is clearer in the US and UK, the article discusses how in Canada, absent ...
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What law makes watching pirated movies illegal?

I understand that distribution of copyrighted content is illegal, but have always thought that receiving that content was legal. However, I recently read a news article stating that people streaming ...
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The process of a direct appeal?

How does a "direct appeal" work? My understanding is that a direct appeal happens when the defendant, now called an appellant, appeals to a higher court or the highest court in the State, to override ...
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How to proceed when there is no will/last testament?

The Situation: My best friend's mother (Grace) passed away on Monday. Grace told her sister Hope and her son that she had a will. We cannot locate it (at home, not filed with lawyer or the city). We ...
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Can a claim be estopped by Cause of Action estoppel, but not Issue Estoppel?

Stewart Hey, Partner, solicitors' firm Charles Russell Speechlys states the converse as possible: Issue estoppel only applies when an issue has been decided. A default judgment creates a cause of ...
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When does a landlord-tenant relationship form?

When specifically is a landlord-tenant relationship formed? I know in some provinces a house is sold at the very moment the buyer shakes hands with the seller (though this is hard to prove, hence the ...
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How does computer privacy law apply in Canada when program reports who's using it?

If someone is hired to make a program for someone else, of course they don't need a EULA (end user license agreement) when they give the program to them as they are the owner. Is it possible for the ...
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Spurious Liens by an attorney in BC, Canada

What are the consequences to an attorney in the Canadian legal system, who files spurious liens on behalf of her client, who doesn't have an ownership of the property, the lien is not agreed to by the ...