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Are Ontario municipalities allowed to stop issuing marriage licenses during COVID-19?

Some Ontario cities, such as Waterloo say on their website: "Due to COVID-19, marriage licences will be suspended until further notice." Here is a screenshot, in case the website changes. ...
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Fired for refusing overtime? (Canadian Engineer)

So I'm in a bit of a tricky situation right now, and would like some advice. Here is the relevant background information: I am a salaried employee (engineer in training) based in Ontario, Canada. ...
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As an employee who is paid hourly, how much should be paid to pick up a common supply a any store anytime before shifts?

An employee works at a banquet hall or something similar. Often he is told to pick up ice from a store before work and bring it. He is reimbursed for the ice but not compensated for his time. ...
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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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Bitcoin service regulations

Most governments don't consider Bitcoin to be currency, so it's somewhat of a legal gray zone regarding regulation. I know most exchanges must follow KYC/AML systems because they trade with fiat too, ...
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In a rental, can a landlord remove a person from the lease and return their deposit?

In a rental home, the landlord had everyone sign the same lease agreement. Out of the original 5 tenants, one assigned their room and was returned their damage deposit from the landlord. Another ...
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Quebec language law and "French First" requirement

Suppose I am developing an application for company A which will be used by A's employees worldwide. A has offices in Quebec, Canada. I am aware that local laws exist in Quebec which protect workers ...
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Specific law/regulation about annual report and other shareholder information disclosure in Canada

As I understand it, when you hold shares of a publicly traded company (or ETF) via a broker, the broker is obligated to forward you the relevant investor information from the company (e.g. annual ...
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Is it illegal to buy prescription eyeglasses online in Canada?

(This is not the same question as this one, which is regarding U.S. law.) I recently visited my optometrist, and was informed that I will either need progressive/bifocals, or else two different ...
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When entering into an agreement, is a term stating "you agree not to take legal action against us for damages" enforcable?

I know in settlement agreements there are provisions that basically state: You will not bring further legal action against the company. I guess this shows that a contract can prevent a party from ...
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Tax Responsibility - American Remote Work in Toronto

I'm an American software developer working for an American financial services company that only services American citizens and permanent residents. I am a remote worker who lives and works in Michigan....
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Misleading food labelling

What to do if you were violently ill from a product from a huge establishment that had a lone, large green label on the front of the product saying “vegan”, only to find once consuming, it contained ...
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Am I allowed to gift alcohol to an adult as a minor?

I am thinking about gifting alcohol to my boss as a parting gift. Does any law in Canada prohibit me from doing so?
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If work must be paid in Canada, when/how is volunteer work allowed?

This is a bit of a follow up to Is it legal to work without pay - Canada? When is it legal to do something and not get paid (in Canada)? Where I live volunteer work is common (ranging from helping at ...
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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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Qualifications or exceptions to a requirement to report to a port of entry

Wikipedia's article titled Canada–United States border says this: It is illegal to cross the border outside border controls. Everyone crossing the border must be checked. There appear to be some ...
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Tort of civil conspiracy

In Canada, the tort of civil unlawful conspiracy is laid out as follows: Two or more people acted in concert, by agreement, or with a common design or intention; The co-conspirators engaged in ...
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What is my liability for third-party content I host?

I live in Canada, but my servers are hosted by a third party in the United States. I run a forum-type website, so most content is provided by users. Do I have any liability for illegal content that ...
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Is it legal to bet on other people without their consent?

Is it legal for people of legal gambling age to bet on other people without them consenting to be bet on. For example, can they bet on what grade a certain individual will get on an exam, or on what ...
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United States residents can't preach in Canada?

I have recently been told by someone with a background working in American border patrol that if an American tells a Canadian border patrol agent they're crossing to worship, things will be fine; but ...
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Is information personal if it can only identify a person in concert with other information?

We are a Canadian company outside Quebec with a minority of customers in that province. We are trying to tighten up our compliance with Quebec's Law 25 on Privacy. The law says: Personal information ...
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(Canada/Ontario) Confusion over move out date vs termination of tenancy

As I understand it based on my reading of the Residential Tenancies Act 1. At the end of a lease Landlord and Tenant automatically enter into a month-to-month agreement unless a. The landlord has ...
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If my license plates are thrown to the dumpster, do I need to report them as lost?

I lived in three provinces in Canada and kept the license plates that I had in all of them for personal collection purposes. Then I moved to France, leaving some of my things at a friend's (or so I ...
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Can a civil action started under Ontario's Simplified Procedure be moved to Small Claims Court?

Under Ontario law, is it possible for a plaintiff bringing a wrongful dismissal civil action to change venues some time after pleadings have been filed, but before the action has been set down for ...
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Is it illegal to say the police won't help?

This is a silly question but is it illegal to threaten someone that the police would not come if they were called? My ex-landlord threatened to remove my belongings. I said I would have to call the ...
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Is giving money to a foreign government illegal?

If somebody who was a citizen from one country decided to send a gift to the government/etc. of another country, would that be against the law somehow? Suspicious? Bad for the person? Say Tom is a ...
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Financial responsibilities for Custodian of (minor) international student

hoping this question is in scope here. Ok, first some background. Canada, Ontario. Toronto area if it matters. My wife and I have decided to act as a Homestay guardian/custodian for an ...
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Is it legal for a Canadian airline to alter the price of a multi-flight booking after the initial payment and confirmation?

Suppose a customer in the UK books multiple flights with a Canadian airline via telephone. Say the flights include: - Flights from the UK to Canada - Flights from the USA to Canada - Flights from ...
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Can Canadians who are professional actors come to the U.S. for pleasure (non-work)?

My friend is a Canadian actress (who I also represent) and she was just wondering if it's possible that she can come to the U.S. like any other Canadian might for "pleasure" or the usual 6-month stay ...
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How much to sue for something intangible not being met

In BC there is a right to Quiet Enjoyment which is at least partly the responsibility of the landlord. If a tenant was forced to move out due to Quiet Enjoyment not being fulfilled, how much would ...
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Forfeiture/Expiration of refund amount after service termination

Is it legal for a company (ISP) to give a customer "only" a few months to claim a credit/refund/negative balance on the closed account / terminated service ? Or are companies required to ...
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There was a bomb threat at my building and they didn't tell us about it and forced us to stay where we were

I had worked for the federal government in a building they owned. On a couple occasions all the doors leading to different floors where closed and locked. We were told to stay in our offices. I latter ...
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How to deal with identity in a new country established using short name?

What would be the simplest or cheapest way to fix/avoid an issue caused by an immigrant who established their identity documents using their short name (eg. Tim) instead of the name on their birth ...
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In Canada, is it possible to discontinue an civil action against only one of the defendants?

In a Civil matter where multiple defendants are involved, is it possible to discontinue the case against only one of the defendants, after the pleadings are closed ? if it is possible, then is a ...
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The difference between the fair market value of the donated item and the amount of an advantage, if any, is the qualifying amount of a gift

What does "the amount of an advantage" refer to in "the difference between the fair market value of the donated item and the amount of an advantage, if any, is the qualifying amount of ...
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Is it legal to open a company in Canada whose primary commercial activity is stock trading?

Is it possible for an individual in Canada to open a company whose primary activity is trading stocks? That is, a person trades stocks under the name of the company they open. Is it legal to do so?
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British Columbia - Pros and Cons of Joint Tenancy/Bare Trust of Private Property

What are the pros and, especially, cons of becoming a joint tenant and bare trustee of a private property in British Columbia? I keep finding articles on the pros, but not too much on the cons.
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Updated: (Oct 2. 2022) Is it possible to enter Canada unvaccinated?

This is an update to this question I asked some weeks ago. From what I read in the news Canada has changed its border requirnments. Is it now possible to leave and enter Canada unvaccinated?
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Is it possible to receive no pay because all the money goes to union fees?

A bit of a follow up to Union fees were deducted but was never told there was a union If someone works for an employer for a very short time (for example 1 or 2 hours) is it possible to receive a net ...
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What rights do landlords in Ontario have regarding prompt delivery of Preliminary Notice for Annual General Meeting

I live in Toronto, Ontario. Our condo's AGM is to be held on February 10, 2022 this year, and the deadline for nominating directors and submitting questions is Jan 10, 2022. However, although the ...
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can I sign an unlimited contract with a company in Vancouver, BC,and continue working remotely for a foreign firm as a contractor?

I'm an Indian national working in NZ as a contractor at the moment. I've been offered an "unlimited contract" by a Vancouver, BC, Canada based firm which I've signed. The work permit is on ...
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Can the buyer's salesperson receive commission directly from a private seller?

Imagine a private seller wants to save money by not hiring an agent, but is willing to pay some amount to a potential buyer's agent to seal the deal. In the described situation can the buyer's ...
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Product use documentation and company customer service info conflict, which info is the company liable for?

In Canada (Ontario) a customer buys a product manufactured by company A. One of the components of the product is produced by a third party (company B) and has a label stating the limitations of this ...
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What steps must an employer take to keep health information confidential?

I asked this on workplace but perhaps it's a better fit here. With my job we are required to get COVID testing frequently. They normally hire different labs to do the testing so each time there's some ...
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Can Someone Else's Patent Affect My Copyright?

In Canada, if I hold copyright on a program's code but not a patent on what it does, and someone else patents "what it does", how would this affect my copyright? Lets assume this person did not learn "...
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Advantages and disadvantages to claiming Canadian citizenship

I'm considering looking into whether I can claim Canadian citizenship because my father was born in Manitoba. (I was born in North Dakota, not very far from Manitoba.) What would be the advantages ...
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Must employer give 2 weeks work if work is shift work and employee gave notice

I work for a company that periodically asks employees what their availability is and assigns shifts based on that. The calendar with the shift information is about at it's end and a new one hasn't ...
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Can I obtain British/Swedish citizenship via grandparents?

Grandfather was Swedish, grandmother was British. They moved to Canada and got married in Canada and had my Dad. They divorced and grandmother moved back to UK. Unfortunately my own deceased parents ...
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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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Is it legal for a school to ask students to scan their signature and send it?

We are about 40 students at the end of college in Quebec, Canada and we are about to have an internship for our last semester. During our meeting today, the teachers talked about lots of things ...
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