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In Québec, are restaurants legally required to provide free potable water upon request?

In the province of Québec, are restaurants legally required to provide free potable water upon request? If so, what is the name/article of this law?
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Is it legal for an employer to charge an employee for lost equipment?

I work for a hospital in Alberta, Canada. As part of our job, we're required to use a walkie-talkie-like device called a Vocera Badge. Over the course of the last few years that we've been using them,...
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Is downloading copyrighted music for private use legal in Canada?

In 2003, the Copyright Board of Canada released this opinion. They held that downloading a music file for private use was okay, no matter the source: There is no requirement in Part VIII that ...
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What law requires Canadian and South African citizens to do a mathematical skill test when winning promotional gifts?

In the terms and conditions of a keysight promotion to win an oscilloscope, I stumbled over the following sentence: In accordance with local laws, if the selected entrant is a Canadian or South ...
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Is downloading a torrent chunk copyright infringement?

A torrent works by breaking a file into small chunks, each of which can be shared between peers. This speeds up downloads because peer A could be sharing chunk 1 with you while peer B could be sharing ...
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Do you have to obey English-only traffic signs in Toronto?

Canada is bilingual, yet some major metros like the Greater Toronto Area have all of their traffic signs in English only, without a French duplicate. Is this legal or not? Do you have to respect ...
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Can my accountant bill me for previous work he agreed to perform for free?

Context I can provide more context to the story (question), but I also want to keep it short. I have been paying my accountant for helping with my corporate taxes for the last 4 years in Toronto. I ...
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Can a landlord refuse to give a receipt for rent payment?

Is it legal for a business to refuse to give you a receipt when you pay them? For example a property management company refused to give someone a receipt for rent because they had not yet signed a ...
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Lawyer made a key decision without consulting me. Is this normal?

While this case is happening to a relative of mine rather than myself, I will speak in first person for the sake of simplicity. I had a medical procedure performed by a licensed doctor (Dr. A). This ...
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Are Captcha solver farms illegal?

Let say that captcha is a picture that prevents automated programs to do a certain task. Now imagine that we have a service in which some people works to solve some captchas. These captchas are sent ...
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Is it legal to export open-source cryptographic software from Canada

I'm an independent software developer who has developed a program that links to the OpenSSL libraries for the purpose of allowing users to decrypt, filter and re-encrypt secure content. For example, ...
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R. v. Ojibway: impact of the “pony bird” on case law?

In Regina v. Ojibway (8 Criminal Law Quarterly 137 (1965-66)), a Canadian case, a member of the First Nations of Canada had relieved a wounded pony of his suffering by gunshot and was accused pursuant ...
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What rights do travellers have against unreasonable customs officers?

I ask or worry not about the standard questions required during customs, such as a traveller's basic personal information, purposes of travel, etc... However, what if a traveller fears for his privacy,...
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Is there one body of common law?

I'm a bit confused by the usage of the phrase "common law" on this site. The Wikipedia article initially describes it as an abstract concept. The first paragraph reads: Common law (also known as ...
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Why is court approval necessary to liquidate?

I found this article in the news, claiming that Sears Canada will ask court for permission to liquidate all remaining stores. I can't see why approval would be necessary. Why would it be illegal to ...
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In USA, does private property go right up to the international border?

I was out hunting with a friend yesterday, and the land we were on borders Montana. We were keeping on the North side of the barb-wire fence we assumed was the border, but then we found one of the ...
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Is it legal to download movies in Canada?

For years Canada has been known as a Pirates safe haven, but copyright in Canada has been going under huge reform for the past few years, and it's been hard to keep up with all the changes. With the ...
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Why are “no pet” clauses allowed in leases?

Why are "no pet" clauses legal in the US but not in Toronto? At least according to this site, in Toronto you can't disallow pets. I started thinking of it and its actually a little absurd. Trying ...
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Stealing or obtaining ownership by fraud?

Scenario: John Doe goes to a car dealership and arranges to buy a car. He pays with a personal check, and the dealership accepts payment and signs over ownership to Mr. Doe. Mr. Doe goes a few ...
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Are U.S. employers subject to Canadian employment law if they hire a Canadian to work remotely?

Hypothetical Facts U.S. company ("A") hires Canadian worker ("B") to work as an unpaid intern. B never physically leaves Canada and does all her work by telephone, computer and internet. A has a ...
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Do commission only employees need to be paid vacation pay?

Note: I'm making this company as if it were located in Ontario, Canada. So all the proper rules and regulations of that region would apply to this company. I'm currently using the software Quickbooks ...
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Is it illegal to put a license plate from another province on the front of your vehicle in Alberta?

In Alberta you are only required to have one plate on the rear of your vehicle. However, many people will put a decorative plate on the front, just for fun, usually a flag, or a sports team, but you ...
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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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What can I do about an ex-landlord “trash talking” me on Facebook?

I had lived in a shared rental house with 4 other tenants. Problems arose when the landlord wanted me to move out early despite what the lease said. He got the other tenants to bug me until I agreed, ...
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So… is prostitution in Canada legal or not?

I'm confused, is prostitution in Canada legal or not? I've been looking, but have up till now only gotten mixed messages when it comes to it's legality; just a jumble of legislative actions, court ...
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Can you drive without licence plates all across America?

There was a well-known controversy about the late Steve Jobs, who never had any number plates affixed to his AMG, supposedly still being in full compliance with California law, by supposedly leasing a ...
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My parents purchased a condo under my name, can they legally take the condo back?

I live in Ontario, Canada. Due to conflict with my parents, they are claiming that by law they can force me to give back the condo to them (or repay them the amount of the purchase) since they paid ...
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What is considered “public” in the context of taking videos or audio recordings?

According to the answers in this question it's legal to photograph someone in public without their consent. I'm assuming the answers still hold true for video or audio recording (such as what can be ...
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If a tenant moves in without a signed lease, must the landlord go through the eviction process to remove them?

I know some landlords don't require tenants to sign anything (no lease). So what is the minimum necessary for a tenant not to be charged with breaking and entering (or unlawfully living in the home) ...
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What types of “discrimination” are illegal?

I once took a psychology course where the professor pointed out that the word "discrimination" can be more broad than the way it is generally used. For example, it can be considered discrimination ...
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60 days tenant notice in Ontario

I've rented an apartment for 1 year, now I already lived here for 11 month and I have one more month left. I called my landlord yesterday to give a 60 days notice and said that I will be moving out ...
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Is it legal to work without pay - Canada?

I have heard it can be illegal to work without pay. Under what circumstances is this true? I could see why it would be illegal for certain things (like a police officer not getting paid), but what ...
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When can doctors share information without a patient's explicit consent?

I'm curious about patient confidentiality, in non-emergency situations. When and who can a doctor disclose medical information about a patient to, and when do they need consent? At the university I ...
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I'm a Canadian Citizen and want to marry an American Citizen, but still live in Canada

I'm just wondering if I am able to marry an American citizen if I'm Canadian, and still reside in Canada, while he will still reside in USA. We are not able to move abroad for probably a few years, at ...
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Legal Backups: Can copies of other owners' backups be used?

Many legal systems protect the rights of legal owners of copies (of copyrighted works) to backup these copies. If I own a DVD or a book, I can* rip that DVD and scan that book to a PDF. But what if ...
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Difference between subletting, assigning and subleasing?

When a person signs something agreeing to rent a space for a given amount of time, what's the difference between the person subletting, assigning and subleasing the space? One particular thing I'm ...
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Must doctors and other medical practicioners give treatments based on science? [closed]

I went to see a counsellor at my university and he said he wanted to do dream interpretation with me. After talking to other doctors and google searching, I found dream interpretation is complete ...
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Who regulates wireless radio communication in North America and Europe?

Wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi, cellular 4G networks and satellite communication are all radio-based under the hood. Meaning that they all send and receive radio signals, inside of regulated ...
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Can FedEx bill the recipient of a package for a “Clearance Entry Fee”, without consent?

Some time ago, I received an unsolicited birthday gift from a relative as an international package via FedEx (USA to Canada). Then, several days later, FedEx mailed me an invoice for a "Clearance ...
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Why is the Queen of Canada known as Elizabeth II?

The regnal numbers of the monarchy of the United Kingdom are combined from the regnal numbers of the separate kingdoms of England and Scotland. Hence, as there was a previous Queen Elizabeth in ...
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Sexting and age

This question is about sexting (a person sending a sexually explicit image of themself to a recipient by electronic means). When can the recipient get in trouble with the law if the person sending ...
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Employer Tuition Repayment

1 year ago, I accepted a new job with an education budget included. I turned down their initial job offer. When they asked if there was anything that could entice me to reconsider, I countered with ...
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I am a dual Canadian/US citizen residing in Canada; can I vote in US/Canadian federal elections?

I am a dual Canadian/US citizen currently residing in Canada. Can I vote in both the Canadian and American federal elections? Can I vote in the primaries for my party? Am I allowed to cast votes for ...
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Can parents throw out belongings you have kept in their house?

I moved away for school when I was 19. At the time, I was living in my parents' house and left most of my possessions. While I was away for school, my parent's got divorced. I'm not clear on the ...
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Can a party demand you not record their phone call?

To my understanding call recording is legal in Canada, even if the other person isn't aware of it. I am going through arbitration, and someone I spoke with said "there is to be no recording of this or ...
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Copyright infringement in paid course

An art instructor who charges for his courses is using one of my photographs in his class. All the students including himself have painted the photograph and he has posted his painting on his site. I ...
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Could the Holocaust legally happen in modern day Canada?

I was thinking about the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and it seems that it has the disturbing implication that allows arbitrarily bad abuses of government ...
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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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When can someone who's not a police officer use physical force?

When can a civilian use physical force on someone? Are there any other times besides in self defence? Is it legal to use physical force in the event of an emergency, for example if you shove someone ...
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Are you entitled to a copy of your employment background check?

In Ontario, Canada, are you entitled to a copy of your employment background check? Does it matter of you were offered the job or not? Is there a time limit? Background check consists of reference ...

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