Did you pay too much in property taxes in 2013? Were your 2013
property taxes higher than you expected or wanted? Did your 2013
taxes increase by more than the percentage increase in the
municipality's budget? Were there vacancies in your building
during 2013? Do you wonder if maybe some or all of your property
should be exempt from property taxation?
On October 24, 2013, the Ontario Provincial Government announced
that it would review the land use planning approval system in
Ontario, including the role of the OMB. This announcement also
stated that the province will review the Development Charges
This announcement comes in the context of increasing political
attacks against the OMB. The OMB is charged with making decisions
in complicated land use planning disputes. The result is that the
Board is frequently criticized heavily for its decisions, in what
are often politically volatile matters. In many of these volatile
matters, regardless of the outcome, the OMB will be the subject of
The City of Toronto is in the process of dramatically
changing how its "Employment" lands are
treated. Employment lands are lands which have previously
been called "industrial" and include lands where
manufacturing, offices, some retail uses, warehousing/distribution
and some institutions, like places of worship and schools, have
located. Both the City and Province believe that Employment
Lands need be protected to ensure the City's continued economic
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment published on October 21,
2013 a new noise guideline which consolidates and replaces the
previous guidelines dealing with both land use planning and the
approval of industrial and commercial facilities. A draft of the
guideline, "Environmental Noise Guideline – Stationary
and Transportation Sources – Approval and Planning:
Publication NPC-300" ("NPC-300"), was first
published by the Ministry in November 2010. After a
three-year consultation and consideration process, NPC-300 has been
revised, released and is now applicable.
Appellant Europe Cosmétiques Inc. and Respondent
Locations Le Carrefour Laval inc., owner of a mall, signed
a Letter of Intent for the rental of a two-story commercial
building. Under the Letter of Intent, Appellant agreed to partake
in the construction of a medical spa that would be considered as an
extension of the mall. Through its real estate broker, Appellant
waived the financing condition stipulated in the Letter of
After the completion of the works, the parties negotiated a
Lease Agreement, the signature of which was delayed by the fact
that Appellant had not yet received its financing. After a
substantial waiting time, Respondent brought an action against
Appellant for damages and breach of the Letter of Intent.
The prospect of an internal investigation raises many thorny issues. This presentation will canvass some of the potential triggering events, and discuss how to structure an investigation, retain forensic assistance and manage the inevitable ethical issues that will arise.
From the boardroom to the shop floor, effective organizations recognize the value of having a diverse workplace. This presentation will explore effective strategies to promote diversity, defeat bias and encourage a broader community outlook.
Staying local but going global presents its challenges. Gowling WLG lawyers offer an international roundtable on doing business in the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia. This three-hour session will videoconference in lawyers from around the world to discuss business and intellectual property hurdles.
Russell v. Township of Georgian Bay provides a useful reminder of the fact that while municipal officials sometimes appear to hold all of the cards in disputes with home owners, that is not always the case.
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