ACMO and CCI Ottawa have teamed up for a one-day Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa on Friday, May 31st, 2013. The conference brings industry experts, from the legal sector, management companies, trades and developers together to discuss timely and relevant issues geared to condominium property managers, Boards of Directors and home owners. Our Rod Escayola is a featured speaker on the topic of Directors Personal Liability. For registration and conference information click here.
The recording of the Condo Group Seminar "It's Raining Cats and Dogs is available online for streaming. Click here to watch it.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend our recent seminar, “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Everything a Condominium Corporation Needs to Know about Pets”. We were overwhelmed with positive comments and are pleased that so many of you found it to be interesting and informative. We know of at least one pet who showed a keen interest in our presentation – take a look at the photo below of our furry friend Athena.
On October 3rd, 2012, the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) will be hosting a Battle of the Proxies webinar for its members, featuring Heenan Blaikie’s Denise Lash, Jason Rivait, Rodrigue Escayola and Shawn Pulver as presenters.
We were unable to respond to all of the on-line questions submitted at our Battle of the Proxies Seminar. Here are those questions and our answers.
Q: What about proxies that come in after the mentioned deadline time?
A: The Act is silent on this question and there are different schools of thought on this. On the one hand, many corporations accept proxies up until the time of voting. Other corporations refuse to accept proxies submitted after the deadline for registration.
Q: When speaking about arrears for 30 days or more. Does this include any amount, i.e. $30 outstanding?
A: The amount is not relevant. Section 49 of the Act states that an owner is not entitled to vote if any contributions have been in arrears for 30 days or more at the date of the meeting.
Q: What if the proxy is another unit owner that is in arrears? Is the proxy still able to vote on behalf of the unit owner?
A: The entitlement to vote and to appoint a proxy is dependent on the owner’s right to vote. As the proxyholder is the agent for the owner, it does not matter if the proxyholder is not entitled to vote on his/her own behalf.
Q: If a proxy holder signs in and the proxy is signed, but no names (for election) ticked, then you can ask them to tick the director(s) they want to vote for? The owner has authorized them to vote on their behalf -- is this correct?
A: Definitely not! The proxyholder cannot tick off the directors' names. The owner authorizes the proxyholder to vote on the owner’s behalf for directors selected by the owner.
The recording of the Condo Group Seminar is available online for streaming. Click here to watch it.
On November 4th and 5th, the Canadian Condominium Institute - Toronto Branch and the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario held their annual joint conference. The conference was well attended by property managers, condominium lawyers, board members, real estate agents, service providers and other professionals. Sessions covered important topics such as contracts and tendering, legal updates, refurbishments, utility issues and managing insurance. One particularly timely session discussed the detection and prevention of fraud in condominiums and included a panel discussion of accountants, a property manager and condominium lawyer.
On April 21st, 2011, Heenan Blaikie hosted its third annual Earth Week Event to discuss and share ideas with some of Canada's leading experts on climate and energy issues. Members of our Climate, Cleantech and Sustainability group conducted seminars to discuss a range of issues, including "Green Marketing & Advertising: Digging into the Detail;" "Carbon and Cleantech Developments;" "Real Life After Building or Retrofitting 'Green;'" and "Successful Business Strategies for Two Converging Infrastructure Crises: Energy & Water."
Heenan Blaikie’s Toronto office has created a website for this event and visitors can view the keynote panel speeches, the Green Marketing & Advertising Workshop, and get more information on the speakers.
For more information on this event, please contact Wendy Reed at email@example.com
Heenan Blaikie’s Rodrigue Escayola will be one of the Ottawa – based condominium lawyers that will review some of the most recent condominium Court cases, and discuss their implications for condominium managers and directors during a luncheon hosted by the Association of Condo Managers of Ontario.
Date: September 23, 2011
Location: Hampton Inn Ottawa & Conference Centre
The presenters also include:
- Christy Allen, Nelligan O’Brien Payne
- Nancy Houle, Nelligan O’Brien Payne
- John Peart, Nelligan O’Brien Payne
Moderated by James Davidson, Nelligan O’Brien Payne
Attendees will be able to earn 2 credits towards the Law Society of Upper Canada Continuing Education Credit Programme. This event is complimentary for ACMO Members and Guests.
Please register online using the ACMO registration form.
On Friday May 13th, the Condo Reporter’s Rodrigue Escayola will present at the 17th Annual East Region Solicitors Conference on compliance orders and what steps condominium corporations can take to evict and force an owner to sell when the owner does not comply with the Act, the declaration, the by-laws or rules. His presentation and article, “Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbour” is centered on the Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 747 v. Korolekh, 2010 ONSC 4448 case, that Heenan Blaikie’s Ryan Treleaven previously wrote about here and on the more recent case of Waterloo North Condominium No. 168 v. Webb.
The conference, the most important and influential legal conference for Solicitors in Eastern Ontario, is organized by the County of Carleton Law Association and will be held in Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello in Montebello, Quebec, on Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th.
Heenan Blaikie is Building: A Construction Business Seminar – November 24, 2010 – Toronto
In this half day seminar, lawyers from various Heenan Blaikie practice groups will give you the information you need to know on the latest developments affecting your construction properties. You will hear presentations from our Litigation, Condo, Intellectual Property, Business Law and Labour & Employment groups that will help you answer the following questions:
► Why should you take your construction contracts seriously?
► What are the latest trends in procurement law?
► Who actually owns your project’s design?
► What should you do in response to a workplace accident?
► What do you need to know about construction liens?
► How can you prepare for (and avoid) construction claims?
Online by November 17, 2010, at events.heenan.ca/2010-11-24.htm
Phone: 416 643.6831
Date: Wednesday November 24, 2010
Time: 8:15 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Location: Heenan Blaikie LLP
Bay Adelaide Centre
333 Bay Street, 29th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2T4
This seminar is complimentary for friends and clients of the firm, and will be made available by Webex and Teleconference upon request.
Space is limited.
PM Expo - December 1-3, 2010 - Toronto: Geza Banfai, a partner in Heenan Blaikie’s Infrastructure & Construction Litigation practice group and Denise Lash, a partner in Heenan Blaikies Real Estate practice group, will speak at the upcoming PM Expo (The Property Management Exposition and Conference).Geza will speak on the topic of “Construction Law Review: An Update on Contracts, Risk Management, and Code & Regulatory Challenges” and Denise will speak on “Legal Issues for Condominiums: ‘What you don't know can hurt you’”. For more information, please visit pmexpo.com.
HB in the News
Howard Krupat, a partner in Heenan Blaikie’s Infrastructure & Construction Litigation practice group is quoted in an article entitled "Unanticipated site conditions can lead to delays, legal action", appearing in the November 4, 2010 issue of the Daily Commercial News.
Denise Lash wrote an article entitled “Welcoming input brings welcome results” in the October 2010 issue of Condo Business magazine.