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On the Radar - Greater powers for the Landlord and Tenant Board could have major effect on tenants
September 8, 2021
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Tenants in Ontario are facing new rules that may seriously affect their rights and responsibilities. These changes to the Residential Tenancies Act became law on September 1.

This month's On the Radar looks at 2 of the more significant new rules. Landlords can now apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB):

  • after a tenant has moved out, and
  • when a tenant does not pay for utilities that they're responsible for.

There's a summary of all the key changes in the backgrounder from the LTB.

On the Radar - More changes to family law
August 10, 2021
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In March this year, the government made several important changes to family law procedures. There are more changes taking effect in August and September. The 2 main ones allow:

  • judges to combine case and settlement conferences if separating partners have tried mediation and meet other conditions
  • financial statements to be updated less often

This month's On the Radar looks at these changes.

On the Radar - Air conditioners: A hot topic for tenants and landlords
July 7, 2021
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As summer heats up, it's a good time for tenants to pull out their leases and review the rules about air conditioners.

This month's On the Radar looks at the different ways air conditioning can be handled in a lease.

On the Radar - Protecting older adults from abuse
June 10, 2021
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June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This month's On the Radar gives an overview of elder abuse and highlights some of the steps older adults and their families can take to protect their rights.

On the Radar - Access to vaccines and new ways to get permanent resident status
May 5, 2021
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This month's On the Radar looks at two important updates to immigration and refugee law. These are:

  • access to COVID-19 vaccinations for people without health coverage and people without immigration status
  • a new federal government pathway to permanent resident status for some essential workers and international students that starts May 6, 2021
On the Radar - Changes to tenants' rights continue during the pandemic
April 1, 2021
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The fast pace of change to housing laws and processes at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) continues into 2021. This month's On the Radar looks at 3 noteworthy changes:

  • the end of the second eviction freeze
  • a different video conferencing tool for the LTB's online hearings
  • a new rule that forces people to accept the first rent-geared-to-income (RGI) unit they're offered
On the Radar - Changes to family law
March 8, 2021
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On March 1, 2021, several changes to family law took effect. Besides revising parenting terms and defining family violence, the changes say:

  • partners must think about using an alternative dispute resolution process or family dispute resolution process to resolve their issues out of court
  • courts must consider the more detailed best interests of the child test
  • parents with a court order about parenting must usually give notice before they move or relocate with their child

Ontario's family court forms have been revised to reflect these changes. People going to court must use the new forms as of March 1. Old forms won't be accepted after this date. CLEO's Family Law Guided Pathways can be used to complete the new family court forms.

This month's On the Radar looks at some of these changes.

Updated information on family law
March 4, 2021
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Updated information on family law

Steps to Justice's family law content and CLEO's Guided Pathways have been updated to reflect changes that took effect on March 1, 2021. The changes include:

Steps in a Family Law Case and CLEO's family print series have also been updated.

This month's On the Radar (coming this week) will have more information about the changes.

New information on Powers of Attorney
March 2, 2021
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Steps to Justice now has information about Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care, including:

  • why it's important to have one
  • how to make one
  • how to change or cancel one
  • the role of an attorney
New and Revised CLEO Publications
February 18, 2021
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CLEO has 3 new publications on Indigenous rights with information about:

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