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Licensing Requirements for Private Cannabis Retail Stores

On October 17, 2018, the Ontario government passed Bill 36 - the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018. Among other things, the new legislation enacted the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018, which regulates the licensing, operations, and oversight of private cannabis retailers in Ontario.

At this time, recreational cannabis can only be purchased online from the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation. However, as of April 1, 2019, recreational cannabis will be sold at physical stores in municipalities across Ontario (with the exception of municipalities which decide to opt out of permitting brick-and-mortar stores).

Does the "polluter pays" principle hold up? - Roxie Graystone speaks to Law Times

The "polluter pays" principle states that the party who caused the contamination should be held responsible to pay for the costs of that contamination. It is one of the foundational principles of environmental law in Canada. However, there are other principles at work in Canada's environmental law regime and a recent Ontario case is an implicit recognition of those principles.

New Build Condo Closing Costs: Tarion And Utilities

For our final post in our series on closing costs for new build condos, we will take a look at more complex costs that are payable upon closing. In previous weeks, we looked at the down payment and legal fees, as well as applicable taxes. This week we'll look at Tarion, development charges and utilities.

As listed on the New In Homes website, additional closing costs also include fees for warranties (called a Tarion), development charges and setting up your gas and hydro within the unit. These fees can vary depending on where in Ontario you have purchased your unit, and the exact size and build of the condominium.

The complex process of buying a business

If you are an entrepreneur at heart, chances are you have been waiting for the right opportunity to come along. The thought of buying a business may be intimidating, but it can also be exhilarating when you are ready to take the big step. Before you invest what is likely a sacrificial amount of money, you may want some tips for finding just the right business to suit you.

It is not enough to purchase the first Ottawa business that becomes available or to search in one particular neighbourhood. There are numerous factors that can combine to improve the chances of success for your new venture.

New Build Condo Closing Costs: Don't Forget The Taxes

One way to help facilitate a smooth closing after you have purchased a condo is to budget for the closing costs. Every closing as specific expenses that relate to the purchase of the property, including applicable taxes and legal fees.

Last week, we looked at the down payment and legal expenses. This week, we will examine the taxes you are required to pay upon closing.

New Build Condo Closing Costs: Legal Fees And Status Certificates

When you first purchase a new build home, it can be both an exciting and confusing time. For condominiums, it can be even more so, especially when it comes to closing costs. There are several different fees and expenses to settle when closing a condo deal.

While the costs will be different depending on the specific property, we've summarized some of the most common closing costs here for you, and will look at more in future weeks. While not a complete list, it should help you understand some of the costs that will be included in your final payments upon closing.

Condo Ownership: What Are Occupancy Fees?

In a nutshell, occupancy fees are paid to the builder when you move into a new condo before construction is completed. It's possible to have people start moving into finished units of a condominium while other parts of the building are still being worked on.

Buying A Home: Backing Out Of A Purchase

For most residential real estate purchases - both houses and condos - there is a grace period where you may retract your offer before it is accepted. But once that offer is accepted - barring any conditions that are not met - the deal is generally done.

However, a recent article highlights a problem for buyers who are trying to get out of their purchase and sale agreements. They are discovering that if they don't have the money to complete the transaction, backing out of an agreement can have expensive consequences.

Majority Of Home Sales Driven By Older Individuals

There has been a noticeable decline in mortgage activity amongst Canadians. Generally speaking, younger individuals - ages 38 and younger - seem to be struggling to break into the residential real estate market. While overall home sales have been down year after year, the areas that have seen activity are from individuals aged 54 and higher.

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