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Act Now Legal Services Is Giving Back To The Community!

Act Now Legal Services is now donating $1.00 from every Notary appointment to a selected charity every month.

Charities include: Christmas Cheer, Rainbows for all Children Canada, The Woman's and Children Shelter of Barrie, Bridget's Bunnies...

Drinking and Boating

Did you know that operating a boat while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol in Canada is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada?

Yup, similarly to drinking and driving a vehicle, drinking and operating a boat will also lead to some major penalties including fines and imprisonment!

In fact, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation defines impaired driving as follows:

“Impaired driving means operating a vehicle (including cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles) while your ability to do so has been compromised to any degree by consuming alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two.”

— Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Currency Act

Under Canada’s Currency Act of 1985, there are limits to how many coins can be used in a single transaction. Merchants can refuse your money if you try to buy something with more than $5 in nickels, $25 in loonies or $40 in toonies.

Dog Owners Liability Act

The owner of a dog is liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack by the dog on another person or domestic animal.

Proceedings against the

owner of the dog

A proceeding may be commenced in the Ontario Court of Justice against an owner of a dog if it is alleged that,

(a) the dog has bitten or attacked a person or domestic animal;

(b) the dog has behaved in a manner that poses a menace to the safety of persons or domestic animals; or

(c) the owner did not exercise reasonable precautions to prevent the dog from,

(i) biting or attacking a person or domestic animal, or

(ii) behaving in a manner that poses a menace to the safety of persons or domestic animals.

Legalizing Pot in Ontario

1. The legal age to buy recreational cannabis will remain 19.

2. Consumers will only be allowed to use legalized pot in a private residence, including the outdoor space of the home.

3. As of October 17, 2018, the Ontario Cannabis Store website will be the only legal option for purchasing recreational cannabis.

4. The province says a "tightly regulated" private retail model will start operation by April 1, 2019, and municipalities can opt-out of hosting any pot shops within their boundaries.

Distracted Driving

Starting January 1, 2019, the fines and penalties for distracted driving in Ontario are increasing. First-time offenders will see a fine increase up to $1000.00, three demerit points and a three-day license suspension.

Repeat offenders can receive a fine of up to $3000.00, six demerit points and a thirty-day license suspension for third-time convictions.

Apple Watch

An Apple Watch is considered a hand-held device in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act.

If you are caught looking at your watch while driving you can face the same penalties as distracted driving.

Zero Tolerance Rule

Drivers age 21 or under and novice drivers of any age (with G1, G2, M1, or M2 licenses) must not have any presence of alcohol in their blood when behind the wheel. This is commonly referred to as the “zero BAC” or “zero tolerance” rule.


Pursuant to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code, depending on the severity of the crime, the punishment for shoplifting (theft under $5,000) is a summary offence with a maximum penalty of a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017

You cannot smoke or vape within 9 meters of any entrance or exit of a public or private hospital, psychiatric facility, long-term care home or independent health facility.

What Constitutes A Weapon Under The Criminal Code?

A “weapon,” as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code, includes “anything used, designed to be used or intended for use (a) in causing death or injury to any person, or (b) for the purpose of threatening or intimidating any person, and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, includes a firearm and, for the purposes of sections 88, 267 and 272, anything used, designed to be used or intended for use in binding or tying up a person against their will.

Every person commits an offence who carries a weapon, a prohibited device or any prohibited ammunition concealed, unless the person is authorized under the Firearms Act to carry it concealed.

You Can Evict A Tenant In The Winter

Contrary to popular belief, you can evict a tenant in the winter. 

  There is nothing in the RTA that prevents a tenant from being evicted during the winter.

The information on this website is for general knowledge only; it is not intended to substitute for the advice of a lawyer or paralegal and does not address any specific facts or circumstances of your case. You should confirm with your legal representative whether this information applies to your specific situation. Please note that the use of this website does not constitute and client Paralegal Relationship.

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