The City of Toronto has rolled out the AMPS (Administrative Monetary Penalty System) for parking tickets. This is a critical blow to individual rights as you will no longer be able to have a trial regarding alleged parking infractions. Other jurisdictions, including Richmond Hill and Oshawa, have already switched to AMPS. To read more about the new system, click here.
The much-discussed rent strike at Metcap is over. The local newspapers are having a field day covering the tenant angle of the story. This is an interesting read for both landlords and tenants. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/14/5-lessons-for-tenants-from-the-successful-parkdale-rent-strike.html
In what is being dubbed a Canadian first, a Sarnia judge has to deal with a situation where a man is charged with driving under the influence while being high on medicinal marijuana. The impaired charge isn't at issue, it is the charge of possession of an illegal substance. To read more on this interesting case, click here.
The Toronto Sun has revealed that Toronto Community Housing Corporation is dealing with $12.9m in rent arrears owing from its tenants. This backlog has about $5.6m in payment arrangements, but the rest is still up in the air. The majority of the balances are small, under $1000.00. To read more, click here.
The Toronto Community Housing is facing a large amount of repair backlog which are affecting tenants. The Province has come out and said they will not be handing the City a "blank cheque" to handle the backlog. Before any more money is given the Province wants to see the City's plan to reconfigure the housing agency. To read more, click here.
Inmates in Alabama used the most basic of kitchen ingredients to aid int heir escape. 12 inmates broke out of jail as they took peanut butter and used it to change the numbers above the cell doors. Taking advantage of a new corrections officer, the door in question led directly outside the prison. At the time of writing, all but one prisoner have been captured. To read more from CNN, click here.
A Toronto man had his drunk driving charge tossed in Court as the Honourable Judge deemed the police misconduct showed a "lack of honesty". This is not the first time Toronto Police Services have shown up in the news. To read more, click here.