As Quebec heads swiftly back into winter, here are a few reminders to help you confront it:   Winter tires: As soon as possible! Starting this year, winter tires will be mandatory in Quebec as of December 1st (instead of December 15). Snow is back, so don’t delay! If you wait until the last minute, garages may be overloaded, and you might not meet the December 1st deadline.     Rules for temporary car shelters Many of you will be installing a... Read more

You would like to sell your house, and you know that a suicide or violent death occurred there. Do you have to tell potential buyers about it?   To Declare or not to Declare? Honesty is the best policy. When you sign a brokerage contract with a real-estate agent to sell your house, you must complete the form Declarations by the Seller of the Immovable. It includes a specific question about whether a suicide or violent death occurred in the... Read more

On the night of March 14–15, 2017, hundreds of people were stranded for several hours on Highway 13 during a major snowstorm. A class action was then launched against the Quebec government and the City of Montreal.   $350 to $1,100 in compensation Following an agreement with the Quebec government, people who were stuck on Highway 13 during the snowstorm can receive between $350 and $1,100 in compensation, depending on how long they were... Read more

October 1 to 7 is World Breastfeeding Week. Many mothers wonder whether breastfeeding is allowed in public. The courts have already ruled on this.   Not covered in the law, but not prohibited either In Quebec, breastfeeding in public is not covered by a specific law. But the courts have ruled that women can’t be prevented from breastfeeding in a public place such as a courtroom or a store. This was the case a few years ago when a mother was... Read more

Have you heard about legal aid but have no idea how it works? Perhaps you feel that legal aid doesn’t concern you? If so, it wouldn’t be surprising, as that there are many myths surrounding legal aid.   Is legal aid only for people who receive social assistance (welfare)? No. Other low-income individuals may also quality for legal aid. For example, a single parent with an annual income of up to $41,498 who has custody of two children is... Read more

On Friday, September 27, thousands of people are expected to take part in the Montreal edition of the Global Climate Strike. To mark this occasion, here’s a review of some of the laws that help protect the environment.   Laws Environment Quality Act For the last 47 years, the Environment Quality Act has protected the environment and the living things that inhabit it. The Act also promotes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  The... Read more

Last January we discussed the case of two Quebecers with incurable degenerative illnesses who were challenging the federal and provincial laws on medical help to die. They weren’t allowed to get help to die because their situations didn’t meet the legal requirements.   After a 31-day court hearing, Judge Baudouin ruled in their favour.   “Unconstitutional” requirements Only people whose natural death has become predictable or who are at the end... Read more

For many parents, back-to-school is very stressful: a drop-off at daycare before getting the older one to school and then rushing off to work. But there could be a heavy price to pay if you drive too fast.   Watch your speed! The speed limit generally depends on the type of road. On most city streets, the speed limit is 50 km/h. But it can be much lower in school zones (for example, 30 km/h), so pay attention to signs! If you exceed the speed... Read more

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