I run a retail business in Toronto, Canada. It's an independently owned business--like a mom and pop store. I need to fire someone because he's incompetent and his presence actually makes more work for the other staff. I have emailed and texted with this staff member (who has worked with us for 13 months) regarding his considerable transgressions but we do not have "paperwork" or "forms" in the traditional sense. His work never improves. What exactly do I have to do to fire him without worrying about legal issues? Two weeks pay? Three? Does the firing need to be written in addition to verbal or is just verbal fine? What's the best way for me to cover my ass? [more inside]
I'm a web developer in Toronto who is currently operating as a sole proprietor. A prospective new client would really like to hire me for a major new project, but they can only deal with incorporated companies and cannot hire a sole prop. I'm looking for advice on incorporating from a) people in Canada and especially Ontario, but also from b) anyone who has any relevant advice about the experience of becoming an Inc., even if you are not Canadian. Yes, I will be engaging an accountant or lawyer for specific advice if I do decide to move forward, so I'm not worried that some specific advice may not be appropriate for my jurisdiction: I'm just trying to get a broad picture of what it's like (and some recommendations for lawyers/accountants). [more inside]
I am in Guelph, Ontario. My partner and I just bought a house, so I have a yard of my own for the first time ever. Point me to some resources for a gardening novice in this part of the world to dig into (no pun intended) over the cold months! [more inside]
When driving a roadtrip from Toronto / Buffalo to Newfoundland should I go through Canada or the US? [more inside]
What is this fruit-bearing bush in the yard of my new house, and can I eat the fruit on it (when it ripens)? [more inside]
We're looking for a place to camp in Ontario either near Toronto, or near Kingston or inbetween the two - last minute (aka tomorrow or the day after), probably car-camping. [more inside]
One month work assignment, need a place to stay: Chino or Ontario, CA? [more inside]
Where should we go for a nature-filled long weekend within 4 hours of Toronto, Canada? [more inside]
Road trip from Toronto - Vermont - New Hampshire - Maine - New Brunswick - Prince Edward Island - Quebec in late July/early August. Goal is to have fun and lots of it - help us out! [more inside]
Will be flying into Toronto this Saturday for a conference until Wednesday. I will be in the Front St. area. I like to walk, transit and wander, so tell me where to go. [more inside]
Looking for 2 film-shoot locations anywhere in southern Ontario: an old (ideally, abandoned) drive-in theater and a small shabby motel.
Entomology filter: I've lived in Southern Ontario most of my life and I can't recall ever seeing this guy before. [more inside]
What should I look for in an employment contract for new startup? [more inside]
Are these levels of car insurance benefits common these days? Our car insurance is up for renewal and out agent is suggesting "Enhanced benefits" (in the GTA area in Ontario). [more inside]
I'm going camping in Algonquin Park in the first week in May. It's going to be cold. What do I need to bring to stay warm? [more inside]
It's 7:30 on a Sunday night and my landlord has contractors varnishing the floors of the downstairs apartment. It is filling the house with a noxious odour and loud banging noises. I live on the top floor of a house with two other apartments below in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We were not informed that there would be workmen in the building. Is he within his rights to have contractors doing work at this hour?
I'm trying to remember the name of a children's TV show broadcast on (I think) YTV around 1995, I think it was in the slot after Camp Cariboo. It was probably Canadian, and it had a mailbox puppet that said "YOOOOOOU BET!" when asked if there was any mail, and one of the men on the show used to dress up like a bee, which I remember terrifying me as a child. It may have been broadcast on TVO, but I'm fairly certain it was YTV. [more inside]
What can you tell me about event insurance requirements for a small-scale one-off theatre production in Ontario? [more inside]
Canadian tax question: I quoted a client for a job, and neglected to specify whether GST/HST is included. They think the price should be understood as including GST/HST. I think it should be understood as excluding GST/HST. Is there some external standard to resolve this? [more inside]
How many overpasses are there on the Highway of Heroes? Do you happen to know, or can you help me figure out a GIS workflow that will help me out? [more inside]
Work is ending next week, nothing lined up to follow. Should I go on EI or is that too shameful/irresponsible for someone of an upper middle class background? [more inside]
When should I tell my [part-time, food-service] employer that I'll be needing three months off because my husband will be away on work? I have to stay home and care for our toddler. Difficultiy: still on trainee-probation. [more inside]
Looking for a nice accessible vacation spot in Quebec or Ontario - forest, lake, canoes. Must be a hotel or at least have locked doors and food nearby on foot. Most important: I have to be able to get there without a car! [more inside]
I'm stuck at a sort of quarter-life crisis/crossroads here. I was kicked out of an Ontarian university almost 2 years ago, and after two (failed) attempts to get re-admitted, learnt that my chances to get in are kinda slim. Since my withdrawal, I've been thinking about some very tough questions but am unable to solve them or come to a conclusion. [more inside]
Can anybody recommend a weight-loss focused spa/retreat in Ontario (preferably a few hours drive from Toronto)? [more inside]
I am filing tax returns for a number of prior years. One of those years was spent renting an apartment, but having almost no income whatsoever to claim. Rent was paid through a variety of means (read: help from parents). It was one of those years. Do I claim the rent paid? [more inside]
What are the legal consequences of not giving 4 weeks notice, which is part of my employment contract in Ontario, Canada? [more inside]
What's a good method to find a summer cottage rental on Lake Huron or Georgian Bay? [more inside]
My partner is doing her Ph.D in English but is starting to think she wants to teach elementary or high school. We're in Canada. We've got questions about the job market, location, and the benefits and burdens of getting the Ph.D. [more inside]
Why do so few people use credit unions in Ontario, compared to Quebec and out West? They seem better than banks both ethically and financially (fewer fees, better interest). Is there any reason not to switch? [more inside]
What are my options to rent an indoor gym for basketball in Richmond Hill, Ontario? 10 university students who work and live in the area. The community center offers a relatively high rate by the hour so were wondering where else we could consider renting a basketball gym in and around Richmond Hill.
Where to find inexpensive used CDs and DVDs in Toronto or Hamilton? [more inside]
What are my options for shipping my stuff from Ontario to Vancouver? [more inside]
Getting from Bala, Ontario to Pearson International Airport in Toronto? [more inside]
Toronto MeFites: can you help us find inexpensive lodging/camping? [more inside]
Can anyone identify this Ontario camping area, based on my slightly spotty recollection of smooth yellowish rocks by the beach and a rock wall bordering my individual campsite? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a swimming spot within a hour and a half drive of Toronto? (that will allow our elderly dog). One that wouldn't be overly crowded on a week day? I burn pretty easily, so some shade would be great, too. [more inside]
Is there any reason not to get a Wind Mobile voice plan, if I'm almost always in Toronto (a 'Wind Zone') and prioritize not having a contract? [more inside]
How can I break out of "customer service" sort of jobs? [more inside]
Ontario Patient Enrollment Model. Can anyone elaborate as to what this program is all about? My doctors office is really putting the pressure on me to sign this thing, but it seems rather restrictive. Apparently it's voluntary, but they seem rather adamant that I register as a patient, and won't stop calling me about it. Am I just being unreasonable here, or is my doctors office just being a pain in the arse?
Question: I'm from the UK temporarily working and living in a university city in Ontario, Canada for the 2009/2010 academic year. Due to the fact that I work from home a lot and have to transfer large files (via Skype/DropBox/FTP) from Canada to my labmates overseas, my landlady's internet usage has gone up since I've become a tenant. I think she's using Rogers Express or Extreme Plan. If I'm understanding things correctly, according to the Ontario Landlord/Tenant Act, Canadian landlords can't increase a rent until 12 months after a tenancy has started. What do I do? [more inside]
How do liens on property work in Ontario (the Canadian one)? [more inside]
Insipred by this recent question and a quick search of older posts I was wondering what are my rights when stopped by the police in Ontario: i) on foot ii) in a car iii) at my door/on my property?
I have a friend who is starting a new job in Concord, Ontario in a few months, and she'd like some advice regarding neighbourhoods she and her family might like to move to. [more inside]
Help me learn more about teaching in Ontario, please. I'm looking for information about continuing education/professional development for teachers in Ontario. [more inside]
Locked my bike to a post, and a bus sideswiped my bike. Am I stuck with the damage? [more inside]
What's the process to buying an used car in Ontario? [more inside]
I'd like to know how to deal with an unwanted "guest" living in an apartment that I'm paying rent for. [more inside]
What is the initial verbal meme that triggers the Pontypool outbreak in the movie Pontypool?