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McEwen v. Meyer et al. - 2023 ONCAT 175 - 2023-11-21


MM 175


Tue Nov 21 2023 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


In the case of McEwen v. Meyer et al. (2023 ONCAT 175), filed with the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT), the Applicants failed to actively participate in the proceedings. Despite ample opportunities, they did not respond to messages and neglected to provide evidence or submissions since October 13, 2023. The Tribunal, under Rule 43.1, issued a Notice of Intent to Dismiss (NOID) on November 10, 2023, stating the possibility of abandonment. The Applicants did not respond to the NOID, leading to the conclusion that the case was abandoned. Consequently, on November 21, 2023, the Tribunal, issued a Dismissal Order, closing the case in Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision.


CAT Decisions - Dismissal Order


The Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) issued a Dismissal Order in the case of McEwen v. Meyer, as the Applicants, Keith and Perry McEwen, failed to actively participate and abandoned their case by not responding to messages and neglecting to provide evidence. The Tribunal, under Rule 43.1, closed the case, emphasizing the importance of timely and active involvement in the proceedings. This case underscores the necessity for parties to engage fully in the tribunal process and respond to communications to ensure a fair and just resolution.


Abandonment of Case: Tribunal's determination that the Applicants abandoned their case by failing to respond to messages and neglecting to provide evidence or submissions since October 13, 2023.

Dismissal Order: The Tribunal, represented by Patricia McQuaid, issued a Dismissal Order on November 21, 2023, closing the case in Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision under Rule 43.1 of the Condominium Authority Tribunal's Rules of Practice.

Opportunity for Participation: Despite being given ample opportunities throughout the hearing, the Applicants declined to actively participate and provide the necessary information, leading to the decision to dismiss the case.

Confidentiality of Documents: The Tribunal emphasized the confidentiality of documents and messages shared during negotiation and mediation stages, permitting sharing only if required by law.


Timely Communication and Participation:
Parties involved in tribunal proceedings should prioritize timely communication and active participation. Responding promptly to messages and providing necessary evidence and submissions is crucial to ensure a fair and effective resolution.

Legal Representation Consideration:
Self-representation may pose challenges, as seen in this case. Parties should carefully consider whether to seek legal representation, especially when dealing with complex legal matters. Having a legal representative can provide guidance and ensure that all necessary steps are taken to present a case effectively.

Awareness of Tribunal Rules and Procedures:
It is essential for all parties to familiarize themselves with the rules and procedures of the tribunal, in this case, the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT). Understanding the rules, such as Rule 43.1 regarding case closure, helps parties navigate the process more effectively and avoid unintended consequences, such as case dismissal due to abandonment.

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