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Russell On Roads, Second Edition

Format Spiral-bound
Catalogue No. 978-0-7798-1694-1
Pages 372
Language English only
Price $89.00
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Written by W.D. (Rusty) Russell, Q.C.
Published by Carswell, 2008.


This clear and concise manual on the law of municipal roads is a revised, updated and expanded edition of the first edition categorized into 33 established road and road-related principles with supporting legal cases. It includes an historical background to these principles and shows how they are impacted by Ontario's Municipal Act, 2001, c. 25 and particularly by The Municipal Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006, c. 32, which has been described by the author as '[throwing] a hand grenade into many of the highway/road sections of the Municipal Act, 2001."

Topics include a summary of the historical development of Ontario's roads, the assumption, dedication and acceptance of highways, road closing procedures, shore roads and riparian rights, encroachments on road allowances, road widths, and roads on registered plans. The book also includes an introduction to the topic, an historical overview, a discussion of essential historical highway legislation, as well as the full text of the Road Access Act and a detailed topical index. All sections and principles are clearly tabbed and this cerlox-bound book for portability and ease of use.

Nine additional principles have been added since the first edition:
  • cottage roads and rights-of-way,
  • rights-of-way/easements in registered documents,
  • shore road allowances, 66 feet (1 chain (20.12 m)),
  • registration of by-laws: opening/closing
  • statute labour: its origin and demise in Southern Ontario,
  • adverse possession and prescriptive easements/rights-of-way,
  • portage roads,
  • free grants and homesteads legislation,
  • land records/electronic filing
Russell on Roads is a must for municipal and real estate practitioners, land surveyors, municipal administrators and clerks, government and other professionals involved in the legal aspects of the administration of roads. It is an especially useful and "must have" resource for real estate practitioners advising clients in real estate transactions involving recreational and rural properties.

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