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Title: variation
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A variation is a change to a court order or other legal document. Sometimes the court process that asks for a variation is also called a motion to change.

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Victim impact statements help the judge understand how the complainant or victim in your case has been affected by the crime. In a victim impact statement the complainant or victim can tell the court about the emotional, financial, physical, or other impacts the crime has had on them. If there is a victim impact statement, the judge must consider it when sentencing you.

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Wage assignment is when you agree to let a person or business take money directly from your employment income to pay a debt. This is different from garnishment, which has to be ordered by a court.

Title: wages
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The Employment Standards Act says that wages include your regular salary, vacation pay, commissions, overtime, holiday pay, allowances for room and board, and termination pay. 

They don't include tips, employer contributions to a benefit plan, payments from a benefit plan, or expenses that an employer pays for, such as travel.

Title: waiver
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When you get a waiver, you're excused from something that's usually required.

For example, when you apply to become a Canadian citizen, you can ask Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to give you a waiver if you can't meet the requirements to:

  • know enough English or French, or
  • pass the citizenship test that shows your knowledge of Canada and what it means to be a Canadian citizen.
Title: warrant
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A warrant is a court order that tells a peace officer to do something such as arrest someone, seize something, or enforce a judicial order.

Title: warranty
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A warranty is a written guarantee that that a company gives that promises to replace, repair, or redo any items or services purchased from them that are not working. Warranties are usually limited to a specific time from the date of the purchase.

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A weapons prohibition order can be included in your sentence if you're convicted of certain crimes. You will not be allowed to possess any firearm, cross-bow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, or explosive substance during the period of time set out in the order.

Title: weekly
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A weekly tenancy is a rental agreement that does not have a fixed term and where the tenant pays rent each week. It automatically renews every week unless the landlord or the tenant takes legal steps to end it.

Title: withdrawn
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A charge is withdrawn when the Crown decides that the case either can’t be proven or there are some public interest reasons why the case should not proceed. Once a case is withdrawn, it is very hard to bring it back to court, though it can happen in exceptional cases.

If your charges are withdrawn:

  • you will have no more court appearances for the charges
  • you will not be found guilty of the charges
  • you are free to go unconditionally

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