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Releases must be read as a ‘whole’ and consistent with ‘surrounding circumstances’: SCC
Justice Malcolm Rowe, Supreme Court of Canada
Justice Malcolm Rowe penned a decision examining the scope of release agreements.

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 6:19 PM

The language in release agreements needs to be considered as a whole and alongside the surrounding circumstances known to litigants at the time of signing, ruled the Supreme Court in finding that a woman being sued by a municipal road worker she hit while driving cannot bring the city into the lawsuit as a third party. ... [read more]

Special program to resettle Afghans in Canada announced Marco Mendicino, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 2:29 PM

On July 23, the government of Canada announced that “special immigration measures” will be implemented to “offer a path to protection in Canada for those at risk due to their work” supporting Canadian forces and staff in Afghanistan. ... [read more]

National Summit on Islamophobia leads to funding for anti-racism projects

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 2:24 PM

The federal government has committed to support eight projects through the Anti-Racism Action Program to “address Islamophobia and aim to remove systemic barriers faced by Muslim communities.” According to a government release, issued July 22, the government’s announcement was made as part of the National Summit on Islamophobia. ... [read more]

Ontario Court of Appeal confirms splitting of gift, survivorship interest, lawyers say Ira Marcovitch, of Nelligan Law

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

In a dispute over the division of sale proceeds from a home held in joint tenancy, the Ontario Court of Appeal has sided with the appellant in a decision, counsel said, confirms that a gift and survivorship interest is “separate.” ... [read more]

Law society misconduct case examines meanings of ‘specialize’

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 8:22 AM

While Ontario’s lawyers cannot claim to be specialists in something without law society certification, they may continue to say they “specialize” in a particular area, says a lawyer involved in a failed professional misconduct case brought by the province’s regulator. ... [read more]