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Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 9:34 AM

Cox & Palmer adds family law partner in Halifax

Cox & Palmer announced that Michelle Axworthy has joined the firm’s Halifax partnership. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 3:36 PM

Ontario announces Toronto, Peel Region moving to Grey-Lockdown, earlier vaccine rollout

Ontario is ceasing its stay-at-home order in Toronto and Peel Region and moving the two COVID-19 hot zones to the government’s Grey-Lockdown level of public health restrictions effective March 8 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 1:49 PM

Asset sale without formal procedure: Greenfire Oil & Gas insolvency part one Stock market arrow crashing down

In Canadian insolvency proceedings, the balancing of competing interests is an ever-present part of the process. Not all stakeholders will be content with every decision of a debtor company or its advisers. In a situation whether the insolvent debtor cannot, by definition, satisfy all of its creditors’ claims, and time is the enemy of all, there can be opportunity for creative solutions even despite the objection of substantially all affected parties. You can please some parties sometimes, but you cannot please all of the parties all of the time. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 1:09 PM

WeirFoulds adds three associates

WeirFoulds welcomed three new associates to the firm, Dara W. Azari, Marc Di Pierdomenico and Natalia Sidlar. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:15 PM

The duty to defend does not include extrinsic evidence Woman signing insurance policy

In a recent decision in IT Haven v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London 2020 ONSC 7835 Justice Mark Edwards of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that an insurer had a duty to defend a “software developer” in a U.S. action alleging copyright infringement. The insurer denied that it had a duty to defend, based on facts and evidence outside of, or extrinsic to, the pleadings in the U.S. action, and the policy in question. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 10:50 AM

How to break an impasse in a commercial mediation Two men arm-wrestling over money

There is often a considerable sense of frustration and sometimes bitterness after an apparently productive mediation fails to cement a settlement by the end of the mediation day or days. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 1:36 PM

Your client’s web domains: Why more than estate lawyers should care Shopping basked full of web domains

Digital assets and our clients’ digital lives have become a mainstream topic, made so unwittingly by the pandemic. We’ve learned that our clients’ use of digital assets and the Internet plays havoc on estate planning and estate administration. First, as a new asset class within our clients’ personal lives, second, the fiduciary’s paper trail is now digital, and third because our clients’ digital lives are intertwined with their physical lives. And this only considers how our clients’ circumstances have become digitized day to day. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Ontario ramping up COVID-19 workplace safety inspections

Ontario has hired more than 100 additional occupational health and safety inspectors to enforce COVID-19 regulations at workplaces. “With a new total of more than 500 inspectors, our government is building the largest team of inspectors in Ontario’s history to educate business owners, enforce public health measures and keep workplaces safe now, and for many years to come,” Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton said in a March 3 government news release. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 12:54 PM

Problems with indeterminate sentencing Colourful handcuffs

Judges face tough choices in their careers. Determining the guilt or innocence of a party is one of the hardest things to consider. The power of the state being wielded against an accused party is significant. The stakes are always high. This is one of the reasons that the onus on the state is so significant. Proof of guilt on beyond any reasonable doubt protects innocent parties from being punished. ... [read more]