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Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:49 PM

Terminating condominium agreements of purchase, sale unfinished building

Buyers of pre-construction condos ought to understand that there are a number of uncertainties that go with these purchases. As these units are often marketed to purchasers before construction has begun, the unit may not be as visualized by the purchaser. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:22 PM

Law firm marketing: Asking the big questions | Jana Schilder

There are two truths in law firm marketing for the coming year that have not changed in decades: One is that business is always about who is willing to give your firm the business as opposed to a competitor. And two, the best lawyers constantly take action to expand their “sphere of influence.” ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

Employee responsibilities, liabilities during party season Officeparty

Like employers, employees have responsibilities in relation to company parties and similar work-related social gatherings. While they are entitled to let loose with their work colleagues outside the workplace, they are bound to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. They share accountability with their employer for the safety and well-being of their co-workers and must be professional and respectful. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 10:35 AM - Last Updated: Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 3:55 PM

Gov’t’s indemnity doesn’t insulate ex-paper mill owners from costs to monitor, maintain waste disposal site Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 4-3 that two former owners of a northern Ontario pulp and paper mill which polluted nearby rivers with mercury are not insulated by a 1985 indemnity signed by the Ontario government from paying the costs to monitor and maintain a mercury disposal site, as ordered in 2011 by the Director of the Ministry of Environment. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Serving legal papers via social media

As many lawyers know, locating and personally serving a defendant with a statement of claim can at times be an onerous process and it can especially be troubling if you are having difficulties locating the defendant. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Tax law: Counterintuitive and unreasonable Tax law book

When I was a law student and studied a gamut of subjects in law I was struck by the inherent logic of it all. Not true in tax law. In tax law, the answer is most often counterintuitive because technicality governs to the exclusion of reason. As a result, the findings of the Tax Court of Canada are sometimes absurd. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 1:35 PM

Stokes to take over as managing partner of Blakes in January

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) announced that partner Bryson Stokes has been named firm’s managing partner, effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 12:23 PM

Haseeb v. Imperial Oil Limited: Discrimination in employment applications crowdofpeople

What questions are off limits during a job application or job interview? We all know you cannot ask a candidate’s age or marital status. You can ask about the candidate’s eligibility to work in Canada. But can you ask about whether the candidate is eligible to work in Canada permanently? ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

Why death row dog Punky should head to Supreme Court Punky3

We the lawyers for Team Punky, Canada’s death row dog, are working hard to try to get this unprecedented case about a “dangerous dog” heard at the Supreme Court of Canada. I wrote two earlier articles about the important animal law case of Punky Santics: Getting Punky off death row and How Punky the dog got to Supreme Court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 1:51 PM

How Internet site-blocking orders might help battle online infractions Internetalert

A recent decision of the Federal Court (Bell Media Inc. v. John Doe 1 (c.o.b. GoldTV.Biz) 2019 FC 1432) has granted a site-blocking order against several Internet service providers (ISPs). ... [read more]