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Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 06:30 PM

Dentons Canada turns to business professional for CEO

Dentons Canada LLP has gone outside the legal profession for its new chief executive officer, announcing on June 26 that Beth Wilson, former managing partner at KPMG for the Greater Toronto Area, will take on the role effective July 1. ... [read more]

Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 03:45 PM

Gowling expands west coast real estate practice

A team of six experienced legal professionals from Lando & Company LLP will be joining the Vancouver office of Gowling WLG on Aug. 1, 2017. ... [read more]

Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

NATURE OF BODY - Types - Boards, tribunals and commissions - Powers or function - Types - Judicial or quasi-judicial powers or function - Discretionary powers - Practice and procedure

Appeal by the Financial and Consumer Services Commission from a decision by the Financial and Consumer Services Tribunal staying proceedings involving the respondents, Emond and Drapeau. In June 2010, the Commission alleged the respondents promoted or participated in the sale of illegal investments contrary to the Securities Act. In December 2010, the Commission issued a notice of hearing for April 2011. However, six years elapsed between the date on which the allegations were filed and the scheduled date of the hearing before the Tribunal in May 2016. Following submissions on the preliminary issue of delay, the Tribunal ordered a stay of proceedings. The Tribunal ruled that it had lost jurisdiction by reason of delay. The Commission appealed. ... [read more]

Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 09:07 AM

The impact of Quebec’s Bill 102 on the Watercourses Act

Over the last years, the Quebec government has undertaken an extensive reform of the Environment Quality Act (hereafter the EQA), first in June 2015, by tabling the green paper to modernize the environmental authorization scheme under the EQA, followed by Bill 102 in June 2016. Titled “An Act to amend the Environment Quality Act to modernize the environmental authorization scheme and to amend other legislative provisions, in particular to reform the governance of the Green Fund,” Bill 102 was almost unanimously adopted by the National Assembly on March 23, 2017. ... [read more]

Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 11:57 AM

Osler hosts seminar on Construction Lien Act changes

Following extensive consultation with industry stakeholders, on May 31, the Ontario government introduced Bill 142 that, if passed, would significantly amend and modernize the Construction Lien Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 06:07 PM

SCC revisits standards of review, appeals of arbitration awards Clement Gascon

The Supreme Court has shed more light on when commercial arbitral awards can be appealed in an important judgment that also provides general guidance on how to determine the standard of review in all types of civil cases. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 08:45 AM

For a child with disabilities, think lifetime benefit trust

When planning for the future of a child with disabilities, there are several options to consider. Choosing the option that will provide a financially dependent child with the most money is not always easy or straightforward. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 08:39 AM

Efforts to cool hot housing markets target 'foreigners' instead of speculators | Julius Melnitzer

In an era where anti-immigration policies are picking up steam, “foreign” is a dangerous word. And therein lies the problems with the Ontario and British Columbia measures that impose additional taxes on non-residents buying residential property in the Toronto and Vancouver regions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 11:22 AM

Lefton joins Fasken Martineau's M&A, corporate finance groups

Fasken Martineau announced on June 19 that Jay A. Lefton has joined its Toronto office as partner in the mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance groups.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

Autonomous cars: sure they're safer, but privacy, cybersecurity concerns abound Autonomous cars

As of late, a hot topic in the world of technology and automobiles has been the advancement of autonomous vehicles. Some estimates suggest that fully autonomous vehicles could be commonplace in the next decade, with some automakers aiming for 2020 as the year in which they anticipate selling such vehicles. ... [read more]