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Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

New regulations unveiled for risky syndicated mortgage market Marlin Horst, Shibley Righton LLP

Canada’s securities administrators have brought out a series of recommendations to reduce the risks for investors in syndicated mortgages, a move observers say will help bring some clarity in a market that has been increasingly seen as needing more oversight. ... [read more]

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Judge who sexually harassed court staffer quietly quit; unlike the U.S., #MeToo hasn’t hit Canadian judiciary TLD Exclusive

A superior court judge who subjected a court staffer to sexualized contact in the workplace quietly resigned after a Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) investigation, without the judicial disciplinary body publicly disclosing his actions until now. ... [read more]

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

Sufficiency of reasons in arbitration awards: A variable standard arbitration_decision_sm

The domestic Arbitration Act that is shared by most Canadian jurisdictions contains a provision that requires that an arbitral tribunal provide a written award that contains the reason on which it is based. The standard that must be met by an arbitral tribunal in order to discharge this statutory obligation remains the subject of debate, especially in a context where there are few decided cases in Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:52 PM

Gowling WLG teams up with blockchain company

Gowling WLG has formed what it is calling a strategic alliance with Toronto-based Decentral Inc. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:43 PM

Ottawa can continue with damages suit against Merchant Law Group Gord Kuski

The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to shut down the Attorney General of Canada’s fraud action against the Saskatchewan law firm which Ottawa paid $25 million for representing thousands of former students of Indian residential schools in individual and class litigation that was settled 12 years ago. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Budget tries to keep it simple with two proposed tax changes passive_investments_sm

The Trudeau government brought down its third budget earlier this month. The most significant changes related to private corporations — the backbone of Canada’s economy and the well known engine of job creation. The sugar that helped the medicine go down was a reduction in corporate tax rates. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

B.C. log export restrictions the big change in softwood lumber dispute softwood_lumber_sm

The softwood lumber dispute is one of the longest trade disputes between the United States and Canada. The Government of Canada has challenged the U.S. duties at both the World Trade Organization and pursuant to Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Federal Court of Appeal clarifies reach of solicitor-client privilege Mark Tonkovich

By allowing an appeal over solicitor-client privilege, the Federal Court of Appeal has clarified a long established practice for lawyers concerning when privilege applies to a legal opinion if it’s disclosed to a person who is not the client, but is involved in common transactions with the client. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 2:28 PM

Clark Wilson expands team

Clark Wilson LLP has taken on three new members. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

Balancing fairness, efficiency under International Commercial Arbitration Act fairness_efficiancy_sm

​​​​The new International Commercial Arbitration Act of Ontario contains a mechanism for the correction and interpretation of an award and provisions allowing the arbitral tribunal to make additional awards. The Act adopts the UNCITRAL Model Law which has also been adopted by a number of other foreign jurisdictions. ... [read more]