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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

Why evolution of legal model desperately needed | Shama Rafiq

When it comes to access to justice, we often forget that the old law firm structures are a major deterrence to ensuring that anyone and everyone has a fair chance to having their day in court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 9:09 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Non-residents - Tax treaties

Appeal by Wolf from a Tax Court decision dismissing his appeal from a 2012 assessment in relation to income he earned in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 2:35 PM

Early neutral evaluation: A litigation off ramp off_ramp_sm

There are many forms of alternative dispute resolution, each with their own characteristics. Mediation and arbitration are well known to lawyers in Canada. However, one form of alternative dispute resolution that tends to get overlooked in Canada is early neutral evaluation — known as ENE — where an independent and impartial evaluator assesses the merits of the case. ENE is far more than a mediation in that it forces the evaluator to make an assessment of the case and communicate it to the parties. ENE offers a new off ramp that should be considered by litigation counsel. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 2:12 PM

Tree law in Canada: Loss of views Trees around log home

Claims involving a loss of view typically arise when an existing view is lost or modified by a new intrusion of some form. Outside Quebec, “… the law seems settled that there is no action in nuisance for loss of view.” Becze v. Edmonton (City) [1993] A.J. No. 679 at [36].  ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

NL non-profit expands free legal clinics due to high demand Kevin O'Shea

Individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador looking for legal advice — but not necessarily looking to hire a lawyer — are getting a helping hand from the province’s legal community. Legal clinics launched in the St. John’s area in 2016 have expanded outside the capital city to Gander and Grand Falls. Further expansion is planned for this year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

Quebec court may annul transaction, release if ‘unfairly’ obtained Romainedam_sm.jpg

Polaris obtained from Hydro-Quebec (HQ) a contract to build a road leading to the La Romaine hydroelectric facility. Quickly, cost overruns occurred and, gradually, Polaris claimed an amount of $24.7 million from HQ. HQ demanded an audit, fully supported by forensic documentation in support of the additional costs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 10:49 AM

WeirFoulds promotes commercial litigator to partner

WeirFoulds announced that Nadia Chiesa has joined the partnership effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 8:46 AM

DEFAMATION - Allegations of dishonesty in business - Fair comment

Appeal by the plaintiffs from the dismissal of their defamation action. The CBC broadcast a story about the respondent’s dispute with the appellants regarding a home renovation contract. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 11:08 AM

Gowling WLG promotes 35 to partner in Canada

Gowling WLG announced the admission of 35 legal professionals in Canada to its partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Ambiguity in stock options, restricted share unit plans: Latest from Court of Appeal Fractured Handshake

The Ontario Court of Appeal has again weighed in on the issue of entitlement to wrongful dismissal damages for loss of stock options and restricted share units (RSUs). ... [read more]