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Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 5:21 PM - Last Updated: Friday, April 05, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

SCC rules that Ontario business customers bound by arbitration clauses are barred from suing service providers  Michael Moldaver

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 5-4 that business customers of TELUS in Ontario can’t piggyback on a $520-million consumer class action for alleged cellphone overbilling because, under Ontario’s Arbitration Act 1991, they are bound by their TELUS service contracts to arbitrate their disputes rather than sue. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 3:25 PM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Parties - Class or representative actions - Stay of action due to parallel proceeding

Appeal by Telus Communications Inc. (Telus) from a judgment of the Ontario Court of Appeal affirming a decision that refused to stay business customers’ claims in a class action against Telus. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 12:23 PM

New Vancouver associate for DLA Piper’s securities, capital markets group

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announced that Stephen Wintermute has joined the firm’s Vancouver office as an associate in the securities and capital markets group. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Quebec looking to join ownership transparency trend id_card_sm

As our world becomes more mobile and connected, governments including at the provincial and federal levels in Canada, have taken this as a cue to legislate increased ownership transparency (i.e., to identify beneficial owners and their residence or citizenship in situations where the ownership is acquired through a nominee). This is with a view, among other goals, to combating perceived tax evasion and excessive property speculation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 1:51 PM

McMillan adds two counsel to Montreal office

McMillan announced that Joséane Chrétien and Rish Handa have joined the firm’s office in Montreal, effective March 25, 2019. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

High cost of Toronto housing: Elephants in the room elephant_room_sm

In my first article on this subject I offered some reasons why housing is so expensive in the Greater Toronto Area. Here are some more elephants in the affordable housing room. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 8:24 AM

Canadian cannabis: Challenges and global opportunities cannabis_canadian_sm

On April 1, the first bricks-and-mortar cannabis retail stores became legal in Ontario. While cannabis was legalized countrywide on Oct. 17, the government-run online Ontario Cannabis Store has so far been the only legal outlet for cannabis in Ontario. Although Canada’s most populous province has only given 10 stores the green light to open on April 1, the first phase of cannabis legalization is now largely complete. ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 2:19 PM

Treaty relationships from an Indigenous perspective | Angelique EagleWoman

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have engaged in kinship relationships and formed alliances, confederations and networks of relatives. Aboriginal peoples have ceremonies to adopt adult relatives with the intention of connecting in kinship to other peoples, extending circles of community, commerce and goodwill. Making relatives is a sacred and significant obligation taken seriously by Indigenous peoples. Obligations and long-term consequences require forethought and contemplation joined with prayer and ceremony to form new kinship relationships and to renew those relationships at regular intervals. ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Securities regulators aim to have new rules on syndicated mortgages in place by year end Marlin Horst, Shibley Righton LLP

Canada’s securities regulators are moving forward with their plans to increase oversight of syndicated mortgages, and are seeking input on additional proposals aimed at protecting people who want to take part in the risky investment. ... [read more]

Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

HST hurts economy and should be abandoned | Dale Barrett

According to the 2008 Federal Budget, the Harmonized Sales Tax (“HST”) was claimed by the federal government to be “the single most important step provinces with retail sales taxes could take to improve the competitiveness of Canadian businesses”. They were wrong. ... [read more]