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Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

Five judicial appointments for Quebec

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has promoted one judge and appointed four others in the province of Quebec. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

Gowling WLG adds three partners to Calgary office

Gowling WLG announced the addition of three new partners to its Calgary office: Caireen Hanert, Josh Jantzi and Jonathan (Jay) Lalach. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

Trans Mountain decision proves Canada a G7 country at war with itself Protesters_sm.jpg

It would appear that lightning does strike twice! ... [read more]

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

CJC to appeal Federal Court’s ruling that judicial council subject to judicial review; discipline body alleges errors, appearance of bias Simon Noel

The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) is appealing an important jurisdictional decision in which the presiding Federal Court judge accuses the leadership of the council of 39 chief justices of disrespecting his court and making poor litigation choices, and also “questions” whether CJC responses to queries from The Lawyer’s Daily amounted to “pressuring” federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to fire a Quebec judge “without regard for the judicial [review] proceedings that are legitimately before this [Federal] Court. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

Regulatory decision opens door for Crown to pierce corporate veil corporate_secrecy_sm

An Ontario court has revolutionized the law with respect to whether an individual can be held personally liable for fines imposed against the corporation for breaches of regulatory legislation. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

MLI tax treaty: What it means for taxpayers tax_break_sm

In the first article in this series, I outlined Canada’s evolving stance toward the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI) — particularly its abandoning certain reservations surrounding certain key provisions in the convention. Below, we take a deeper dive into those provisions and their implications for taxpayers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

Decision finds title insurance covers losses due to unmarketable title title_insurance_sm

We had previously discussed the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in MacDonald v. Chicago Title Insurance Co. of Canada, 2015 ONCA 842. The first case following this decision is Breen v. FCT Insurance, 2018 ONSC 3644. In 1999, the Breen family purchased a cottage that had been custom built by a previous owner. Everything was above board — except for one finicky detail. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Osler partner named to Quebec Superior Court

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP announced that partner Sylvain Lussier has been appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec. ... [read more]

Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 3:55 PM

‘Five eyes’ officials agree to seek to enable police access to private encrypted info Ralph Goodale

Canada and the other “five eyes countries” are convening an “extraordinary” meeting of senior officials responsible for criminal justice, border protection and law enforcement with the aim of finding new ways to boost cross-border information sharing and their fight against “serious criminal threats.”     ... [read more]

Friday, August 31, 2018 @ 9:09 AM

Section 39 rights to information under the new Construction Act construction_information_sm

The first phase of amendments to Ontario’s Construction Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.C. 30 (the Act) came into force on July 1, 2018. The amendments included some limited additional rights to information, pursuant to a request delivered under s. 39 of the Act to an owner, contractor, subcontractor or mortgagee. One of the main additions is the right to particulars concerning the states of accounts between players involved in construction projects. It is to be noted that landlords are now subject to requests for information, arising out of their new liabilities under the Act. ... [read more]