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Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 12:46 PM

Former Bank of Canada governor to join Osler as special adviser

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP announced that Stephen Poloz is joining the firm as a special adviser, effective Aug. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 10:21 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Summary judgments - No triable issue

Appeal by the plaintiff from summary judgment striking his claim of constructive trust arising from unjust enrichment. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 3:19 PM

Construction materials supplier must disclose customer information: Roofmart’s arguments Bank account passbook

The case of Roofmart Ontario Inc. v. Canada (National Revenue) 2020 FCA 85 deals with unnamed persons requirements under s. 231.2(2) and (3) of the Income Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 1 (5th Supp.) and its equivalent s. 289(3) of the Excise Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-15. Part two of this series looks at its second and third principle arguments. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Tribunal Watch Ontario concerned over shortage of adjudicators, possible shift to written submissions

Marion Overholt has seen the frustration on the faces of her clients. The executive director of Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW) frequently helps low-income clients in critical, sometimes life-altering cases before Ontario’s adjudicative tribunals, including the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Social Benefits Tribunal. But, time and again, matters have been adjourned because of a shortage of adjudicators. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 1:34 PM

Copyright and memes: Drake effect, exceptions to infringement Youngfolksphonelaughing.jpg

In 2015, Drake released “Hotline Bling” with a slick music video. A meme soon emerged using frames from the video, in which Drake is shown reacting to two different images: rejecting image A, and embracing image B. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 12:18 PM

Whose phone is it, anyway? Privacy rights when employees use corporate devices Hands using cellphone and laptop

As businesses have adapted to operating remotely, many have had to provide electronic devices to employees in order to ensure they remain productive. A question that has become more prevalent is what privacy rights an employee has in information stored on corporate-owned electronic devices? ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Walking the self-determination walk | Ellis Ross

I’m a 55-year-old Aboriginal man born and raised on a reserve on the west coast of British Columbia. I had no intention or desire to be a leader but was always asked to step into these roles as I grew up. ... [read more]

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Justice and the pandemic: How Canada ranks Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the second of a three-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:49 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 4:54 PM

Trudeau says ‘COVID Alert’ national contact tracing app to be made available July 1 in Canada Justin Trudeau

Ottawa and Ontario plan to roll out for testing in that province July 1 a “completely voluntary, anonymous and secure” mobile contact tracing application for COVID-19 that will also be offered to everyone across the country — although buy-in from the other provinces and territories must still be obtained to make the app fully operational nationally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 2:05 PM

How to limit recruitment costs post-COVID-19 threemenpushingballs

In part one of this series, I discussed the potential actions your firm may have needed to take to respond to this crisis to ensure the survival of your firm and its legacy. In that same vein, in this column, I will highlight some strategies that you may have taken or should have taken to ensure you keep your people. ... [read more]