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Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:12 PM

Alberta offers alternative justice grants

Organizations in Alberta that assist offenders repair the harm they've caused victims and communities are now eligible to receive grants from the provincial government. ... [read more]

Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

Norton Rose Fulbright partner joins public service

In February 2018, Ava G. Yaskiel will have a new job. ... [read more]

Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 8:59 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 9:03 AM

Quebec Appeal Court lowers threshold for class action certification Jean-Michel Boudreau

The threshold for class action certification in Quebec, long considered a class action haven, has become even lower following a Quebec Court of Appeal ruling that advises trial judges to be flexible, “read between the lines,” and assess substance over form when examining class action applications, according to class action experts. ... [read more]

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

Tax Views: Light shone on offshore trusts should be a red flag to lawyers and accountants | Vern Krishna

The release of 13 million documents in the so-called “Paradise Papers” has put offshore trusts in the limelight once again. Regardless of their legality and utility, the very mention of the word “offshore” conjures up images of secrecy, and improper tax evasion by high net worth individuals, trusts and multinational corporations, with calls for more money by the Canada Revenue Agency to conduct more audits in exotic jurisdictions. ... [read more]

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

'Reasonable investigation' defence under Securities Act considered by Ontario court

The Ontario Court of Appeal has provided guidance on the evidentiary onus placed on defendants raising the “reasonable investigation” defence at the leave stage of securities litigation. In Rahimi v. SouthGobi Resources Ltd., the court also cautions judges not to treat leave motions like mini-trials. ... [read more]

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Reducing vacate clauses in B.C. residential tenancy agreements

In response to British Columbia’s red-hot real estate market, various levels of government have taken measures to mediate the growth of the residential market and to address public concerns regarding perceived loopholes related to rental regulations. One such measure includes Bill 16, the Tenancy Statutes Amendment Act, 2017. Should Bill-16 become law, it will significantly impact residential landlords and developers. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 3:13 PM

Dentons unveils in-house counsel consulting service

Dentons has launched Nextlaw In-House Solutions, a strategic consulting service, with more than 50 former general counsel across the globe ready to provide integrated, multidisciplinary solutions to in-house counsel. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 1:23 PM

Financial institutions, regulators need to be prepared for disruptions of fintech, report says Anita Anand, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Financial service providers around the world are being disrupted by fintech, new technologies which are making to easier to borrow money and make investments. And observers are saying Canada’s regulators and financial institutions need to be prepared for the onslaught of technological change. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 12:38 PM

Two Langlois lawyers join Administrative Labour Tribunal

Dominic Fiset and Julie Samson have been named as administrative judges of Quebec's Administrative Labour Tribunal. Both are members of the labour law group of Langlois lawyers LLP. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 9:17 AM

How NAFTA renegotiation will affect trademarks and patents canadian_patent_sm

Canada’s participation in international trade agreements has a history of strengthening national intellectual property (IP) protections. Will the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) present similar opportunities for the Canadian patent and trademarks regime? The Trump administration’s May 2017 announcement of the United States’ intent to renegotiate the 23-year old NAFTA pact has led to speculation that an evolution in Canada’s IP legislation may be on the horizon. ... [read more]