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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 9:52 AM

AGRICULTURE - Farms - Financing

Appeal by the Skyline Agriculture companies from a Queen's Bench judgment affirming a decision by the Farm Land Security Board. In 2014, farmers approached investors seeking alternative financing arrangements for young farmers who sought to acquire farmland. A proposed financing structure divided farm ownership between a parent company, a management company, and an operating company. The financing involved a series of instruments and transactions which included a traditional mortgage and swap and derivative agreements held by additional entities. The farming entities were Canadian-owned. The balance of the structure was held by offshore entities, the appellants. In a test case ruling, the Board determined that the arrangement contravened s. 77 of the Saskatchewan Farm Security Act, as the non-resident appellants had acquired a land holding within the meaning of the Act. Skyline appealed to the Court of Queen's Bench. The Court determined that the Board's decision was reasonable. Skyline appealed to the Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Motion seeks stronger protections for Ontario temp agency workers Krista Kais-Prial

The Ontario Legislature passed a motion on April 13 that calls for the government to put into place greater protections for temporary agency workers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 2:57 PM

Hi-Tech: Customer relationship management invaluable for gaining, retaining clients | Luigi Benetton

Does your firm use CRM (customer relationship management) tools? If not you probably should be. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:45 AM

Mahar joins Miller Thomson partnership

Kyla Mahar is the newest partner in Miller Thomson’s Toronto office. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

B.C. residents can dial up free legal advice on April 22

The Canadian Bar Association, B.C. branch, is hosting a Dial-a-Lawyer Day on April 22 as part of Law Week celebrations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 8:54 AM

Teplitsky, Colson adds Lake as partner in litigation group

Teplitsky, Colson LLP announced that Jennifer Lake became a partner in the Brunswick/Pitch group effective Jan. 1, 2017. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 8:14 AM

Front Street redevelopment seeks to create downtown Toronto innovation hub

Technology innovation will get a boost with an announced redevelopment on Front Street that looks to create a new innovation district in Toronto's downtown core. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Gowling WLG to launch pilot project using web-based analytics tool Brent Arnold

Next week, Gowling WLG will launch a pilot project around a web-based analytics tool that has the potential to reduce research time and predict the success or failure of a case. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

Businessman must pay for firm's contracted debts, top B.C. court finds Adnan Habib

A British Columbia man is on the hook for nearly $70,000 after the province’s top court found he agreed to be “jointly and severally liable” for his company’s debts when he signed a credit agreement. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 10:56 AM

Ex-Crown to be honoured as YWCA Woman of Distinction

Denise Dwyer is one of seven women being honoured by YWCA Toronto on May 18 as a 2017 Woman of Distinction for her remarkable work in the field. ... [read more]