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Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 11:26 AM

Potential issues facing the emerging death care industry 3candles1out_sm.jpg

While medical assistance in dying gets all the attention these days, one of the trends I’ve been monitoring is the emergence of a “death care” industry in Canada. While still predominantly a grassroots movement, these are individuals operating outside the health sector who offer a wide range of death-related services to dying persons and their families. Some of these services are essentially various forms of support and companionship at the end of life: providing community resources, offering spiritual care and communicating with distant relatives. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

Arbitration appeal: Jurisdictional argument or collateral attack arbitration_dispute_sm

The recent case of Alectra Utilities Corporation v. Solar Power Network 2018 ONSC 4926 illustrates the difficulties that can arise in distinguishing between an allegation that an arbitrator lacked jurisdiction, from an allegation that the arbitrator simply made a wrong decision. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Two new associates for McLeish Orlando

Toronto personal injury firm McLeish Orlando announced that Joe Gaynor and William Harding have joined the firm as associates. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

Buchanan to help lead Norton Rose Fulbright’s infrastructure group

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced that Douglas B. Buchanan has joined its New York and Vancouver offices as co-head of the firm’s North American infrastructure group.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Costs - For reprehensible or inefficient conduct

Action by the self-represented plaintiff for damages for breach of contract. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

Gélinas new partner in Davies’ Montreal office

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP announced that Michel Gélinas has joined the firm as a partner in its Montreal office.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 2:50 PM

Legal regulators to soon decide on tougher client ID rule; is new obligation to verify beneficial owners reasonable? Mora Johnson

With the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) poised to decide next month on a more onerous “know your client” model rule of conduct, some lawyers, and even legal regulators, are asking how practitioners handling financial transactions for client corporations and trusts are supposed to verify these organizations’ beneficial ownership, in the absence of a centralized government registry that publicly discloses such information. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

Does Premier Ford see the Constitution as merely a speed bump? | Heather MacIvor

On September 10, Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba set aside the electoral map imposed on the City of Toronto by the Ontario Legislature in mid-August (City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151). He held that doubling the number of voters in each ward halfway through the campaign period violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As expected, Premier Doug Ford announced that he would appeal Belobaba’s ruling. Then he stunned most observers by declaring that he would use the Charter’s notwithstanding clause (s. 33) to re-impose the electoral map that had been declared unconstitutional. This was not the Ford Government’s first defeat in the Superior Court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

Cross-border estate administration: The two-country connection canadianflag_americanflag_sm

When a deceased person has cross-border connections to the United States (U.S.) and Ontario or any province or territory in Canada, many issues can arise which can complicate the administration of their estate. In this series of articles, we discuss common issues that can arise when estates have connections on both sides of the border. ... [read more]

Monday, September 10, 2018 @ 12:50 PM

McMillan adds former articling student, two associates

McMillan LLP announced that William (Bill) Wu has rejoined the firm as a member of the competition group in its Toronto office, effective Sept. 10, 2018. ... [read more]