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Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 2:09 PM

Nova Scotia brings end to cosmetic surgery for companion animals Dogandcatlinedrawing_sm.jpg

In early October Nova Scotia made Canadian history by being the first province to pass powerful new animal welfare legislation to protect companion animals from unnecessary cosmetic surgeries. The new law prohibits cosmetic surgery that changes the appearance of an animal, unless it is medically required. What this means is that elective or cosmetic surgeries are no longer allowed under Nova Scotia law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

Aggressive pharma litigants sanctioned by massive costs award two men and pigbank

On Oct. 23, 2018, Justice Michael Phelan issued a brief nine-page decision on a motion for costs in Hospira Healthcare Corporation v. Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research 2018 FC 259, that would hardly be worthy of mention if it had not awarded a whopping $3.48 million in costs to the defendants, who had successfully defended against a patent impeachment action and won their counterclaim for infringement against Hospira Healthcare Corporation and additional parties to the counterclaim (Hospira Parties). ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

Three new associates added to Robins Appleby team

Robins Appleby LLP announced that three associates have joined the Toronto firm, Noah Ciglen, Amanda Laren and Joseph Jamil. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 9:52 AM

Hughes joins Bennett Jones as senior counsel in Ottawa office

Bennett Jones announced that Valerie Hughes has joined the firm as senior counsel in the Ottawa office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Alberta decision: Re-serve formal offer or no double cost award formal_offer_sm

It is trite to state that parties who beat their formal offers in Alberta’s courts are entitled to double costs for every step taken after service of the formal offer. However, when a party has served a formal offer and is successful in its summary dismissal application before a master, recent comments from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench indicate it is incumbent upon that party to re-serve its formal offer in the face of an appeal to secure an entitlement to double costs after the appeal is dismissed. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Marketing guide highlights uncertainty in cannabis promotion rules, lawyers say Denes_Rothschild_sm

A new industry guide for cannabis companies on the do’s and don’ts of marketing their products is a good primer but also speaks to lingering ambiguity on what is prohibited when it comes to basic branding and the use of social media, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 5:42 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Judicial council says judge was ‘ill-advised’ and violated rules by acting as Lakehead University’s interim law dean Brian Gover

In a decision expected to be challenged in Federal Court, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has decided that Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith breached his obligations to devote himself solely to his judicial duties, and to stay out of public and potential legal controversy, when he took a leave of absence formally approved by his chief justice to act pro bono as interim dean of Lakehead University’s struggling new law school. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

Take off blinkers and ban exploitive horse drawn carriages | Victoria Shroff

Riding in horse drawn carriages used to be common 100-plus years ago in Canada. Times change. Knowledge grows. Using horses to pull carriages is seriously antiquated and should be relegated to the past. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - General anti-avoidance rule - Misuse and abuse

Appeal by the Crown from a decision of the Tax Court that vacated an assessment issued to the respondent. ... [read more]

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 2:57 PM

Justin Trudeau’s new federal carbon tax explained smokingfactory_sm.jpg

In the 2015 Paris Agreement, Canada committed to take steps to maintain global warming at no more than two degrees Celsius than pre-industrial levels, and to aim for a target of 1.5C. As a result, the federal government and the provinces in consultation with First Nations developed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to, among other things, price and reduce carbon emissions. ... [read more]