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Monday, April 08, 2019 @ 1:15 PM

The QuadrigaCX collapse: Regulators play catch-up asset_collapse_sm

The proverbial chicken-or-egg analogy can be quite superfluous in the context of who acts first — the innovator or the regulator. Every now and then you have innovators who impetuously bludgeon through the jungle and create a chasm before the regulatory mechanism catches up with a framework. It’s a perennial tug-of-war that the regulator takes time to latch on to for reasons sometimes justified and sometimes not.   ... [read more]

Monday, April 08, 2019 @ 5:54 AM

TELUS v. Wellman calls for legislative action | William Horton

Pity the Supreme Court of Canada. In TELUS Communications Inc. v. Wellman, [2019] S.C.J. No. 19, the court was called upon to choose between: Excluding tens of thousands of TELUS’ business customers from any effective remedy by keeping them out of a class action which would decide the exact same claims advanced by customers who are consumers; and stretching the words of s. 7(5) of the Arbitration Act beyond the meaning that the words literally bear. ... [read more]

Friday, April 05, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

More reasons to abandon the HST | Dale Barrett

In my first article in this series, I expressed the opinion that the entire HST system and its legal framework are fundamentally flawed. I outlined four of the nine problems with HST to help illustrate why it should be abandoned. Here are the remaining problems. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 5:21 PM - Last Updated: Friday, April 05, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

SCC rules that Ontario business customers bound by arbitration clauses are barred from suing service providers  Michael Moldaver

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 5-4 that business customers of TELUS in Ontario can’t piggyback on a $520-million consumer class action for alleged cellphone overbilling because, under Ontario’s Arbitration Act 1991, they are bound by their TELUS service contracts to arbitrate their disputes rather than sue. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 3:25 PM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Parties - Class or representative actions - Stay of action due to parallel proceeding

Appeal by Telus Communications Inc. (Telus) from a judgment of the Ontario Court of Appeal affirming a decision that refused to stay business customers’ claims in a class action against Telus. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 12:23 PM

New Vancouver associate for DLA Piper’s securities, capital markets group

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announced that Stephen Wintermute has joined the firm’s Vancouver office as an associate in the securities and capital markets group. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Quebec looking to join ownership transparency trend id_card_sm

As our world becomes more mobile and connected, governments including at the provincial and federal levels in Canada, have taken this as a cue to legislate increased ownership transparency (i.e., to identify beneficial owners and their residence or citizenship in situations where the ownership is acquired through a nominee). This is with a view, among other goals, to combating perceived tax evasion and excessive property speculation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 1:51 PM

McMillan adds two counsel to Montreal office

McMillan announced that Joséane Chrétien and Rish Handa have joined the firm’s office in Montreal, effective March 25, 2019. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

High cost of Toronto housing: Elephants in the room elephant_room_sm

In my first article on this subject I offered some reasons why housing is so expensive in the Greater Toronto Area. Here are some more elephants in the affordable housing room. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 8:24 AM

Canadian cannabis: Challenges and global opportunities cannabis_canadian_sm

On April 1, the first bricks-and-mortar cannabis retail stores became legal in Ontario. While cannabis was legalized countrywide on Oct. 17, the government-run online Ontario Cannabis Store has so far been the only legal outlet for cannabis in Ontario. Although Canada’s most populous province has only given 10 stores the green light to open on April 1, the first phase of cannabis legalization is now largely complete. ... [read more]