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Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

Credibility, reliability keys to sex assault appeal addledheadshot

Sexual assaults are some of the most heinous crimes perpetrated in our society. The effects are long lasting for victims. The intergenerational trauma which can result from such assaults is significant. This is why such matters are treated as they are. However, the criminal justice system is built on a bedrock of only punishing those which the state has proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Society can lose faith in the justice system if wrongdoers are not punished but even more so should a wrongful conviction ensue. It is these competing interests that trial judges must consider as they assess evidence which is presented to them. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 6:21 AM

HEALTH INSURANCE, GOVERNMENT - Provision of coverage for temporarily absent insured persons

Application by the Canadian Snowbird Association and Slack for judicial review seeking a declaration that Regulation 259 was ultra vires the Lieutenant Governor in Council of Ontario. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 4:24 PM

Ottawa proposes more rent relief for businesses, organizations hit by second wave Chrystia_Freeland_sm

As part of its response to the second wave of COVID-19, Canada’s government is aiming to increase rent support for hard-hit businesses, non-profits and charities, and it has launched online help for small businesses wanting to break into new international markets. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

Why Indigenous treaty rights on fishing, trade require federal protection | Angelique EagleWoman

As both Canada and the United States share a similar history in formation as the offspring of father England, they also share the obligation to uphold treaties with Indigenous nations. In the United States, the treaty rights of Indigenous peoples have been upheld in early U.S. Supreme Court cases. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Family cottage: Registering real estate agreements on title, interfamily sales cottage2

“Some people create their own storms, and then get upset when it rains.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 6:30 AM

AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE - Compulsory government schemes - Claims against parties unknown

Appeal by ICBC from a judgment finding the defendant, Vanstone, vicariously liable for a collision involving the plaintiff, Megaro. Vanstone owned a vehicle that collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:11 PM

Federal Court of Appeal upholds application of anti-avoidance rule to limited partner Cityscape

On Sept. 14, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision on Gladwin Realty Corp. v. Canada 2020 FCA 142. The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the taxpayer’s appeal from the Tax Court of Canada, denying the tax benefit obtained through a complex series of transactions under the general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR). ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

The lawyer-paralegal relationship in B.C. | Jennifer Brun paralegal_sm

Lawyers and paralegals in British Columbia have been working together to provide client services for as long as there have been formal education programs for paralegals. This partnership brings together complementary skill sets, each founded through education, experiential training and ethical standards. Paralegals are defined by the BC Paralegal Association as those who “have legal training and knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of law and are capable of independent legal work, performed subject to the general supervision of a lawyer.” ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

Weisz Fell Kour hires new associate

Insolvency and commercial litigation boutique Weisz Fell Kour LLP announced that associate Pat Corney has joined its team. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

Ottawa to increase immigration for economic recovery Marco_Mendicino_sm

Canada’s government has tabled a plan to boost immigration levels over the next three years to counter a shortfall caused by travel restrictions thrown up due to COVID-19. On Oct. 30, federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino tabled the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, which sets out a strategy to boost Canada’s immigration targets in the name of economic recovery. ... [read more]