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Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 6:09 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Disorderly houses, and gaming and betting - Procuring

Appeal by the accused from conviction for prostitution-related offences arising out of his role in the provision of sexual services by the complainant over four weekends. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 4:28 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 5:02 PM

‘Grave threat’ of climate change justifies federal carbon pricing standards, Supreme Court rules Chief Justice Richard Wagner

The Homeric odyssey of Canada’s fight against climate change has taken another step after the Supreme Court ruled the federal government has the right to impose minimum carbon pricing standards on the provinces and territories. In a 6-3 decision, the court has ruled that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA), which sets minimum national standards on greenhouse gas (GHG) pricing, falls within Parliament’s powers to legislate with respect to matters of national concern for the peace, order, and good government (POGG) of Canada under s. 91 of the Constitution Act, 1867. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 4:05 PM

Ontario budget focuses on health care and business support for pandemic recovery

Ontario is promising billions in new spending to support businesses, improve health-care infrastructure and bolster the province’s pandemic-ravaged economy, but critics say the government’s 2021-22 budget falls short by failing to provide paid sick days and other provisions for those hit hardest by COVID-19. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

Exceptions to exceptional man in office with white hair and tie

Following the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Dawe v. Equitable Life Insurance Co. of Canada 2019 ONCA 512, notice periods are capped at 24 months. Or are they? If being 73 years old with 55 years cumulative service at the time of termination is not exceptional, what is? ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 1:29 PM

It’s official: Dates for cessation of London Interbank Offered Rate, part one Globe with different currencies

On March 5, 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced the definitive dates on which all settings of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) will either cease or become unrepresentative. This announcement provides loan parties with clarity about the timing of the discontinuation of LIBOR (the benchmark international interbank interest rate for short-term loans). It also constitutes a permanent cessation trigger under the Alternative Reference Rates Committee’s (ARRC) recommended hardwired and amendment LIBOR fallback language for loan agreements. In this article, we discuss the FCA’s announcement and its significance for lenders. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 1:05 PM

Stockwoods partner elected as officer of International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Stockwoods announced that partner Brian Gover was recently elected secretary of international relations of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

Woods adds civil litigation lawyer

Woods announced that Antoine Godin-Landry, newly called to the Quebec bar, has decided to pursue his legal career as a member of its team. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 12:37 PM

Quebec river has legal personhood: What that means for granting nature rights | Sean Nixon

Renowned for its white-water rapids, the Muteshekau-shipu river (also known as the Magpie River) stretches 300 kilometres through Quebec. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 11:49 AM

Intra-Company Transfer work permit: Business immigration despite travel restrictions Two hands shaking in front of Canadian flag

COVID-19 has impacted the immigration world in unprecedented ways; however, despite the evolving border and travel restrictions, there are still numerous options available for those wishing to come to Canada. These options may be available to those wishing to come to Canada temporarily, as well as those wishing to move to Canada on a permanent basis. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 11:35 AM

Range of documentary production in loss transfer dispute Two hands holding file folder

In the decision of Unifund Insurance Company v. Chartis Insurance Company of Canada (Jan. 14, 2021), Arbitrator Bialkowski ordered broad documentary productions from a first party insurer in the context of a loss transfer dispute. ... [read more]