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Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:22 PM

Law firm marketing: Asking the big questions | Jana Schilder

There are two truths in law firm marketing for the coming year that have not changed in decades: One is that business is always about who is willing to give your firm the business as opposed to a competitor. And two, the best lawyers constantly take action to expand their “sphere of influence.” ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 12:37 PM - Last Updated: Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

INTERPRETATION - General principles - Context

Appeals from a judgment of the Ontario Court of Appeal, reversing a decision declaring that the terms of an indemnity agreement concluded in 1985 (the 1985 Indemnity) required the Province of Ontario to compensate the respondents for the cost of complying with an order of the Director of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (Director). ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

Employee responsibilities, liabilities during party season Officeparty

Like employers, employees have responsibilities in relation to company parties and similar work-related social gatherings. While they are entitled to let loose with their work colleagues outside the workplace, they are bound to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. They share accountability with their employer for the safety and well-being of their co-workers and must be professional and respectful. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 10:35 AM - Last Updated: Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 3:55 PM

Gov’t’s indemnity doesn’t insulate ex-paper mill owners from costs to monitor, maintain waste disposal site Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 4-3 that two former owners of a northern Ontario pulp and paper mill which polluted nearby rivers with mercury are not insulated by a 1985 indemnity signed by the Ontario government from paying the costs to monitor and maintain a mercury disposal site, as ordered in 2011 by the Director of the Ministry of Environment. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

B.C. aiming to make appellate court rules and procedures clearer, easier to navigate

B.C. is looking for the public’s input on proposed changes to the rules and procedures of the provincial Court of Appeal, saying the current rules are out of date and confusing to both litigants and lawyers alike. The Ministry of the Attorney General is proposing amendments to the Court of Appeal Act and the Court of Appeal Rules. The most recent revision of the Act and rules occurred in 1996 and, as a result, the government says modernization is needed. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

Liability for unlawful arrest and right to refuse to comply | Sylvie Rodrigue

On Nov. 29, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered its decision in Kosoian v. Société de transport de Montréal, 2019 SCC 59 and unanimously ruled in favour of Bela Kosoian, overturning the decisions of the Quebec courts below and ordering the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) (the authority responsible for the subway system), the City of Laval and constable Fabio Camacho to pay her $20,000 in relation with her detention and arrest 10 years ago. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Billingsley named University of Alberta’s new law dean

Barbara Billingsley, a professor of law at the University of Alberta, has been appointed new dean of the faculty, making her the first woman to hold the position. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Serving legal papers via social media Thumbsupicon.ca

As many lawyers know, locating and personally serving a defendant with a statement of claim can at times be an onerous process and it can especially be troubling if you are having difficulties locating the defendant. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Tax law: Counterintuitive and unreasonable Tax law book

When I was a law student and studied a gamut of subjects in law I was struck by the inherent logic of it all. Not true in tax law. In tax law, the answer is most often counterintuitive because technicality governs to the exclusion of reason. As a result, the findings of the Tax Court of Canada are sometimes absurd. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 8:01 AM

JUDICIAL REVIEW AND STATUTORY APPEAL - Jurisdiction of court to review

Appeal by Lipskaia from a decision dismissing his application for judicial review of a decision of the Passport Division to revoke the appellant’s passport on the basis that it was obtained on fraudulent information. ... [read more]