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Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Judge who sexually harassed court staffer quietly quit; unlike the U.S., #MeToo hasn’t hit Canadian judiciary TLD Exclusive

A superior court judge who subjected a court staffer to sexualized contact in the workplace quietly resigned after a Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) investigation, without the judicial disciplinary body publicly disclosing his actions until now. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 8:53 AM

Trusts, partnerships and unique global structures international_tax_sm

Rather than owning foreign property personally and using multiple wills to deal with that properly on death, Canadian residents might consider a variety of other structures to hold that property, including trusts, partnerships, companies, or other structures unique to foreign jurisdictions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Mapping the demographics of polyamory | John-Paul Boyd

People who are polyamorous are, or prefer to be, involved in more than one intimate relationship at a time. Some polyamorists are involved in stable, long-term loving relationships involving two or more other people. Others are simultaneously engaged in a number of relationships of varying degrees of permanence and commitment. Still others are involved in a web of concurrent relationships which range from short-term relationships that are purely sexual in nature to more enduring relationships characterized by deep emotional attachments. ... [read more]

Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Decision clarifies rules on communication of documents outside Quebec blocked_communication_sm

The Superior Court in Elie v. Ouimet 2018 QCCS 522 dismissed an application for the execution of a rogatory commission at the request of a U.S. court on the grounds that Quebec’s Business Concerns Records Act (BCRA) prohibited communication of documents and oral testimony regarding the handling of those documents. ... [read more]

Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 8:35 AM

Smart planning helps administer worldwide assets global_assets_sm

It is more common than ever for individuals to relocate or to own assets outside the province or country in which they reside. These connections to different jurisdictions should be taken into account when creating an estate plan. With careful planning, the time and cost efficiency in administering a multi-jurisdictional estate may be improved, and the benefits to the estate and its beneficiaries may be significant.   ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

International Women’s Day a call to arms for lawyers | Leanne Townsend

It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and it’s a great time to be a woman. There is an energetic movement underway resulting from the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. Women are joining forces and banding together in unprecedented ways, holding men who have abused their power accountable and demanding equal treatment. ... [read more]

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 9:46 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal decision clarifies ‘rule of convenience’ in estate dispute Myron Shulgan sm

In an estate dispute over farmland and interest on legacies the Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified the use of the “rule of convenience” in a decision counsel says stresses the importance of estate trustees to act promptly in administrating an estate.   ... [read more]

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 1:17 PM

Legal profession overdue for #MeToo movement to end ‘inappropriate’ conduct by judges, lawyers: litigator Angela Chaisson

The legal profession needs to mobilize against sexual remarks and other “inappropriate” workplace conduct by judges and senior lawyers who exploit the vulnerability of junior lawyers and law students, says a feminist lawyer who fights to advance the rights of women and LGBTQ people. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Class action copyright claim takes on ‘obituary piracy’ obituary_piracy_sm

Maritimes-based firm Stewart McKelvey has launched an application for the Federal Court of Canada to certify a class action copyright claim against Afterlife, a Quebec-based site that reproduces obituaries. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

Automated legal services cost efficient, but can leave clients vulnerable, lawyers say Reesa Heft sm

The automation of legal documents seems like a straightforward solution for Canadians facing access to justice issues. However, lawyers caution clients turning to tech may be leaving themselves open to litigation as documents, such as contracts and wills, could lack important details. ... [read more]