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Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

Four new associates for Clark Wilson in Vancouver

Clark Wilson LLP announced that four new associate lawyers have joined its team in Vancouver: Alexandra Madden, Emily Raven, Erin Barnes and Scott McLeod. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 2:26 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:08 AM

LSO debate on Statement of Principles pushed back till September 11 Malcolm Mercer sm

The debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), which was supposed to continue at a special Convocation in July, won’t be before the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) until September, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

Canada’s ambiguity on art: donations versus export Blue irises

The Heffel Gallery Limited v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 FC 605 decision delivered by the Federal Court in June 2018 was met with considerable controversy. This decision is considered a significant art law decision within the art community as it marks the first time the “national importance” requirement has been judicially considered since enactment in the Cultural Property Export and Import Act in the 1970s. ... [read more]

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Will-maker does not need ‘encyclopedic knowledge’ to understand assets Person holding glasses paper

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision has given greater clarity to how the courts treat a will-maker’s knowledge of his or her assets and serves as a reminder of how solicitors can and should ensure their clients’ testamentary capacity is well evidenced following their death. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 10:47 AM

Quebec Court of Appeal judge nominated for SCC brings strong expertise in class actions, family, civil law Nicholas Kasirer

Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Nicholas Kasirer, the former McGill University law dean nominated July 10 for the Supreme Court of Canada, professes a passionate commitment to bijuralism; strong expertise in class actions, family and the civil law; and an approach to judicial lawmaking that encompasses both boldness and caution. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 10:31 AM

Group calling for reform to Nova Scotia’s Intestate Succession Act Ilana_Luther_sm

A group advocating for law reform in Nova Scotia is calling for the province to update its “antiquated” legislation so that common law partners of those who die without a will can inherit what has been left behind. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 4:26 PM

Quebec Court of Appeal judge nominated to replace Gascon on SCC

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on July 10 the nomination of the Honourable Nicholas Kasirer to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 9:21 AM

Limitation periods in estate litigation: Using the Limitations Act alarm_clock_sm

This is part two of the series on limitation periods in estate litigation. You may recall that part one focused on the applicability of ss. 4 and 5 of the Limitations Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 24, Sched. B in will challenge proceedings. This article will focus on the applicability of s. 16(1)(a) of the Limitations Act in estate litigation and when the act can be used in support of the position that there is no limitation period. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

Why Libra could be a cryptocurrency game changer Libra_coin_sm

Facebook has announced a new cryptocurrency, Libra, that looks to shake up the cryptocurrency marketplace in at least the same degree as the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009 changed the concept of money. Moreover, it offers real potential to profoundly modify international commerce. Libra is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2020. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Two judges appointed to Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench

The federal Department of Justice on June 27 announced judicial appointments for the province of Manitoba. ... [read more]