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Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 4:18 PM

Nova Scotia committee recommends more mask wearing in courtrooms

A COVID-19 court recovery committee in Nova Scotia is calling for increased mask wearing in courtrooms following the federal government’s warning of the “aerosol transmission” of the virus. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 1:32 PM

Access to Justice: Will COVID-19 justice become the norm? | Beverley McLachlin

I am an optimist. In previous columns I have expressed the hope that COVID-19 will reveal the inefficiencies and gaps in how we deliver justice to Canadians and allow us to build a better justice system that combines the strengths of the current system with new thinking on how to run our justice institutions more efficiently and humanely. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 11:38 AM

Tax savings from Personal Real Estate Corporations Woman showing house of money

The Ontario government has enacted legislation to permit real estate agents to incorporate professional corporations. This allows real estate agents to follow strategies similar to those of most other professional groups, which have been allowed to incorporate for quite a few years. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 1:22 PM

Tackling tort claims in family law cases Judge between angry parents

It’s no secret that family law disputes involve emotionally charged issues. While these are typically addressed within family law’s specialized statutory frameworks, they can also give rise to claims in tort more familiar to civil litigators. There are reasons that introducing torts may be helpful in certain family law disputes. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

Politicization of senior appointments alarms Tribunal Watch Ontario | Gary Yee and Raj Anand

Tribunal Watch Ontario is alarmed by the recent series of Ontario cabinet appointments to senior leadership positions at Tribunals Ontario, the newly created cluster of 14 justice tribunals. Conservative party connections appear stronger than qualifications in some cases. Tribunal Watch Ontario (a public interest organization with a mission to promote tribunal independence and access to justice) calls for an independent review of the appointments and reappointments processes for Ontario tribunals. ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

Trial judge erred in calculating spousal support, rules Ontario Court of Appeal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has found that a trial judge who decided on a divorce case incorrectly assessed spousal support when he accepted the ex-husband’s contention that his annual income was only $24,226, even though he owned three rental properties worth an estimated $5 million. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 3:11 PM

Association’s response to family legal services provider proposal: Overview | Sarah Boulby

The Toronto Law Association (TLA) is the voice of its 3,700 members who practise law in all disciplines across Toronto. Some 11 per cent of our members practise family law. The great majority of family lawyers are sole practitioners or practise in small firms. Family lawyers represent individuals from all walks in life, often at a moment of great vulnerability financially, emotionally and with respect to their physical safety. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 10:42 AM

Cox & Palmer adds six associates to Halifax office

Cox & Palmer announced that Kelcie N. White, Jacob Che, Sarah Stevens, Ashley Dickey, Drew D. Ritchie and Michael M. Gallagher have joined the firm’s Halifax office as associates. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 8:38 AM

Residents of Hong Kong receive new immigration pathways hong_kong_immigration

Canada’s ongoing need for immigrants, together with sympathy for the abrogation of rule of law in Hong Kong, has prompted the creation of exceptional new temporary and immigration programs in Canada which will directly and indirectly facilitate immigration of Hong Kong residents, students and youths to Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 12:37 PM

Additional Ontario Court of Justice reopenings slated for Nov. 30

The Ontario Court of Justice has announced the resumption of family law matters, criminal trials and preliminary inquiries at additional court locations starting Nov. 30. ... [read more]