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Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

More courtrooms in British Columbia open their doors

The British Columbia provincial court has opened up more courtrooms as the province begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 11:24 AM

Zoom impact on oral advocacy Judgezoom

“Don’t cross your arms,” “Don’t forget eye contact,” “Try not to fidget … yes, put down that pencil.” Are these hallmarks of verbal advocacy about to become less relevant? ... [read more]

Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 9:23 AM - Last Updated: Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Ontario’s top court provides clarity on pension valuation Katherine Shadbolt

In a significant decision for Ontario family law, the province’s Court of Appeal has provided clear guidance on how pensions should be valued in divorce settlements — especially those not governed by Ontario laws. “Certainty in the resolution of financial issues flowing from the dissolution of family relationships has been a policy imperative underlying much of the recent reform of family law in Canada,” Court of Appeal Justice C. William Hourigan wrote in Van Delst v. Hronowsky 2020 ONCA 329. ... [read more]

Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

The family cottage: Preserve it or sell it house_questionmark_sm

As cottage season looms for so many Ontarians, many retired or aging cottage owners are becoming weary of the work and expense that goes into cottage ownership and are considering how to unburden themselves of these responsibilities. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 3:27 PM

P.E.I. Supreme Court to cease essential-only model, resume in-person hearings

Prince Edward Island’s Supreme Court will be easing restrictions of its operations by moving away from the high-priority model put in place to deal with the COVID-19 health crisis. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 1:59 PM

Obstacles to reuniting families at border during COVID-19 separated_family_sm

Since the government of Canada first announced in late March that it was closing Canada’s borders, many foreign nationals have been separated from their loved ones who live or work in Canada. From complex travel restrictions to disruptions in the processing of Family Class applications, there are numerous challenges and obstacles facing families who are hoping to be reunited in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 11:49 AM

How lawyers can help Canada navigate COVID-19 storm Lighthouse

One great tragedy of COVID-19 is that for a generation of people, the two most formative societal events they lived through are the 2008 recession and the COVID-19 pandemic. Society and the legal community are now playing a different ball game, except now we’re all blindfolded and six feet apart. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 11:40 AM

Calculating foreign income for support purposes Clipboard with calculator and money

The Child Support Guidelines set the benchmark for calculating income for support purposes. The guidelines’ objectives ensure recipients and payors of support in similar circumstances are treated similarly across Canada. If a support payor earns foreign income then the income must be converted to Canadian gross income when determining support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

Alberta follows Ontario sanctioning ‘upstream’ litigation by videoconference online_trial_sm

In the recent Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench decision of Sandhu v. Siri Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara of Alberta 2020 ABQB 359, Justice Michael Lema found authority in the Alberta Rules of Court and applied recent Ontario authority, among others, to authorize cross-examination on affidavits by videoconference, or “remotely,” given the exigencies of the pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 2:16 PM

Ontario child care centres allowed to reopen starting June 12

Child care centres across Ontario will be allowed to reopen as early as June 12 if stipulated safety measures are in place, the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford announced June 9. ... [read more]