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Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 8:27 AM

Family resemblance: Piercing corporate veil in family, corporate law Magnifying glass and corporate files

Spouses can be shareholders, directors, officers and employees in family-run businesses. When a marriage breaks down and corporations are involved, both family law and corporate law can be engaged in sometimes complementary, sometimes conflicting ways. This is particularly the case with piercing the corporate veil. Parties and counsel involved in these situations should keep both family and corporate law perspectives in mind, or risk being surprised by the approach the court can take. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 1:26 PM

Big changes for small estates Jar of pennies

On April 1, 2021, the estates law changes from the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act came into effect in Ontario. The result of the bill raised the limit for a small estate to $150,000 and introduced Rule 74.1 in the Rules of Civil Procedure pertaining to the administration of small estates. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 10:24 AM

Lawyer librarian symbiosis | Ciara Ward

“What would you be without us?” “What have you done for us lately?” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 4:21 PM

Liberals recognize right to healthy environment as part of legislative overhaul Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

The Trudeau government has unveiled changes to Canada’s cornerstone environmental protection law which includes recognition that every Canadian has the right to a healthy environment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 2:09 PM

Time to get serious about reopening U.S.-Canadian border Uncle Sam holding an "open" sign

With summer approaching, and one year of suspended land movement behind us, a growing number of Americans and Canadians are calling for the U.S.-Canadian border to reopen. Non-essential traffic across the U.S.-Canadian land border was suspended on March 21, 2020, to slow the spread of COVID-19 and has been extended each month since. On March 18, 2020, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Homeland Security announced that the restrictions on non-essential travel across the U.S.-Canadian land border have been extended through April 21, 2021. This marks 13 months of suspended movement between the two countries due to the pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 8:22 AM

Apple to start app tracing with transparency Big eye on a computer screen

Apple has announced upcoming privacy changes that are leading marketers to rethink their data collecting processes. Apple will soon require apps to clarify data tracking practices and obtain explicit consumer consent before allowing tracking. ... [read more]

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

The veil has lifted | Veena Kumar

I am a current 1L at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) and while I could wax poetic about attending law school via Zoom in the middle of a pandemic, this specific piece is not about those trials and tribulations. Instead, this pertains to a culmination of events which compelled me to write the poem titled The Veil Has Lifted. Last year, the BLM movement began to stir up long held beliefs and feelings that had been brushed aside or buried. Still, I did not find I had enough clarity to give the inner turmoil a voice. ... [read more]

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 1:51 PM

Lawyers should distinguish between remediation and litigation legal costs: B.C. Court of Appeal Malcolm Funt, Bojm, Funt & Gibbons LLP

The B.C. Court of Appeal has issued a ruling in a case involving a dispute over the cleanup of a former gas station that lawyers are saying helps to clear up some of the confusion in the law about how legal costs are apportioned in environmental remediation cases, but could lead to more issues down the road. ... [read more]

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Gender inclusivity on boards in a post-pandemic world Hands of different gender doing a jigsaw

Not long ago, equal gender representation and policies facilitating gender equity were hardly more than nice supplements to company practice. Now, they are requirements for satisfying stakeholders and necessities for any business hoping to thrive or even continue on into the future. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining these Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices is becoming even more critical. ... [read more]

Friday, April 09, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

Successful leave application doesn’t foolproof against summary judgment Chess game checkmate

A seminal Ontario Superior Court decision leaves little doubt that success on an application for leave to appeal under the secondary market liability provisions of the Ontario Securities Act (OSA) does not portend success on the merits. ... [read more]