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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 3:27 PM | By Matthew Grace


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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Downey stresses modernization in unveiling reforms to legal aid, law society legislation
Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, introduced by Attorney General Doug Downey on Dec. 9, proposes amendments to over 20 Acts and, if passed, will impact the legal regulator, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), class actions and how lawyers practise in different areas across the province.

SCC upholds lower court decision on Crown corporation’s immunity from federal tax
The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has ruled in a 6-1 decision released Dec. 13, that the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI or bcIMC), a Crown corporation that manages and invests pensions and other money for several public-sector organizations, is immune from federal tax under the Excise Tax Act (ETA). However, it held that BCI is still bound by provisions in the Reciprocal Taxation Agreement (RTA) and the Comprehensive Integrated Tax Coordination Agreement (CITCA).

SCC rules property purchased by trust included in Quebec’s family patrimony
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 5-2 that a home purchased by trust should be included in the family patrimony under the Civil Code of Quebec (CCQ), which means the property will be equally divided upon dissolution of the marriage.

B.C. family law reform proposals aimed at less adversarial system, smaller burden on courts
The government of British Columbia is considering a significant revamp of how family matters are dealt with in provincial court, with an eye to making the system less adversarial and easier to navigate, as well as helping to ensure actions can be resolved before taking the big step of going before a judge.

New Quebec impaired punishment does not fit crime
In her column, Kyla Lee writes: “The Quebec government has recently enacted legislation that would require repeat impaired driving offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles, for life.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.