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Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 1:22 PM

Why diversity is important to legal profession | Sacha de Klerk

If we were all the same, things would be much simpler. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Duty to defend issues denied leave to appeal by Supreme Court of Canada Policy form with pen

The Supreme Court of Canada recently denied leave to appeal decisions of the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Alberta Court of Appeal, respectively, regarding the duty to defend. As a result, the appellate decisions stand. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 3:21 PM

Alexander Holburn adds associate counsel

Alexander Holburn welcomed new associate counsel Jennifer Huneault to its Toronto office.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 2:45 PM

Court clarifies BC Ferry Agreements with respect to non-settling parties Large cube and group of small cubes on either end of a seesaw

How does a BC Ferry Agreement impact the liability of non-settling parties? The B.C. Supreme Court recently answered this question with more clarity in Owners of Strata Plan KAS3204 v. Navigator Development Corp. [2020] B.C.J. No. 2033.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Partition orders are rare, for good reason Pieces of city property partitioned by wide streets

A co-owner in Ontario may apply for partition or sale of real property under the Partition Act. Case law under the Act favours a presumption for partition (that is, dividing the property between or among the owners) rather than an order for the sale of the entire property with a division of sale proceeds. But a recent Superior Court decision in 1312733 Ontario Inc. v. Simone 2020 ONSC 6546 makes the prospect of obtaining a partition order more unlikely. ... [read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 8:25 AM

Access to Justice: Fragility and resilience: Lessons of 2020 and 2021 potential | Beverley McLachlin

One could be forgiven for some hyperbole when writing a column about the past year. The year 2020 and the beginning of 2021 has been a time of historic, and largely negative, extremes across the health, environment and social landscape. We have been personally and institutionally tested in ways that most of us could not previously have imagined. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 9:21 AM

Occupiers’ liability changes in Ontario will result in people being denied access to justice: lawyer Lawyer Steve Rastin

The new year is likely to bring a lot of change to people’s lives, but one change that may have escaped people’s notice given everything that has been going on is Ontario’s move to limit the amount of time a person has to bring a personal injury case involving ice or snow. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

The year that flew by in slow motion | William Woodward

What a year 2020 was. As I entered into my role as chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) in November of 2020, I contemplated the year ahead and the goals FOLA hoped to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 9:20 AM

Lerners announces six new partners

Lerners announced that Danielle Douek, Andrew Hentz, Danielle Gavreau, Cale Sutherland, Alex Sharpe and Rebecca Shoom have joined the Toronto firm’s partnership.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

How one lawyer helps young litigators through modern training | Aaron Baer

“There are known knowns … there are known unknowns … but there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know … it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.” — Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. secretary of defence. Law students and young lawyers often find themselves in the world of unknown unknowns. And that is a dangerous and very stressful place to reside. ... [read more]