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Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 2:21 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 7:56 PM

Ottawa quietly rolls out much-anticipated draft tax law changes on charities’ political activities Finance Minister Bill Morneau

As people left work before the last weekend, Ottawa quietly rolled out its much-anticipated draft changes to the tax legislation governing charities’ political activities. ... [read more]

Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Interests of child, respecting foreign jurisdiction at heart of Ontario custody dispute Sukhman_Grewal_sm

The best interests of the child prevailed in a custody battle between a mother who left Canada for India with her young son and a father who was “forum shopping” in Ontario’s courts after having entered divorce proceedings in Hyderabad, lawyers say. The issues behind the Sept. 10 Court of Appeal of Ontario decision in Kunuthur v. Govindareddigari 2018 ONCA 730 came down to the current life of the boy, now 13, the length of time his father took to launch legal action in Ontario and the jurisdiction of a family court in the south Indian city of Hyderabad. ... [read more]

Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 3:44 PM

Ontario sued for $32 million-plus for alleged wrongful retention of exonerated suspects’ DNA test results Kirk Baert

A prominent class action law firm is suing the Ontario government for $32 million-plus, alleging that the government is wrongfully retaining — rather than destroying — DNA test results in the Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences that were obtained from potential suspects who were exonerated by the DNA samples they volunteered to give police during criminal investigations during the past 18 years. ... [read more]

Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 2:07 PM

Disagreements notwithstanding, Ontario’s courts, government share common goals, says attorney general Members of the Ontario judiciary

While the province’s courts and government may not always agree, there remains a “shared commitment to the common good,” said embattled Attorney General Caroline Mulroney during the Opening of the Courts of Ontario.   ... [read more]

Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 12:08 PM - Last Updated: Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 3:38 PM

ISPs entitled to ‘reasonable costs’ incurred to comply with third party disclosure orders in illegal downloading case, SCC rules Russell Brown

In a novel interpretation of the 2015 “notice and notice” provisions of the Copyright Act, the Supreme Court has ruled that Rogers Communications Inc. and other ISPs are entitled to be reimbursed for their “reasonable costs” in supplying the names and addresses of alleged illegal downloaders to copyright holders pursuant to Norwich third party disclosure orders. ... [read more]

Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

Concerns raised about proposed B.C. legislation on real estate transparency Jonathan Reilly, English Bay Law Corporation

The B.C. government has introduced a bill aimed at ending hidden ownership of real estate and ensuring taxes are being paid on their properties, but community groups and legal experts are raising concerns about its privacy implications and reporting requirements. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 1:54 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 3:47 PM

Ottawa announces settlements in two class actions over benefits denied disabled veterans, sick moms Michel Drapeau

The federal government is moving to settle two high-profile class actions against Ottawa that were launched separately by disabled veterans upset by pension claw-backs, and by mothers denied EI sickness benefits while on parental leave. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 9:11 AM

Indigenous man arguing traditional laws trump Ontario legislation in child support case Harold Niman

The Ontario Court of Appeal is grappling with a request by a First Nations man to allow a dispute over child support to be determined by traditional Indigenous laws rather than the laws of the province. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 5:29 PM

Lakehead’s interim law dean departs after three months; third dean to leave since Bora Laskin Law School started

Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith, Lakehead University’s new interim law dean, is leaving, barely three months after taking on the important post last June, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 11:52 AM

Mereigh named new president of Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch Margaret Mereigh, 2018-19 president, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC)

The Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) has announced Margaret A. Mereigh will serve as its president for the 2018-19 term. ... [read more]