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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Ontario teachers unions launch Charter challenge amid ongoing contract talks Susan Ursel

Amid negotiations for the renewal of collective agreements in Ontario’s education sector, the province’s four unions representing teachers and support staff joined forces on Dec. 12 to launch a Charter challenge against the Ontario government’s newly passed legislation they claim violates their rights to unrestricted collective bargaining. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 10:32 AM

Ryerson’s new dean sets building admissions, hiring faculty as priorities Donna Young sm

The appointment as the founding dean of Ryerson University’s new Faculty of Law is more than just a job to Donna Young; it’s an opportunity to come home. ... [read more]

Monday, December 16, 2019 @ 2:30 PM

Environmental group seeks standing in case against Volkswagen Tim Gray, Environmental Defence

A proposed plea deal on allegations automotive giant Volkswagen imported diesel vehicles into Canada that did not conform to environmental standards was put on hold last week after an Ontario court agreed to consider an environmental group’s request to seek standing in the matter. ... [read more]

Monday, December 16, 2019 @ 1:27 PM

Under fire Quebec Appeal Court won’t suspend contested secularism bill Emmanuelle Bernheim

A divided Quebec Court of Appeal, grappling with a series of controversial complaints against its chief justice, has refused to stay sections of the province’s secularism bill even though it acknowledges that the controversial ban on religious symbols is causing irreparable harm to some people. ... [read more]

Monday, December 16, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

Damages award in Quebec comic’s discrimination case called ‘dangerous’ Pierre Trudel

A controversial Quebec Court of Appeal ruling that ordered a comedian to pay $35,000 in damages to another entertainer for infringing his right to the safeguard of his dignity without discrimination after mocking his disability may lead to a chilling effect because the decision provides scant guidance over when the line is crossed, human rights law and media law experts said. ... [read more]

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 12:36 PM - Last Updated: Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 1:29 PM

SCC upholds lower court decision on Crown corporation’s immunity from federal tax Andromache KARAKATSANIS sm

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). ... [read more]

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 11:40 AM

Agency seeks input on Manitoba’s lack of laws on unclaimed property

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission is seeking feedback on whether the province should adopt legislation to deal with unclaimed bonds, securities, insurance and other forms of intangible personal property left abandoned, forgotten or intestate. ... [read more]

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Alberta law society holds practice fees steady, moves on strategic plan Alberta Law Society president Rob Armstrong

The Alberta Law Society’s final bencher meeting of the year was a look towards the future as it finalized its 2020 budget as well as the strategic plan which will guide it in the future. Benchers passed the 2020 business plan and budget at the meeting, which was held in Edmonton Dec. 5. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 2:20 PM

SCC rules property purchased by trust included in Quebec’s family patrimony Malcolm Rowe sm

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. The issue unique to Quebec was brought before the Supreme Court in Yared v. Karam 2019 SCC 62, in a decision released Dec. 12. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 1:37 PM

B.C. family law reform proposals aimed at less adversarial system, smaller burden on courts Wesley Shields, FH&P Lawyers

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. ... [read more]