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Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 9:04 AM

‘Ambiguity’ of Manitoba’s limitations act could be focus of securities appeal, says lawyer Kevin_Toyne_sm

A probe of Manitoba’s ambiguous limitations legislation will be part of an upcoming appeal by a charity boss accusing the province’s securities commission of dragging its feet in alleging he wronged investors. ... [read more]

Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 5:35 PM

Retired chief justice says Quebec secession ‘one of most challenging’ cases of career

The Constitution guarantees judicial independence, but the strongest guarantee lies in the ongoing support of Canadians, Beverley McLachlin says. At her last Parliament Hill news conference Dec. 15, the Supreme Court’s newly retired chief justice was asked what safeguards Canada can put in place to avoid the fate of countries where the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law are being threatened or assailed. ... [read more]

Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

Court awards former Quebec paramedics $1.2M over subway scare Laurence Bourgeois Hatto

Quebec’s Superior Court has ordered Montreal’s transit authority to pay two former paramedics more than $1.2 million for a scare that left them unable to work in their profession. ... [read more]

Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 6:46 AM

Tributes roll in for Chief Justice McLachlin’s remarkable career as judge, leader and role model Group small

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin was feeling the love, and no wonder. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:25 PM

SCC clarifies proprietary estoppel in novel B.C. estates dispute Benjamin Arkin

The Supreme Court has liberalized the test for — and expanded the scope of — proprietary estoppel in a B.C. estates case involving a bitter dispute between two brothers and their older sister. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

U of T, lawyers urge Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation to fast-track licensing for experienced refugee drivers Petra Molnar sm

The University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP) is calling on Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to revise policy and allow skilled drivers from war-torn countries to fast track through the one-year waiting period before the final driving test needed to obtain a G licence. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

Dissolution of Ontario Municipal Board step backward, environmental lawyers say Richard Lindgren

Ontario has passed new legislation that will replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) with a tribunal it purports will improve the speed, fairness and affordability of land use hearings throughout the province. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

B.C. cannabis sales model ‘fully rooted in the current landscape’ James Munro, McMillan LLP

As the deadline for the legalization of cannabis fast approaches, British Columbia has released some key decisions on marketing and sale of the drug after a month-long public consultation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:34 AM

‘Curious’ wording of tax law informs Appeal Court decision on municipal services John Mascarin, Aird & Berlis LLP

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that municipal services as defined by federal tax legislation can also apply to services provided by the provincial and federal government, a decision a prominent municipal lawyer is calling correct legally despite a “curious” definition of what municipal services are under the Excise Tax Act (ETA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:03 AM

Good advocacy ‘exceptionally’ important to Supreme Court’s incoming judge Martin Sheilah Martin and Anthony Housefather

Litigators take note: the Supreme Court of Canada’s latest nominee says she sets great store by incisive legal advocacy that helps her to do her job. ... [read more]