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Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

LawPRO loses out on potential $87.8M tax windfall in Federal Court of Appeal decision

LawPRO has failed again in its bid to reap a multimillion-dollar tax windfall by capitalizing on an exemption that was originally geared to corporate entities owned by municipalities or Indigenous self-governing bodies. In Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Co. v. Canada 2020 FCA 90, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld a 2018 Tax Court of Canada decision that rejected LawPRO’s claim that it should be granted tax-exempt status under a 2013 amendment to paragraph 149(1)(d.5) of the Income Tax Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 9:06 AM

Building law school from ‘our kitchen tables,’ Ryerson dean says as plans to open proceed Donna Young photo credit Mitch Wojnarowicz_sm

Whether it be through online learning or in-person classrooms, Ryerson’s new Faculty of Law is on track to open on Sept. 2, said the school’s dean, Donna Young. “People ask me ‘what’s it like building a law school during the global pandemic?’ and I have to say, ‘we’re doing it.’ We have a really strong team and we’re doing it from our kitchen tables, and our home offices, and we’re doing it from other countries, but we’re doing it and we’re really excited about it,” she said. ... [read more]

Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 3:57 PM

PM deplores ‘anti-black racism’ in Canada, disburses $2.2 billion to cities, towns hit by COVID-19 Justin Trudeau

Following outraged protests in Canada and the United States over police killings of unarmed African-Americans south of the border, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared that “anti-black racism” remains a serious problem in Canada that governments and individuals must work to eradicate. ... [read more]

Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 3:03 PM

Still a long way to go in Meng extradition drama: legal observers Sharry Aiken, Queen's University Faculty of Law

A British Columbia court has ruled against prominent Chinese businesswoman Meng Wanzhou as she fights extradition to the United States, but legal observers are noting the decision itself is only a small step in the process of determining whether Meng will ultimately find herself before an American court. ... [read more]

Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 12:41 PM

Ontario bar task force offers tools, tips, advice for making ‘huge adjustment’ to remote hearings Marie-Andrée Vermette

No plaid. Wear clothes below the waist. Nod, instead of bowing, when the judge enters. These basic pointers are among dozens of helpful tips, and easy-to-follow technical advice, offered by Best Practices for Remote Hearings — a detailed and useful 42-page practical guide that is designed to help lawyers successfully adjust to the new normal of virtual court appearances during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 9:12 AM

Basics of good oral advocacy more important in virtual hearings, says Alberta chief justice Catherine_Fraser_sm

In a fireside chat with The Advocates’ Society, Chief Justice Catherine Fraser, of the Alberta Court of Appeal, outlined how the province’s top court was able to move quickly to virtual hearings when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and how the current situation highlights the basics of good advocacy. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 5:06 PM - Last Updated: Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 6:13 PM

Top court applies entrapment doctrine for first time to virtual space in ‘dial-a-dope’ appeals Justices Andromache Karakatsanis

The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified how the entrapment doctrine and the reasonable suspicion standard apply to “dial-a-dope” investigations in a 5-4 judgment that for the first time applies the decades-old entrapment doctrine in the context of a virtual (rather than a physical) location — i.e. a cell phone number used to sell illegal drugs. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 4:14 PM

Trudeau boosts help for Indigenous peoples, addresses long-term care homes crisis Justin_Trudeau_sm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced more than half a billion in additional COVID-19 aid for Indigenous communities but stopped short on what specific measures Canada’s government will take to help address deaths in long-term care homes. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

LSO moves treasurer election online as COVID-19 forces cancellation of in-person voting Malcolm Mercer

As the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) met for its second virtual Convocation May 28, the COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind as benchers voted to move June’s treasurer election online. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 9:20 AM

LSO reduces Call to Bar fee as recent calls rally profession to support students Ava_Williams_sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has reduced its Call to the Bar fee due to “presently challenging times” after recent calls and law students took to Twitter to express their ire at the regulator charging full price despite ceremonies being cancelled and articles being shortened. ... [read more]