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Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 5:29 AM

EXPROPRIATION - Injurious affection - Damages - Methods of determining compensation

Appeal by the property owners from a decision of the Utility and Review Board that the Province’s construction of a temporary replacement bridge on a highway did not cause flood damage to their property.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Federal party platforms on Indigenous human rights show deep divide | Pamela Palmater

After a month of campaigning, a staggered release of platforms and completion of the election debates, we have a good idea of where the main federal party leaders stand on Indigenous issues. While all of them pledged a general commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples during those debates, we heard few details about their actual plans, especially as it relates to ending genocide against Indigenous women and girls. This means that we have to search party platforms for details on how they plan to address violence against Indigenous women, systemic racism in policing and human rights in general. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:05 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 5:25 PM

Ex-top judge Beverley McLachlin calls writing legal page-turners a challenging ‘voyage of discovery’ Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin spent 28 years at the Supreme Court of Canada grappling with the country’s most difficult legal problems, but she tells The Lawyer’s Daily writing legal thrillers presents its own unique challenges. The author of an award-winning autobiography, Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law, and the #1 best-selling courtroom suspense novel Full Disclosure, releases her second legal page-turner this week, featuring tough-minded criminal lawyer Jilly Truitt. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 11:41 AM

Access to adequate libraries vital for all lawyers | Nathan Baker

Access to legal information is the lifeblood of our profession. In a common law system where interpretation of precedent determines the outcome of issues, the fair and efficient implementation of justice relies on both sides having access to the legal information which decisions are made. Cases are not just won in the court, they are won in the lead-up, the research and the library. Access to requisite print and digital resources, case law and research assistance can level the playing field to help provide access to justice. ... [read more]

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 9:35 AM

COMMERCIAL TENANCIES - Landlord’s remedies - Relief from forfeiture - Consequence to tenant

Appeal by Airside Event Spaces from the dismissal of its petition for relief from forfeiture under a commercial lease. The appellant leased a hangar at the Langley Regional Airport from the respondent. ... [read more]

Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 12:40 PM

How lawyers can learn from failure | Neha Chugh

It was a typical afternoon this summer when I found myself being invited to another lawyer event — come to the event, the website boasted, where a prominent lawyer will share their tips for success. The lawyer’s glossy headshot featured with a list of their recent successes in court and in practice reveals a flawless face, a beaming smile and a well-pressed suit. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 09, 2021 @ 2:08 PM

Alberta Court of Appeal refuses to discharge restrictive covenant Real Estate Contract

Would a recent Alberta restrictive covenant case have been decided differently in Ontario? ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 08, 2021 @ 11:51 AM

B.C. court provides guidance on document disclosure involving third parties Documents being transferred to computer

Unfortunately, family law litigation involving the parties’ family members is becoming more common. With the real estate market in the Lower Mainland so high, most people are unable, without help, to purchase a home. As such, parents are often called upon to lend or gift funds to assist with the purchase of a property. When the couple separates, the parents (or other family members) are often added as parties to the litigation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 08, 2021 @ 5:43 AM

CREDITORS AND CLAIMS - Secured creditors - Tax liens - Claims - Disallowance of

Appeal by the Trustee in Bankruptcy from a Registrar’s decision that set aside the Trustee’s disallowance of a secured portion of a proof of claim filed by the Crown on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the costs award against it. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 07, 2021 @ 12:40 PM

Understanding OECD’s proposed global tax scheme Man extracting coin from globe

The new kid on the block? Global minimum corporate tax policy for the digitalized 21st century economy. Recently, the integration of national economies and markets has increased considerably, causing pressures on international tax rules overdue for change. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) commenced base erosion profit shifting, corporate tax planning strategies used by multinationals to move business from countries of higher tax jurisdictions to those of lower ones in 2015. The base erosion profit shifting strategy is defined in a two-pillar structure. ... [read more]