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Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 2:18 PM

Ottawa launches online benefits finder tool to cope with COVID-19 crisis

The federal government on May 22 announced a web-based benefits finder tool, “Find financial help during COVID-19” to help people living in Canada determine which government benefits programs best meet their needs. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Virtual mediation: Temporary or here to stay? | Stuart Rudner

While the technology has been around for a while, the need for virtual mediation was never as great as it is now. Previously, most litigators scoffed at the notion that a virtual mediation would be a worthwhile endeavour, but at the moment it is the only option and, more importantly, it has proven to be extremely effective. So, is virtual mediation just a temporary solution during these unprecedented times, or a viable alternative to the traditional in-person format? ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 10:41 AM

Real estate efficiency hacks during COVID-19 Videocallconference_sm.jpg

In the current conditions, real estate solicitors have had to adapt and adjust quickly to keep business moving and deals closing. ... [read more]

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 9:06 AM

PROCEEDINGS - Practice and procedure - Limitation periods

Appeal by the plaintiffs, the Beniuks, from the summary dismissal of their action against the Municipality of Leamington. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 3:40 PM

Charlottetown firm joins Cox & Palmer

Cox & Palmer announced that the lawyers of a Charlottetown law firm have joined Cox & Palmer’s Charlottetown office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 10:56 AM

Tenant-landlord tango: Rental supplement is one right answer during COVID-19 Moneyforkeys

At the time of writing this five-part series, more than 800,000 people had signed a petition on change.org requesting the federal government to suspend rent and mortgage payments. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 6:55 AM

EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES - Where high-handed, malicious, arbitrary or highly reprehensible misconduct

Appeal by the defendant from trial judgment awarding the respondent damages for unjust enrichment and $10,000 in punitive damages. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 9:17 AM

REAL PROPERTY TAX - Exemptions - Charitable institutions

Appeal by the City of Winnipeg and the City Assessor from prerogative relief granted in favour of the respondent, ImagineAbility Incorporated. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 2:20 PM

Bank owes unremitted tax of former client: Federal Court of Appeal Steven Pordage, Pallett Valo LLP

The Federal Court of Appeal has confirmed secured creditors who receive proceeds from a tax debtor’s property when that person owes GST to the Crown is required to pay that debt in priority to all other security interests, with a real estate lawyer calling the decision concerning as it has the potential to add uncertainty to future financing decisions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Dilution of ‘polluter pays’ principle in Environmental Protection Act Furnace Pipe

In the commercial real estate context, I always tell my clients that environmental due diligence is a “must.” It is not unheard of, for example, to end up paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in remediation and cleanup costs after closing (depending on the scope of the issue), when later discovering your property’s contamination history. As a result of a recent Divisional Court pollution case where leave to appeal was denied, prospective purchasers should be even more wary. In a way, the decision literally further extends environmental liability beyond their property’s boundaries. ... [read more]