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Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 12:41 PM

Impact of Bill 229 on conservation authorities, watersheds | Rizwan Khan

A little over a month after its introduction to the legislature, the government of Ontario passed omnibus Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020 into law on Dec. 8, 2020. Schedule 6 of the bill introduced several fundamental changes to the Conservation Authorities Act (CAA) affecting both the scope of the CAA and the role of conservation authorities (CA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 2:56 PM

Renoviction bylaw within city’s powers: B.C. Court of Appeal Michael Drouillard, Harper Grey LLP

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a municipal bylaw which protected renters who have been evicted from their apartments due to renovations, but a lawyer is saying it could lead to a confusing patchwork of tenancy legislation across the province. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 10:43 AM

Links between COVID-19, divorce Man and woman facing opposite directions

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many people’s everyday lives. People can no longer meet up with members outside their household, go to clothing stores or eat in restaurants. Some of the pandemic’s effects on people’s day-to-day lives are less obvious though. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people’s marriages. More specifically, the pandemic has led to an increased interest in divorce. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 8:54 AM

Work that works: Difficulties new calls face when starting out | Charlene Theodore

You have your law degree … now what? ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 8:33 AM

Appellate jurisdiction over interrelated final and interlocutory orders Man searching for path through a maze

The Court of Appeal for Ontario recently commented on a particularly complex area of appellate jurisdiction: interrelated final and interlocutory orders. The issue arose in Martin v. 11037315 Canada Inc. 2021 ONCA 246, where the Superior Court judge made both final and interlocutory orders arising from the same application. Generally speaking, appeals from interlocutory orders lie only to the Divisional Court with leave, whereas appeals from final orders lie in the Court of Appeal. The result may be separate appeals in different courts arising from the same proceeding. But what about a case like Martin, where the interlocutory and final orders are arguably intertwined? ... [read more]

Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 9:23 AM

CONDOMINIUMS - Unit holders - Duties of - Adherence to bylaws and rules

Appeal by Ryan from an order of improper conduct pursuant to s. 67(2) of the Condominium Property Act. The appellant co-owned a unit within a 376-unit residential condominium complex. ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 11:28 AM

Highlights of 2021 federal budget Tax sheet with people and calculator, percent sign and clock

The Canadian government released its 2021 budget on April 19, 2021. The budget was highly anticipated as it was the first federal budget to be released during the pandemic. Some highlights of the budget are discussed below but, for certain measures, taxpayers will have to wait for more detailed proposals, including some based on stakeholder consultations, for further information. ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Why online interaction’s better than you think Five people in zoom meeting

Even before the pandemic hit, the discussion around the pros and cons of flex work and working from home (WFH) or working from anywhere (WFA) raged. In February 2013, Marissa Mayer, then the new head of Yahoo, decided to summon all remote employees back to the office. Her goal was to create a more connected workforce and drive collaboration and innovation: “We need to be one Yahoo, and that starts with physically being together.” ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 2:08 PM

Estate planning around U.S. citizenship: Step one, confirm status U.S. and Canadian money beside a calculator

In order to provide clients with a well-rounded estate plan, it is critical to know if your client or his or her intended beneficiaries are U.S. citizens. Citizenship is not always obvious to determine. It’s possible for a person to be a U.S. citizen without knowing it. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 11:23 AM

Untangling roots of tree ownership Aerial View of Trees

Trees are large, prominent parts of both residential and commercial properties, and if they don’t look good, nothing else will. This means ensuring that property owners leave no leaf unturned when understanding the responsibilities of having a trees on their land and properly maintaining them. ... [read more]