Focus On

Real Estate


Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 6:16 AM

REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND BROKERS - Agent’s duties to principal - Contractual and tort duties

Appeal by the defendants from a trial judgment granting the respondent purchaser rescission of an agreement of purchase and sale of a residential property and ordering the return of the deposit. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 14, 2021 @ 5:04 PM

Numerous exceptions detailed in Ontario stay-at-home order, as province issues eviction ban

Ontario’s freshly minted stay-at-home order lists more than 20 reasons why residents of the province may leave their homes. Officially approved and ordered at 5:56 p.m. on Jan. 13, Ontario regulation 11/21, made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 14. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

The year that flew by in slow motion | William Woodward

What a year 2020 was. As I entered into my role as chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) in November of 2020, I contemplated the year ahead and the goals FOLA hoped to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 11:01 AM

How to open Pandora’s tax box House in gift box

When a person owes money to the tax authorities, it could be perilous for that person to try to remove important assets from his or her personal patrimony (e.g., a house, a luxury car) by transferring them to a relative (e.g., his or her spouse, a child). This type of transaction to shelter assets from the tax authorities is not without risk for the person receiving the assets. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 9:20 AM

Lerners announces six new partners

Lerners announced that Danielle Douek, Andrew Hentz, Danielle Gavreau, Cale Sutherland, Alex Sharpe and Rebecca Shoom have joined the Toronto firm’s partnership.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

How one lawyer helps young litigators through modern training | Aaron Baer

“There are known knowns … there are known unknowns … but there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know … it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.” — Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. secretary of defence. Law students and young lawyers often find themselves in the world of unknown unknowns. And that is a dangerous and very stressful place to reside. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 4:46 PM

Ontario declares second state of emergency, stay-at-home order as COVID-19 numbers soar

With new COVID-19 cases on track to overwhelm Ontario’s health-care system, the province has declared its second state of emergency since the start of the pandemic and a stay-at-home order effective Jan. 14 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 1:56 PM

Supreme Court expands duty of good faith in performance of contracts contract_goodfaith_sm

The recent decision of C.M. Callow Inc. v. Zollinger 2020 SCC 45, by the Supreme Court of Canada, has expanded the duty of good faith in the performance of contracts by broadening the types of conduct that can lead to a finding of a breach of that duty. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 11:47 AM

Environmental law in Canada: Three storylines to watch in 2021 | Devon Page

It is a new year and the pandemic rages on. Yet hope is on the horizon. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 8:21 AM

Business valuations during COVID: Timing is everything COVID_business_sm

COVID-19 has had a significant impact, whether temporarily or permanently, on the earnings and value of many businesses. With the news of the vaccine rollout, temporary impacts, which started with the pandemic lockdowns, should soon start to fade. However, the value of a business could vary significantly depending on the valuation date and the current stage of the pandemic. ... [read more]