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Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Securities regulators aim to have new rules on syndicated mortgages in place by year end Marlin Horst, Shibley Righton LLP

Canada’s securities regulators are moving forward with their plans to increase oversight of syndicated mortgages, and are seeking input on additional proposals aimed at protecting people who want to take part in the risky investment. ... [read more]

Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

For restrictive covenants, perpetuity means 40 years housing_contract_sm

A new restrictive covenant case has struck down the enforceability of a perpetual restrictive covenant: see Andrews v. Rago 2019 ONSC 800. ... [read more]

Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

New Manitoba tenancies legislation ‘may not actually achieve what it sets out to do,’ says lawyer Allison_Fenske_sm

A proposed amendment in Manitoba making its tenancies commission the final decision-maker in residential disputes “may not actually achieve what it sets out to do,” given the judiciary will still have a role to play in making sure tribunals properly apply their laws, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

Alberta Builders’ Lien Act gets some judicial attention construction_debt_sm

A recent decision of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench clarified that an owner’s express right to set-off in the prime contract can affect the requirements of the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act. ... [read more]

Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

EXPROPRIATION - Compensable interests - Disturbance - Measure of

Appeal by Atlantic Mining from a decision by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board calculating disturbance damages arising from expropriation. ... [read more]

Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

Real reasons for high cost of Toronto housing affordable_homes_sm

The last 12 years in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have seen a massive restriction of land supply with corresponding skyrocketing prices for land and both low-rise and high-rise homes. The housing situation is similar to Vancouver’s, resulting in double digit price increases. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Putting the ‘M’ back into CMHC: New housing incentive plan | John Fox

Judging by the reaction, the federal government caught more than a few people by surprise with their new housing incentive plan in Tuesday's budget . That’s the plan that provides a shared equity loan to first-time home buyers. Some people think it’s a great way to get young people into homes, others are warning that it’s going to cause a housing bubble. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Four associates join Miller Thomson

Miller Thomson announced that associates Eric Laxton, Asim Iqbal and Eduard Popov have joined the Toronto office, while associate Rebecca Grosz is the newest member of the firm’s office in Vaughan, Ont. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 10:58 AM

Still waters run deep: Ramifications of Redwater ancientoilwells_sm.jpg

Just over a month after the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its precedent-setting decision in Redwater (Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd. 2019 SCC 5), companies are still scrambling to understand exactly how this will impact their operations moving forward. While the oil and gas sector will inevitably feel the full brunt of the decision, they’re not the only industry set to suffer. Industries like mining, power, lumber, pulp and paper and any one where the provinces legislate on abandonment, reclamation and remediation are all set to be impacted. ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Why I ran for office | Robert Geurts

Despite what Shakespeare claimed, there is a consensus that lawyers have something to contribute to the legislative policies of society. The truth is that many lawyers are in fact motivated to perfect the human condition in our overall evolutionary pursuit to become better people. I chose to run for public office because of the promise of what humanity could be; and I saw a call from the millennials for a creative solution revolution. ... [read more]