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Thursday, January 03, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

Perils of adding a child to your bank account kids_bank_sm

We have heard many times of the advisability or the perils of a person conveying a joint interest in real property to a child in order to facilitate estate administration upon her death or to avoid estate administration tax. Less discussed is the advisability or the perils of placing a child as a co-owner of one’s bank account. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 03, 2019 @ 8:28 AM

CONTRACTS - Validity

Appeal by MacQueen from a ruling finding an alleged agreement with the Town of Grand Bay of no force or effect. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 11:58 AM

16 Canadians among 46 promoted worldwide by Norton Rose Fulbright

Sixteen Canadians were among the 46 promotions worldwide announced by global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright on Jan. 2. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 9:32 AM

A basic primer on the mysteries of the blockchain blockchain_mystery_sm

Blockchain applications introduce certain advantages and efficiencies for businesses, but there are attendant legal issues that must be navigated. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

SCC’s winter session looks at military justice, lawyers’ fees, Crown copyright, Jordan Mark Letourneau

Military justice and Crown copyright are among the topics the Supreme Court of Canada will explore in its winter session that includes criminal appeals asking if defence counsel’s legal fees can be paid from the proceeds of crime forfeited to the state and if the Jordan time limits apply in provincial youth court. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

Judge’s political lobbying, advocacy on behalf of black Canadians crossed line, but wasn’t ‘misconduct’ Mark Sandler

The Ontario Judicial Council (OJC) has ruled that a judge who founded an advocacy group for black Canadians, and lobbied politicians with the “highly laudable” aim of helping his community overcome racism and poverty, engaged in a form of impermissible “advocacy and political activity” — but his actions did not amount to “judicial misconduct” that could merit his removal from the bench. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

From autonomous cars to smartphone zombies, analysis and opinion highlights of 2018

Here are 16 memorable and outstanding stories from 2018, as selected by The Lawyer's Daily Analysis Editors Richard Skinulis and Peter Carter. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 8:40 AM

Ontario’s retail model for private recreational cannabis cannabis_licence_sm

The federal government legalized recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, 2018. Under the Wynne government, recreational cannabis was to be sold through the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, which operates as Ontario Cannabis Store (OSC) online and in retail stores akin to the LCBO. The Ford government changed the legislative landscape of recreational pot in Ontario by introducing a private recreational cannabis store system to be implemented on April 1, 2019. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will regulate and enforce licensees. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 8:35 AM

Heritage Conservation Districts: Owners, developers beware heritage_building_sm

The Ontario Heritage Act (the “Act”) gives municipalities a very powerful development management tool: Heritage Conservation Districts (“HCD”) and their corresponding Heritage Conservation District Plans (“HCD Plan”). Developers and property owners in a proposed HCD should take note. ... [read more]