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Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 2:26 PM

If I could talk to the animals, I’d tell them why I love Lucy | Marcel Strigberger

I came across an interesting article by B.C. lawyer Victoria Shroff who practises and teaches animal law. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 2:08 PM

Concerns for snowbirds during COVID-19: Immigration U.S. dollar with mask

For most snowbirds, the border closures, executive proclamations, contradictory new stories and rarely decipherable guidance from government agencies have created a fair amount of confusion. Who may travel? What happens if you are stuck in the U.S. as a visitor? ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 4:16 PM

Federal government extending small business rent relief program

Canada’s government has extended its rent relief program for small businesses by a month. On June 30, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will be extended to cover July. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 2:15 PM

Encourage compromise when selling home occupied by tenant Landlordtwotenants

Over the years I have had an equal number of complaints from landlords and tenants as to whether the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act is fair to both landlords and tenants. Landlords complain about professional tenants who do not pay rent and then use the system to delay evictions, while tenants complain about landlords who do not properly maintain their units and then later try to use the system to try to evict them by illegal means in order to either sell the property or substantially increase the rent on a new tenant. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 8:55 AM

Canadian artists need better access to legal services: report Martha Rans

The legal requirements of artists in Canada have now reached a critical tipping point heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Action is required to address gaps, respond to the unique needs of the sector and provide information and training, according to a new report prepared by the National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

Tips for safe, legal videoconferencing Maskwearingcomputeruser.jpg

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, we now have no better alternative to videoconferencing. It has essentially become the new default for meetings, but this has brought about a very serious question as to whether Zoom or other videoconferences are safe for lawyers, doctors, government organizations and others to use.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 9:23 AM

Pallett Valo lawyer appointed to OBA real property executive as member-at-large

Pallett Valo announced that lawyer Harjot Atwal has been appointed to the 2020-2021 Ontario Bar Association real property law section executive as a member-at-large. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 5:52 AM

FOR TORTS - Direct causal connection or link - Affecting property

Appeal by the defendant real estate agent and broker from the quantum of damages they were ordered to pay to the respondent purchasers of a residential home. ... [read more]

Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 10:10 AM

BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS - Liability - Negligence - In real estate transactions

Action by Fadelle for damages from the defendant lawyer, Samuelsen, for negligence. ... [read more]

Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

National pro bono initiative responds to Canadians hit hard by pandemic legal problems Alex Don sm

A growing movement to support Canadians struggling with legal problems brought on by the COVID-19-pandemic has so far recruited about 25 lawyers and 415 law students. Launched in May by McGill University Faculty of Law graduates Alex Don, Mark Mejia Kuznetsova and Rapti Ratnayake, the National Canadian Lawyers’ Initiative (NCLI) has so far assisted more than 100 people, providing one to five hours of legal advice online per person or referring them to a local pro bono legal service, where possible. ... [read more]