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Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 6:09 AM

ABORIGINAL LANDS - Courts - Jurisdiction

Application by the Shawanaga First Nation for a declaration the respondents were trespassing on the First Nation’s property and for an order granting the First Nation a Writ of Possession requiring the respondents to vacate the property. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 12:37 PM

Quebec river has legal personhood: What that means for granting nature rights | Sean Nixon

Renowned for its white-water rapids, the Muteshekau-shipu river (also known as the Magpie River) stretches 300 kilometres through Quebec. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 1:23 PM

Access to (In)justice: A critical race reflection | Joshua Sealy-Harrington

It is a privilege to be invited by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to write the second guest column in her The Lawyer’s Daily series on access to justice. In the first guest column (by Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin), the former chief justice of Canada indicated that her hope for such columns was to widen perspectives on access to justice. With that in mind, I want to briefly explore how the dominant individualistic paradigm of access to justice is flawed, and how we must shift to a systemic paradigm for meaningful access to justice in Canada to be realized. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 1:27 PM

Future of commercial real estate Row of various business buildings

Across the commercial property sector, retail, among many others, continues to evolve through the Internet as it increasingly favours e-commerce as an alternative trading medium to brick and mortar shops. With a few notable exceptions, COVID-19 has catalyzed this process by extinguishing footfall and dragging the profits of non-essential retailers to all-time lows. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Ottawa extends deadline for emergency business support program Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal government has extended the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications until June 30. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Small Business Minister Mary Ng announced the extension March 22. This deadline extension applies to any new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 11:50 AM

Responding to improved pandemic scams Phone with COVID scam symbol

Recently, we published a piece about common COVID-19 scams and how to reduce one’s risk of being a victim of fraudsters. In the below article, we list and describe some other scams. We also provide useful advice about how to combat fraud. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 9:17 AM

Gavel game: Small but real differences between Canadian, U.S. legal systems Gavel on red law book

We call it the “Gavel Game.” Try this at home, or wherever else COVID-19 allows you to roam with others. Ask any Canadian whether they believe our judges use gavels in their courtrooms. Litigators know that the answer is no, but almost everyone else will get it wrong, including non-litigator lawyers (as we learned when we recently gavel gamed a veteran Toronto securities lawyer). ... [read more]

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 2:15 PM

The value of mediating renovation disputes Renovator holding a work estimate

Since the announcement of the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, the number of home renovation projects has seen a sharp incline. According to HomeStars 2020 Reno Report, a staggering 80 per cent of homeowners surveyed, moved forward with, or planned their home renovation project. ... [read more]

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 1:57 PM

Negotiating expropriation process: Compensation for taken land House locked in a bird cage

“When you told me that I want too much, I considered how much you take.” ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 11:17 AM

New, improved pandemic scams Phone with COVID scam symbol

While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes, it, unfortunately, has not changed some things. One such thing is the presence of fraud and scams. Fraudsters and scam artists do not take a vacation during economic downturns. They actually become more active. Since March 2020, there have been more than 10,000 Canadian reports of fraud and Canadians have lost $7 million to fraud. Some scam artists have “cashed in” on COVID-19 and created scams specific to COVID-19. ... [read more]