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Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 11:26 AM

Minimizing Airbnb, condo party risks dancers on discofloor

Airbnbs, and short-term rentals in general, have long been a point of contention for condominium corporations. Non-compliance with rules including parking, guests, loud parties and illegal activity are frequent complaints from unit owners, boards and property managers of condominiums where units have been rented out through Airbnb and similar websites. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

COVID-19: Family law going forward | Gary Joseph

The rush to find alternate ways to assist clients is remarkable. The level of suffering from this pandemic is undeniable but for the family law bar, adversity has spawned a reinvigorated effort to find ways to move matters forward, creatively craft dispute resolution methods and work towards settlement. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 9:33 AM

A checklist for franchise causes of action: Damages franchise_magnify_sm

The provincial statutes provide for various exemptions to the obligation to provide a disclosure document. (As with the previous article, references to statutory sections are to provisional Franchise Acts in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and P.E.I.; the Alberta statute has somewhat different provisions.) The party claiming the exemption, i.e. the franchisor, has the burden of proving the exemption. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Top next generation lead boosting tactics for law firms | Fran Jakubowicz

In terms of marketing spend, the legal industry is one of the most aggressive, with North American law firms spending anywhere from two to 10 per cent of their revenue on marketing activities, and 65 per cent of that amount is devoted to digital marketing activities. Yet, with law firms everywhere scrambling for space on every available digital platform, and with an average conversion rate of approximately two per cent on traditional website lead generation forms, conventional digital marketing tactics are having to create new ways to reach their audience. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:23 AM

INTERPRETATION - Express terms

Appeal by the husband from summary judgment permitting the wife’s father to register a demand mortgage for $165,000 against the husband’s former marital home owned by both spouses. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Condo life in time of COVID-19 masked girl

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, with the number of cases outside China increasing thirteenfold over the past two weeks. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

COVID-19 court closures: What to make of it and what to do | Gary Joseph

At the risk of some serious pushback, am I the only one upset by the Supreme Court of Justice shutdown? We are facing a serious health crisis that cannot be understated. We all need to implement safe office procedures, limit personal contact and perhaps more but we also have to continue to represent families who cannot sit on the sidelines while the courts are closed. Many are in need of support and cannot bring motions. Many are not seeing their children and cannot seek access. What happened to telephone conference calls, Skype and Zoom access? Do we simply park all our matters that are urgent but will not meet the test for urgency? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

B.C.’s real estate speculation tax fought in human rights tribunal, courts

British Columbia introduced its real estate speculation and vacancy tax in 2018 to great fanfare, but now it is facing fights on two fronts as it faces challenges before the courts and the provincial human rights tribunal. The tax was brought in as a means of cooling B.C.’s hot real estate market, which has left buying a home an unattainable goal for many in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 1:14 PM

Registrations of cautions on title Monopolystuff

The registration of a caution on title can serve two overarching purposes. First, it is a means of providing notice of one’s interest in a property or charge, and second, it can prevent the registered owner from dealing with the property subject to the caution for a limited period. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 12:29 PM

Importance of Vavilov to family law mediation/arbitration process Arbitration form

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently taken the opportunity in the companion cases of Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 2019 SCC 65 and Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 66 to revisit the treatment of appeals of administrative decisions as well as judicial review and has rewritten the law governing two matters of administrative law. ... [read more]