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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

BYLAWS AND RESOLUTIONS - Statutory authority - Purpose of bylaw - Grounds for invalidity

Appeal by business owners from an order granting the City an injunction enjoining them from carrying on business as marijuana dispensaries without business licenses issued by the City. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:17 AM

‘Limited practitioners’ needed for access to justice in Manitoba, says official Kris_Dangerfield_sm

With the ever-increasing costs of legal services placing the hiring of lawyers beyond reach for more and more people, Manitoba’s law society is welcoming proposed legislation that would allow for “limited practitioners” in that province. On March 9, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced proposed amendments to the province’s Legal Professions Act which, if passed, will pave the way for the Law Society of Manitoba (LSM) to designate a category of non-lawyers and allow them to provide a limited scope of legal services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 8:37 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:23 AM

Wellness: How we can weather COVID-19 crisis | Darryl Singer

COVID-19 has us all on the edge of our seats. What does it mean for our clients’ interests, the administration of justice, our health, our profession, our income, our families? ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 1:47 PM

Clarity for limited partnerships and foreign buyers’ tax? Budget update Wooden house

On Feb. 18, the government of B.C. introduced its 2020 provincial budget. Included in the budget is a new exemption from the additional property transfer tax, commonly known as the “foreign buyers’ tax,” which will be available for qualifying Canadian-controlled limited partnerships. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 12:49 PM

Alberta Airbnb decision could have national implications, lawyer says Erin Berney, Field Law

An Alberta judge has ruled individuals who used short-term rental sites like Airbnb to stay at an Edmonton condominium complex were not tenants of condo owners but in fact licensing the units commercially, a decision the condo board’s lawyer is saying could have implications across the country. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

INTEREST IN LAND - Life estates - Rights of life tenant

Appeal by the defendants from summary judgment declaring that the plaintiff had a life interest, with exclusive possession, in the parties’ family cottage. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 8:57 AM

Vulnerable litigants and family members: A little help from my friends elderly_will_sm

It often happens that sibling “A” becomes suspicious of sibling “B’s” motives when sibling “B” assists an elderly parent in obtaining legal advice or pursuing litigation. Indeed, estate litigators frequently rely on such facts as a basis for an undue influence claim or suspicious circumstances in a will challenge. Can an elderly or vulnerable litigant ever rely on a family member to assist in retaining a lawyer and getting legal advice? And, what is a litigant to do (and, more importantly, not do) when they are concerned that their adversary lacks capacity? ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 8:28 AM

CONDOMINIUMS - Condominium corporation - Liability - Unit holders

Appeal by the condominium corporation from the granting of the respondents’ oppression application and the dismissal of its cross-application. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 2:41 PM

Relief from forfeiture in context of recoverable depreciation Dollar sign falls in ground

In Champion Products Corp. v. Intact Insurance Company 2020 ONCA 111, the Court of Appeal reversed a $3 million judgment granted in favour of an insured in relation to the destruction of a building due to a fire. The dispute focused on whether the insured was entitled to be indemnified for recoverable depreciation (the difference between the destroyed building’s actual cash value at the time of the fire and the cost to replace it). ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

B.C. provides funding for Prince George legal clinic

The government of British Columbia announced that it has awarded a $250,000 grant to Active Support Against Poverty (ASAP) that will allow the organization to host a legal clinic. ... [read more]