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Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Power of pixie dust: Accessing justice one year later | Bo Kruk

Just over a year ago, the world fundamentally changed. Overnight, bustling downtowns resembled scenes from films like 28 Days Later. Schools closed as learning shifted online, working from home became commonplace, and the courts restricted matters to only those that were urgent. Gradually, we started to adapt to this new reality and its increased digital presence. These adjustments have spurred positive changes while others have created new challenges. Throughout this shift in our collective lifestyles, the wheels of the legal machine never stopped. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 11:44 AM

Women in law: Where are we now? | Jasmine Daya

On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day to commemorate women’s achievements. Over the years, I have become more appreciative of this day, perhaps as I gain a better understanding of what it means to be a lawyer, wife and mother, among my many other roles. This year, I fear my gender has regressed within the practice of law. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 10:55 AM

Trees on boundaries: Where to measure the tree? Leaning Tree

Many tree trespass cases involve trees whose trunk and roots are on both sides of a boundary line between adjoining properties. It has been long established law that trees in such cases shall be considered as jointly owned by the adjoining property owners (Waterman v. Soper (1698), 1 Ld. Raym. 737; Griffin v. Bixby (1841) 12 N.H. 454). That is, one owner may not harm, damage or remove the jointly owned tree without the consent of the other owner. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 9:19 AM

Seif Law adds associate

Seif Law Firm announced that Harjot Atwal has joined the Richmond Hill, Ont., firm as an associate in the firm’s commercial and residential real estate practice. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 6:19 AM

LIENS - Moneys subject to statutory trust - Duties of trustee

Application by the subcontractor Electro-Works for an order that the respondent law firm pay it $39,813 that the respondent received from its client, the general contractor, for legal fees and disbursements. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 3:01 PM

Virtual University of Manitoba legal clinic seeks to help struggling businesses Alexandra Philippot, student with the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic

If any good has come out of the pandemic for Manitoba’s Robson Hall law school, it has been the birth of a virtual, student-run legal clinic for struggling small businesses, non-profits and other similar ventures needing pro bono advice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

Judge erred in applying res judicata in house fire case, rules Ontario Court of Appeal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified the limits of res judicata, issue estoppel and abuse of process in overturning a lower court decision in a legal battle between manufacturers over liability for an Ontario house fire. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 1:58 PM

Fight over lakes prime example of need for public access legislation in B.C.: legal expert Calvin Sandborn, legal director of the Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria

A B.C. cattle ranch owned by an American billionaire has won its fight against a group of recreational fishers seeking access to two lakes on its property, with the provincial Court of Appeal saying there is no way to get to the water without trespassing, even though the lakes themselves are public. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 10:20 AM

Windsor law’s OK boomer renovation | David Israelson

If buildings could talk, the University of Windsor’s Ron W. Ianni law school building might say this about its renovation: OK boomer. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 6:17 AM

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT - Zoning regulations - Land use - Non-confirming uses

Appeal by Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee from an order that its land use bylaw was inapplicable to a seawall constructed by the Fonsecas on their property. ... [read more]