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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 10:58 AM

Summary judgment post COVID-19: Interpretive erosion and looking ahead Courthouse

The success of summary judgment post-Hryniak (Hryniak v. Mauldin 2014 SCC 7) has been further hindered by what is commonly known as interpretive erosion. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 2:39 PM

Two lawyers join Pallett Valo team

Pallett Valo LLP welcomed lawyers Hero Salih and Ann Twigg as members of its business law practice and commercial real estate practice, respectively. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:58 AM

Access to Justice Week events focused on creating more inclusive system | Julie Sobowale

October 26 marks the beginning of Access to Justice Week, held from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Each province will highlight the work of community justice organizations and pro bono organizations. Throughout the week a series of online national events will focus on educating the public, lawyers and community organizations on how to improve access to justice in their local communities.  ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:56 AM

Business ethics and the law | Vanisha H. Sukdeo

The meaning of the term “ethics” varies across disciplines from philosophy, political science, business and law. What does it mean when we speak about “business ethics” in relation to the law? When companies lead with ethics, they attempt to abide by not just the legal requirements that bind their company but the underlying principles that shaped the law at its creation. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 4:28 PM

SCC clarifies test on legality of post-incorporation contracts Justice Suzanne Côté

The Supreme Court has ruled the test for finding whether a post-incorporation contract exists is the same as it is for any other agreement, a decision being called an important one for certainty in commercial transactions. The decision in Owners, Strata Plan LMS 3905 v. Crystal Square Parking Corp. 2020 SCC 29 concerns Crystal Square, a mixed-use retail complex, office tower, residential tower and hotel in Burnaby, B.C. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

Cross-border divorce — COVID-19 style House sitting on money

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then being shacked up with your spouse during the COVID pandemic can be the straw to break the camel’s back. And for many couples it is. With rates of separation and divorce climbing, getting things aligned in terms of your tax situation is important. This is especially true if the couple owns real property south of the border. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 1:05 PM

CONDOMINIUMS - Condominium Corporation

Appeal by the strata corporation for the owners of Strata Plan LMS 3905 (Strata Co) from a decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal that found it had entered a post-incorporation contract with the respondent, Crystal Square Parking Corporation (CSPC). ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Ad hoc fiduciary duties and equitable fraud legal_team_sm

Justice Phillip Sutherland recently heard an interesting trial, Wong v. Li et al. 2020 ONSC 4299, in Newmarket, Ont., involving a Richmond Hill lawyer who was suing two of his real estate assistants for damages related to his suspension by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) in 2012. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 10:02 AM

What personal real estate corporations mean to realtors Housesongraph

The Ontario government has introduced new and amended regulations to the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, S.O. 2002 c. 30, Sched. C. As of Oct. 1, 2020, Ontario realtors can now incorporate through their own personal real estate corporation (PREC). ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 12:53 PM

Real estate partner joins Dentons

Dentons announced that Bonnie Anderson has joined its real estate group as a partner in the Calgary office. ... [read more]