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Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

Northwest Territories moving to address unauthorized use of public land Larry Innes, partner, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, Yellowknife, NWT

The government of the Northwest Territories could face a challenging legal landscape as it moves ahead to tackle a 50-year-old problem of squatting on public land, says a lawyer close to the issue. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 6:17 AM

INTERESTS IN LAND - Disturbance of an easement - Remedies

Appeal by the homeowners from a decision of an application judge ordering them to remove pool amenities. Part of the appellants’ backyard was subject to a 1972 easement held by the respondents. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 10:16 AM

Texas deep freeze shows us why climate change is justice issue Man sleeping on snowy bench

Every day, greenhouse gas emissions from human activities trap more heat energy in the global climate system, disrupting the climate and increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. The Texas deep freeze illustrates the implications of these trends for justice actors. In short, Texas helps to show us why climate change is a justice issue. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

Ottawa announces extension of wage support, rent subsidy programs

Workers and business owners in Canada have a little more breathing room now that Ottawa has announced plans to extend three pandemic-related subsidies. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said March 3 that the government was extending the rate structures for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and Lockdown Support from March 14 to June 5, 2021. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 6:07 AM

EXPROPRIATION - Injurious affection

Appeal by Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) from the dismissal of its application for summary judgment to dismiss the respondent Annapolis Group’s de facto expropriation claim. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

In defence of B.C.’s pronoun practice directives | Brad Regehr and Jennifer Brun

The rights of transgender and non-binary persons to equality and dignity are not open to debate — they are a matter of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 10:11 AM

Newcomers need smart planning to manage non-resident real estate taxes House on top of money

Southern Ontario has one of the hottest and most reliable real estate markets in the world, but non-residents who seek to invest face a special tax that can be a barrier. It takes smart planning for prospective investors to manage this barrier. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 @ 9:19 AM

New real estate senior counsel for Pallett Valo

Pallett Valo LLP welcomed senior counsel Alan Kay as a member of its commercial real estate department and leasing group. ... [read more]