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Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Juries: Trick or treat? | Marcel Strigberger

Juries first scared me at the age of 9. How? I grew up in Montreal, the son of immigrants from Belgium. One day my late father, a humble tailor, received a letter with an impressive-looking logo of the scales of justice. My dad, whose literary skills did not approximate his ability to alter a fine pair of trousers, asked me to read and translate it. I noticed the word “jury,” whatever that meant. I suspected it had nothing to do with hockey. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Legal aid agreement reached with Quebec government Mylene_Lemieux

After three years of negotiations, the Quebec government and the provincial bar association reached an agreement to raise legal fees and to establish an independent working group that will conduct an exhaustive review of the tariff structure. The agreement, widely perceived to be a “step in the right direction” by the Quebec legal community, calls for a five per cent retroactive increase in legal aid fees for the period of October 2017 to May 2019, and a 14.7 per cent increase in fees from June 2019 to September 2022. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 7:40 AM

EXPROPRIATION - Compensation - Entitlement - Compensable interests

Appeal by the Lynches from a decision by the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities refusing interim compensation for expropriation of land. ... [read more]

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 5:10 PM

Ontario imposes stage 2 restrictions on Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region as new COVID cases soar

Faced with the province’s highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government has announced it will move Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region back into “modified” stage 2 restrictions as of 12:01 a.m. Oct. 10. ... [read more]

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 4:02 PM

Ottawa announces new and extended programs to aid businesses, non-profits Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ottawa has unveiled a set of new support programs for businesses as Canada posted its highest ever one-day increase in new COVID-19 cases and firmly entered the second wave of the pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 08, 2020 @ 10:49 AM

Condominium corporations: Water damage, standard unit bylaws Flooding bathroom.jpg

In his e-mails, my condominium’s property manager often expresses concerns. Recently, I received one such e-mail urgently warning residents of a “high risk of flood” from certain black rubber washing machine pipes, cautioning that a recently avoided major flood would have had “enormous financial impact” on the unit owners causing it, and explaining “unnecessary and undesirable consequences” for other residents would follow given the current COVID-19 crisis (presumably by forcing people to move out when they should stay home). ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 06, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Quebec real estate deed transparency: Lead-up to new tax for non-residents? welcometo quebec

A new Quebec regulation in force as of Oct. 1, 2020, that identifies for statistical purposes (without yet applying a particular new tax) non-Canadians involved in transfers of real estate in Quebec, reminds one of certain non-resident real estate taxes that already exist in British Columbia and Ontario due to a perceived crisis in affordable housing, namely: ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 06, 2020 @ 12:21 PM

Techniques for making video trials fair videotrial1.jpg

As we enter the second wave in Ontario it is clear that COVID-19 has completely disrupted the way we administer criminal justice. The courts have been forced to embrace video technologies that have, quite embarrassingly, been used in other professions for decades. ... [read more]

Monday, October 05, 2020 @ 3:22 PM

‘What do you mean I can’t get transcripts?’ cassette

Imagine you have just completed a 14-day trial by Zoom on behalf of your client. You did a bang-up job of presenting your case and an even better job of exposing the flaws in opposing counsel’s evidence. Nonetheless, the judge ruled against you. Never mind, that’s what appeals are for. Right? ... [read more]

Thursday, October 01, 2020 @ 6:13 AM

BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS - Duties to the profession - Liability - Real estate transactions

Motion by three defendant lawyers to dismiss the claim against them. The action arose from a failed real estate transaction. In 2016, the plaintiff signed an agreement of purchase and sale to purchase property. It then assigned its rights under the agreement to Saeed. The vendors failed to close the transaction. They subsequently sold the property to other buyers. ... [read more]