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Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 10:36 AM

Tenant-landlord dealings: COVID-19 implications more dire for social housing Moneyforkeys

For social housing tenants, evictions for arrears have other challenges. And, the consequences are even more dire. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

Federal Court of Appeal affirms priority to Crown for unremitted HST over creditors twomenrippingmoney

The deemed trust provisions of the Excise Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-15 strike fear in lenders, and the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision of Toronto-Dominion Bank v. Canada 2020 FCA 80 has affirmed that lenders are right to be fearful. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

Access to Justice: Visionary thinking to update a legacy system | Beverley McLachlin

In my last column, I wrote about the need to use the pandemic in which we find ourselves to rethink how we can improve the justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 12:18 PM

CCLA calls end of Toronto’s Sidewalk Labs project ‘victory for privacy’

The controversial Quayside project, a smart city plan being developed by Sidewalk Labs, has come to an end amidst “economic uncertainty” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), which raised alarm bells over privacy rights since the project was launched, has called Sidewalk Labs’ decision to pull out of Toronto a “victory for privacy and democracy …” ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Tenant-landlord tango: Evictions not good option in wake of COVID-19 Money for keys

Even if eviction was possible in these COVID-19 times, it would be very hard for a landlord to evict a tenant both from an ethical and a practical standpoint. From an ethical perspective, we are all facing COVID-19 together and we have all been asked to sacrifice. So, evicting one of our fellow citizens in these desperate times is a difficult choice for a landlord. ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 9:38 AM - Last Updated: Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 11:11 AM

Litigators’ champion celebrates five years at SCC, looks forward to five more years TLD Exclusive button

On a bench otherwise made up of ex-law deans, former senior civil servants and longtime judges, Justice Suzanne Côté’s unique brief, handed to her when she was appointed five years ago, requires her to convey the practising bar’s perspective to the Supreme Court of Canada, even when it sometimes takes her down solitary paths. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 @ 1:26 PM

Appeal raises ‘in sharp relief’ extent, limits on remedy of rectification, determines judge Richard_Quance_sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal over a claim of rectification of a transfer agreement regarding lands required to build an access road to a proposed subdivision. The court found that the application judge had “erred in finding that the appellant did not meet the test for rectification” and that the parties’ “true agreement was not accurately recorded in the Transfer Agreement.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 @ 1:47 PM

Tree protection bylaws Treeheart

Many parts of Canada have municipal bylaws designed to protect trees and restrict activities that damage or destroy trees. Bylaws are often relatively blunt instruments and can be challenging to write in a way that covers all likely circumstances. On one hand they need to be broad enough that most of the issues to be regulated are clearly defined. On the other hand, they need to be specific enough to clarify what is or is not unacceptable behaviour and in what context. Once in effect bylaw enforcement is supposed to be administratively fair, reasonable, transparent and accountable.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

Equality, diversity requirements for lawyers in Ontario | Amrita Tamber

It has been a slow road, but over the past few years the legal profession has started to make small strides towards greater inclusivity. Although women and minorities comprise a growing number of legal professionals, they still remain significantly under-represented in senior leadership roles. In recent years, the statistics show that 43 per cent of lawyers identified as women and 29 per cent identified as a visible minority. An increase in senior leadership diversity may result in an increase in proportional representation from the top down. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 @ 9:19 AM

LIENS - Moneys subject to statutory trust

Appeal by unpaid contractors from a decision of a motion judge rejecting the appellants’ trust claim in condominium units sold during insolvency proceedings. ... [read more]