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Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 10:16 AM

B.C. moving to step three of restart plan July 1 B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon

With COVID-19 cases counts declining and nearly 80 per cent of its citizens having received their first dose of a vaccine, British Columbia will begin step three of its four-step restart plan July 1. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 9:40 AM

New insurance associate for Cox & Palmer in Halifax

Cox & Palmer welcomed Kalyn Hunley to its Halifax office. She joins as an associate in the insurance group where she will work with insurers, brokers, adjusters and self-insuring organizations. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 5:43 AM

SALE OF LAND - Quality defects

Appeal by the vendors and White, a structural engineer, from trial judgment finding them liable to the purchasers for damages. The respondents purchased a home from the vendors in 2010. A home inspection prior to closing revealed a crack on a basement wall. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 @ 5:22 PM

Ethics code for new home sales ‘can only be good news’ for Ontario consumers, lawyer says Bob Aaron

The Ontario government has introduced a new code of ethics for builders and vendors of new homes in the province, and legal experts are saying it will help consumers in the real estate market because it has the potential to cut down on misrepresentations in sales and weed out bad players in the real estate market. ... [read more]

Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 3:08 PM

McMillan strengthens tax expertise by welcoming new partner

McMillan LLP has announced that Steven Sitcoff has joined its Montreal office as partner in the tax group. ... [read more]

Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 11:20 AM

Vancouver trespass prevention program criminalizes poverty, complaint says BCCLA executive director Harsha Walia

A coalition of legal and community groups in British Columbia have filed a complaint against a Vancouver police department (VPD) program aimed at trespassing, arguing it stigmatizes the poor and has a disproportionate effect on Indigenous people and people of colour. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 2:48 PM

New federal coal policies: A step in the right direction | Alan Andrews and David Khan

This month, within the span of five days, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, announced two new policies that are a step forward in addressing the impacts of coal in Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

COMMERCIAL TENANCIES - Lease - Landlord’s obligations - Repair

Appeal by the landlord from a decision finding that the amendment of the lease period was ambiguous and that the lease expired in 2039 at the latest as argued by the tenant. Cross-appeal by the tenant from the determination that the landlord had no duty to replace the roof. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 2:05 PM

Judge’s role is to adjudicate ‘on the basis of law, precedent and evidence,’ SCC nominee says Justice Mahmud Jamal

Justice Mahmud Jamal, the Trudeau government’s nominee to the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the impending retirement of Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, says he hopes to serve with an open mind and a willingness to listen while remaining “very mindful” of the responsibility which comes with being the first person of colour to be named to Canada’s top court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 12:29 PM

Privatization of Indigenous lands not standalone solution for prosperity Sketch of house

For Indigenous communities in Canada, individual ownership of land has been anticipated to serve as a foundation for economic development “through its ability to deliver legal certainty, reduce transaction costs and enable taxation” of Indigenous lands. The source of this argument is economist Hernando de Soto, who argues that the poorest of nations already have the assets to prosper; the problem is that their wealth is locked away as “dead capital” within their lands, which cannot be used as collateral for credit due to the property regime in place. De Soto advocates for the privatization of communally held lands to promote investment because the poor would benefit from property rights that delineate a clear and certain system of exchange. ... [read more]