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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 8:02 AM

Office of B.C. Ombudsperson finding path | Jay Chalke

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released the summary of its final report in 2015, the commission chair, former senator Murray Sinclair, enjoined all Canadians to do the work of reconciliation with his formidable challenge: “We have described for you a mountain. We have shown you a path to the top. We call upon you to do the climbing.” The release of the TRC report and his challenge coincided with the start of my first term as the ombudsperson of British Columbia and resonated powerfully with me. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 6:02 AM

REAL PROPERTY TAX - Assessment - Methods - Valuation of land - Business property

Appeal by Western Eagle Lodge Management General Partners Inc. and Pfeiffer Holdings Ltd. (Appellants) from the dismissal of their appeal on the property tax assessments on grounds that the Assessment Appeals Committee of the Saskatchewan Municipal Board (Committee) erred in its interpretation of s. 165(3.1) of The Cities Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 4:48 PM

LSO issues call for comment on mandatory succession planning for licensees in private practice Jacqueline Horvat, LSO treasurer

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has amended commentary to the Rules of Professional Conduct to “provide licensees with guidance in respect of their obligations relating to technological competence” and has issued a call for comment on implementing a “mandatory succession planning requirement for licensees in private practice.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 4:15 PM

Canada’s tax gap remained stable between 2014-2018, CRA says in first such report

From 2014 to 2018, the tax gap remained stable at approximately nine per cent of federal tax revenue, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has noted in its first ever tax gap report.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 12:27 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 1:25 PM

Conference continues celebration of federal courts’ golden anniversary Chief Justice Paul Crampton, Federal Court of Canada.

Speakers at a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of Canada’s federal courts noted the need to balance remote hearings versus in-person appearances, while stressing the importance of having bodies in the courtroom. The use of remote technology by the courts during the COVID-19 pandemic and the gradual return to in-person hearings was a key talking point on June 27, the first day of a delayed three-day symposium marking the golden anniversary of the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 3:29 PM

Self-described ‘housewives who make cupcakes’ sentenced to prison, fined up to $2M

Four women have been sentenced to prison and handed significant fines by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Sydney for their role in a tax fraud scheme involving false income tax claims and invoices for food-related companies they claimed to own. ... [read more]

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 9:30 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Parties - Class or representative actions - Certification - Common interests and issues

Application by the plaintiffs for certification of their action as a class proceeding. The plaintiffs alleged the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) wrongfully assumed certain costs properly borne by the Province through the Medical Services Plan (MSP). Where medical care was required because of a motor vehicle accident, MSP paid for it, but then received reimbursement from ICBC. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 4:44 PM

Parliament passes self-induced extreme intoxication and budget bills before rising for summer David Lametti

Before MPs fled Ottawa for the summer, the minority Liberal government managed to enact its multipronged 2022 omnibus budget bill, as well as a new Criminal Code amendment that restricts the use of the self-induced extreme intoxication defence in prosecutions for violent crimes. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 5:44 PM

SCC sheds new light on test, evidence required for public interest standing in court challenges Michael Feder

Litigants seeking public interest standing to challenge constitutionally suspect laws do not need co‑plaintiffs directly affected by those laws in order to proceed with the litigation, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in a 9-0 judgment which sheds new light on the decade-old Downtown Eastside legal test and its evidentiary requirements for attaining public interest standing. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 10:32 AM

Crown not compelled to answer several questions in case alleging fraudulent contracts: appeal court

An Alberta construction company’s appeal to compel the Crown to respond to a number of follow-up questions concerning allegations of fraudulent contracts has been dismissed by the Federal Court of Appeal. ... [read more]