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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 1:01 PM

Goodmans promotes five to partner

Goodmans LLP announced that David Coll-Black, Joe Hoffman, Michael Royal, Karen Vadasz and Bradley Wiffen have joined the Toronto firm’s partnership. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 6:23 AM

ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT - Audit - Requirement to provide documents or information

Application by the taxpayers for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to issue Requests for Information letters requesting that both applicant spouses complete a questionnaire as part of an audit of the couple's potential offshore holdings which might not have been disclosed in taxation years 2010 through 2016. ... [read more]

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 12:22 PM

Cox & Palmer names new managing partner of P.E.I. offices

Cox & Palmer announced that Robin Aitken has been appointed managing partner of the Prince Edward Island offices. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 3:14 PM

A sad story about Mr. X. from country Y | Dale Barrett

Meet Mr. X. Don’t judge him by his country of residence. He was taken there as a child by his parents who were fleeing another country for a better life. They could never have predicted how the government of Mr. X’s adopted country would treat him when he grew up. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Courts moving to adopt written gowning requirements that accommodate counsel’s ‘personal circumstances’ Sabrina Bandali

The Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal are considering — and the Federal and Tax Courts will soon move ahead with — requests from the bar that they adopt written gowning requirements expressly accommodating counsel whose personal circumstances, such as a medical condition, disability or pregnancy, make it hard to don the usual courtroom attire. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 10:19 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

SCC’s Wagner, Moldaver and Martin key to majorities in 2019 as top court divides in most judgments TLD Exclusive

Justices Michael Moldaver and Sheilah Martin and Chief Justice Richard Wagner were at the core of most Supreme Court of Canada majorities in 2019, an analysis of the nine judges’ voting patterns by The Lawyer’s Daily reveals. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Disability support: Guardianship applications brain_workings_sm

Under Ontario law, adult capacity is task-based rather than diagnosis-based. The upshot is that an individual’s required level of capacity can vary depending on the nature of the decision to be made. For example, having capacity to make a will or power of attorney (POA) is different from having capacity to manage property and finances or make personal care decisions. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:41 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Supreme Court of Canada hits record low 40% unanimity rate in 2019; many appeals came from Quebec TLD Exclusive

The Supreme Court of Canada divided on the outcomes of appeals in 60 per cent of the cases it decided in 2019, and spoke with one voice in just one-third of its appeal judgments — a record low unanimity rate in at least 30 years, an analysis by The Lawyer’s Daily discloses. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 11:28 AM

Dentons adds new tax partner in Montreal

Dentons announced that Marc Lesage has joined the firm as a partner in its tax group. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

Lawful duress, abuse of dominant position in obtaining waiver Paperplanes

The recent Quebec Court of Appeal decision Hydro-Québec v. Construction Polaris Inc. 2019 QCCA 990 dealing with unlawful duress and the ensuing annulment of a waiver can be compared with the common law approach. While it is important for the court to determine whether the party relying on the waiver or transaction was in good faith or not as to the legality of its actions, bad faith remains an elusive evidentiary concept in a commercial context. ... [read more]