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Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

Judge’s political lobbying, advocacy on behalf of black Canadians crossed line, but wasn’t ‘misconduct’ Mark Sandler

The Ontario Judicial Council (OJC) has ruled that a judge who founded an advocacy group for black Canadians, and lobbied politicians with the “highly laudable” aim of helping his community overcome racism and poverty, engaged in a form of impermissible “advocacy and political activity” — but his actions did not amount to “judicial misconduct” that could merit his removal from the bench. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

From autonomous cars to smartphone zombies, analysis and opinion highlights of 2018

Here are 16 memorable and outstanding stories from 2018, as selected by The Lawyer's Daily Analysis Editors Richard Skinulis and Peter Carter. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 12:56 PM

Ottawa names new judge to Tax Court

Justice Canada announced on Dec. 11 that Gabrielle St-Hilaire, an associate professor at the University of Ottawa, has been appointed as a judge of the Tax Court of Canada. She replaces Justice Réal Favreau, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Feb. 26, 2018. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

Even the big stars are in crosshairs of the tax authorities star_crosshairs_sm

Famous Chinese actress Fan Bingbing and one of the stars of the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past, one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, has been ordered to pay almost $130 million by the Chinese government, after she misreported how much money she had received for certain film projects, according to state-run news agency Xinhua. ... [read more]

Friday, December 07, 2018 @ 5:02 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

SCC rules shareholders can’t sue for third-party harms to corporation absent ‘distinct’ obligation, ‘direct’ injury Caroline Biron

The Supreme Court has ended a $55 million damages suit for loss of shareholder value brought by the trustees of a Quebec trust against the lawyers and accountants they allege gave faulty tax advice that bankrupted the companies whose shares the trust owns. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 06, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

FINANCE - Taxation - Real or immovable property assessment

Appeal by three assessors from an order of a chambers judge that set aside a decision of the Property Assessment Appeal Board. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 11:38 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Ex-SCC judge who co-wrote Dunsmuir weighs in as counsel as top court revisits Dunsmuir’s standard of review

Ex-Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache’s participation as a counsel in three appeals the top court is using to revisit one of his most famous judgments, Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick, has renewed debate about what ex-judges can do when they return to legal practice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 10:46 AM

Trumped up taxes or legal loopholes trump_tower_sm

The New York Times published an account of how Fred C. Trump, father of President Donald Trump, built his dynasty and disputes the claim about a self-made man who got started with a US$1 million loan from his father. ... [read more]

Monday, December 03, 2018 @ 12:48 PM

McInnes Cooper partner appointed to Canadian Tax Foundation board

McInnes Cooper announced that partner Jeff Blucher was recently appointed to the board of governors at the Canadian Tax Foundation. ... [read more]