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Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 12:30 PM

Negotiating expropriation process: Expertise of appraisers Three people at table talking about real estate

When navigating the expropriation process, regardless of whether one chooses to voluntarily convey their land to the government (Expropriating Authority) for its public works project or one decides to proceed via an involuntary taking involving delayed compensation, it is essential for landowners to retain their own appraisers and valuators to accurately assess what their taken property is worth. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 11:14 AM

Women’s History Month: Where we’ve come from, where we are going | Charlene Theodore

The Ontario Bar Association’s work on gender equality in the profession has spanned several years. In that time, we have learned that a gender wage gap is just one part of a broader opportunity gap that women experience from the very start of their careers. Featured prominently within these experiences are unequal opportunities to build relationships, develop skills and work on the kinds of files that advance careers.   ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 2:23 PM

A tax saga draws to a close Pen and calculator on passbook

In a detailed decision dated Jan. 27, 2021, in Chen (Succession de Pourafzal) c. Agence du revenu du Québec 2021 QCCQ 1453, Justice Enrico Forlini of the Court of Quebec reviewed a file that became a saga for the taxpayer involved, and which ended with the acceptance of the taxpayer’s arguments and the cancellation of the reassessments issued to same. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 11:37 AM

Ramifications of Supreme Court’s carbon pricing decision Canadian weather map

On March 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision on the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA). The Supreme Court held that the GGPPA was constitutional (Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act 2021 SCC 11). ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 2:04 PM

Evidence-based legal practice: The value of data in litigation Woman lawyer analyzing legal data

Professionals are paid for their judgment and experience. That judgment and experience should be supplemented, wherever possible, by empirical data. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 6:21 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Tax avoidance - Series of transactions - Non-arm’s length transactions

Appeal by the taxpayer from a Tax Court decision confirming an assessment under s. 160(1) of the Income Tax Act. ... [read more]

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 2:03 PM

Negotiating expropriation process: Offers, voluntary conveyances Little house on a person's hand

When the government (Expropriating Authority) decides to take your land in order to complete a public works project, you may be apprehensive about negotiating for additional compensation. After all, it is natural to be afraid of a large, incorporeal entity that is entitled to take your land by statute. Nonetheless, right from the outset of the process, you will need to make important decisions in order to bolster your negotiation position. Initially, these choices will depend largely on whether you are willing to voluntarily give up your land or not. ... [read more]

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

What corporate lawyers should know about top court’s carbon pricing ruling | Janis Sarra

On March 25, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its long-awaited judgment on the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA), finding in Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act 2021 SCC 11 that Parliament has jurisdiction to enact the law as a matter of national concern under the “peace, order, and good government” clause of s. 91 of the Constitution Act. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

Confidence in virtual proceedings important for justice system Headphone and mike on a laptop

Confidence in virtual proceedings is important for the justice system now that it seems clear that virtual is going to be a part of how civil, criminal and administrative hearings in Canada, and globally, will be conducted long term, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 4:05 PM

Ontario budget focuses on health care and business support for pandemic recovery

Ontario is promising billions in new spending to support businesses, improve health-care infrastructure and bolster the province’s pandemic-ravaged economy, but critics say the government’s 2021-22 budget falls short by failing to provide paid sick days and other provisions for those hit hardest by COVID-19. ... [read more]