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Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 2:11 PM

From a former moot hater: Do a moot | Kara Cao

When I first entered law school, mooting was the last thing on my to-do list. I remember doing a mini-moot in a three-week block course back in 1L. I can’t say I liked it at the time. I felt like it was over before I even realized what happened. Was I the appellant or respondent? I don’t even remember. This year however, I somehow talked myself into signing up for a credit moot. Although it was daunting for me in the beginning, it was definitely one of the best highlights of law school. Here are some things I learned through a moot and why you should consider doing one as well. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 1:38 PM

Two new partners for Robins Appleby

Robins Appleby LLP announced that Heela Walker and Tara Welat are the newest members of the firm’s partnership. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 12:40 PM

Osgoode Hall students win virtual national tax moot

Dentons announced that the Osgoode Hall Law School has won top honours at the 11th Annual Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot in its first-ever virtual event. This year, students from 16 law schools across Canada competed in the two-day moot, arguing the real-life case of MacDonald v. Canada 2020 SCC 6. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

In defence of B.C.’s pronoun practice directives | Brad Regehr and Jennifer Brun

The rights of transgender and non-binary persons to equality and dignity are not open to debate — they are a matter of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 10:11 AM

Newcomers need smart planning to manage non-resident real estate taxes House on top of money

Southern Ontario has one of the hottest and most reliable real estate markets in the world, but non-residents who seek to invest face a special tax that can be a barrier. It takes smart planning for prospective investors to manage this barrier. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 @ 10:07 AM

Who can represent a company in Tax Court? Finger about to push button on calculator labelled "Taxes"

Does a corporate taxpayer have to be represented by a lawyer before the Tax Court of Canada? Can a company’s director represent the company? These questions were considered by the Federal Court of Appeal in HMQ v. BCS Group Business Services Inc. 2020 FCA 205. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 @ 9:34 AM

Issues, considerations of full cost accounting in Nova v. Dow Three different sized stacks of coins

As discussed in part one of this article, prior to the Federal Court of Appeal decision in Nova Chemicals Corp. v. Dow Chemicals Co. [2020] F.C.J. No. 928, the incremental cost approach was the preferred method in calculating the profits earned by an infringer, except in certain circumstances. Therefore, there was no need to allocate the non-incremental fixed costs of the infringer to the infringing products. ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 1:31 PM

COVID money as indemnified benefit ‘nonsensical’ | Jennifer Lynch and Margot Mary Davis

Due to growing unemployment, the federal government introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in March 2020. CERB provided $500 per week to eligible Canadians who were “directly affected by COVID-19” and was available from March 15, 2020, to Oct. 3, 2020. ... [read more]