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Court overturns decision on limitations period

Alex Robinson - Monday, June 19, 2017

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision that found a one-year limitations period was appropriate for claims tenants bring against their landlords.
The decision means the limitations period for such matters is two years. Lawyers say the decision to overturn the earlier October 2016 ruling in Letestu v. Ritlyn Investments Limited is important because it could have led to the dismissal of hundreds of claims and an increase in negligent representation claims against lawyers who would have been more likely to miss the shorter limitations period.

Sonia Leith says the Court of Appeal’s ruling means t...


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Inside Story

Monday, June 19, 2017

CHIEF JUSTICE MCLACHLIN TO RETIRE
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin has announced that she will retire effective Dec. 15.

McLachlin, who was selected as a “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyer” by Canadian Lawyer multiple times, is widely respected in the legal profession for her leadership on the court as well as her outspokenness on issues such as access to justice, free speech, diversity and inclusive leadership.

Her judicial career began in 1981 when McLachlin was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. In 2000, she was appointed Chief Justice of Canada. McLachlin is the first woman to hold this position.

She is also Canada’s longest-serving chief justice, having held the position for nearly 18 years.

LAWYER ORDERED TO PAY $100,000
A lawyer who was heavily criticized by a Superior Court of Justice judge for her role in a custody battle involving the Children’s Aid Society has been ordered to personally pay $100,000....

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A Law Times columnist says given the responsibility to uphold the Charter of Rights and its associated values, Canadian lawyers should respect and defend press freedom. Do you feel press freedom in Canada is under threat?
Yes, there are ongoing criminal cases involving journalists doing their jobs, that concern me.
No, considering the international climate, Canada is a free, fair and open place when it comes to press freedom.