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November, 2017
  • Decision clarifies how limitations apply

    An Ontario judge has awarded a $1.5-million judgment to a plaintiff in a decision that lawyers say clarifies how the province’s statute of limitations applies to the Excise Tax Act. In National Money Mart v. 24 Gold Group Ltd, Superior Court Justice James Diamond granted a summary judgment motion to Money Mart, which was seeking the $1.5-million payment from 24 Gold Ltd. — a private precious metal refiner and dealer — for HST it had not paid when buying unrefined gold.
  • Law Society of Upper Canada adopts new name

    While the Law Society of Upper Canada has forged ahead with changing its name, some lawyers say they felt left out of the process. The regulator’s governing board of benchers voted to change its name to the Law Society of Ontario at its November meeting in order to move away from a moniker critics had said was outdated.

Commentary


  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Expert testimony

    Law Times has two stories this week that relate to expert testimony or expert witnesses. In one, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld the dismissal of a lawyer’s claim against a handwriting expert for defamation. In Deverett Law Offices v. Pitney, lawyer Michael Deverett’s firm brought a claim against a handwriting analyst who had done work for a former client.
  • Ian Harvey

    Not all condo residents treated equally

    The Toronto skyline is a long way from the suburban utopia of manicured lawns and white picket fences. While Toronto once spread out, it’s now also rising up, and since almost no one is building new apartment rental units, the demand for rentals has been supplied by condo buyers, many of whom are absent offshore investors.

Focus On


  • Will expansion become a reality?

    A proposal for increasing the number of Unified Family Courts in Ontario has emerged from the Ministry of the Attorney General. After decades of lobbying, members of the family law bar are hoping this two-stage plan will graduate from intention to implementation.
  • Equal shared parenting’s latest push

    The 2014 defeat of a private member’s bill establishing equal shared parenting as the default position in custody disputes is not deterring advocates from commencing another attempt, setting the scene for a battle between those who support a rebuttable presumption of equal parenting time and those who believe a blanket presumption to be ill advised.
  • New way to hear voice of child

    A new study has found a way to circumvent the costs and labour intensity of reports from the Office of the Children’s Lawyer while still ensuring that a child’s voice is heard in custody and access matters. The use of non-evaluated reports, which simply outline the child’s wishes, has been found to lead to faster, earlier settlements in many cases.
  • Child support extending to reflect adults at home

    The growing trend of young adults living in the family home is generating a demand for child support that flows on past childhood into adulthood. With perpetual students and adults with disabilities joining the ranks of young adults who do not live independently, parental responsibilities are continually extending.

Inside Story


  • Monday, November 6, 2017

    Monday, November 6, 2017


    Lawyer Settles Complaint Against LSUC

    Mag Introduces New Bail Policy

    Province Appoints New Judges

    Law Times Poll

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  • Nov 6, 2017

    Editorial Cartoon: November 6, 2017

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