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  • CBA wades into tax fight

    CBA wades into tax fight

    Dec 11, 2017

    The Canadian Bar Association made headlines this fall for joining other organizations to oppose the federal government’s proposed tax changes for private corporations.

  • No movement on scrapping surcharge

    No movement on scrapping surcharge

    Dec 11, 2017

    The federal government says it has not taken further steps to give judges the discretion to waive the mandatory victim surcharge, despite announcing its intention to do so 14 months ago, because of a lack of time available in Parliament.

  • Law society to widen scope of family law

    Law society to widen scope of family law

    Dec 11, 2017

    Now that the Law Society of Upper Canada has committed to opening some parts of family law to paralegals, practitioners are warning against letting paralegals offer legal services in the area without lawyers’ supervision.

  • Region of Waterloo refuses records to lawyer

    Region of Waterloo refuses records to lawyer

    Dec 11, 2017

    An adjudicator has upheld a decision taken by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo not to disclose certain records to a prominent lawyer about a complaint filed against him.

  • Making police accountable long overdue

    Nov 27, 2017

    There are many communities that have for years decried a crisis of confidence in Ontario police. The province’s much-anticipated new omnibus policing legislation, packaged as the Safer Ontario Act, 2017, appears to have been met with general optimism — perhaps as much a measure of the broad need and desire for change as it is of the bill itself.

  • Lawyers criticize proposed THC regulation

    Lawyers criticize proposed THC regulation

    Nov 20, 2017

    Lawyers say a government proposal to criminalize having a certain amount of THC in your blood two hours after driving will likely face a Charter challenge if implemented.

  • Where aboriginal law and environmental law intersect

    Where aboriginal law and environmental law intersect

    Nov 20, 2017

    As more environmental assessments for projects are taking traditional knowledge and consultation with indigenous peoples into account, lawyers say there can sometimes be a collision between project proponents and the duty to consult as outlined in s. 35 of the Constitution.

  • Uneven carbon pricing means guidance needed

    Uneven carbon pricing means guidance needed

    Nov 20, 2017

    As a national price on carbon looms across Canada and with the cap-and-trade system now up and running in Ontario, disclosure is an increasingly important issue with regards to financial liabilities and risk assessment. Lawyers say that because there is a mandated federal carbon price that is a backstop and most prices will be administered provincially, the patchwork approach across the country will mean different requirements from province to province.

  • Legal expenses insurance assists with access to justice

    Legal expenses insurance assists with access to justice

    Nov 13, 2017

    The legal profession should renew its focus on legal expenses insurance as the product slowly but steadily gains traction in Canada, says the former head of the Canadian Bar Association’s access to justice committee. John Sims headed the committee in late 2013 when the CBA announced its aim to have 75 per cent of middle-income Canadians covered by legal insurance by 2030.

  • Ontario court finds disability claim was time-barred

    Ontario court finds disability claim was time-barred

    Nov 13, 2017

    Ontario lawmakers should force insurers to notify claimants of the limitation period to challenge denials after the province’s appeal court ruled companies that fail to provide such a warning do not breach their duty of good faith to customers, according to a Kitchener, Ont. personal injury lawyer.

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