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February, 2019
  • Bencher hopefuls crunch the numbers on LSO fees

    Candidates for the Law Society of Ontario’s board say the LSO’s $2,201 annual fee for lawyers is something they would scrutinize if elected.
  • Condo ruling defends purchasers

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice decided that a couple was not in default in their agreement to purchase a condo, despite the vendor’s claim that they should not have their deposit returned.
  • Province says carbon tax legislation unconstitutional

    The fact that greenhouse gases are caused by a wide range of human activities is why the federal government’s so-called “carbon tax” legislation is over-reaching and unconstitutional, the Ontario government states in legal submissions filed at the Court of Appeal.


  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial Obiter


    By now, if you’re a regular reader of Law Times, you may have heard about the upcoming election for Law Society of Ontario benchers to take place on April 30.
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    The special case of private mortgages

    Consumers are increasingly turning to private lenders for mortgage financings and re­financings. Whether this uptick is caused by mortgage stress tests, rising interest rates or borrowers simply wanting to cash in on the equity in their homes, the fact is that, in my opinion, lawyers are being asked to close a growing number of real estate transactions involving private lenders.

Focus On

  • SCC ruling will impact on business asset purchasers

    Following the Supreme Court of Canada’s dismissal of the leave application in Krishnamoorthy v. Olympus Canada Inc., purchasers of business assets can rest assured that offers of continuing employment to vendors’ staff are in themselves sufficient consideration to support the validity of new employment agreements.
  • Future of Competition Bureau yet to be charted

    The first half of 2019 should see the appointment of a new commissioner of competition, a development that will shape the Competition Bureau’s direction and priorities for at least the next five years — all the more so because competition law is undergoing a global rethink again.
  • Uncertainty after ruling over disclosure requirements

    Despite the Ontario Court of Appeal’s favourable ruling last September in Solar Power Network Inc. v. ClearFlow Energy Finance Corp., the uncertainty regarding the disclosure requirements under s. 4 of the federal Interest Act continues to hover over the lending community.
  • Issues that keep boards awake at night

    With proxy season looming, Canadian public issuers are taking their usual rear-view mirror peek at last year’s developments in corporate governance and disclosure, all with a view to ensuring that boards are properly prepared to meet shareholders’ expectations and demands.

Inside Story

  • Monday, February 25, 2019

    Monday, February 25, 2019

    LSO Adds Gender-Neutral Robing Room

    Phillips Wins Family Law Award

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