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Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 5:04 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Feds to scrap ‘efficiency’ defence to anti-competitive mergers, expand Competition Bureau power Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne

The Trudeau government has moved to scrap the controversial “efficiencies” defence to anti-competitive mergers as part of a new package of proposed legislative measures that would remove the GST from new purpose-built rental housing, while expanding the Competition Bureau’s powers to investigate and compel information and enabling the government to direct that the anti-monopoly watchdog inquire into the state of competition in particular industries. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @ 8:43 AM

[ Legal Wire ] - Over $300 million in insured losses due to Alberta, Prairie storms, says Insurance Bureau of Canada

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has emphasized the impact of summer storms in Alberta and the Prairies, noting over $300 million in insured losses to businesses, residential homes and vehicles. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2023 @ 3:27 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Employment Insurance premium rate for 2024 sees three-cent increase from 2023

On Sept. 14, the Canada Employment Insurance (EI) Commission published the Actuarial Report and its summary for the 2024 employment insurance premium rate, which is set per $100 at $1.66 of insurable earnings for employees and $2.32 for employers paying 1.4 times the employee rate, an increase of three cents from the previous year. The 2023 EI rate was at $1.63 for employees and $2.28 for employers. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2023 @ 2:37 PM

12 Angry fishpackers | Marcel Strigberger

Artificial intelligence? In four words, I don’t like it. I am a technophobe. I started my litigation practice in 1974 B.C. (before computers). I experienced typewriters, carbon paper and live people answering the telephones. I know you millennials ask, what are live people?  ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 12:50 PM

Canadian Insurance Services Regulatory Organizations issue cybersecurity prevention reference tool

The Canadian Insurance Services Regulatory Organizations (CISRO) has released a “new reference tool adapted to insurance intermediaries to which they can refer to in their efforts to prevent cybersecurity incidents and be ready to respond to them should they occur.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 @ 3:38 PM

Legal regulators challenge new tax law compelling bar to report clients’ confidential information Roy Millen, Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP Vancouver

Canada’s more than 155,000 legal professionals — with a global reputation for successfully challenging multiple unconstitutional state incursions on the bar’s independence and ethical duties to clients — went to court again Sept. 11, this time battling what they contend is yet another bid by Ottawa over the past 25 years to turn them into state agents, in this instance by mandating that legal professionals report to federal tax authorities confidential client information about certain client tax transactions that might constitute tax avoidance. ... [read more]

Monday, September 11, 2023 @ 2:14 PM

All lawyers must know technology used by courts: experts Trevor Farrow, dean of Osgoode Hall Law School.

Regardless of age, practice or jurisdiction, lawyers must stay up-to-speed on technologies now being used by courts post-pandemic, say experts following a strongly worded “cautionary tale” out of Alberta’s highest court. ... [read more]

Friday, September 08, 2023 @ 1:50 PM

Goal of SABS is to reduce economic hardship of accident victims Claims form

The Ontario Divisional Court recently issued a decision that reminds insureds, insurers and Licence Appeal Tribunal adjudicators that the goal of the statutory accident benefits schedule (SABS) is to reduce the economic dislocation and hardship of motor vehicle accident victims. When adjudicating disputes between insurers and their insureds, the tribunal should interpret the SABS in a remedial and inclusive way. ... [read more]

Friday, September 08, 2023 @ 10:18 AM

Two litigation associates join Blaney McMurtry

Blaney McMurtry welcomed associates Kyle Duncan and Leo Rebello to the Toronto office.  ... [read more]

Thursday, September 07, 2023 @ 1:36 PM - Last Updated: Friday, September 08, 2023 @ 4:45 PM

Tribunal’s ‘good character’ decision ‘black mark’ on profession, lawyer says; LSO appeals

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) appeal of a Law Society Tribunal decision casts into the spotlight the need for lawyers to be of “good character.” The tribunal’s decision, which determined that a man who admitted to sexually abusing minors was of “good character,” granting his application for an L1 licence, is a “black mark” on the profession, a lawyer stressed. ... [read more]