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Tuesday, November 28, 2023 @ 5:07 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Taxpayers ombudsperson: Complaints decline in 2022-23, but still higher than pre-pandemic levels

Taxpayer complaints about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) fell in 2022-23 but were still higher than complaints in the years before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the annual report of the Office of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsperson (OTO). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 @ 3:09 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Procurement ombudsman releases 2022-23 annual report, sees progress in ADR

The Federal Procurement Ombud Alexander Jeglic released the annual report for 2022-23, summarizing the ombud’s activities from April 1 to March 31, tabled in Parliament by Minister of Public Services and Procurement Jean-Yves Duclos on Oct. 16. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 @ 3:07 PM

Alberta justice system reforms include ‘streamlined’ trial process, new judicial positions Alberta Justice Minister and Attorney General Mickey Amery

Alberta is bringing in changes to its trial procedures, as well as updating justice system-related legislation, as a means of increasing access to justice and ensuring more matters get resolved by the courts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 @ 1:33 PM

Retrial ordered for man convicted of sexual assault while Ontario top court divided on reasons why

For two different reasons from the three-judge panel, the Ontario Court of Appeal concluded that a trial judge mishandled the evidence of an accused who was convicted of sexual assault two years ago and ordered a new trial for a man identified as S.B., who was sentenced to three years in prison for the offence and given an order under the Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA) for a period of 20 years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 @ 1:24 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Alberta court rejects insurance association’s bid to intervene in policy dispute appeal

The Alberta Court of Appeal has rejected an application by the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. to intervene in an appeal concerning the interpretation of a 10-day cancellation clause in the context of a life insurance policy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 @ 1:21 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - New Ontario real estate regulations to permit open auctions, modify realtor code of conduct

Real estate sellers will be able to permit brokerages to conduct open offers starting Dec. 1, 2023, when phase two of legislative and regulatory changes introduced under the Trust in Real Estate Services Act (TRESA), 2020 comes into force. ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2023 @ 4:39 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court exempts legal advisers from reporting clients’ tax affairs until Charter challenge determined

Legal advisers across Canada, including Quebec notaries and Ontario paralegals, do not have to comply with constitutionally-impugned Income Tax Act (ITA) mandatory reporting obligations with respect to clients’ tax avoidance, following the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s (FLSC) success in obtaining a nationwide interlocutory court injunction until its Charter challenge to last June’s ITA amendments is determined. ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2023 @ 4:35 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Ontario, Toronto reach ‘historic’ $1.2-billion deal for city’s long-term financial stability Doug Ford

The government of Ontario and the City of Toronto have agreed to a new $1.2-billion deal to achieve sustainability and long-term financial stability for the city. Premier Doug Ford called it a “game-changing historic new deal,” and the biggest in Canadian history. ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2023 @ 4:34 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - B.C. court sets aside leave decision; deems third-party contribution, indemnity claim time-barred

The B.C. Court of Appeal has overturned an order granting leave to a company to file a third-party notice claiming contribution and indemnity, finding that the limitation period for the third-party claim had expired. ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2023 @ 11:22 AM

Years later, former N.B. judge still waiting for more mental health courts

A retired New Brunswick judge continues to question why the province still has only one mental health court — despite his call for additional locations 14 years ago. Former judge, priest and politician Michael McKee, 83, has long been advocating for more mental health courts across the province. Currently, New Brunswick has one, in Saint John. ... [read more]