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Friday, September 08, 2023 @ 11:11 AM

Three takeaways from decision addressing remedy of specific performance Contract

A recent ruling by the Court of Appeal for Ontario underscores the exceptionality of the remedy of specific performance. The case is called 9725440 Canada Inc. v. Vijayakumar 2023 ONCA 466. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 07, 2023 @ 4:10 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Ontario court approves class action settlement regarding glass that fell off balconies

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has approved a class action settlement with gross settlement funds of $800,000 concerning the repair of fallen glass from balconies of a Toronto condominium. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 07, 2023 @ 2:37 PM

Ottawa names Quebec Court of Appeal judge to lead public inquiry into ‘foreign interference’ Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc

The Liberal government has established a “Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions,” following all-party agreement to the new commission of inquiry’s terms of reference and its commissioner. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 07, 2023 @ 1:52 PM

Don’t be left guessing on your estimates blueprints and calculator

The Alberta Court of Justice reiterated fundamental contract law principles when examining estimates in Medusa Contracting Inc. v. Efficient Quality Homes Inc., 2023 ABCJ 123 (Medusa Contracting). ... [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]

Tuesday, September 05, 2023 @ 4:45 PM

Ottawa extends tenure, assessments of judicial advisory committees to three years from two Federal Justice MInister Arif Virani

Faced with loud complaints that Ottawa chronically takes too long to fill vacancies on the superior courts, the Liberal government has announced that new members of its 17 judicial advisory committees (JACs) which vet applications for the bench across Canada will serve for three years, rather than two, while the JACs’ evaluations of individual applicants as “highly recommended,” “recommended” and “unable to recommend” for the federal benches are similarly extended to three years from two, as of Aug. 1. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 05, 2023 @ 2:22 PM

Ford shuffles cabinet as minister of municipal affairs and housing resigns

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced changes to his cabinet on Sept. 4 following Steve Clark’s resignation as minister of municipal affairs and housing. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 05, 2023 @ 1:27 PM

Canadian legal market AI survey shows high awareness of tech, ‘significant’ ethical concerns

Generative artificial intelligence (GAI) tools, such as ChatGPT, have been a hot topic for the legal profession over the past year, with courts, associations and law schools grappling with the implications of the technology. A new report, issued by LexisNexis Canada, noted that a vast majority of the Canadian legal market had “significant” concerns about the ethical implications of generative AI and over half of the profession, as well as students, believe it will “change law schools and the way law is taught and studied.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 05, 2023 @ 1:06 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court orders borrower to repay loan, finding repayment unrelated to parties’ real estate project

The Ontario Superior Court has granted a $100,000 judgment against a borrower, dismissing arguments that repayment of the loan was contingent upon the completion of a planned joint sale of properties held by the borrower and lender. ... [read more]

Friday, September 01, 2023 @ 3:28 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - B.C. Supreme Court rejects specific performance claim in land sale dispute

The B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed a claim for specific performance of contract for the sale of land, finding that there was no implied term in the contract that government approvals for a proposed subdivision were in place. ... [read more]