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Monday, October 23, 2023 @ 2:57 PM

Ottawa announces six judicial appointments for Alberta

On Oct. 23, the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced six judicial appointments in the province of Alberta. ... [read more]

Monday, October 23, 2023 @ 2:54 PM

Reinforcing the GAAR: What even is economic substance? Man polevaulting over the word TAX

As part of its 35th anniversary celebrations, the Income Tax Act general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) is getting some renovations. New support beams and a paint job are planned, a 25 per cent penalty may be tacked on to the bill, and government inspection times may be extended. ... [read more]

Monday, October 23, 2023 @ 2:01 PM

Oversight of Ontario government appointments to tribunals has become farce | Brian Cook

Over the course of a mandate, governments make thousands of appointments to agencies boards and tribunals. In Ontario, the Standing Committee on Government Agencies is mandated to bring some oversight to these appointments by requiring selected intended appointees to appear before the committee. This system has degenerated to the point that very few appointees appear, leaving the system of appointments to operate with virtually no oversight. ... [read more]

Friday, October 20, 2023 @ 4:38 PM

SCC rolls out plain-language summaries of oral decisions to boost transparency, public access Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner

Following concerns raised by the bar and media that the top court’s frequent oral judgments fly under the public’s radar, the Supreme Court of Canada has started to issue same-day plain-language summaries to inform the public not only of the appeals’ outcomes, but also about the facts, legal issues and background history of the cases the top court decides with brief oral reasons from the bench. ... [read more]

Friday, October 20, 2023 @ 10:41 AM

Robins Appleby welcomes partner, two associates

Robins Appleby announced that Amanda Laren Feigen has been admitted as a partner. In addition, associates Kavita Pandya and Anthony F. Aiello have joined the commercial real estate and development group. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2023 @ 2:18 PM

Thinking about cohabitation or prenuptial agreement in Manitoba? Here are a few points Contract with two wedding rings at the top

The time has come. You have finally made the decision to take the next step in your relationship and get married. Amidst all the excitement of planning, you may not turn your mind to an issue we don’t always want to think about, “What happens if our marriage falls apart?” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2023 @ 12:55 PM

Canada renews sanctions against Iranian officials, entities for nuclear proliferation activities Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly

The federal government has renewed dealings bans and entry prohibitions against 18 Iranian individuals, including current and former senior officials of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its affiliates, as well as 56 entities that Ottawa says are engaged in activities that “facilitate, support, provide funding for, contribute to, or could contribute to Iran’s proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 @ 4:04 PM

Strategic co-ordinated litigation, clear public messaging can help combat antisemitism, lawyers say Steven Frankel Davies LLP Toronto

Galvanized by growing bigotry, hate and violence directed at Jews here and abroad, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is ramping up its legal fight against antisemitism, including honing its public messaging and inviting lawyers to volunteer with a CIJA legal task force that works to conceptualize, co-ordinate and carry out strategic litigation in defence of Jewish people. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 @ 4:02 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court of Appeal upholds tribunal decision on valuation of goods for import duty

The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal on the suitable method for calculating the value of specific imported goods for duty assessment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 @ 10:24 AM

Who is a parent, who is a child? Not just about biology any more Four person family icon

It’s important to understand who is a child and who is “issue” when these class terms are used in a will or trust agreement given changing legislation in many jurisdictions, including in Ontario, which redefines who is a parent and who is a child or issue. ... [read more]