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Monday, July 31, 2023 @ 12:36 PM

Boolean searches, bulky suits, memories are made of these | Gary Goodwin

I recently attended the 40th anniversary of my call to the bar to see colleagues I have not seen for years. This should normally be a time for personal reflection and spiritual growth. But I did spend the smallest amount of time contemplating the reflection in the mirror to make sure I had not grown too much physically. My decades of working out did treat me well. Yes, colour me shallow, and this was no longer high school. ... [read more]

Monday, July 31, 2023 @ 11:53 AM

Keep King’s counsel, but with clear guidelines | Gary Joseph

On June 30, 2023, the Attorney General of Ontario reinstated the practice of appointing King’s counsel after a pause in this process between 1985 and 2022. Immediately thereafter the ruling government in Ontario made, in my view, a serious error in judgment by appointing sitting members of the government who were lawyers, King’s counsel. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 1:28 PM

Immigration Tech Talent Strategy raises significant questions | Sergio R. Karas

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced Canada’s Tech Talent Strategy. This includes promoting Canada as a destination for digital nomads and creating a streamlined open work permit for H-1B visa holders in the United States to come to Canada. IRCC believes that this strategy will fill in-demand jobs and attract highly skilled business talent. However, the strategy has some serious flaws, and its wisdom is questionable. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 1:08 PM

Two new associates join Torkin Manes team

Torkin Manes announced that Samuel Cullen and Valerie Sedlezky have joined the firm as associates. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 12:56 PM

LSO allows ‘virtual verification of client identity with authentication’ effective Jan. 1

As of Jan. 1, 2024, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will “allow virtual verification of client identity where the licensee determines that the client’s government-issued photo identification is authentic.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 11:38 AM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court: Foreign buyer’s tax doesn’t violate refugee’s Charter rights

The B.C. Supreme Court has struck claims against British Columbia’s additional property transfer tax (ATT) brought by an Iranian refugee, who alleged that the imposition of the tax on his purchase of house in Vancouver violated his Charter rights. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 8:59 AM

Pursuing a civil appeal: The top five errors lawyers make Red hand held up in Stop signal

After a decision on a motion, application or action has been rendered, the losing party will almost always want to consider an appeal to a higher court. The temptation is strong to demand a reconsideration of the order as a matter of course. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 @ 1:41 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court rules CRA handled rejected benefits application unfairly

The Federal Court has allowed an application for judicial review of a decision by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) denying an applicant benefits under Canada Recovery Benefits Act, finding that the agency handled the application in a procedurally unfair manner. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 25, 2023 @ 2:01 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Federal Court authorizes minister to obtain merchant information from payment platform

The Federal Court has authorized the national revenue minister to compel a digital payment platform to disclose information on Canadian merchants utilizing its services as part of an effort to identify audit targets. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 25, 2023 @ 11:24 AM

Estate law: The importance of keeping legal terms straight List of words with check marks

This article is a nod to all of our clients who think they are appointing us (their lawyer/attorney) as their “attorney” for property. We’ve put together this helpful resource of important legal terms in the Ontario estate and trust planning context. We hope this is a helpful tool or refresher for our readers and will make these legal terms less confusing. ... [read more]