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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Round and Round We Go: BCCA Declines Opportunity to Shape Leave Test in Secondary Market Class Actions

Posted in Case Comments, Class Actions, Corporate Law, Procedure, Securities, Torts

In a decision released this month, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has declined to enter the national fray on the question of how courts should interpret statutory leave requirements adopted throughout Canada in recent securities legislation amendments.  These leave requirements impose a preliminary hurdle for plaintiffs seeking to advance statutory secondary market class action… → Read More

On a Need to Know Basis: When Can the Government Appropriately Withhold Information Pursuant to the “Advice and Recommendations” Exception to the Disclosure Regime

Posted in Case Comments, Regulatory

In a case that will have a significant impact on the ability of the public to access information relied upon by governmental decision-makers, the Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether such information is immune from requests for information under the Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (”FIPPA”). In Ontario (Minister of… → Read More

Close, But Not Too Close to Call: Ted Opitz’s Narrow Victories in the Federal Election and the Supreme Court

Posted in Case Comments, Charter of Rights, Constitutional

Introduction On May 2, 2011, Canadians voted in the 41st federal election. Voters in the riding of Etobicoke Centre elected Ted Opitz to represent them in Parliament. The race was hotly contested. So too was the result. A judicial recount showed that Mr. Opitz won by a plurality of just 26 votes. Boris Wrzesnewskyj, the… → Read More

La notion de mitigation à la Cour suprême du Canada: le triomphe de la théorie sur la réalité commerciale

Posted in Case Comments, Contracts

Une décision troublante Lorsque le droit des contrats ne parvient pas à s’accorder avec la réalité commerciale, c’est troublant. Lorsqu’un litige commercial fait fi du contexte économique sous-jacent, c’est troublant. Dans Southcott Estates Inc. c. Toronto Catholic District School Board, la Cour suprême du Canada a mis en application des modèles de droit des contrats… → Read More