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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 claims, requiring them to demonstrate a reasonable possibility of success at trial.  Thus far, no appellate court in Canada has yet pronounced on how courts should apply this standard.  In Round v. MacDonald, the motions judge suggested that the appropriate standard in British Columbia … Continue Reading

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 Finance) v. Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner), the Court of Appeal adopted a broad definition of the term “advice” within section 13(1) of the FIPPA, resulting in an arguably overbroad exception to the general right of the public to access information

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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


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 runner-up, applied to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice under s. 524(1)(b) of the Canada Elections Act (the “Act”) to annul the election based on “irregularities … that affected the result of the election”.

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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 et de droit des entreprises purement théoriques pour conclure que la victime d’une violation de contrat avait omis de mitiger ses dommages. La victime de la violation s’est donc vu refuser ses dommages, lesquels étaient évalués à 1,9 million de dollars au moment du … Continue Reading