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When: November 16, 2017
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In Her Majesty the Queen and The Regional Municipality of York v. Tsui Justice Sarah Pepall of the Court of Appeal for Ontario last week overturned previous lower court rulings and ruled in favour of the municipality and ordered a new trial.
“Obviously I’m pleased with the decision. I think it was a big win for municipalities. It clarifies the scope in which municipalities can legislate to suppress conditions that are conducive to crime. It kind of expanded upon the scope in which municipalities can regulate,” says Chris Bendick, senior counsel, prosecutions, court services with the Regional Municipality of York.
The case is a constitutional battle over a municipal bylaw and a body rub parlour owned by Eric Tsui. The City of Vaughan passed a bylaw in 2005 regulating the operation of body rub parlours in its jurisdiction. Tsui was charged with contravening that section of the bylaw governing operating hours — permitting a body rub parlour to be open outside permitted times on July 8, 2012.
An Ontario judge has stayed a Ministry of Labour charge against a company accused in a workplace fatality because the matter dragged through the system for 55 months and the trial was more than two years old.
In yet another application of R. v Jordan, on March 17, Justice Peter Wilkie of the Ontario Court of Justice stayed a charge in R. v. Stephenson’s Rental Services, saying the right of the defendant to be tried within a reasonable time under s. 11(b) of the Charter had been breached.
“The defendant’s trial has clearly been unreasonably delayed whether the analysis is under the Jordan framework or that of Morin. The Crown principally due to its ongoing failure to provide timely disclosure and its overall complacency about the pace of the litigation is responsible for the vast majority of the delay with the rest accounted for by institutional time constraints,” Wilkie wrote.
Reports that a Magic Circle firm is looking to set up a shop in Canada have surfaced again, but this time the rumour is that a U.K. firm could be looking at Toronto.
Last week, both The Lawyer online and Legal Week reported that London-based Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP might be looking at Toronto, not Vancouver, for a future services centre.
Reports of a Freshfields location in Canada first surfaced a year ago when one of the firm’s executive partners hinted a plan was in the works to open a second “legal services centre” in Vancouver at the end of 2016. The centre would largely be staffed initially by paralegals. The firm has a similar kind of centre in Manchester employing 250 people.
Wildeboer Dellelce LLP and Moodys Gartner Tax Law LLP have announced they are forming a strategic alliance to provide services to clients on a referral basis.
Wildeboer Dellelce is a corporate business finance transactional firm based in Toronto while Moodys Gartner Tax is based in Calgary but has offices across Canada and Buffalo, N.Y.
“We have a number of law firms we refer business to that are also not full-service firms, but this is more structured in that they [Moodys] are making a commitment to be in Toronto on a regular basis and we’re making a commitment to be in Calgary on a regular basis,” says Kevin Dane, chief operating officer with Wildeboer Dellelce LLP.
The Canadian Bar Association's B.C. branch is hoping to raise the issue of British Columbia’s frayed legal system during the May 9 provincial election campaign, especially legal aid.
The CBA B.C. branch has issued a 27-page report — “An Agenda for Justice” — that outlines the dire need for more resources to be allocated to B.C.'s courts and legal aid system.
"We want it to become an election issue and because there is a surplus [in the budget]," says CBABC president Michael Welsh, adding that now that the provincial government has extra funds, some of it should be directed toward improving the B.C. judicial system.