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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Condo Adviser 2. Risk Management & Crisis Response 3. Pension & Benefits Law 4. Great LEXpectations 5. Double Aspect

Condo Adviser
Big Changes to “Slip and Fall” Claims Against Condos

Ontario just passed a bill amending the Occupiers’ Liability Act, which will bring drastic changes to how claims for “slip and falls” can be brought against condo corporations (and other occupiers). Under the modified Occupiers’ Liability Act, no one will be able to bring a claim for damages resulting from a personal injury caused by snow or ice unless they have provided written notice of the claim within 60 days of the injury. …

Risk Management & Crisis Response
OSC seeks input on priorities for 2021-2022

The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) recently issued its 2021-2022 Draft Statement of Priorities for comment (the “Draft Statement”). The document sets out the priority initiatives that the OSC will pursue for the period from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 in support of its four strategic goals, which are to: promote confidence in Ontario’s capital markets; reduce regulatory burden; facilitate financial innovation; and strengthen the OSC’s organizational foundation.

Pension & Benefits Law
Bill 213: Possible relief from asset transfer procedures, IPPs free at last, and demystifying the successor pension plan regime

On October 6, 2020, the Ontario government introduced in the legislature Bill 213, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020. Billed as part of the government’s plan for recovery and long-term economic growth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bill 213 would (among other things) provide greater flexibility in the rules governing transfers of assets between pension plans, conversions of pension plans, and the administration of individual pension plans (“IPPs”) and designated pension plans.

Great LEXpectations
Queen’s Bench Notices and Directions

“Pursuant to this Court’s November 10, 2020 Notice, given the government’s designation of Code Red, all “in-person” Family and Child Protection trials scheduled to proceed between November 16 and December 11, 2020, were adjourned to an administrative list. …

Double Aspect
Still Wrong, Just a Little Less So

What punishment is just for someone who takes the lives of many other human beings? And what punishment for such a person is constitutional? In Bissonnette v R, 2020 QCCA 1585 answers the latter question, and its answer is at odds with the answer to the former. In an unattributed unanimous opinion, the Court holds that a provision of the Criminal Code that allowed―but did not require―sentencing judges to stack minimum parole ineligibility periods imposed for multiple counts of first-degree murder is unconstitutional. …

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