Federal Environmental Assessment Legislation Found Unconstitutional

On May 10, 2022, the Alberta Court of Appeal released its opinion in Reference re Impact Assessment Act (the “Act”), 2022 ABCA 165, on the constitutional validity of the federal Impact Assessment Act, R.S.C. 2019, c. 28, s. 1 and the Physical Activities Regulations (the “Regulations”) SOR/2019-285 (collectively referred to as the “IAA”).  By a […]

Cycling Without a Helmet and Contributory Negligence

As the warm weather of summer approaches, the number of cyclists enjoying Ottawa’s shared path system is increasing day by day. I have noticed that the number of cyclists wearing a helmet has been increasing year over year, but there are still a few foolhardy souls who are too “cool” or vain to don a […]

“It’s Gonna Take Time…To Do It Right” – Pre-Planning for your Prenup

Cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts (or “prenups”) are common contracts for couples to enter into prior to moving in together or getting married. Reasons for wanting one of these contracts include the following: a couple is purchasing a home together and one person is putting down a larger down payment than the other, one partner […]

Tell/Don’t Tell – Disclosing the Contents of Your Will

I am often asked the question of whether the will-maker should disclose the contents of their will to their beneficiaries.  In some situations, the will-maker simply states that this is what they intend to do, without asking for any comment from me, going so far as to ask me to make copies for their beneficiaries.  […]

Bill 109: A Key to Home Ownership

The More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022 (“Bill 109”) received Royal Assent on April 14th, 2022. Some sections of Bill 109 will come “into force” later this year on July 1st, 2022 and January 1st, 2023. The Province of Ontario is responding to a need for housing by modifying current legislation that regulates land development […]

Uneven Playing Fields in Family Law: Advanced Litigation Costs

Family law litigation can be a particularly complicated and expensive legal endeavor exacerbated by the emotional difficulties of a fractured relationship. These matters become even more difficult where one spouse earns significantly less than the other, and as a result, does not have the financial means to afford ongoing legal costs. Such facts create the […]