Line Abecassis
Line Abecassis

Partner | Commercial Real Estate



Jeremy Ablaza
Jeremy Ablaza

Associate | Insurance and Tort Liability, Municipal Liability, Product Liability





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Ministry Focuses on Transparency in the Ontario Health Care Sector
December 15, 2017 - ​On December 12, 2017, the Health Sector Payment Transparency Act received Royal Assent

Federal Government Partially Retreats from July 2017 Income Sprinkling Tax Proposals
December 15, 2017 - The draft legislation released on December 13 attempts to address concerns relating to the complexity, compliance burden, subjectivity and unintended tax consequences of the original proposals.

Recent Court of Appeal Decisions Highlight Importance of Evidence on "Significant Threat"
December 14, 2017 - Two recent cases suggest that the Court of Appeal may be applying the Winko principles on significant threat more rigorously than it has historically.


Federal Government Partially Retreats from July 2017 Income Sprinkling Tax Proposals

December 15, 2017

​On December 13, 2017, the Department of Finance ("Finance") released revised draft legislation, together with a technical backgrounder, simplifying the income sprinkling proposals first announced on July 18, 2017. At the same time, the Canada Revenue Agency ("CRA") provided guidance on how it intends to administer the new rules. Although the legislation will be enacted later in 2018 as part of the 2018 Budget process, it is intended to apply as of January 1, 2018.

SCC Recognizes Expectation of Privacy in Text Message Conversations

December 14, 2017

In the recent seminal decision R. v. Marakah, 2017 SCC 59, the Supreme Court of Canada (the "SCC") established that Canadians have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the text messages they send, even after they have been received by the recipient.

Habendum Conundrum – Is a Mandatory Well Shut-In by Conservation Laws a “Cause Beyond a Lessee’s Control” Sufficient to Extend a Lease Past its Primary Term?

December 13, 2017

​In a recent decision from the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, Canadian Natural Resources Limited v Rife Resources Ltd., 2017 SKQB 307, the Court considered the interpretation of a common clause in a petroleum and natural gas lease that provides for lease termination after the expiry of the primary term when there is no production unless there is a well on the lands capable of production that is not producing as a result of "any cause whatsoever beyond the Lessee's reasonable control". The issue before the Court was whether a mandatory shut-in of wells pursuant to provincial conservation legislation constituted a "cause beyond the lessee's control" sufficient to continue the lease. The Court concluded that a proper interpretation of the habendum and shut-in provisions necessitated an implied requirement that any shut-in be temporary and not indefinite to trigger a lease extension. As the shut-in order did not have a discernible end date, the Court held that the lease had expired. The case is significant as the implication of such a term in an oil and gas lease is novel and because of the significant financial implications for a lessee faced with a possible lease expiry arising from the effect of a governmental shut-in order. [Read more...]


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