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Author Archives: Gavin Magrath

Geneva Consensus Declaration is only one of those three things

Following a virtual gathering based in Washington D.C. on 22 October 2020, the governments of the United States, Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda announced the signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration. While certainly a declaration there is no connection with … Continue reading

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Container Shipping Returns to Great Lakes

On 20 October 2020 the containership Claude A Desgagnés departed Montreal en route to Toronto, according to reports by the Port of Montreal and others. The voyage, a collaboration between MSC and Groupe Desgagnés, is the first such container cabotage route on the Lakes since … Continue reading

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Contractual Choice of Law in Quickie Convenience

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently addressed an interprovincial commercial dispute in which contractual choices of law and forum played a central role, overturning the decision of the Superior Court and granting the appellant relief. Ref: Quickie Convenience Stores Corp. … Continue reading

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Ontario Limitations Resumed September 14th

The Emergency Order dated 20 March 2020, suspending the running of most provincial limitation and procedural time periods  was revoked on September 14, 2020.  All parties to litigation in Ontario should be aware that time is once again counting on all timetables, orders, … Continue reading

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Federal Court Time begins to run July 14th

Following the March 17th practice direction, suspending all time periods under the Rules and Court ordered timetables due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Chief Justice has confirmed that time will begin count against all limitations and timetables beginning 14 July … Continue reading

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Please be advised that our office will be closed and all staff on reduced hours until further notice. Ontario Courts Partial Shutdown: The Ontario Superior Court and Provincial Courts are shutting down for all non-custodial matters. If you have a … Continue reading

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The Pith and Substance of Marine Engine Supply

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in respect of a claim by a shipping company against a supplier of marine engine parts turned on the question of whether or not Canadian Maritime Law or Quebec civil law should govern … Continue reading

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Montreal Convention Limits Increase for 2020

Most international carriage of goods and passengers by air falls within the ambit of the the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, also known as the Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99). The MC99 sets out, inter … Continue reading

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CN announces tentative labour deal

CN Rail announced today that “a tentative agreement has been reached with our  3,200 CN conductors and yard crews working on CN’s mainline and yards in Canada for a new collective agreement.” While the ratification process may take as long … Continue reading

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Special Update: CN Labour Dispute

As of noon Tuesday, November 19th, CN has provided the following update on labour negotiations:  The Federal mediator is still involved in negotiations between the railway and the union and both will continue to negotiate today. In the meantime CN … Continue reading

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