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We are proud to present the Conway Blog which will bring valuable insights into legal developments and practice issues in various areas of civil litigation. Included with the Conway Blog are entries from the blog of the 64th Treasurer of The Law Society of Upper Canada, Tom Conway.


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Conway lawyer Ben Grant achieves success in interprovincial beer dispute

An appellate panel has affirmed a determination that Alberta has contravened its obligations under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) in its treatment of craft beer produced in other provinces. Ben Grant of Conway Litigation represented the complainant, Artisan Ales, in the initial proceeding and the appeal. Artisan Ales imports high-quality craft beer from Quebec and around the world for sale in the Alberta market. The complaint stemmed from measures…

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Conway Lawyers Successful in Judicial Review Application before the Federal Court

The Federal Court issued a decision yesterday allowing the judicial review application in Heffel Gallery Limited. v. Canada (Attorney General). In the successful judicial review application, Heffel Gallery, a Canadian fine-art auction house, was represented by Conway lawyers, Thomas Conway, Owen Rees, and Julie Mouris. The application concerned a decision by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board to delay the issue of an export permit for a French painting…

Are Employees Entitled to Paid Time Off to Vote? Election Day Demystified

It’s that time of the provincial democratic cycle – election day. The polls open tomorrow and many employers and employees have the same question: are employees entitled to paid time off to vote? The answer to this question is governed by Ontario’s Election Act. Under the Election Act, official polling hours are from 9:00am to 9:00pm EST (8:00am to 8:00pm CT). During polling hours, employees qualified to vote in Ontario’s…

Ontario Court of Appeal Shows Practicality in Assessing Imperfect Expert Evidence

By David K. Wilson and Benjamin L. Grant The Court of Appeal has affirmed a high-profile trial decision despite bias concerns relating to evidence led by a key expert witness. The practical approach adopted by the Court of Appeal offers real-world lessons for future cases. Christy Natsis, an Ottawa-area dentist, was convicted of impaired driving causing death after a fatal head-on collision in 2011 near Arnprior, Ontario. She received a…

Conway Lawyers Successfully Intervene in R. v. Comeau before the Supreme Court

In a seminal unanimous decision released earlier today, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified the scope of section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867.  Section 121, the Court ruled, prohibits measures which, in essence and purpose, restrict the flow of goods across the country. Conversely, measures having incidental effects on trade as part of broader regulatory schemes not aimed at impeding trade do not violate section 121. David Wilson, Owen…

Three Conway Lawyers recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Conway lawyers have been recognized in The 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Lawyers listed in The 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory have been recommended by their peers in surveys in their respective practice areas. Three Conway lawyers have been listed: Thomas Conway has been listed as a leading practitioner in the “Litigation – Corporate Commercial Law” and “Litigation – Product Liability” practice areas. Colin Baxter has been listed as a…

Conway Lawyers Successfully Certify $215M Class Action Lawsuit Against City of Ottawa

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision earlier this week certifying the class proceeding in Metro Taxi Ltd. et al v. City of Ottawa. The successful certification motion was argued by Conway lawyers, Thomas Conway, Colin Baxter, Ben Grant and Julie Mouris, acting for the proposed representative plaintiffs. The representative plaintiffs claim damages against the City of Ottawa on behalf of 768 taxi license holders and 4 taxi…

David P. Taylor joins Conway Baxter Wilson LLP

David Taylor is joining us from Power Law, where he practiced civil litigation with an emphasis on public law, appellate advocacy and minority rights. David graduated from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2012, where he won the gold medal. He clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada, and was called to the bars of Ontario and British Columbia in 2013. He practices in English and French….

Thomas Conway and Owen Rees again recognized as “Best Lawyers”

Congratulations to our colleagues Thomas Conway and Owen Rees, who are recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, an annual peer-review publication of outstanding lawyers. Tom is recognized for his work in Corporate and Commercial Litigation. Owen is recognized for his work in Administrative and Public Law, and Appellate Practice.

Conway Lawyers Successfully Challenge Alberta Beer Mark-Ups in Interprovincial Trade Dispute

A dispute resolution panel under the Agreement on Internal Trade has found that certain mark-ups charged by the Alberta government on beer sold in Alberta contravened the province’s obligations under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The measures at issue were introduced in October 2015 (see previous post), and imposed higher mark-ups on beer produced in certain provinces than beer produced in Alberta. In August 2016, Alberta announced that an…