New additions to our print collection:
Tort Law, 6th ed. by Lewis N. Klar
The Law of Declaratory Judgments, 4th ed. by Lazar Sarna
Watt’s Manual of Criminal Jury Instructions, 2nd ed. by The Honourable Mr. Justice David Watt
Practice and Procedure Before Administrative Tribunals by Robert W. Macaulay and James L.H. Sprague (6 vol. looseleaf)
New items are kept in our reserve collection, which is only available during business hours. Depending on demand, these can be borrowed for use off site for a limited amount of time.
The Manitoba Government has issued the following proclamation:
With the advice and consent of the Executive Council of Manitoba, we amend the proclamation issued on November 9, 2016, in respect of the coming into force of The New Home Warranty Act (S.M. 2013, c. 23) by striking out “January 1, 2018” and substituting “January 1, 2020”.
This Bill ensures that all new homes built for sale are covered by a warranty against defects in materials, labour and design and structural defects, and requires home builders and warranty providers to be registered.
The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench has issued the following new practice direction:
Beginning in February 2018, as a one-year pilot project, all pre-trial conferences for judge-alone trials in the case of new criminal matters will be managed by one of approximately eight judges. A first group of four of these pre-trial judges will be assigned to this project for the first six months of the year and a second group of four pre-trial judges will be assigned to this project for the second six months of the year. Each new criminal matter proceeding by judge-alone will be assigned to one of these pre-trial judges.
Please read the practice direction in full.
When homeowners fall behind on their mortgage payments, lenders have the option of foreclosure. Judges have leeway to reach a decision that is equitable to the lender as well as sympathetic to the mortgagor. In Winters v. Hunking, the Court of Appeal overturned a default judgment ordering foreclosure.
The recent decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Winters v Hunking, 2017 ONCA 909 provides an example of the court acknowledging that the mortgagor may have been within its strict legal rights to seek foreclosure on the appellant’s home, but finding that “special circumstances” made such a foreclosure unjust in the circumstances.[FN]
Winters v. Hunking, 2017 ONCA 909
[FN] Commentary by Scott McGrath, Weir Foulds LLP available on Lexology:
Lenders Should Think Twice Before Foreclosing on Sympathetic Mortgagors
The law librarian world is geeking out today over Charterpedia, the federal government’s compilation of analysis and caselaw on the Canadian Charter. It’s like a crowd-sourced annotated Charter, for free!
This Charterpedia provides legal information about the Charter and contains information about the purpose of each section of the Charter, the analysis or test developed through case law in respect of the section, and any particular considerations related to it. Each Charterpedia entry cites relevant case law, and citations to Supreme Court of Canada decisions are hyperlinked whenever possible.
If you don’t have access to a paid annotated Charter product (or even if you do), I’d highly recommend starting with this.