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Restrictive covenants and real estate: Can they survive recent case?

In a recent decision rendered in late November of 2018 by the Quebec Superior Court (under appeal), restraint of trade principles normally applicable in employment and sale of a business contexts were applied to restrictive use covenants in real estate (Complexe Commerciale de l’Ile inc . V . Provigo Distribution).

 

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Hot off the press: Heintzman and Goldsmith on Canadian Building Contracts

With top-tier knowledge of Canada’s construction industry and legislation, Calgary Partner Bryan West has joined Thomas G. Heintzman as a co-author of the most recent edition of Heintzman and Goldsmith on Canadian Building Contracts.

 

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What happens when a commercial tenant does not follow the proper procedures to renew a lease?

A recent case from the Ontario Court of Appeal sets out an interesting chain of events. In the case of North Elgin Centre Inc v McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, 2018 ONCA 71, the tenant (“McDonald’s”) had entered into a 20-year lease with North Elgin Centre Inc. (the “Landlord”) and had spent time and money on building their restaurant.

 

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The Canadian real estate market: Affordability and money laundering

Although Canada has a robust anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regime, there is much room for improvement. Real estate may be an easy way for criminals to launder money. According to Transparency International, this is a major problem in several countries, including Canada. A recent report looks at the main problems related to real estate and money laundering in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. It concludes that current rules and practices are inadequate to mitigate the risks and detect money laundering in the real estate sector.

 

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