While B.C. condos go green, environmentally conscious developers and lawyers in Ontario are going green with envy, as consumer-protection provisions in the province’s condominium law deter large investments in energy-efficient projects. “It makes me sad to see that’s something we’re missing out on,” says Harry Herskowitz, senior real estate counsel at DelZotto Zorzi LLP in Toronto, whose clients include Tridel Corp., one of Canada’s leading condo developers.
Collecting taxes from clients is certainly not part of a law firm’s core business. It’s a task lawyers are usually content to leave to support staff and accountants. That’s why many lawyers have paid little attention to any of the details involved in the move to harmonized sales tax (HST) in Ontario and British Columbia. And it’s the reason why some law firms and sole practitioners are in for a few nasty surprises, according to tax experts in both provinces.
Quebec City lawyer Micheline Montreuil made history in the first case she pleaded as a woman.
It began in 1997 when Montreuil, an out-of-the-closet transgender who had practised law for 25 years as Pierre Montreuil, launched the first of three highly publicized court challenges against the refusal by Quebec’s registrar of civil status to allow her to legally change her name to Micheline.