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An Alberta Response to the Rise in Vexatious and Abusive Litigation

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Civil Practice Note No. 7 – Vexatious Application/Proceeding Show Cause Procedure (General Powers to Stay or Dismiss a Frivolous, Vexatious, or Abusive Application or Proceeding) The number of self-represented litigants (“SRLs”) is on the rise in Canada. Data collected by the National Self-Represented Litigants Project in 2017 indicates that approximately 70% of SRLs are plaintiffs […]

February 28, 2019

Keeping ‘Contact’ – Legal Options for Relatives Cut Off from Minor Children

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Conflicts between parents over custody and parenting time are a well-known and common consequence of separation and divorce. But what legal options do grandparents and other family members have when they find themselves cut off from their minor relatives? In Alberta, grandparents and other relatives do not have any guaranteed rights to see a child. […]

February 12, 2019

Phase II Changes to the Condominium Property Act

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On December 14, 2018, substantial changes were announced for Alberta’s Condominium Property Act and Condominium Property Regulation. The changes will come into effect July 1, 2019 and Jan 1, 2020. Some highlights of the new laws are: Transparency and Record Keeping: The Corporation has to keep more documents for specified periods and any Owner can […]

January 02, 2019

Child support for adult children with disabilities improves with passing of Bill 28

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It was a very special day at the Alberta legislature on December 4th, as Bill 28 was passed in to law. In 2017, Janet Russell, QC, started an action on behalf of Christina Ryan and her daughter Emily, to challenge the validity of a provision of the Alberta Family Law Act under section 15 of […]

December 05, 2018

Raising money for United Way as Easy as Pie

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Lorne Scott, Domenic Venturo and Alan Rudakoff proved why they are the cream (pie) of the crop on Friday when they put their faces on the auction block to raise funds for the Calgary United Way campaign. Congratulations to Gene Bodnar, John McDougall and Norma Stroligo who won the right to throw the pies while […]

December 03, 2018

SVR successfully brings Charter Challenge for child support for disabled adult children

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In 2017, Scott Venturo Rudakoff LLP started an action to challenge the validity of a provision of the Alberta Family Law Act under section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the equality provisions. As a result of our advocacy, the matter came to the attention of the government. On Friday, November 2, […]

November 13, 2018

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