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Vol. 22, No. 27 NEWS FOR THE LEGAL PROFESSION December 6, 2002
CRISTIN SCHMITZ OTTAWA
In what is believed to be the
largest award of its kind, a
Toronto millionaire has been
ordered to pay his ex-wife a
$1-million lump sum for prospective spousal support.
Decision on usage-based
billing sparks outrage
Counsel told The Lawyers
Weekly Ontario Superior Court S TEPHANE GROLEAU/PUR — L’AGENCE INTERAC TIVE
Justice George Czutrin’s recently The Quebec government is under fire for not addressing spending inefficiencies that were identified by the auditor
released 192-page judgment in general over a year ago. For example, $11-million was spent to renovate the above courthouse in Cowansville, Que.,
Pollitt v. Pollitt also offers guid- despite its 14 per cent usage rate. See story on page 3
ance to family law practitioners
on a host of issues around child
and spousal support.
In addition to canvassing the issue of lump sum future spousal ‘Virtual’ town hall to be held
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support, his two-part reasons
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lation of retroactive child and sessions, each likely to run compatible web browser as well
spousal support; how to treat a will take place for up to about an hour, will take place as Windows®7,Vista, XP or 2003
payer’s non-recurring income, on March 29, March 31 and Server if they have a PC, or a Mac
capital losses and pre-tax cor- 1,000 lawyers online April 4. OS® X 10.411 (Tiger®) or newer Lawyers on the go
porate income under the Child The sessions are free to par- Macintosh operating system.
Support Guidelines; how to ticipants who sign up using their The four-member panels will
treat the payer’s post-settlement THOMAS CLARIDGE TORONTO computers and are open to legal be chosen from among Toronto
income increases for spousal professionals, law students, the candidates Monica Goyal, Mitch
support purposes; and how to The Law Society of Upper media and others. Kowalski and MANAGING
deal with child support when Canada (LSUC) 2011 bencher The first two sessions will see C h r i s t o p h e r
the university-age child in ques- election has something new for the panelists “dialogue on elec- Bredt, Ottawa’s
tion is independently wealthy. the 40,000-plus eligible vot- tion issues,” while the topic for Susan Richer
Cultivating legal talent
“I think it covers the child and ers — an experiment dubbed the the third will be the “future of law and Dorette
spousal landscape,” remarked “virtual town hall meeting.” and articling.” The first session Pollard, Peter-Harold Niman of Toronto’s Using web-based software will be moderated by Professor b o r o u g h ’ s
Niman Zemans Gelgoot. developed for multi-office busi- Adam Dodek of the University of David McRob-
every kind of support issue that to 1,000 lawyers tuning in on one and the other two by representa- Bredt ton’s Katherine
can arise, including retroactive or more of three sessions, each of tives of the legal media. Henshell and
child support; high-income which will feature a theme and a An invitation to LSUC mem- Manitoulin’s Susan Hare. Hare
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child support [and] the table panel of four bencher candidates bers to “listen in on a virtual and Bredt are incumbents and
amount; non-recurring income; and a moderator. town hall meeting” warns that Richer was a candidate in 2007.
imputing corporate income;the The four panelists will be space will be limited and to Bredt told The Lawyers
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principles of spousal support in selected from a pool of eight “reserve your Webinar seat now. Weekly he didn’t know a lot
high-income cases; [and] the that includes two incumbents, Atestofthesoftwarelastweek about how the sessions would
See Pollitt Page 8 three Toronto lawyers and five indicated that those wishing to See Virtual Page 2
“It really deals with just about nesses, the experiment will see up Ottawa’s Common Law Section, ert, Burling-
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