News

May 2017

Shane Rayman will be presenting at the CLE International Eminent Domain Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas on the topic of Ethical Issues in Eminent Domain.

April 2017

Jason Beitchman will be the Chair of an Ontario Bar Association Program titled “Pleading Your Case Successfully” on April 20, 2017. A copy of the program agenda can be found here.

March 2017

Shane Rayman quoted by the Waterloo Chronicle in article, Region of Waterloo yet to receive formal claims for LRT construction woes.

February 2017

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris successfully appeared before the Ontario Municipal Board on behalf of the Claimants in William R. Hume, Marlene Hume and Gord Hume Inc. v. the Ministry of Transportation.

The motion sought an order from the Board directing it to fix the reasonable costs incurred by the Claimants in pursuing their claim for compensation arising from an expropriation by the Ministry of Transportation, rather than referring those costs to an Assessment before the Superior Court of Justice. The claim was settled in September 2015, but the parties did not agree as to costs. The Ministry of Transportation sought to have the matter referred to an Assessment Officer of the Superior Court. The Board has discretion pursuant to Section 32 of the Expropriations Act to fix the costs of a claim for compensation, or to refer the matter to an Assessment. This is the first instance in which the Board dealt with a dispute over whether costs should be fixed by the Board or referred to an Assessment following a settlement, and provides important guidance on the Board’s exercise of discretion pursuant to section 32 of the Expropriations Act. The Board determined that the matters at issue in the proceeding, for which a number of expert witnesses were retained, are matters in which it has an extensive expertise and which do not routinely come before the Superior Court in the course of litigation in that forum. The Board found that it should exercise its discretion to fix costs, and that there were no exceptional circumstances justifying the reference of costs to an Assessment Officer. The Board emphasized that it should consider the most simple, effective and expeditious manner of resolving a dispute over costs when determining whether or not to exercise its discretion to fix the costs of a proceeding before it. The Claimants were successful in having the Board exercise its discretion to fix the costs of the Claimants and a hearing date was set for that purpose.

Shane Rayman interviewed by CTV Kitchener’s Abigail Bimman over the impacts the Waterloo LRT is having on businesses along King Street and the potential liability of the Region of Waterloo for damages.

Shane Rayman quoted by CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo in article, Local businesses prepare for legal action over LRT construction.

January 2017

American eminent domain attorney Robert Thomas, in his blog Inverse Condemnation, refers to Shane Rayman’s presentation on the Divisional Court’s Decision in Willie’s Car & Van Wash Ltd. v The Corporation of the County of Simcoe at the ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference in San Diego, California.

January 2017

Jason Beitchman was interviewed for The Advocates’ Society Keeping Tabs journal. A copy of the interview is available here.

December 2016

On November 30, 2016, the Ontario Municipal Board released a decision in Paciorka Leaseholds Limited et al. v. The City of Windsor, in which it ordered the City of Windsor to answer all of the 120 questions and document requests it had refused on examination for discovery. Jason Beitchman and Conner Harris represented the Paciorka Claimants on the motion, and Stephen Waque represented the City of Windsor. A copy of the decision is available here.

October 2016

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris present on “Expropriating for Third Parties and the Disposition of Expropriated Lands” at Fall Conference of Ontario Expropriation Association.

September 2016

Shane Rayman presents on the topic of, “Injurious Affection and the Canadian Approach to Damages for Partial Takings” at a National Eminent Domain Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

September 2016

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris are successful responding in an appeal before the Divisional Court in Willies Car & Van Wash v. County of Simcoe.

September 2016

Shane Rayman quoted in Hamilton Spectator article, “Metrolinx tapping property owners if their land is needed for LRT”, providing overview of expropriation process and advice to owners.

June 2016

Rayman Beitchman’s success in Down v. Ministry of Transportation featured in inversecondemnation.com, the leading U.S. Blog on emenient domain law –  “Lowball Watch: That’s A Lot of Bucks, Even if They’re Canadian Dollars

June 2016

Shane Rayman quoted in Law Times article, “Spike in expropriation work noted by lawyers“.

May 2016

Shane Rayman interviewed on expropriation and the rights of property owners on CBC news.

May 2016

Rayman Beitchman represents property owners in first 407 East compensation hearing before Ontario Municipal Board and obtains award over 500% of initial offer.

May 2016

Jason Beitchman is co-Chairing an Ontario Bar Association program on May 9, 2016 titled Innovation in Litigation: Responding to Changes in the Legal Industry. This program will bring together lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, academics and judges to address topics including:

  • Trends and thought-leaders
  • Technology, litigation and the law
  • Alternative business models for your practice
  • Electronic practice management
  • Client perspectives
  • Electronic innovation in the courtroom

For more information and to read the program agenda, visit the OBA website here:

May 2016

Shane Rayman is presenting on the topic of municipal powers to expropriate on May 4, 2016 at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer 2016. This seminar, composed of leading municipal lawyers in private practice, in house lawyers from municipalities and members of the Ontario Municipal Board is intended to update practitioners on current issues in municipal law. Shane’s presentation on municipal powers to expropriate will provide an overview of the jurisdiction to expropriate, the scope of municipal purposes and the ability of municipalities to acquire land or expropriate for private interests.

For additional information on the upcoming program, please visit the program agenda at: https://ecom.lsuc.on.ca/cpd/product.jsp?id=CLE16-0050301

To view the paper prepared by Shane Rayman and Conner Harris for this presentation, please see:

April 2016

Conner Harris recently appeared before the Ontario Municipal Board on behalf of the successful Claimants in Nikolakakos v York (Regional Municipality), 2016 CanLII 1685 (ON OMB). The Claimants brought a motion to compel the disclosure of appraisal reports and agreements as to compensation for neighbouring properties that had also experienced expropriations by the Region. The Board endorsed a broad reading of the requirement of “relevance” when considering productions in expropriations proceeding. It confirmed that concerns about pre-or-post-expropriation settlements on neighbouring or related properties can be addressed in the weight accorded to them by the member hearing the claim for compensation. The concerns do not preclude disclosure. The Board granted the Claimants’ motion and ordered the disclosure of the requested documents.

April 2016

Shane Rayman quoted in Globe and Mail article: Leslie Street home owners hit with liens by subcontractor on TTC project

October 2015

Shane Rayman and Jason Beitchman announce the creation of Rayman Beitchman LLP on October 1, 2015.

October 2015

Jason Beitchman invited to speak at CMBSA Fall Conference on FINTRAC Compliance Proceedings and Appeals:

September 2015

Shane Rayman and Janet Lunau publish the article Navigating the Jungle: Private Nuisance and Renewable Energy Projects in the Journal of Environmental Law and Policy:

September 2015

Jason Beitchman speaking on Responding to FINTRAC Findings of Non-Compliance at the Money Laundering in Canada 2015 Conference. A copy of the conference agenda is available here:

August 2015

Jason Beitchman successful in having $1.75 professional negligence claim dismissed for delay. A copy of the decision is available here:

June 2015

The Ontario Municipal Board issues decision on a motion successfully argued by Shane Rayman on the issue of the production of confidential documents by government in expropriation claims:

June 2015

Jason Beitchman re-elected to OBA Civil Litigation Section Executive Committee:

May 2015

Shane Rayman successfully defends a claim for injurious affection where no land is taken following a full hearing before the Ontario Municipal Board:

May 2015

Jason Beitchman publishes articled titled “A FINTRAC Primer: The Compliance Regime”

May 2015

Shane Rayman is appointed as a Board Member of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority Consultative Committee:

April 2015

Shane Rayman presents on Renewable Energy Projects and Claims at the Annual Conference of the Ontario Chapter of the International Right of Way Association:

February 2015

Jason Beitchman successfully resists defendants attempt to consolidate three employment actions and schedules summary judgment motions:

October 2014

Shane Rayman presents on a penal Expert Evidence at the annual conference of the Ontario Expropriation Association:

June 2014

Jason Beitchman re-elected to OBA Civil Litigation Section Executive Committee:

May 2014

The Ontario Municipal Board issues decision on two motion successfully argued by Shane Rayman on the issue of compelling evidence of third party witnesses and amending a claim for a cause of action for loss of opportunity to complete the sale of a property due to an expropriation:

May 2014

Shane Rayman in quoted in the Hamilton Spectator in an article where a councillor for the City of Hamilton stated, “So to hell with him. I don’t care”, when asked about why a property owner had his property taken without the City paying the initial offer of compensation:

April 2014

Jason Beitchman publishes article on Hryniak v. Maudlin, 2014 SCC 7, “Summary Judgment Update: Supreme Court Signals Culture Shift to Greater Access to Justice”, April 2014

February 2014

The Ontario Municipal Board issues decision in a motion successfully argued by Shane Rayman on the issue of consolidating claims by related owners:

October 2013

Shane Rayman presents to the Alberta Expropriation Association on the decision of Antrim Truck Centre v. Ministry of Transportation for Ontario:

October 2013

Shane Rayman presents on Antrim and its Future Implications at the annual conference of the Ontario Expropriation Association:

March 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada releases its reasons for decision in Antrim Truck Centre v. Ministry of Transportation for Ontario, where Shane Rayman acted as senior counsel for the Property Owner and obtained a unanimous decision of the Court overturning the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal:

March 2013

Shane Rayman is quoted by Globe and Mail following his client’s successful appeal in Antrim Truck Centre v. Ministry of Transportation for Ontario before the Supreme Court of Canada:

November 2012

Shane Rayman is quoted by Metro News on behalf of his clients seeking compensation from the City of Hamilton:

November 2012

Shane Rayman is quoted in an interview by CBC Radio on behalf of his clients seeking compensation from the City of Hamilton:

October 2012

Shane Rayman presents on a panel on Section 25 Offers of Compensation at the annual conference of the Ontario Expropriation Association:

March 2012

Shane Rayman successfully argues motion brought by the Ministry of Transportation before the Ontario Municipal Board to strike out his clients’ claim for compensation:

February 2012

Shane Rayman is quoted by the Globe and Mail in an article on  Antrim Truck Centre v. Ministry of Transportation for Ontario  before the appeal was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada:

October 2011

Shane Rayman, President of the Ontario Expropriation Association, hosts the Annual Conference in October 2011:

October 2011

Shane Rayman presents to the Alberta Expropriation Association on Trends in Avoiding Expropriation:

January 2011

Shane Rayman is quoted by Globe and Mail in an article about expropriation law in Ontario:

October 2010 

Shane Rayman presents to the British Columbia Expropriation Association on Avoiding Formal Expropriations:

October 2009

Shane Rayman presents on the Legal Obligations of Expert Witnesses at the annual conference of the Ontario Expropriation Association:

October 2009

The Superior Court of Justice grants summary judgment in favour of Shane Rayman’s client in a knowing receipt / civil fraud proceeding: