2019
WeirFoulds congratulates Partner Sandra Astolfo on receiving the 2019 OBA Construction and Infrastructure Law Award of Excellence

WeirFoulds congratulates Partner Sandra Astolfo on receiving the 2019 OBA Construction and Infrastructure Law Award of Excellence

WeirFoulds is pleased to announce that Sandra Astolfo has been awarded the 2019 Construction and Infrastructure Law Award of Excellence by the Ontario Bar Association. She was presented with the award on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the OBA’s Construction and Infrastructure Law Section’s year-end dinner. Sandra had the highest number of nominations from her colleagues and peers, and is the youngest and first female recipient of this award.

The Ontario Bar Association established an Award of Excellence to recognize exceptional contributions by individuals both to the law and the construction bar.

2019
WeirFoulds congratulates Partner Frank Walwyn on receiving a 2019 Law Society Medal

WeirFoulds congratulates Partner Frank Walwyn on receiving a 2019 Law Society Medal

WeirFoulds is thrilled to announce that Partner Frank Walwyn has been awarded a 2019 Law Society Medal (“LSM”) from the Law Society of Ontario. Frank was presented with the Medal alongside the other 2019 honourees at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony on May 22nd at Osgoode Hall.

The highest honour bestowed by the Law Society, the LSM was established in 1985 to recognize lawyers in Ontario whose outstanding service in the profession is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal community.

2019
John A. Keith, Q.C., Judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

John A. Keith, Q.C., Judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

John A. Keith, Q.C. is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and a judge ex officio of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. He replaces Justice G.M. Warner (Kentville), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective January 1, 2019.

Justice Keith articled with WeirFoulds LLP and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993. He was an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group before returning to Nova Scotia in 1999.

2019
WeirFoulds is recognized by our peers and colleagues as one of the top regional firms in <em>Canadian Lawyer</em>’s Top 10 Ontario Regional Firms survey

WeirFoulds is recognized by our peers and colleagues as one of the top regional firms in Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 Ontario Regional Firms survey

WeirFoulds LLP is delighted to announce that we have once again been recognized by our peers and colleagues as one of the top 10 Ontario regional law firms in Canadian Lawyer’s 2019 survey.

2019
WeirFoulds Congratulates Bryan Finlay, Q.C. on Being Awarded The Advocates’ Society Medal

WeirFoulds Congratulates Bryan Finlay, Q.C. on Being Awarded The Advocates’ Society Medal

Bryan Finlay, Q.C. will be awarded The Advocates’ Society Medal at a gala dinner in February 2019. The Advocates’ Society Medal is the highest expression of esteem that the Society can convey to one of its members. This award is especially meaningful to Bryan because the Honourable John D. Arnup, Q.C., for whom Bryan worked as a junior when he joined WeirFoulds, is an earlier recipient of the award.

 

2018
WeirFoulds congratulates Wayne Egan on being appointed Managing Partner

WeirFoulds congratulates Wayne Egan on being appointed Managing Partner

WeirFoulds LLP is pleased to announce that the partners of the firm have elected Wayne Egan to the position of Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2018. He succeeds Michael Statham, who has served as the firm’s managing partner since 2013.

2017
WeirFoulds recognized once again as the top Ontario regional firm in Canadian Lawyer’s survey

WeirFoulds recognized once again as the top Ontario regional firm in Canadian Lawyer’s survey

WeirFoulds LLP is delighted to announce that we have once again been recognized by our peers and colleagues as the number one Ontario regional law firm in Canadian Lawyer’s 2017 survey.

2017
Canada turns 150

Canada turns 150

WeirFoulds celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday.

2016
Brexit Vote

Brexit Vote

The people of the United Kingdom vote in favour of leaving the European Union. Known to the world as Brexit.

2015
WF voted #1 regional law firm in Ontario

WF voted #1 regional law firm in Ontario

The firm is voted by our peers and colleagues as the number one regional law firm in Canadian Lawyer‘s 2015 Survey for the Top 10 Ontario Regional Firms.

2014
Sochi Winter Olympics

Sochi Winter Olympics

Canada has its most successful Winter Olympics on foreign soil in Sochi, Russia, taking home 25 medals

2013
WF joins forces with Townsend & Associates

WF joins forces with Townsend & Associates

Effective September 30, 2013, the Firm joined forces with Townsend and Associates to establish a dynamic new municipal and planning law team.

2012
Firm moves to TD Centre

Firm moves to TD Centre

The firm moves to its current location, the iconic Toronto-Dominion Centre, at 66 Wellington Street West, Toronto.

2010
Olympic Gold

Olympic Gold

Canada hosts the XXI Olympic Winter Games and wins 14 gold medals, making history by setting two new records–for the most gold medals won by a host country and the most gold medals won at any single Winter Olympics.

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2010
WeirFoulds 150th Anniversary

WeirFoulds 150th Anniversary

WeirFoulds celebrates the firm’s 150th Anniversary

2009
Financial Crisis

Financial Crisis

The world slips into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

2009
President Obama

President Obama

January 20, 2009: History unfolds as the United States of America inaugurates its first black President.

2008
Derry Millar LSUC Treasurer

Derry Millar LSUC Treasurer

Derry Millar is elected Treasurer (head) of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Derry becomes the fourth partner in the history of the firm to have this honour bestowed upon him. He is re-elected in 2009 for another term.

2008
Gas Prices

Gas Prices

January 2, 2008: For the first time ever, a trade of crude oil is made at a price of USD $100 per barrel.

2007
Anand and Millar – Benchers

Anand and Millar – Benchers

Raj Anand is elected, and Derry Millar is re-elected (first elected in 1995), to serve as Benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada. This marks the first time that two partners from a single law firm office simultaneously achieve this honour.

2007
Borsook Managing Partner

Borsook Managing Partner

Lisa Borsook becomes the first woman to be the managing partner of the firm and one of the few women managing partners of any of Canada’s major law firms.

2007
Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, becomes the  oldest monarch in the history of the United Kingdom.

2006
Canadian Lawyer Top Ten

Canadian Lawyer Top Ten

Canadian Lawyer magazine again ranks WeirFoulds LLP in the Top 10 of Central Canada’s regional firms.

2006
Frank Walwyn, President CABL

Frank Walwyn, President CABL

Frank Walwyn, a Partner in the firm, is elected President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL). He is re-elected in 2007 for an additional two year term.

2006
Google buys YouTube

Google buys YouTube

Google buys YouTube for USD $1.65 billion.

2006
#1 Rankings

#1 Rankings

WeirFoulds is ranked #1 in Real Estate in Ontario and in Toronto by Best Lawyers in Canada and as having the #1 Business Case in Canada by Lexpert Magazine.

2004
Finlay – McMurtry Award

Finlay – McMurtry Award

Bryan Finlay QC, a partner of the firm, is the inaugural recipient of the McMurtry Award from Pro Bono Law Ontario. The Award recognizes outstanding leadership in the delivery of pro bono legal services.

2003
Eastern Black Out

Eastern Black Out

The largest blackout in North American history hits Toronto, Ottawa and other parts of Ontario as well as major cities in the U.S. in late August, 2003.

2003
Human Genome Project

Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project is completed, with 99% of the human genome sequenced.

2003
Ipperwash Inquiry

Ipperwash Inquiry

Derry Millar of the firm is appointed lead counsel in the Ipperwash Inquiry concerning the events surrounding the death of Dudley George, who died in 1995 during a First Nations protest at the Ipperwash Provincial Park.

2002
York Region Transit

York Region Transit

The firm is retained by York Region, one of the fastest growing regions in Canada, to act on a 30-year project to plan, develop, construct and operate a world class rapid transit system.

2001
Name Change – WeirFoulds LLP

Name Change – WeirFoulds LLP

The firm changes its name to WeirFoulds LLP.

2001
11-Sep

11-Sep

September 11, 2001.

2000
Walkerton

Walkerton

The firm is retained by the Walkerton Public Utilities Commission in the Walkerton Inquiry into the circumstances that caused the tainting of Walkerton?s water supply. The subsequent recommendations result in revisions to Ontario?s water laws.

1999
Nunavut

Nunavut

The new territory of Nunavut is created.

1998
Ontario Hospitals

Ontario Hospitals

The firm acts for a number of Ontario hospitals during the provincial government?s restructuring of Ontario?s health services.

1997
Area Transit

Area Transit

Lawyers at the firm successfully argue Dell Holdings Limited v. Toronto Area Transit Operating Authority, a landmark expropriation case, in the Supreme Court of Canada.

1996
McKellar – Order of Canada

McKellar – Order of Canada

John D. McKellar QC, a partner in the firm practising corporate law, is made a Member of the Order of Canada.

1996
Toonie

Toonie

The two dollar bill is replaced by Canada?s first bi-metallic coin, popularly known as the “Toonie”.

1993
Maastrict Treaty

Maastrict Treaty

The Maastricht Treaty comes into force, establishing the economic and monetary community that is the European Union.

1993
Pearson Airport

Pearson Airport

The firm acts on the privatization and re-development of Pearson Airport, Canada?s largest airport, until a newly-elected federal government passes legislation to halt the privatization.

1992
Austin to Ontario Court of Appeal

Austin to Ontario Court of Appeal

Justice Allan McNiece “Mac” Austin of the Superior Court, and formerly a partner in the firm, is appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

1992
Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, thereby becoming the first and only team outside the United States to win a World Series. The Blue Jays repeat as World Champions in 1993.

©Archives of Ontario. Item Reference Code C 193 3 6410566
1991
World Wide Web

World Wide Web

The World Wide Web begins. The first on-line website (pictured above) is created by Tim Berners-Lee and made available to a curious world.

1990
Gulf War

Gulf War

The Gulf War commences with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Canada contributes troops to a United Nations coalition of forces that opposes Iraq.

©Department of Defense
1989
Arnup – Order of Canada

Arnup – Order of Canada

The Honourable John D. Arnup QC, a former partner in the firm, is made a member of the Order of Canada.

1989
Fall of the Berlin Wall

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Twenty-eight years after it was erected, the Berlin Wall falls, paving the way for German reunification.

1989
Free Trade Agreement

Free Trade Agreement

The Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the U.S. comes into effect.

1989
Toronto’s Harbourfront

Toronto’s Harbourfront

Lawyers at the firm secure approvals for a significant condominium development in Toronto’s Harbourfront region.

1988
Calgary Winter Olympics

Calgary Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are held in Calgary, Alberta.

©Ted Grant/Library and Archives Canada/PA-209756
1988
Carthy to Ontario Court of Appeal

Carthy to Ontario Court of Appeal

James J. Carthy QC of the firm is appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

©LSUC Archives, Paul Lawrence fonds, 2001088-582
1988
Tanaka – President of the Women’s Law Association

Tanaka – President of the Women’s Law Association

The firm?s Lynda Tanaka becomes president of the Women?s Law Association.

1987
Black Monday

Black Monday

October 19: Black Monday. Stock market levels fall sharply on Wall Street and around the world.

1987
Public funding for Catholic Schools

Public funding for Catholic Schools

Lawyers in the firm appear in the Supreme Court of Canada on Reference re Bill 30, a case concerning the constitutionality of increasing public funding for Roman Catholic secondary schools in Ontario.

1986
Austin to Supreme Court of Ontario

Austin to Supreme Court of Ontario

Allan McNiece “Mac” Austin, a partner of the firm, is appointed as a High Court Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario.

©LSUC Archives, Paul Lawrence fonds, 2001088-264
1983
Skydome Stadium

Skydome Stadium

The firm is retained by the City of Toronto in the re-development of 150 acres of prime land near the waterfront. This is the largest such urban re-development project in Canadian history and leads to the construction of Skydome Stadium, 14 million sq. ft. of office and hotel space and 6,000 housing units.

1982
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms comes into effect as part of the Constitution of Canada.

1982
Computer wins Man of the Year

Computer wins Man of the Year

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year award is given for the first time to a non-human, the computer.

1982
The Constitution of Canada

The Constitution of Canada

The Constitution of Canada is patriated to Canada from the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

1982
The Exchange Tower

The Exchange Tower

The firm moves to The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. West, Toronto.

1978
Hamilton – Queen’s Silver Jubilee Award

Hamilton – Queen’s Silver Jubilee Award

John P. Hamilton of the firm receives the Queen?s Silver Jubilee Award.

1977
Gale – Companion of the Order of Canada

Gale – Companion of the Order of Canada

Chief Justice George A. Gale, formerly of the firm, is made a Companion of the Order of Canada, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding achievement and public service.

©Library and Archives Canada/Credit: Harry Palme
1976
CN Tower

CN Tower

The CN Tower, for over 30 years the world’s tallest manmade structure, opens to the public.

1975
Don Valley Parkway

Don Valley Parkway

The firm acts for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in the extension of the Don Valley Parkway, one of Canada’s busiest roadways, now known as Highway 404.

1973
Canadian Petroleum Industry

Canadian Petroleum Industry

The firm is retained in the longest competition law hearing in Canadian history, taking over 13 years to resolve, and leading to the Royal Commission on The State of Competition in the Canadian Petroleum Industry.

1972
Canada – Soviet Hockey Summit

Canada – Soviet Hockey Summit

Canada wins the first Canada-Soviet Hockey Summit when Paul Henderson scores the winning goal in the final seconds of the last game.

1971
Canada Life Building

Canada Life Building

The firm moves to the Canada Life Building, 330 University Ave.

1970
Arnup to Ontario Court of Appeal

Arnup to Ontario Court of Appeal

John D. Arnup QC, a partner in the firm, is appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

©LSUC Archives, Archives Dept. collection, P530
1970
Name Change – Weir & Foulds

Name Change – Weir & Foulds

The firm changes its name to Weir & Foulds.

1969
Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong of the United States becomes the first man to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

1968
York University

York University

As Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the firm’s John D. Arnup QC leads the transfer of Osgoode Law School from the Law Society of Upper Canada to York University. The next year, Mr. Arnup and Chief Justice Gale (formerly with the firm), receive honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from York.

1967
Canadian Centennial

Canadian Centennial

Canada celebrates its Centennial ? 100 years since Confederation.

1967
Gale – Chief Justice of Ontario

Gale – Chief Justice of Ontario

Justice George A. Gale, a former partner in the firm, is appointed Chief Justice of Ontario.

1966
Leitch Gold Mines v. Texas Gulf Sulphur

Leitch Gold Mines v. Texas Gulf Sulphur

The firm’s John D. Arnup QC wins the Leitch Gold Mines v. Texas Gulf Sulphur case. The case determines a dispute over vast mineral wealth and, at the time, is the longest civil trial in Commonwealth history.

1966
Weir – Dr of Law at Queen’s Univ.

Weir – Dr of Law at Queen’s Univ.

The firm’s John T. Weir QC receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Queen’s University and, the next year, the firm’s John D. Arnup QC also receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Queen’s.

1965
Canadian Flag

Canadian Flag

The new Canadian flag is unveiled.

1965
Eaton Centre

Eaton Centre

The firm acts on the land assembly for the Eaton Centre in Toronto, the largest urban re-development project in Canada at the time.

©Archives of Ontario. Item Reference Code F 229-308-0-463-2. Used with permission of Sears Canada Inc.
1965
Electric Guitar

Electric Guitar

Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival.

1965
Name Change – Arnup, Foulds, Weir, Boeckh, Morris & Robinson

Name Change – Arnup, Foulds, Weir, Boeckh, Morris & Robinson

The firm changes its name to Arnup, Foulds, Weir, Boeckh, Morris & Robinson.

1965
Ontario Annual Practice

Ontario Annual Practice

James J. Carthy, a partner in the firm, becomes editor of the Ontario Annual Practice. Lawyers of the firm still edit the book, which  is the leading reference text for courtroom procedure in civil cases.

1965
Weir President of CBA

Weir President of CBA

John T. Weir QC, a partner in the firm, is elected President of the Canadian Bar Association.

1964
Yorkdale Mall

Yorkdale Mall

The firm represents the T. Eaton Company in the land assembly for Yorkdale Shopping Centre which becomes Canada’s largest indoor shopping mall of the day.

©Archives of Ontario. Item Reference Code F 229-308-0-553. Used with permission of Sears Canada Inc.
1963
Arnup – Treasurer of LSUC

Arnup – Treasurer of LSUC

John D. Arnup QC of the firm is elected Treasurer (head) of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

1963
JFK assassinated

JFK assassinated

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

1962
Trans – Canada Highway

Trans – Canada Highway

The Trans-Canada Highway officially opens. The following year, Justice George A. Gale, formerly a partner in the firm, is appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

©Library and Archives Canada/C-021915
1960
Texada Mines Ltd. v. British Columbia

Texada Mines Ltd. v. British Columbia

The firm’s John D. Arnup QC successfully argues in the Supreme Court of Canada that an export tax imposed by the Province of British Columbia is unconstitutional. Texada Mines Ltd. v. British Columbia (Attorney General), remains a leading case in the area.

1959
St. Lawrence Seaway

St. Lawrence Seaway

The St. Lawrence Seaway opens.

1958
Bank of Canada Building

Bank of Canada Building

The firm moves to the Bank of Canada Building, 250 University Ave.

1956
Store – Branded Products

Store – Branded Products

John D. Arnup QC, of the firm successfully argues in the Supreme Court of Canada that the Tariff Board could not impose a tax on store-branded products, thereby winning one of the most significant tax cases of the era.

1956
Suez Canal Crisis

Suez Canal Crisis

Lester B. Pearson, later Prime Minister of Canada, wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership role in finding an end to the Suez Canal crisis.

1954
First Subway – TTC

First Subway – TTC

Canada’s first subway commences operation in Toronto.

©City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1257, Item 8995
1952
First Canadian TV

First Canadian TV

The first television stations in Canada begin broadcasting.

1950
Name Change – Mason, Foulds, Arnup, Walter & Weir

Name Change – Mason, Foulds, Arnup, Walter & Weir

The firm changes its name to Mason, Foulds, Arnup, Walter & Weir.

1950
Korean War

Korean War

North Korea crosses the 38th Parallel on June 25, 1950. Canada provides over 26,000 ground troops, sailors and airmen as part of United Nations forces in defending South Korea.

1949
Newfoundland joins Confederation

Newfoundland joins Confederation

The colony of Newfoundland joins Confederation and, in the same year, appeals from Canada to the Privy Council are abolished.

©NFB/Library and Archives Canada/PA-128080
1949
S.S. Noronic

S.S. Noronic

Justice Kellock, a former partner of the firm, heads the inquiry into the fire that destroyed the S.S. Noronic, Canada’s largest Great Lakes passenger ship, and resulted in 118 people losing their lives.

©City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 1518
1948
Hughes – UN

Hughes – UN

Canadian John Humphrey Hughes, serving as Director of the Human Rights Division in the UN Secretariat, works to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1947
Mason – Treasurer of LSUC

Mason – Treasurer of LSUC

The firm’s Gershom W. Mason KC becomes Treasurer (head) of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

1946
Gale to High Court of Ontario

Gale to High Court of Ontario

George A. Gale KC, a partner in the firm, is appointed to the High Court of Ontario.

1945
VE Day

VE Day

Victory in Europe (VE) Day is celebrated as the Word War II Allies formally accept the unconditional surrender of Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich. Winston Churchill waves to the joyous crowds in London, England.

1944
Kellock to Supreme Court

Kellock to Supreme Court

Roy L. Kellock KC, a former partner in the firm, is appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada at age 50, at the time, the youngest such appointee. The next year, he heads the Royal Commission on the Halifax VE-Day Riots.

©Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
1942
A Name Change – Mason, Foulds, Davidson & Gale

A Name Change – Mason, Foulds, Davidson & Gale

Roy L. Kellock KC, a partner in the firm, is appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. The following year, the firm changes its name to Mason, Foulds, Davidson & Gale.

1942
Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

The United States becomes fully engaged in WWII following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941

1940
Gale president of Lawyers’ Club

Gale president of Lawyers’ Club

George Gale KC, a partner in the firm, serves on the first committee that conducts an ongoing review of Ontario’s rules of civil procedure. Later in that same year, Mr. Gale becomes president of the Lawyers’ Club.

1939
Declare War on Germany

Declare War on Germany

Great Britain and France declare war on Germany on September 3rd, and Canada follows suit on September 10th.

1939
Morris enlists with 48th Highlanders

Morris enlists with 48th Highlanders

Hugh S.O. Morris of the firm enlists with the 48th Highlanders and serves with distinction in World War II.

©City of Toronto Archives, Series 330, File 97, Item 007
1931
The Statute of Westminster

The Statute of Westminster

The Statute of Westminster grants Canada full legal and parliamentary powers and establishes the British Commonwealth of Nations. This marks the functional independence of Canada and several other former colonies.

1930
Dionne Quintuplets

Dionne Quintuplets

During the 1930s the firm acts for the Official Guardian of the Dionne quintuplets.

©Library and Archives Canada/PA-122616
1930
Mason, Foulds largest counsel practice in Toronto

Mason, Foulds largest counsel practice in Toronto

The firm, now commonly known as “Mason, Foulds”, has the largest counsel practice in Toronto. During this period, Canada’s highest appellate court is the Privy Council in London, England.

1929
Great Depression

Great Depression

The stock market crashes, signaling the beginning of the Great Depression.

©City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 1683
1928
First Academy Awards

First Academy Awards

The first Academy Awards are held.

1928
Sterling Tower

Sterling Tower

The firm moves to the Sterling Tower Building, located at 372 Bay Street.

©City of Toronto Archives, Series 1057, Item 737
1927
Inaugural transatlantic telephone call

Inaugural transatlantic telephone call

Commercial transatlantic telephone service is inaugurated by Prime Ministers W.L. Mackenzie King (Canada) and Stanley Baldwin (Great Britain).

©Library and Archives Canada/PA-130297
1927
Lindbergh transatlantic flight

Lindbergh transatlantic flight

Charles Lindbergh makes the first non-stop solo transatlantic flight and, during this year, Harry S. White of the firm serves as President of the Ontario Bar Association.

1925
United Church of Canada

United Church of Canada

The firm is retained to prepare legislation to establish the United Church of Canada, which is founded in Toronto on June 10, 1925.

©City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1568, Item 221
1924
Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Canadian Air Force

The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.

©Archives of Ontario. C 334-2-0-0-9
1921
Bluenose

Bluenose

The Bluenose schooner, in her maiden race, beats the American champion from Gloucester, Massachusetts, and takes the coveted International Fisherman’s Trophy.

©W.R. MacAskill/Library and Archives Canada/PA-030802
1920
Eaton Company

Eaton Company

The firm is retained by the T. Eaton Company for the development of what was then the largest department store in Canada, located on College Street in Toronto.

©Archives of Ontario. Item Reference Code F 229-308-0-82. Used with permission of Sears Canada Inc.
1918
Great War Ends

Great War Ends

The Great War ends on the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month, thereafter known in Canada as Remembrance Day.

©City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 1558
1917
Canadian Corps

Canadian Corps

The Battle at Vimy Ridge marks the first time the Canadian Corps fought as one unit, winning one of the greatest military victories of The Great War.

©Archives of Ontario. Item C-224-0-0-9-41
1917
Halifax Explosion

Halifax Explosion

The Halifax Explosion levels 6 square kms of the city, and kills 2,000 people. Until the Atomic bombings in the Second World War, this was the largest man-made explosion in history.

©City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 2435
1917
Income Tax

Income Tax

Income tax is introduced in Canada as a “temporary wartime measure”.

1916
Emily Murphy – first woman judge

Emily Murphy – first woman judge

Emily Murphy is the first woman appointed magistrate (judge of a lower court) in the British Empire.

©Glenbow Archives, NC-6-2906
1915
Bonanza Creek Gold Mining Co. case

Bonanza Creek Gold Mining Co. case

George F. Shepley KC and Gershom W. Mason of the firm successfully argue the Bonanza Creek Gold Mining Co. case which holds that provincially-incorporated companies may carry out business throughout Canada. It remains a landmark constitutional case.

1914
Foulds joins the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Foulds joins the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Archibald Foulds and William W. Davidson, partners in the firm, leave to serve with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Europe

1914
Sun Life Building

Sun Life Building

The firm moves to the Sun Life Building at the corner of Victoria and Adelaide Streets.

1914
The Great War Begins

The Great War Begins

The Great War begins on August 4, 1914, with the British Empire’s declaration of war on Germany.

1913
Ford Assembly Line

Ford Assembly Line

Henry Ford develops the first moving assembly line and, with it, modern manufacturing is born.

1913
Ontario Rules of Practice

Ontario Rules of Practice

Justice William E. Middleton, a former partner of the firm, revises the Rules of Practice at the request of the Ontario government.

1913
Shepley – Treasurer of LSUC

Shepley – Treasurer of LSUC

The firm’s George F. Shepley KC becomes Treasurer (head) of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the body that regulates lawyers in Ontario.

1910
Middleton appointed to High Court of Justice

Middleton appointed to High Court of Justice

William E. Middleton K.C., a partner in the firm, is appointed to the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division.

1910
Royal Canadian Navy

Royal Canadian Navy

The Canadian government establishes the Royal Canadian Navy.

1910
Shepley – Hague North Atlantic Fishereies Arbitration

Shepley – Hague North Atlantic Fishereies Arbitration

George F. Shepley K.C. of the firm represents the Dominion of Canada at the Hague North Atlantic Fisheries Arbitration, a dispute relating to fishing in Canadian waters. This marks the first time that Canada is independently represented in a treaty dispute.

1907
Shepley appointed by the Board of Railway Commissioners

Shepley appointed by the Board of Railway Commissioners

The firm?s George F. Shepley K.C. is appointed by the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada to investigate telephone and telegraph toll rates throughout the country.

1906
Royal Commission on Life Insurance

Royal Commission on Life Insurance

George F. Shepley K.C. of the firm acts for the Dominion of Canada in the Royal Commission on Life Insurance. The Commission investigates the activities of life insurance companies operating throughout the country.

1904
Great Fire of Toronto

Great Fire of Toronto

The Great Fire of Toronto destroys 104 buildings, but with no loss of life. The following year, Alberta and Saskatchewan join Confederation.

©City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 2
1902
Name Change – Shepley, Middleton & Donald

Name Change – Shepley, Middleton & Donald

John J. Maclaren QC, a partner in the firm, is appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In the same year, the firm changes its name to Macdonald, Shepley, Middleton & Donald.

1901
Shepley Petitions Laurier

Shepley Petitions Laurier

George F. Shepley QC of the firm petitions Sir Wilfrid Laurier, urging the federal government to continue the practice of making appointments to the Ontario bench based on standing in the profession.

©Archives of Ontario. Acc. 6355, S 9043.
1899
Boer War

Boer War

The Boer War begins, marking the first time Canada sends troops overseas.

1899
Toronto’s Old City Hall

Toronto’s Old City Hall

Toronto?s City Hall opens. Today, known as “Old City Hall”, it serves as a Provincial courthouse.

1897
Klondike Gold Rush

Klondike Gold Rush

The Klondike Gold Rush begins.

1896
Shepley elected Bencher

Shepley elected Bencher

The firm’s George F. Shepley QC is elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the regulatory body for Ontario lawyers.

1893
Shepley litigation

Shepley litigation

George F. Shepley QC of the firm is retained in proceedings between the Dominion Government and the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario regarding the apportionment of the assets of the former Province of Canada. This litigation finally concludes in 1909.

1893
Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup, North America?s longest running professional sports trophy, is first awarded.

1892
The Toronto Star

The Toronto Star

The Toronto Star newspaper is founded.

©Archives of Ontario. Acc. 6520, S 13458
1886
Rose – Ontario Statutes & Ontario Rules of Practice

Rose – Ontario Statutes & Ontario Rules of Practice

John E. Rose QC, formerly of the firm and now a judge, is appointed commissioner for the revision of the Ontario Statutes as well as for the revision and consolidation of the Rules of Practice used in Ontario courts.

1885
Last Spike, CPR

Last Spike, CPR

The last spike is driven to complete the Canadian Pacific Railway. In the same year, Banff National Park becomes Canada’s first national park.

©Alexander Ross/Library and Archives Canada/C-003693
1883
Name Change – Macdonald, Merritt, Shepley and Geddes

Name Change – Macdonald, Merritt, Shepley and Geddes

The firm changes its name to Macdonald, Merritt, Shepley and Geddes.

1883
Rose – High Court of Justice

Rose – High Court of Justice

John Edward Rose QC, a partner in the firm, is appointed to the High Court of Justice, Common Pleas Division.

1875
Supreme Court of Canada

Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada is established.

©William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada/PA-08389
1873
Name Change – Rose & Macdonald

Name Change – Rose & Macdonald

The firm changes its name to Rose & Macdonald. In the same year Prince Edward Island joins Canada.

1871
First Canadian Census

First Canadian Census

The first Canadian census determines the country’s population to be 3,689,257.

©Ridsdale, G.F./Library and Archives Canada/PA-122676
1871
Name Change – Spencer, Rose & Macdonald

Name Change – Spencer, Rose & Macdonald

The firm changes its name to Spencer, Rose & Macdonald. In the same year, British Columbia joins Canada. Manitoba and the Northwest Territories joined the previous year.

1870
First Dominion of Canada Banknote

First Dominion of Canada Banknote

The first Dominion of Canada banknote is introduced.

©National Currency Collection, Currency Museum
1868
Masonic Hall

Masonic Hall

The firm moves to the Masonic Hall on Toronto Street.

1867
British North America Act

British North America Act

The British North America Act creates the Dominion of Canada, comprised of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

1861
American Civil War

American Civil War

The American Civil War begins and is waged over the next four years.

1860
20 Toronto Street Opens

20 Toronto Street Opens

Theodore H. Spencer opens the firm’s first office at Number 20 Toronto Street.

©City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 3593
1860
Federal Parliament Buildings

Federal Parliament Buildings

The Cornerstone for the Federal Parliament buildings is laid on Sept. 1st, 1860.

©William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada/PA-033560
Sep
Congratulations to Gregory Richards, 2019 Catzman Award recipient

Congratulations to Gregory Richards, 2019 Catzman Award recipient

WeirFoulds is pleased to announce that Gregory Richards, counsel and former managing partner and chair of the Partnership, was awarded the 2019 Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility at the Ontario Opening of the Courts Ceremony on September 10.

The Catzman Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate an exemplary knowledge of the law; integrity, fairness and civility; generosity of time and expertise, with a commitment to mentorship and/or legal education; and dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession. It is awarded in memory of the Honourable Marvin A. Catzman of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. It was created in 2008 by the Catzman Family together with The Advocates’ Society and the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism.