SUPREME COURT OF NOVA SCOTIA  
Citation: Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited, 2022 NSSC 118  
Date: 20220318  
Docket: Hfx, No. 353606  
Registry: Halifax  
Between:  
David Matthews  
v.  
Applicant  
Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited  
Respondent  
Decision  
The text of the original decision has been supplemented  
according to the attached Addendum dated April 26, 2022  
Corrected  
Decision:  
The Honourable Justice Glen G. McDougall  
Judge:  
Heard:  
October 30, 2020, February 22, April 29, May 27, July 14, 15,  
2021, in Halifax, Nova Scotia  
Blair Mitchell, for the Applicant  
Counsel:  
Nancy Barteaux, Q.C. for the Respondent  
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By the Court:  
Introduction  
[1] This is a decision on costs in a proceeding with a long and complicated  
history. On August 9, 2011, David Matthews filed a notice of application against his  
former employer, Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited (ONC), outlining claims for  
constructive dismissal and oppression, together with general and special damages,  
punitive and exemplary damages, and solicitor and client costs. Over the ten years  
since the application was filed, a tremendous amount of time and effort has been  
expended to bring this matter to a final resolution. At times, the proceedings were  
not simply contentious, they were rather fractious. Unfortunately, this spilled over  
and affected the manner in which the parties’ counsel dealt with one another. I am  
sure the parties and their counsel look forward to moving on.  
[2] It is necessary to review the matter’s history in some detail to explain how we  
all find ourselves here, dealing with costs on an application that was heard six years  
ago by another judge of this court.  
History  
[3] On July 29, 2011, Blair Mitchell, counsel for Mr. Matthews, sent a demand  
letter to Martin Jamieson, CEO and President of ONC; Daniel Emond, the  
company’s COO; and David Brown, President and CEO of Richardson Capital  
Limited (through its ownership of various entities, Richardson Capital held 45% of  
the shares in ONC). Mr. Mitchell was not aware at the time he prepared the letter  
that ONC had already retained Nancy Barteaux, Q.C., to represent it in any dealings  
with respect to Mr. Matthews. Mr. Mitchell advised that he had instructions from his  
client to bring a proceeding in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia “in short order.”  
He further stated:  
In sum, and on a Without Prejudice basis, our client anticipates loss and  
entitlement [sic] compensation as follows:  
1. Compensation - $700,000.00;  
2. Loss of employment and notice over eighteen months - $270,000.00;  
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3. General Damages;  
4. Contribution to legal fees and expenses.  
[4] The notice of application filed on August 9, 2011 named ONC, Martin  
Jamieson, Daniel Emond, and Richardson Capital Limited as respondents.  
[5] At a motion for directions on August 31, 2011, Justice Pickup directed that  
the notice of application be amended to properly name the Richardson entities that  
held shares in ONC. ONC took the position that none of Richardson Capital Limited,  
Martin Jamieson, or Daniel Emond should be named as respondents. It advised the  
court that it intended to bring three motions one removing the respondents other  
than ONC, one seeking summary judgment on evidence in regard to the claim of  
oppression, and a third to convert the matter from an application in court to an action.  
[6] ONC filed its notice of contest on September 22, 2011, and its three motions  
on November 17. The motions were set down for March 1, 2012. On February 21,  
Mr. Matthews made a formal offer to settle all his claims against ONC, other than  
costs and prejudgment interest, in the amount of $625,000. The offer was not  
accepted. The motions were heard on March 1 as scheduled.  
[7] On April 12, 2012, Justice Wood (as he then was) issued his decision on the  
motions. ONC was successful in having all parties other than ONC removed as  
respondents. However, Justice Wood did not allow the summary judgment motion  
nor did he allow the matter to be converted to an action. On April 26, ONC filed a  
notice of appeal.  
[8] ONC’s appeal was heard on November 20, 2012. It was dismissed on  
December 21. On January 31, 2013, ONC made a formal offer to settle the  
applicant could dismiss his application in court without costs to either party. On  
February 1, Mr. Mitchell wrote to Ms. Barteaux refusing the offer. He did not make  
a counteroffer.  
[9] The application in court was not heard until November 2015. The parties  
blame each other for the intervening delay, which included several disputes and  
motions about document production, discovery examinations, and other matters.  
This period will be examined in greater detail later.  
[10] The application was heard before Justice Leblanc on November 2, 3, 4, 5, 9,  
10, 12, 13, 2015, and January 28, 2016. The parties filed post-hearing written  
submissions in April and May 2016. On October 12, Leblanc J. wrote to the parties  
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asking, among other things, for any submissions on two decisions released by the  
Ontario Court of Appeal that were relevant to Mr. Matthews’s claim under the long  
term incentive plan (LTIP). The parties filed their submissions in November and  
early December.  
[11] On January 4, 2017, the Alberta Court of Appeal also released a decision that  
was relevant to the LTIP issue. Since both parties had relied on the lower court  
decision, Leblanc J. permitted them to file any additional submissions by January  
20, which they did.  
[12] On January 30, 2017, Justice Leblanc released his decision, finding that David  
Matthews had been constructively dismissed by ONC, and that he was entitled to 15  
months’ reasonable notice along with compensation for the loss of the payout he  
would have received under the LTIP ($1,086,893.36, less applicable tax deductions)  
and the short term bonus plan (STIP) during the notice period. Justice Leblanc noted,  
however, that Mr. Matthews had begun other, more lucrative employment with  
TASA on August 1, 2011, and that any salary or bonuses Matthews received in  
excess of what he would have earned at ONC during the notice period would have  
to be deducted from his damage award. Since Leblanc J. had no evidence as to the  
STIP amount or any bonuses or salary increases Matthews earned after starting with  
TASA, he left it to counsel to do the calculations. He added, however, that he would  
hear from them if they were unable to reach agreement. Justice Leblanc directed that  
if the parties were unable to agree on costs, he would accept written submissions  
within 45 days of the release of his decision.  
[13] On February 21, 2017, ONC filed a notice of appeal alleging, among other  
things, that Justice Leblanc erred in his conclusions that Mr. Matthews had been  
constructively dismissed and that he was entitled to compensation for the loss of a  
payout under the LTIP.  
[14] The parties ultimately failed to reach agreement on costs or on the quantum  
of damages owing. On April 20, 2017, they appeared before Justice Leblanc to make  
submissions regarding the STIP amount and prejudgment interest. At the hearing,  
the court invited counsel to make further written submissions, which they did. On  
May 12, Justice Leblanc issued his supplemental decision dealing with the STIP and  
prejudgment interest. The decision also held that ONC was to remit 50% of the  
judgment amount to the Canada Revenue Agency.  
[15] Prior to the parties completing their submissions on costs, it was announced  
that Justice Leblanc would be appointed Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.  
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Justice Leblanc held a meeting with the parties on June 26, 2017, to advise that I  
would be assuming carriage of the matter to deal with costs.  
[16] A costs hearing had not occurred before ONC’s appeal was heard. The Court  
of Appeal released its decision on May 24, 2018. The majority affirmed Justice  
Leblanc’s findings that Mr. Matthews had been constructively dismissed and that he  
was entitled to a reasonable notice period of 15 months. The majority disagreed,  
however, with his conclusion that Mr. Matthews was entitled to damages on account  
of the lost LTIP payment. In their view, the plain and unambiguous language of the  
LTIP deprived Mr. Matthews of the opportunity to recover under it once he left  
ONC. The Court of Appeal ordered Mr. Matthews to repay to ONC any amounts  
received from it, including any amount received under the LTIP. The Court of  
Appeal declined to award costs of the appeal to either party.  
[17] On August 22, 2018, Mr. Matthews filed an application for leave to appeal to  
the Supreme Court of Canada. Leave was granted on January 31, 2019. On February  
14, I had a telephone conference call with the parties. After hearing from counsel, I  
decided that the costs hearing should be adjourned pending the Supreme Court of  
Canada’s decision.  
[18] The appeal was heard on October 8, 2019. The Supreme Court of Canada’s  
unanimous decision, issued on October 9, 2020, allowed the appeal, set aside the  
judgment of the Court of Appeal, and restored the trial judgment, “with costs  
throughout.” The Supreme Court of Canada held that Mr. Matthews was entitled to  
damages equal to what he would have received pursuant to the LTIP, subject to  
mitigation.  
[19] On October 30, 2020, I had a telephone conference call with the parties to  
schedule a hearing to determine the costs that would be payable to Mr. Matthews,  
along with the duration for which prejudgment interest at 2.9% should apply to the  
damages awarded. I asked the parties to address these issues, along with the meaning  
of “with costs throughout”, in supplemental submissions. Mr. Matthews filed a  
supplemental brief and affidavit on December 17. Ms. Barteaux filed a reply on April  
14, 2021. On April 27, Mr. Mitchell filed a second supplemental brief, which the  
court had neither requested nor previously agreed to accept. Ms. Barteaux filed a  
reply to that submission on June 25. The hearing took place over two days beginning  
on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 and concluded the following day.  
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Issues  
[20] The issues to be determined are:  
1. What is the meaning of “with costs throughout”?  
2. What should the applicant be awarded for costs?  
a. Should the court depart from the tariffs and award a lump sum?  
b. Should costs be reduced due to the conduct of applicant’s  
counsel?  
c. Should costs be awarded against applicant’s counsel personally?  
3. What should the applicant recover for reasonable disbursements?  
4. Has the rate of prejudgment interest already been decided?  
5. For what period should prejudgment interest be awarded?  
6. Should interest be awarded for the year during which Mr. Matthews had  
the award in his hands?  
Positions of the parties  
[21] Mr. Matthews seeks a lump sum award of costs in the range of $250,000 to  
$290,000 and disbursements in the amount of $16,189.53. He also seeks  
prejudgment interest from June 26, 2011 the date he accepted his constructive  
dismissal and resigned from ONC. Mr. Matthews also seeks post judgment interest.  
[22] ONC submits that Mr. Matthews should receive costs at Scale 1 (-25%) of  
Tariff A, plus six days of hearing, for a total of $64,887. It says disbursements should  
not be awarded because Mr. Matthews’s counsel has not filed any invoices with the  
court. ONC also seeks costs in the amount of $2,500, payable by Mr. Mitchell, in  
relation to his conduct at the main application hearing before Justice Leblanc, and a  
further $2,500, payable by Mr. Mitchell, “in relation to his incomplete and at times  
erroneous submission with respect to costs.” ONC says prejudgment interest should  
start when Mr. Matthews would have become eligible for a payout under the LTIP  
and end on December 31, 2015, instead of the date of Justice Leblanc’s order, to  
account for delays caused by the applicant and those related to Justice Leblanc’s  
illness. Finally, ONC says interest should not accrue for the one year period when  
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Mr. Matthews had the judgment in his hands, before the Court of Appeal ordered  
that it be repaid to ONC.  
With costs throughout  
[23] The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision allowing the appeal (2020 SCC 26)  
concluded as follows:  
[89] For the foregoing reasons, I would allow the appeal, set aside the judgment  
of the Court of Appeal and restore the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nova  
Scotia, with costs throughout.  
[Emphasis added]  
[24] The Supreme Court of Canada has the power to make an order with respect to  
costs in lower courts pursuant to s. 47 of the Supreme Court Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. S-  
26:  
Payment of costs  
47 The Court may, in its discretion, order the payment of the costs of the court  
appealed from, of the court of original jurisdiction, and of the appeal, or any part  
thereof, whether the judgment is affirmed, or is varied or reversed.  
[25] During one of the telephone conferences between counsel and the court, Mr.  
Mitchell advised that, based on his communication with court administration, the  
Court of Appeal would not revisit the issue of costs in that court on the basis that it  
is functus officio. Mr. Mitchell suggested that this court could assess costs on the  
appeal on some sort of “informal” basis, in the interest of judicial economy. Ms.  
Barteaux took the position that this court has no jurisdiction to assess costs in a  
higher court. I asked the parties to provide further submissions on the issue prior to  
the hearing. In those submissions, Mr. Mitchell referred to Civil Procedure Rule  
90.53, which provides:  
90.53 Entry by prothonotary of certified order  
(1) When an order of the Court of Appeal has been certified by the registrar to the  
prothonotary or clerk with whom the order appealed from was entered, the  
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prothonotary or clerk must cause it to be filed, and all subsequent proceedings may  
be taken as if the certified order had been granted by the court appealed from.  
(2) When an order of the Supreme Court of Canada has been certified by the  
registrar of that Court to the prothonotary or clerk with whom the order initially  
appealed from was entered, the prothonotary or clerk must cause it to be filed, and  
all subsequent proceedings may be taken as if the certified order had been granted  
by the court initially appealed from.  
[Emphasis added]  
[26] Mr. Mitchell submits that under Rule 90.53(2), the Supreme Court of  
Canada’s order that the applicant be awarded costs throughout is treated as if it had  
been granted by this court. It follows, he says, that the issue of costs in the Court of  
Appeal becomes a matter for determination in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.  
[27] At the hearing, Mr. Mitchell advised that he had filed a separate motion to  
have this court assess costs at the Court of Appeal. He suggested that I set aside the  
matter of appeal costs until the other motion can be heard. I advised Mr. Mitchell  
that I had asked the parties for submissions on the issue because I intended to deal  
with it in this decision, and I will.  
[28] Ms. Barteaux for ONC submits that a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova  
Scotia has no jurisdiction to award costs for the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. ONC  
cites the Judicature Act, R.S.N.S. 1989 c. 240, which provides that the Supreme  
Court of Nova Scotia will have those powers not assigned to the Nova Scotia Court  
of Appeal. Section 7 of the Act provides that the Court of Appeal:  
shall exercise all the jurisdiction, powers and authority belonging to or exercised  
by the Supreme Court in banco before the first day of August, 1966, and the judges  
of the Court of Appeal shall exercise all the jurisdiction, powers and authority  
belonging to or exercised by a judge of the Supreme Court before that date in  
relation to the Supreme Court in banco.  
[29] Section 8 provides that the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has:  
all the jurisdiction, powers and authority belonging to or exercised by the Supreme  
Court of Nova Scotia before the first day of August, 1966, and not assigned to the  
Court of Appeal by this or any other Act and the judges of the Supreme Court shall  
exercise all the jurisdiction, powers and authority belonging to or exercised by a  
judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia before that date and not assigned to the  
judges of the Court of Appeal by this or any other Act.  
[Emphasis added]  
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[30] Section 13 states that the exercise of the assigned jurisdiction shall be in  
accordance with the Judicature Act and the Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules:  
The jurisdiction of the Court shall be exercised in the manner provided in this Act  
and the Rules and, where no special provisions are contained in this Act or the  
Rules, it shall be exercised in accordance with the practice and procedure followed  
by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia before the first day of March, 1972.  
[31] Civil Procedure Rule 90.48(1) sets out the powers of the Court of Appeal:  
90.48(1) Without restricting the generality of the jurisdiction, powers and authority  
conferred on the Court of Appeal by the Judicature Act or any other legislation the  
Court of Appeal may do all of the following:  
(a) amend, set aside, or discharge a judgment appealed from;  
(b) draw inferences of fact and give any judgment, allow any amendment,  
or make any order that might have been made by the court appealed from  
or that the appeal may require;  
(c) make such order as to costs of the trial, hearing, or appeal as the Court  
of Appeal considers is in the interest of justice;  
(d) direct a new trial by jury or otherwise, on terms the Court of Appeal  
considers is in the interest of justice, and for that purpose order that the  
judgment appealed from be set aside;  
(e) make any order or give any judgment that the Court of Appeal considers  
necessary.  
[Emphasis added]  
[32] ONC further submits that in Turner-Lienaux v. Campbell, 2004 NSCA 41, the  
Nova Scotia Court of Appeal confirmed its exclusive jurisdiction over costs in that  
court when it stated at para. 44:  
Nor would it be appropriate for a trial judge to vary a costs order made by the  
Appeal Court…  
[33] ONC also refers to Bannon v. Thunder Bay, 2003 CarswellOnt 1158 (Ont.  
C.A.), a slip and fall case in which the Supreme Court of Canada restored a trial  
decision that had been reversed on appeal, and awarded the plaintiff her costs  
throughout. When the matter returned before the trial judge (2002 CarswellOnt  
2801), the court noted:  
3
Initially all counsel were of the view that as trial judge, I would be in the best  
position to assess all of the costs, including the proceedings before the Court of  
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Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. When I expressed my concerns about  
jurisdiction, it was conceded following further research by counsel, that this court  
did not have the jurisdiction to assess any costs related to proceedings before the  
Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court of Canada. However it was the position of  
counsel for the plaintiff that I would still have the jurisdiction to assess a risk plus  
premium in favour of the appellate counsel for the result that they obtained before  
the Supreme Court of Canada given the past circumstances of the case.  
[Emphasis added]  
[34] Relying on Rule 57.01 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, R.R.O. 1990,  
Regulation 194, which sets out the factors to be considered by the court when  
exercising its discretion to award costs, the trial judge went on to award the plaintiff  
costs on a “risk plus premium” basis. In reversing that decision, the Ontario Court  
of Appeal held that the trial judge had no jurisdiction to treat appellate proceedings  
as incidental to the trial:  
1 Section 47 of the Supreme Court of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. S-26, as  
amended, gives the Supreme Court of Canada express authority to "order the  
payment of the costs of the court appealed from . . . and of the appeal". The Supreme  
Court of Canada made such an order in its judgment of February 21, 2002 [2002  
CarswellOnt 549 (S.C.C.)], in the following words:  
Consequently, we would allow the appeal with costs throughout, set aside  
the judgment of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and restore the judgment of  
Kozak J. at trial.  
2
Kozak J. did not have the authority to order that the costs of the appellate  
proceedings be assessed on a "risk plus premium" basis. We reject the submission  
that the breadth of jurisdiction of the trial judge pursuant to rule 57.01 is such that  
it can extend to treat appellate proceedings as incidental to the trial. Moreover,  
having given the power to award costs of appellate proceedings to the Supreme  
Court of Canada, there is no gap that would justify giving the trial judge some type  
of residual discretion to order such a premium.  
3
The basis upon which costs were to be awarded in the appellate proceedings  
was a matter to be argued before the Supreme Court of Canada. Even if Kozak J.  
had had the authority to make the order that he did -- which he did not -- the matter  
of costs having already been decided by the Supreme Court of Canada, he could  
not adjudicate upon it again.  
4 The respondent is not precluded from advancing an argument in favour of such  
a premium in the appropriate forum(s). The costs of the proceedings in this court  
have yet to be assessed. Should counsel for the respondent choose to pursue a claim  
for such a premium in the proceedings taken before this court, it would be  
appropriate that the matter be dealt with by a panel of this court rather than by an  
assessment officer.  
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[Emphasis added]  
[35] ONC notes that Rule 90.53, cited by the applicant, has not been interpreted in  
the context of an order of the Supreme Court of Canada. It has, however, been  
interpreted in the context of an order of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal filed with  
the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. In Armoyan v. Armoyan, 2014 NSCA 17, the  
Court of Appeal made a costs order against Mr. Armoyan. Mrs. Armoyan took out  
an execution order for the awarded costs and obtained a discovery subpoena in aid  
of execution, but she was unable to serve Mr. Armoyan. As a result, she returned to  
the appeal court to seek an order for substituted service. Citing Rule 90.53, the Court  
of Appeal held that it did not have jurisdiction to enforce its earlier order:  
[8] As a result, following the issuance of an order by this Court, all “subsequent  
proceedings” may be taken as if the certified order had been granted by the Supreme  
Court. To put it another way, a costs order of the Court of Appeal will be treated as  
a costs order of the Supreme Court if there are subsequent proceedings in relation  
to that order (other than, for example, if a party seeks to amend the order in  
accordance with Rule 90.50(2) or seeks to appeal the order). Logically it follows  
that if the subsequent proceeding is execution on that costs order, then this should  
occur in the Supreme Court in the first instance. This interpretation would be  
consistent with the language of Rule 79, which expressly provides for Supreme  
Court judges and prothonotaries to take action with respect to executions rather  
than the Court of Appeal judges and the Registrar.  
[9] For this reason it is my view that the proper recourse for Ms. Armoyan is to  
seek an order for substituted service before the Supreme Court.  
[36] ONC submits that in Armoyan, the subsequent proceeding was in aid of the  
execution of a costs order that had already been made. In the present case, the  
Supreme Court of Canada has ordered that costs be payable by ONC, but an  
assessment of those costs has not yet been made by the Court of Appeal. In essence,  
the Supreme Court of Canada has ordered costs be payable in both lower courts, but  
has remanded the decision on the assessment of costs to those courts.  
[37] In addition to the authorities provided by the parties, the court has considered  
Haynes Group of Lawyers v. Regan, 2001 NSCA 34, which deals with the  
predecessor to Rule 90.53, and CCH Canadian Ltd. v. Law Society of Upper Canada,  
2004 FCA 278, which addresses the meaning of “with costs throughout”.  
[38] The facts in Regan were as follows. In January 1995, the applicant Ms. Regan  
and the respondent law firm entered into a contingency agreement respecting  
services to be performed with respect to Ms. Regan’s personal injury action. The  
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contingency agreement provided that if Ms. Regan discharged the firm prior to final  
recovery of compensation, she would immediately pay the lawyers all fees and  
disbursements calculated up to that time.  
[39] In October 1997, Ms. Regan advised the firm that she had retained another  
lawyer and would no longer require its services. The firm submitted its bill for  
services. The bill was taxed before Davison J., who fixed the amount at $7,924.31.  
He ordered a modification to the contingency fee agreement to provide that no  
monies would be payable by Ms. Regan to the firm until the disposition of her  
personal injury action. He also ordered that there could be no enforcement of the bill  
prior to “successful disposition of this proceeding, and then only with the leave of  
this Honourable Court”. The law firm appealed the order, asking that the limitation  
on its enforcement be deleted. In May 1998, the appeal was dismissed without costs,  
but the order of Davison J. was varied so as to permit the firm to obtain a charging  
order for its fees pursuant to the former Rule 63.26.  
[40] In May 1998, at the law firm’s request, the prothonotary issued a certificate  
of judgment showing a debt owing from Ms. Regan to the firm in the amount of  
$7,924.31. There was no dispute that Ms. Regan’s personal injury action had not yet  
concluded. The law firm recorded the certificate in the registry of deeds. When Ms.  
Regan attempted to sell her house, an objection to title was made on the basis of the  
outstanding judgment. She then filed an application in the Court of Appeal to vacate  
the certificate of judgment.  
[41] Cromwell J.A. (as he then was) began his analysis by setting out Rule  
62.29(1):  
[9]  
The foundation of Ms. Regan’s application is the Order of Davison, J. dated  
March 17th, 1998, and a Certificate of Judgment issued by the Prothonotary on the  
12th day of May, 1998. The Civil Procedure Rules specifically address the effect  
of a subsequent appeal on the order appealed from. Rule 62.29(1) provides that  
where an order of the Court of Appeal which has been certified by the Registrar to  
the Prothonotary or clerk with whom the order appealed from was entered, the latter  
shall thereupon cause it to be entered in the proper book and “all subsequent  
proceedings may be taken thereon as if the order had been granted by the court  
appealed from”. I set out Rule 62.29(1) for convenience:  
62.29 (1) Where an order of the Court has been certified by the Registrar  
to the prothonotary or clerk with whom the order appealed from was  
entered, the latter shall thereupon cause it to be entered in the proper book  
and all subsequent proceedings may be taken thereon as if the order has  
been granted by the court appealed from.  
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(emphasis added by Cromwell J.A.)  
[42] Justice Cromwell went on to find that, in light of Rule 62.29(1), the Court of  
Appeal had no jurisdiction to order the relief sought by Ms. Regan:  
[10] In my opinion, the Certificate of Judgment issued by the Prothonotary  
certifies the judgment of Davison, J. of the Supreme Court as varied on appeal. The  
effect of the Order of the Court of Appeal, once transmitted to the Prothonotary of  
the Supreme Court, is to permit all proceedings to be taken with respect to that  
Order as if it had been made by the Supreme Court. This Rule is, in my opinion,  
intended to leave matters relating to the enforcement of the Order, as varied if at all  
on appeal, to the Court that originally made it. While a chambers judge of this Court  
has the authority to amend the formal order for judgment to correct any errors or  
omission, or otherwise to better express the order’s intent: see Rule 62.26(2), in  
light of the explicit provision of Rule 62.29(1), I do not think that a judge of this  
Court should issue directions to the Prothonotary, let alone the Registrar of Deeds,  
with respect to a Certificate of Judgment based on a judgment issued out of the  
Supreme Court and substantially affirmed on appeal.…  
[Emphasis added]  
[43] In Law Society of Upper Canada, the defendant Law Society brought a motion  
for increased costs against the plaintiff publishers. The publishers had brought an  
action for copyright infringement against the Law Society for providing copies of  
the publishersreported judicial decisions and other legal works to its members and  
for permitting patrons of its library to make photocopies of those materials. The  
action reached the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled in favour of the Law  
Society and awarded it costs throughout. The publishers submitted that an award of  
increased costs was not within the Federal Court of Appeal's jurisdiction and that the  
Law Society would have to seek such an order from the Supreme Court of Canada.  
The publishers further submitted that the award of costs throughout precluded an  
award of increased costs.  
[44] In rejecting both the publishers’ arguments, Rothstein J.A., for the court, said  
the following about an award of “costs throughout” in the Supreme Court of Canada:  
[15] As to the publishers' first argument, nothing in the judgment of the Supreme  
Court expressly or implicitly reserves to the Supreme Court the exclusive authority  
to award increased costs. Rather, an award of "costs throughout" by the Supreme  
Court remits to the respective lower courts the determination of costs in respect of  
the proceedings in each Court, according to the rules of each lower court.  
[16] Turning to the publishers' second argument, when the matter of costs is  
remitted to this Court after a judgment of the Supreme Court awarding costs, the  
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only fetter on the discretion conferred upon this Court in respect of costs is that this  
Court may not exercise its discretion in a manner inconsistent with the award of  
costs by the Supreme Court of Canada. This approach was succinctly explained by  
Strayer J.A. in Eli Lilly and Co. v. Novopharm Ltd. (1998), 85 C.P.R. (3d) 219 at  
paragraph 5 (F.C.A.):  
Clearly there are some discretionary powers under Rule 400 which cannot  
be exercised in the face of an award of costs ordained by the Supreme Court.  
For example, this Court could not, in the face of such a direction, refuse  
costs or award them instead to the unsuccessful party. But, in my view, any  
discretionary power granted by the Federal Court Rules whose exercise is  
not inconsistent with the award of costs by the Supreme Court can be  
exercised in giving effect to an award of costs in this Court by the Supreme  
Court on appeal.  
[17] In my view, when the Supreme Court makes an award of "costs  
throughout," the direction to this Court is neutral, in the sense that, as long as costs  
are awarded, the Supreme Court is leaving it to this Court to decide on the  
appropriate amount of costs. Under such a direction, when the matter of costs is  
remitted to this Court, costs are to be assessed in accordance with the Rules of this  
Court which allow for the awarding of increased costs (see rules 400(1) and (4)).  
[Emphasis added]  
[45] Having considered all of the authorities, I find this court has no jurisdiction to  
assess appeal costs. That jurisdiction is assigned exclusively to the Nova Scotia  
Court of Appeal pursuant to the Judicature Act and Civil Procedure Rule  
90.48(1)(c). I agree with the view expressed in Law Society of Upper Canada that  
when the Supreme Court of Canada makes an award of “costs throughout”, that order  
remits to the respective lower courts the determination of costs in respect of the  
proceedings in each court, according to the rules of each lower court. Rule 90.53(2)  
does not change that.  
[46] Under Rule 90.53(1), an order of the Court of Appeal will be treated as an  
order of the Supreme Court if there are subsequent proceedings in relation to that  
order. As noted in Regan and Armoyan, that would include proceedings to enforce  
the order, but not to amend or appeal its contents. In other words, the order of the  
Court of Appeal is not treated as an order of the Supreme Court for all purposes. If  
it were, the Supreme Court would have jurisdiction to amend what is, in effect, its  
own order. In sum, Rule 90.53(1) does not confer on the Supreme Court the  
jurisdiction to deal with the content of the order because that jurisdiction is assigned  
exclusively to the Court of Appeal. It follows that the filing of an order of the  
Supreme Court of Canada which includes an award of “costs throughout” with the  
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Supreme Court of Nova Scotia pursuant to Rule 90.53(2) does not expand the latter’s  
jurisdiction to include the power to assess costs in the Court of Appeal.  
[47] Accordingly, the remainder of my decision will deal only with the assessment  
of costs in relation to the proceedings in this court.  
Costs  
[48] Mr. Matthews submits that a costs award fixed in accordance with the tariffs  
would not amount to a substantial contribution to his reasonable legal fees and  
expenses. He seeks a lump sum award of party and party costs in the range of  
$250,000 to $290,000. If the court declines to award a lump sum, Mr. Matthews asks  
in the alternative for increased tariff costs.  
[49] ONC says lump sums should only be awarded where there is reason to do so,  
and there is no such reason in this case. ONC asks the court to exercise its discretion  
to apply Scale 1 (-25%) of Tariff A due to the manner in which Mr. Mitchell  
advanced his client’s case, which caused unnecessary expense and delays.  
[50] The law on costs is uncontroversial. The court has considerable discretion  
when fixing costs. Civil Procedure Rule 77 provides in part:  
77.01 Scope of Rule 77  
(1) The court deals with each of the following kinds of costs:  
(a) party and party costs, by which one party compensates another party for  
part of the compensated party’s expenses of litigation;  
(b) solicitor and client costs, which may be awarded in exceptional  
circumstances to compensate a party fully for the expenses of litigation;  
(c) fees and disbursements counsel charges to a client for representing the  
client in a proceeding.  
(2) Costs may be ordered, the amount of costs may be assessed, and counsel’s fees  
and disbursements may be charged, in accordance with this Rule.  
77.02 General discretion (party and party costs)  
(1) A presiding judge may, at any time, make any order about costs as the judge is  
satisfied will do justice between the parties.  
(2) Nothing in these Rules limits the general discretion of a judge to make any  
order about costs, except costs that are awarded after acceptance of a formal offer  
to settle under Rule 10.05, of Rule 10 - Settlement.  
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77.03 Liability for costs  
(1) A judge may order that parties bear their own costs, one party pay costs to  
another, two or more parties jointly pay costs, a party pay costs out of a fund or an  
estate, or that liability for party and party costs is fixed in any other way.  
(2) A judge may order a party to pay solicitor and client costs to another party in  
exceptional circumstances recognized by law.  
(3) Costs of a proceeding follow the result, unless a judge orders or a Rule provides  
otherwise.  
[Emphasis added]  
[51] Rule 77.06 provides that, unless ordered otherwise, party and party costs are  
quantified according to the tariffs. Under Rule 77.07(1), the court has discretion to  
raise or lower the tariff costs, applying factors such as those identified in Rule  
77.07(2):  
77.07 Increasing or decreasing tariff amount  
(1) A judge who fixes costs may add an amount to, or subtract an amount from,  
tariff costs.  
(2) The following are examples of factors that may be relevant on a request that  
tariff costs be increased or decreased after the trial of an action, or hearing of an  
application:  
(a) the amount claimed in relation to the amount recovered;  
(b) a written offer of settlement, whether made formally under Rule 10 -  
Settlement or otherwise, that is not accepted;  
(c) an offer of contribution;  
(d) a payment into court;  
(e) conduct of a party affecting the speed or expense of the proceeding;  
(f) a step in the proceeding that is taken improperly, abusively, through  
excessive caution, by neglect or mistake, or unnecessarily;  
(g) a step in the proceeding a party was required to take because the other  
party unreasonably withheld consent;  
(h) a failure to admit something that should have been admitted.  
[52] Rule 77.08 permits the court to award lump sum costs but does not specify the  
circumstances when such an award is appropriate. That guidance is found instead in  
the case law. In Armoyan v. Armoyan, 2013 NSCA 136, the Court of Appeal, per  
Fichaud J.A., explained that a lump sum award will be appropriate in cases that bear  
no resemblance to the tariffs’ assumptions:  
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[15] The tariffs are the norm, and there must be a reason to consider a lump sum.  
[16] The basic principle is that a costs award should afford substantial contribution  
to the party’s reasonable fees and expenses. In Williamson, while discussing the  
1989 tariffs, Justice Freeman adopted Justice Saunders’ statement from Landymore  
v. Hardy (1992), 112 N.S.R. (2d) 410:  
The underlying principle by which costs ought to be measured was  
expressed by the Statutory Costs and Fees Committee in these words:  
“… the recovery of costs should represent a substantial contribution  
towards the parties’ reasonable expenses in presenting or defending  
the proceeding, but should not amount to a complete indemnity.”  
Justice Freeman continued:  
In my view a reasonable interpretation of this language suggests that a  
“substantial contribution” not amounting to a complete indemnity must  
initially have been intended to mean more than fifty and less than one  
hundred per cent of a lawyer’s reasonable bill for the services involved. A  
range for party and party costs between two-thirds and three-quarters of  
solicitor and client costs, objectively determined, might have seemed  
reasonable. There has been considerable slippage since 1989 because of  
escalating legal fees, and costs awards representing a much lower  
proportion of legal fees actually paid appear to have become standard and  
accepted practice in cases not involving misconduct or other special  
circumstances.  
[17] The tariffs deliver the benefit of predictability by limiting the use of subjective  
discretion. This works well in a conventional case whose circumstances conform  
generally to the parameters assumed by the tariffs. The remaining discretion is a  
mechanism for constructive adjustment that tailors the tariffs’ model to the features  
of the case.  
[18] But some cases bear no resemblance to the tariffs’ assumptions. A proceeding  
begun nominally as a chambers motion, signalling Tariff C, may assume trial  
functions, contemplated by Tariff A. A Tariff A case may have no “amount  
involved”, other important issues being at stake. Sometimes the effort is  
substantially lessened by the efficiencies of capable counsel, or handicapped by  
obstructionism. The amount claimed may vary widely from the amount awarded.  
The case may assume a complexity, with a corresponding workload, that is far  
disproportionate to the court time, by which costs are assessed under provisions of  
the Tariffs. Conversely, a substantial sum may turn on a concisely presented issue.  
There may be a rejected settlement offer, formal or informal, that would have saved  
everyone significant expense. These are just examples. Some cases may combine  
several such factors to the degree that the reflexive use of the tariffs may inject a  
heavy dose of the very subjectivity – e.g. to define an artificial “amount involved”  
as Justice Freeman noted in Williamson that the tariffs aim to avoid. When this  
subjectivity exceeds a critical level, the tariff may be more distracting than useful.  
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Then it is more realistic to circumvent the tariffs, and channel that discretion  
directly to the principled calculation of a lump sum. A principled calculation  
should turn on the objective criteria that are accepted by the Rules or case law.  
[Emphasis added]  
[53] Fichaud J.A. went on to note:  
[29] The propriety of a lump sum award may be tested by comparing the proposed  
tariff award to the actual legal fees and expenses. Mr. Armoyan’s calculation under  
the tariffs is $117,714.64. Even after the adjustments that I will discuss later, Ms.  
Armoyan’s legal fees and disbursements exceed $450,000 for the Nova Scotia  
forum conveniens proceeding and both appeals. A recovery of about 27% does not  
approach the “substantial contribution” that Justice Freeman contemplated in  
Williamson.  
[Emphasis added]  
[54] The Armoyan decision was applied in Andrews v. Keybase Financial Group  
Inc., 2014 NSSC 287, where Wright J. held that an award of $310,000 was a  
substantial contribution to actual legal fees of $469,349:  
[30] In similar fashion to Williamson, Justice Fichaud [in Armoyan] tested the  
propriety of a lump sum award by comparing the proposed tariff award to the actual  
legal fees and expenses to be charged to the client. He concluded that a recovery  
of about 27% did not approach the “substantial contribution” that Justice Freeman  
had contemplated in Williamson. Hence, a lump sum was appropriate which the  
Court then fixed at a total amount of $306,000 (including disbursements) measured  
against solicitor-client legal fees and disbursements in the aggregate of  
approximately $477,000.  
[31] Bearing these principles in mind, as well as the representation by plaintiffs’  
counsel that the solicitor-client fees would be similar whether computed under the  
contingency fee agreements or by time records, I conclude that this is clearly a case  
where a lump sum award of costs should be made so as to effect a substantial  
contribution to the plaintiffs’ legal expenses. Considering as well the three factors  
identified earlier in this decision in common with the Williamson case, I am of the  
opinion that an appropriate award of lump sum costs to be made here is $310,000  
representing a rounded recovery of 66% of the solicitor-client fees of $469,349  
(recognizing that the latter figure does not include the contingency fee recovery on  
the costs award itself).  
[55] In this case, Mr. Mitchell has filed time records with fees totaling $427,000.  
He says Mr. Matthews has paid $237,502 to date. An award under Scale 2 of Tariff  
A using an “amount involved” of $1,086,893.36 would be $70,648, to which must  
be added $2,000 per hearing day. The parties disagree on the number of hearing  
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days, with Mr. Matthews submitting that there were at least eight ($16,000), and  
ONC saying there were six ($12,000). In either case, Mr. Mitchell says, an award  
under the tariffs would not represent a substantial contribution to his client’s actual  
legal fees.  
[56] To bolster his position that fees of $427,000 are reasonable in the  
circumstances, Mr. Mitchell refers to a letter he received from Ms. Barteaux, dated  
August 17, 2015, which contained the following paragraphs:  
Despite ONC’s strong belief that it will be successful, it is prepared to offer Mr.  
Matthews an opportunity to limit his losses which, when he fails to prove the claims  
he has made in his Amended Notice of Application in Court, will likely result in  
him being ordered to pay a very significant cost award since ONC will be entitled  
to receive a substantial contribution to its legal fees. The terms of the offer are set  
out below.  
To ensure that you and Mr. Matthews appreciate the magnitude of the cost award  
at stake, we are informing you that by the conclusion of the hearing ONC’s legal  
fees will likely exceed $400,000, plus disbursements of approximately $15,000.  
This is clearly not a matter that will fall under the Tariffs (which under the basic  
scale would yield a cost award of approximately $82,650). Rather, should this  
proceed to a hearing in November, ONC anticipates that it will be seeking a lump  
sum cost award that represents approximately two-thirds of the legal fees it has  
incurred plus reimbursement for all disbursements (i.e. a total sum of $290,000).  
[57] The letter also included a formal offer to settle which provided that ONC  
would consent to the dismissal of Mr. Matthews’s claims against it in exchange for  
a payment to ONC of $25,000 in costs.  
[58] Ms. Barteaux submits that her estimate of ONC’s fees cannot be used by Mr.  
Mitchell to justify his own billings because ONC carried a much heavier burden with  
respect to the evidence. She points out that ONC drafted more than twice as many  
pages of affidavit evidence and written submissions as Mr. Matthews, and that, if  
exhibits are added into the calculation, ONC filed more than 10 times the volume of  
material as Mr. Matthews. I agree with Ms. Barteaux that her pre-hearing estimate  
of ONC’s fees should not be used to justify Mr. Mitchell’s fees, both for the reason  
she cited and because, as will become clear, I find that Mr. Mitchell’s conduct of  
this litigation created more work for ONC than would otherwise have been  
necessary.  
[59] In any event, Mr. Mitchell conceded at the hearing that his time records  
contained numerous irrelevant entries, including items unrelated to this file and  
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entries related to interlocutory proceedings for which costs orders have already been  
made. Ms. Barteaux prepared a colour-coded version of Mr. Mitchell’s time dockets  
in which she identified $142,217 in billings allegedly arising from unrelated matters  
or motions for which costs had already been decided. Deducting those amounts  
reduces the estimated fees to $282,783. Although Mr. Mitchell disputed the alleged  
irrelevance of several entries, he accepted that most of the items identified by Ms.  
Barteaux should not be considered by the court.  
[60] The parties agree that when deciding whether to depart from the tariffs and  
order a lump sum, counsel’s time records and billings are not determinative. The  
successful party is entitled to a substantial contribution to their reasonable legal fees,  
not their actual legal fees. In some cases, the actual legal fees will be reasonable.  
This is not one of those cases. Having carefully reviewed the materials, I find that a  
reasonable amount for the applicant’s legal fees would be in the range of $250,000  
to $275,000. I further find that an award under the tariffs would not represent a  
substantial contribution to those fees.  
[61] In my view, this is an appropriate case to award a lump sum. I recognize that  
the court has discretion to increase the tariff award to account for formal settlement  
offers and/or to decrease it to account for delay and inefficiencies, both of which are  
relevant here, but I find that it is better to “channel that discretion directly to the  
principled calculation of a lump sum”: Armoyan, at para. 18.  
[62] Mr. Mitchell submits that Mr. Matthews made two formal offers to settle for  
a lesser sum than he was ultimately awarded in damages, and that this fact warrants  
a substantial increase in the cost amount awarded. Mr. Mitchell says the first  
settlement offer was outlined in his letter to Mr. Jamieson, Mr. Emond, and Mr.  
Brown, dated July 29, 2011. ONC submits that this letter was not a formal offer to  
settle pursuant to Civil Procedure Rule 10 it was a demand letter. Ms. Barteaux  
points out that Mr. Mitchell referred to it as such in his affidavit. She argues that it  
would be improper to treat the demand letter as a formal offer to settle because the  
judicial proceeding was not commenced until August 9, 2011. I agree. Rule 10 refers  
to settlement “of a proceeding or of a claim in a proceeding”.  
[63] ONC concedes, however, that Mr. Matthews did make a formal offer to settle  
on February 21, 2012, and that if the tariff is applied, the court has discretion under  
Rule 10.09(2)(b) to multiply the tariff amount by 75%. ONC submits that there are  
very few reported decisions where the court has exercised its discretion to apply the  
multiplier pursuant to Rule 10.09(2). It says the court should decline to increase the  
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applicant’s costs due to his counsel’s conduct during the litigation. ONC cites  
MacNutt v. Acadia University, 2016 NSSC 208, where Chipman J. stated:  
[9] Rule 10.09 deals with determining costs if a Formal Offer is not accepted. I  
note the accelerated costs are entirely discretionable and in all of the circumstances  
I have chosen to decline Acadia’s request to in effect double their costs award. …  
[64] Justice Chipman’s reasons for declining to exercise his discretion are  
explained in the remainder of the paragraph, not quoted by ONC:  
By exercising my discretion in this way, I am mindful of, among other things, Ms.  
MacNutt’s status as a self-represented party. I doubt she was aware of the  
significant costs consequences associated with her failure to respond to Acadia’s  
Formal Offer. Further, it is noteworthy that she advanced a Formal Offer to Acadia  
on March 11, 2014 and then did not receive Acadia’s Formal Offer until almost two  
years later.  
[65] MacNutt confirms that every case must be considered on its own facts. In my  
view, Mr. Matthews’s settlement offer is an important factor in determining a costs  
award that will do justice between the parties. While Mr. Mitchell’s conduct of the  
proceeding is also relevant, the fact remains that ONC’s acceptance of Mr.  
Matthews’s reasonable settlement offer in February 2012 would have saved the  
parties nine years of litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees.  
[66] I will now consider ONC’s submission that Mr. Mitchell’s conduct of the case  
justifies a reduction in his client’s costs, and even an order that Mr. Mitchell pay  
certain costs personally to ONC. At the same time, I will deal with Mr. Mitchell’s  
allegations of tacticalconduct on ONC’s part to slow the pace of the proceeding.  
Since Mr. Mitchell says this tactical conduct began immediately after the filing of  
the notice of application, I will start there.  
Early process  
[67] The notice of application was filed on August 9, 2011. At a motion for  
directions held on August 31, Mr. Mitchell estimated that the application could be  
heard in three days, and could be ready for hearing in three months. ONC advised  
Pickup J. that it intended to file three motions one for summary judgment on the  
evidence with respect to the oppression claim, one to convert the application to an  
action, and one to remove several respondents. Mr. Mitchell suggests these motions  
were intended to delay the proceeding, but there is no evidence to support that  
allegation. In my view, the three motions were reasonable in the circumstances.  
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[68] Mr. Mitchell also says ONC delayed in filing its notice of contest and the  
notices of motion until he threatened to bring (and did bring) Appearance Day  
motions. The notice of contest was filed on September 22, 2011. I do not consider  
that an inordinate amount of time, for two reasons. First, Ms. Barteaux was busy  
responding to allegations from Mr. Mitchell that she was in a conflict of interest. Mr.  
Mitchell’s own time records indicate that he was billing for work on that issue until  
the motion for directions. Second, Mr. Mitchell had incorrectly named one of the  
parties and needed to amend his notice of application.  
[69] ONC filed its three motions on November 17, 2011. While the motions could  
probably have been filed sooner, I do not consider the short delay to be evidence of  
a larger strategy to delay the proceeding.  
[70] On November 18, 2011, Mr. Mitchell filed an Appearance Day Notice seeking  
to set a date for a motion for directions and to have ONC provide disclosure and  
particulars of the three motions. The motion was set for December 2. ONC took the  
position that its notices of motion complied with the Rules and that the scope of  
disclosure and the need for a motion for directions would depend on the outcome of  
its three motions. Justice Duncan dismissed the applicant’s requests and set ONC’s  
three motions down for hearing on March 1, 2012, the soonest available date.  
[71] Justice Wood issued his decision on the motions on April 12, 2012. ONC was  
successful in having the additional respondents removed but the court did not allow  
the summary judgment motion or the motion to convert the matter to an action. ONC  
filed an appeal of the decision on April 26.  
[72] On May 28, 2012, the parties appeared before Justice Wood to deal with the  
form of the orders and costs on the motions. At that time, the court directed document  
disclosure on the application in court by both parties by August 31. Although the  
decision was under appeal, no stay issued. To this point, I find no meaningful delay  
by either party.  
Disclosure and discovery  
[73] Issues with discoveries and disclosure consumed the next three years. While  
Mr. Mitchell submits that ONC was responsible for delay during the disclosure and  
discovery process, the evidence before the court does not support that allegation.  
Having reviewed the communications between counsel, I find that Ms. Barteaux  
often had to prod and push Mr. Mitchell to obtain further disclosure, to clarify what  
additional production he was seeking from ONC, to identify individuals he wished  
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to discover, and to set dates for their examinations. On multiple occasions, Mr.  
Mitchell attempted to obtain discovery subpoenas from the prothonotary, rather than  
from a judge, as is required on an application. He persisted in this behaviour in the  
face of repeated reminders and objections from both Ms. Barteaux and the  
prothonotary. Mr. Mitchell repeatedly ignored communications from Ms. Barteaux  
and deadlines imposed by the court. The following recital of events, while lengthy,  
is far from exhaustive.  
[74] On August 31, 2013, Ms. Barteaux wrote to Mr. Mitchell advising that ONC’s  
affidavit of documents contained approximately 400 tabs and that counsel was still  
dealing with redactions. She requested a one-week extension to the deadline for  
providing Mr. Mitchell with the documents. Mr. Mitchell did not respond.  
[75] ONC provided its first affidavit disclosing documents containing 411  
documents to Mr. Mitchell on September 6, 2012. On the same day, Mr. Mitchell  
disclosed a book of documents on Mr. Matthews’s behalf. ONC subsequently took  
the position that Mr. Matthews’s disclosure was incomplete.  
[76] On October 1, 2012, the parties appeared before Justice Wright on a motion  
for directions. Justice Wright set the matter down for a full day on December 19 to  
allow the parties to bring cross motions on production and certain discovery issues.  
[77] On October 29, 2012, Mr. Mitchell advised by letter that he would provide a  
first supplementary book of documents. On the same date, he indicated that he  
wanted to discover Daniel Emond, Robert Orr, and Martin Jamieson. On November  
5, Ms. Barteaux advised Mr. Mitchell that it was not necessary to subpoena Mr. Orr  
because, although he was no longer in the control of ONC, she would arrange for his  
attendance at discovery.  
[78] On November 14, 2012, Ms. Barteaux wrote to Mr. Mitchell seeking the  
applicant’s first supplemental book of documents and identifying the documents  
requested. On November 28, Mr. Mitchell sent Ms. Barteaux a copy of Mr.  
Matthews’s Skype messages and employment information with TASA for the period  
of February-June 2011 and said he had yet to prepare the first supplemental book of  
documents.  
[79] On December 12, 2012, Mr. Mitchell advised that he had made a scheduling  
error and needed to seek an adjournment of the motions scheduled for December 19.  
The next day, Ms. Barteaux sent Mr. Mitchell a CD containing a supplemental  
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affidavit disclosing documents. On December 17, she sent further documents and  
advised that a second supplemental affidavit would be filed in due course.  
[80] On December 21, 2012, ONC’s appeal of Justice Wood’s decisions on its  
motions was dismissed.  
[81] Over the next two months, Mr. Mitchell did not contact Ms. Barteaux to  
reschedule the December 19, 2012 appearance or to set dates for discovery. In an  
effort to move things along, Ms. Barteaux wrote to him on February 20, 2013:  
It is important to Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited that we proceed with any further  
pre-discovery motions that need to be made, and discovery, within the next couple  
of months. I have a number of available dates in April if it is necessary to attend  
before Justice Wood (or another judge) on any production or discovery issues.  
Please provide me with dates that you are available as soon as possible. … Please  
also provide me with dates in May that Mr. Matthews will make himself available  
in Halifax for discovery.  
That letter prompted a conference call with Justice Wood and cross motions for  
production were scheduled for April 30, 2013.  
[82] On March 4, 2013, Ms. Barteaux wrote to Mr. Mitchell proposing June 17 to  
21, 2013 for the discoveries of Mr. Matthews, Mr. Jamieson, Mr. Wilson, and Mr.  
Emond. Mr. Mitchell did not respond. She wrote to him again on March 14 about  
the June dates, and he eventually agreed. On March 15, both counsel wrote to the  
court to confirm they would be proceeding with the cross motions on April 30, 2013.  
[83] On the applicant’s motion for production, Mr. Mitchell sought only “further  
and better” production without providing any particulars in regard to the 644  
documents that ONC had disclosed. He did not address what was missing or the  
issues he had with redaction. Instead of filing a brief, Mr. Mitchell filed the affidavits  
disclosing documents provided by ONC, in their entirety. As Wood J. noted in his  
costs decision on the motions [2013 NSSC 158]:  
[4] When Mr. Matthews filed his motion documents on April 11, 2013 he did not  
include a brief. The notice of motion was very general and simply sought better  
production, directions with respect to redaction of documents and directions with  
respect to the scope of electronic searches to be carried out by the Respondent. In  
addition, the form of order filed by Mr. Matthews was blank and included no  
particulars with respect to documents or directions being sought. The affidavit filed  
on behalf of Mr. Matthews included a letter dated April 11, 2013 from his counsel,  
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Blair Mitchell, to Ms. Nancy Barteaux, who was counsel to the Respondent. This  
letter set out various demands for documents to be produced.  
[84] To assist the court, Ms. Barteaux prepared a chart summarizing the  
outstanding production issues. Mr. Mitchell requested an electronic copy of the chart  
so he could use it to respond, and Ms. Barteaux agreed to provide it. Justice Wood  
described the outcome of the Matthews motion as follows:  
[8] Much of the work by counsel and the court with respect to the Matthews’  
motion involved reviewing a significant volume of redacted documents. During  
that process the Respondent agreed to remove a number of redactions voluntarily.  
I ordered additional documents to be unredacted. The end result was that  
approximately one-quarter of the redactions challenged by Mr. Matthews were set  
aside by agreement or court order.  
[9] With respect to the remaining disclosure sought by Mr. Matthews, I was not  
satisfied that there was an evidentiary basis to order production. In many cases I  
suggested that the issue should be pursued through the discovery examination  
process to determine what evidence might be obtained with respect to the existence  
and relevance of the documents in questions.  
[85] Justice Wood went on to award costs to ONC on the motion:  
[15] I am satisfied that success on the merits was divided and that in normal  
circumstances I would have fixed costs of the motion in the amount of $1000 for a  
half-day hearing payable in the cause. However, I think there is merit to Ms.  
Barteaux’s position that the Respondent was put to unnecessary additional expense  
trying to anticipate the matters in issue and this arose specifically from the failure  
of Mr. Matthews to file a brief and draft form of order as required by Civil  
Procedure Rule 23.11 as part of the initial motion documents. As a result, I will  
award costs of $750 on this motion in favour of Ocean Nutrition in any event of the  
cause. Since the additional expenses incurred by Ocean Nutrition responding to  
this motion were unnecessary I believe payment of these costs should not wait until  
conclusion of this litigation. As a result, I will order that they be paid on or before  
June 30, 2013.  
[Emphasis added]  
[86] As to ONC’s motion, it was seeking various documents that Mr. Matthews  
said did not exist or were not in his possession. ONC also sought a direction  
requiring Mr. Matthews to produce an affidavit disclosing documents pursuant to  
Civil Procedure Rule 15. Mr. Matthews had previously provided books of  
documents without an affidavit. Justice Wood found that the motion documents were  
the first indication from Ms. Barteaux that ONC was seeking an affidavit disclosing  
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documents from Mr. Matthews. In any event, Mr. Mitchell consented on his client’s  
behalf to the direction requiring an affidavit during the hearing. Ms. Barteaux then  
requested deferral of much of the production requests until after she had obtained  
and reviewed the affidavit disclosing documents. To the extent that there were any  
remaining production requests by ONC, Wood J. dismissed them as having no  
evidentiary basis. As with Mr. Matthews’s motion, Wood J. suggested that many of  
these issues should be pursued through the discovery examination process. Mr.  
Matthews was awarded costs of $750, to be paid at the conclusion of the proceeding.  
[87] On May 13, 2013, Mr. Mitchell wrote to Ms. Barteaux to say that he had the  
week of July 15, 2013 reserved for additional discovery. Ms. Barteaux replied with  
a lengthy letter summarizing the history of communications between the parties and  
with the court to demonstrate that the week of July 15 had never been discussed. She  
also asked who Mr. Mitchell wanted to discover other than Daniel Emond, Martin  
Jamieson, and Craig Wilson. Mr. Mitchell refused to say. Ms. Barteaux reminded  
Mr. Mitchell that in an application, he either needed agreement or a discovery  
subpoena if he wished to discover someone else.  
[88] On May 22, 2013, Mr. Mitchell wrote that he wanted to discover Robert Orr  
on July 15. The next day, he wrote to the prothonotary for a discovery subpoena for  
Mr. Orr. Ms. Barteaux wrote to the prothonotary on the same day outlining the  
history of the discovery discussions. On May 24, Ms. Barteaux wrote to Mr. Mitchell  
to confirm that she had spoken to Mr. Orr and determined that he was available for  
July 15 and 16, if necessary. On the same date, the prothonotary wrote to Mr.  
Mitchell advising that she could not issue the subpoena because subpoenas in an  
application require permission of a judge. After numerous communications back and  
forth between counsel, the discovery subpoena issue (and several others) ended up  
before Wright J. in chambers. Justice Wright granted the subpoena for the dates  
already arranged between Mr. Orr and Ms. Barteaux.  
[89] On May 29, 2013, Mr. Mitchell made a motion to have Martin Jamieson  
removed as ONC’s designated litigation manager. The court followed up with  
counsel on two occasions to set a date, but received no response. Mr. Mitchell did  
not pursue the motion.  
[90] Discoveries of Mr. Matthews, Martin Jamieson, and Craig Wilson took place  
June 17-20, 2013. Discovery of Robert Orr began on July 15, but could not be  
completed because Mr. Mitchell advised that he needed to attend in chambers the  
next morning.  
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[91] On July 18, 2013, Ms. Barteaux provided Mr. Mitchell with ONC’s third  
supplemental affidavit of documents.  
[92] On July 22, 2013, Mr. Mitchell wrote to Ms. Barteaux asking about the  
possibility of discoveries of Mr. Orr, Mr. Emond, and Mr. Perez during the week of  
September 23. Ms. Barteaux responded that she was not available during that week.  
She asked Mr. Mitchell to provide dates in October, November, and December when  
Mr. Matthews was available and she would canvas the dates with Mr. Orr, Mr.  
Emond, Mr. Perez, and Mr. Jamieson. Mr. Mitchell did not respond.  
[93] On July 30, 2013, Ms. Barteaux sent revised orders arising out of the April  
30, 2013 appearance for his review and signature. Mr. Mitchell did not respond. She  
sent another letter on August 19, 2013. Again, he did not respond.  
[94] Having received no response about discovery dates, Ms. Barteaux’s associate  
emailed Mr. Mitchell on August 21, 2013, confirming that counsel and the deponents  
were available to continue discoveries during the week of January 6-10, 2014.  
Counsel asked Mr. Mitchell to identify who he intended to discover that week, and  
confirmed that Ms. Barteaux needed to discover Mr. Orr. The next day, Mr.  
Mitchell’s assistant confirmed that he and Mr. Matthews would be available for the  
January dates.  
[95] On September 5, 2013, Ms. Barteaux wrote to Mr. Mitchell for a third time in  
relation to the April 30, 2013 court appearance. She advised that she and her client  
continued to await receipt of the signed revised order. She also advised that they  
continued to await receipt of Mr. Matthews’ affidavit of documents, or, alternatively,  
an indication as to when they could expect it. On September 16, she wrote a fourth  
time. Finally, on September 24, 2013, Ms. Barteaux wrote to advise that if she did  
not receive the revised orders signed by Mr. Mitchell, she would be sending them to  
Justice Wood along with copies of the letters to Mr. Mitchell, and asking the court  
to issue the revised orders in their present form. On October 1, 2013, Mr. Mitchell  
called Ms. Barteaux’s associate to confirm that the revised orders they wanted issued  
were those enclosed with the July 30 correspondence. The associate confirmed that  
that was the case and Mr. Mitchell said he would get back to them shortly. The orders  
were issued on October 7, 2013.  
[96] On November 12, 2013, Ms. Barteaux followed up with Mr. Mitchell by email  
regarding whom he wished to discover in January 2014 and where the discoveries  
would take place. On November 25, she followed up by letter, seeking the same  
information. She wrote again on December 6.  
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[97] On December 12, 2013, Ms. Barteaux wrote to Mr. Mitchell in response to  
ONC’s undertakings to the June and July 2013 discoveries. She also asked him to  
respond regarding the undertakings of Mr. Matthews and the status of the affidavit  
of documents. On the same day, she sent him ONC’s fourth supplemental affidavit  
of documents.  
[98] On December 20, 2013, Mr. Mitchell spoke with Ms. Barteaux’s associate by  
telephone, indicating that there was a witness he wanted to discover on January 3,  
2014, and asking whether all those who needed to be in attendance on behalf of ONC  
were available on that day. Mr. Mitchell would not disclose the identity of the  
witness. Ms. Barteaux wrote to Mr. Mitchell on the same day, stating in part:  
It is our position that your late request for a discovery on January 3, 2014 is entirely  
unreasonable in light of the circumstances. Specifically, on August 21, 2013, we  
confirmed with you our availability to resume discoveries in this matter from  
January 6-10, 2014. Since then, we have written to you on August 22, 2013,  
November 13, 2013, November 25, 2013, and December 6, 2013 to ask you to  
advise us who you wished to discover during that week. We have not received a  
reply to any of those letters nor have you otherwise indicated who you wished to  
discover prior to today’s telephone call, which was initiated by Isabelle French.  
Ms. Barteaux concluded by advising Mr. Mitchell that he would need to obtain a  
discovery subpoena for anyone he wished to discover.  
[99] Discoveries of Mr. Orr and Mr. Emond were completed on January 6-9, 2014.  
[100] On May 9, 2014, Mr. Mitchell sought discovery subpoenas for Phil  
MacLennan, Morgan Dunbar, Stan Spavold, and David Brown. He had not sought  
subpoenas or documents from those individuals prior to that date. Mr. Mitchell again  
attempted to obtain these subpoenas from the prothonotary. The prothonotary again  
directed him to file a motion. Mr. Mitchell subsequently filed a motion for subpoenas  
which included an additional witness, bringing the total to five. On May 27, Ms.  
Barteaux wrote to the prothonotary to ask that the motion for subpoenas be heard at  
the same time as the motion for date and directions.  
[101] On June 16, 2014, ONC responded to the undertaking request from the  
January 2014 discoveries. By that time, ONC had filed its fifth supplemental  
affidavit of documents and had not received responses to the undertakings obtained  
from Mr. Matthews during his June 2013 discovery.  
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[102] On June 17, 2014, a hearing was held before Justice Moir. In a letter, he  
confirmed agreements reached by the parties before him and directed that Mr.  
Matthews file a sworn affidavit of documents by July 15, 2014. Justice Moir stated  
the deadlines were “mandatory”. Mr. Mitchell failed to meet the deadline, filing an  
unsworn affidavit of documents on August 22, 2014. He advised the court that he  
intended to file a sworn one “shortly”. Mr. Mitchell provided Ms. Barteaux with a  
sworn copy on August 25, 2014, but did not file it with the court because the notary  
in Peru where Mr. Matthews resided had failed to sign the exhibits.  
[103] On January 26, 2015, the parties again appeared before Justice Moir. He had  
strong words for Mr. Mitchell:  
THE COURT: Well, what do you think, Mr. Mitchell? I mean, you started this  
thing years ago and we don’t even have hearing dates yet. And I set you a bunch of  
deadlines that were said in my letter to be mandatory because of the situation.  
MR. MITCHELL: Yes, My Lord.  
THE COURT: And you just ignored them all.  
MR. MITCHELL: My Lord, yes. Yes, that’s – there’s no point in looking to  
gainsay that proposition, My Lord. The status of –  
THE COURT: So the sensible thing is to dismiss the proceeding. If I’ve got a party  
who won’t comply with directions from the Court in a process that’s supposed to  
be heavily under judicial management, there’s only one answer that I can give you  
and that’s you’re abusing the process and I’m going to dismiss.  
[Emphasis added]  
[104] At one point, Justice Moir noted:  
THE COURT: The problem is I’m managing something that pretends to be an  
application when it is in fact an action. That’s the problem.  
[105] On January 30, 2015, Moir J. sent a letter to the parties confirming his  
directions. He refused to approve discovery subpoenas for Mr. Brown, Mr.  
MacLellan, Mr. Thomson, and Mr. Perez. He approved discovery subpoenas for Ms.  
Dunbar, Mr. Spavold, and Megan Harris, and set deadlines for their examinations.  
Justice Moir directed that any motion by the applicant for production of any  
allegedly undisclosed documents or production of documents in an unredacted form  
must be made by February 28, 2015. He also directed the applicant to file his pre-  
hearing brief by September 30, 2015. The hearing was set for 6 days November 2-  
5, 9, and 10, 2015.  
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[106] Megan Harris and Stan Spavold were discovered on May 7, 2015. Mr.  
Mitchell did not discover Morgan Dunbar.  
The hearing  
[107] The deadline for Mr. Matthews’ brief set by Justice Moir was September 30,  
2015. On October 8, Ms. Barteaux wrote to Justice Leblanc, the hearing judge, to  
advise that she had not received the applicant’s brief. On October 8, 2015, Mr.  
Mitchell responded that he had “diary errors” and could file his brief by October 14.  
[108] On October 9, 2015, Ms. Barteaux and Mr. Mitchell had an email exchange  
wherein she told him that she had not advised any of ONC’s affiants that they would  
be required for the hearing, and that for others it would be necessary to obtain a  
subpoena. She confirmed that most were out of province and in the case of Mr.  
Spavold, out of the country and that she needed to hear from him that day. Mr.  
Mitchell responded that he was out of the office but wanted her to produce Mr.  
Jamieson, Mr. Emond, Mr. Wilson, and Mr. Spavold. He also confirmed that he  
would subpoena Mr. Orr.  
[109] On October 15, 2015, Ms. Barteaux wrote to Mr. Mitchell regarding his still  
unfiled brief and the order of witnesses for the hearing. She confirmed the attendance  
of Mr. Wilson and Mr. Spavold, and put Mr. Mitchell on notice that if he did not  
subsequently require either of them, his client would be responsible for the cost of  
having them attend.  
[110] On October 20, 2015, Mr. Mitchell filed the applicant’s brief and authorities.  
ONC filed its submissions and authorities seven days later.  
[111] During the first day of the hearing on November 2, 2015, Justice Leblanc  
raised concerns about hearsay in the affidavit of Martin Jamieson, filed by ONC.  
Mr. Jamieson’s affidavit consisted of 358 paragraphs, with five large volumes of  
exhibits.  
[112] On Friday, November 6, 2015, Mr. Mitchell wrote to Justice Leblanc,  
transmitted by fax, raising several issues. Although the letter was copied to Ms.  
Barteaux, she did not receive it due to issues with her office’s fax machine. Mr.  
Mitchell opened the letter by confirming that: (1) the applicant no longer wished to  
call Meghan Harris, and (2) the applicant had asked Ms. Barteaux on November 2  
to produce Stan Spavold and Craig Wilson as the first witnesses for ONC. Mr.  
Mitchell went on to advise of his client’s intention to move for an order striking  
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significant portions of Mr. Jamieson’s affidavit on hearsay grounds. Mr. Mitchell  
also proposed to call Paul Empey (a former ONC employee) “in rebuttal” on the  
afternoon of November 9, 2015.  
[113] Mr. Mitchell had previously obtained a subpoena for Mr. Empey but had not  
filed an affidavit from him or indicated that he would be calling him as a witness.  
Cross-examination of the applicant’s first two witnesses took longer than anticipated  
and Daniel Emond, a witness for ONC, had travel plans that might have interfered  
with his availability to testify. Accommodations were made to allow Mr. Emond to  
take the stand out of order, testifying between witnesses for the applicant. Mr.  
Mitchell then sought to call Paul Empey to rebut Mr. Emond’s evidence before ONC  
opened its case.  
[114] On Sunday, November 8, 2015, Ms. Barteaux received a brief email from Mr.  
Mitchell at approximately 4:00 pm to advise that Craig Wilson would not be  
required. She received another email at 8:10 pm advising that Stan Spavold would  
also not be required. According to Ms. Barteaux, she had prepared Mr. Wilson and  
Mr. Spavold for 6.5 hours on November 6, 2015, and had completed further  
preparation for Mr. Spavold on November 8.  
[115] On November 9, 2015, Justice Leblanc heard from the parties on the Paul  
Empey issue. After considering the authorities cited by Ms. Barteaux, Mr. Mitchell  
conceded that Mr. Empey’s evidence was not proper reply evidence. He therefore  
asked the court to exercise its discretion to allow Mr. Empey to be called as part of  
the applicant’s case-in-chief. Justice Leblanc adjourned for a period of time before  
deciding that Mr. Empey’s evidence could go in, so long as Ms. Barteaux had the  
opportunity to speak to Mr. Empey beforehand.  
[116] With respect to the motion to strike portions of the Jamieson affidavit, Justice  
Leblanc was prepared to adjourn the application to allow Ms. Barteaux to properly  
respond to the extensive challenge to the affidavit’s contents, but that proved  
unnecessary. Ms. Barteaux was given the opportunity to amend Jamieson’s affidavit,  
and that of Craig Wilson, and to obtain additional affidavits from any other potential  
witnesses. At some point thereafter, Mr. Mitchell decided to cross-examine Mr.  
Wilson after all.  
[117] Another issue that arose during the hearing related to disclosure of the amount  
DSM offered to purchase ONC in March/April 2011. Mr. Mitchell had asked both  
Mr. Jamieson and Mr. Orr for this figure during discoveries and ONC objected on  
both occasions. Mr. Mitchell asked the question again at the hearing, first from Mr.  
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Orr. Mr. Orr then sought personal legal advice to determine his obligations under a  
non-disclosure agreement he had signed at the time of the negotiation between DSM  
and ONC in 2011. Justice Leblanc did not require Mr. Orr to answer the question.  
Mr. Mitchell then sought the answer through Martin Jamieson. After argument by  
ONC objecting to Mr. Jamieson answering the question, Justice Leblanc directed the  
parties to make written submissions following the conclusion of Mr. Jamieson’s  
evidence on November 13, 2015, and he would decide the issue prior to the date  
scheduled for Mr. Wilson to be cross-examined (November 27). Mr. Jamieson was  
to be recalled to answer the question if the decision was that he was required to do  
so.  
[118] Mr. Mitchell subsequently sought adjournment of the November 27, 2015  
motion. ONC objected to the adjournment but it was granted. The conclusion of the  
hearing was delayed to January 28, 2016. ONC pursued recovery of its witnesses’  
travel costs and some were granted.  
[119] Eventually, Justice Leblanc refused to order disclosure of the purchase price.  
He held that Mr. Mitchell should have filed a motion prior to February 28, 2015 –  
the deadline set by Justice Moir for any further motions for production.  
Post-hearing submissions  
[120] On January 28, 2016, the final day of the hearing, Justice Leblanc set  
deadlines for the parties’ respective post-hearing written submissions. The  
applicant’s submissions were due on March 7, 2016. On March 7, Mr. Mitchell  
wrote to the court advising that he could not meet the deadline. Justice Leblanc  
granted an extension, which then extended ONC’s date for reply to April 15, 2016.  
Mr. Mitchell then sought an extension for reply.  
[121] On October 12, 2016, Justice Leblanc wrote to the parties seeking submissions  
on two recently released Ontario Court of Appeal decisions and another issue.  
Justice Leblanc directed that submissions were due by November 10. On November  
9, Ms. Barteaux wrote to Mr. Mitchell to inquire whether he would be filing his  
submission the next day as directed. Mr. Mitchell then wrote to the court to state that  
he had been reminded of the date for filing and that he “expected” he would meet  
the deadline, but if he did not, he would not expect Ms. Barteaux to file. Mr. Mitchell  
did not file his submissions until November 15, 2016.  
Post-decision submissions  
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[122] In his decision issued January 30, 2017, Justice Leblanc directed the parties  
to file submissions on costs within 45 days of the decision if they could not reach  
agreement.  
[123] On February 28, 2017, Mr. Mitchell provided Ms. Barteaux with a proposed  
form of order. On March 6, Ms. Barteaux responded, pointing out that Mr. Mitchell  
had been required under the Rules to provide the draft order by February 13. She  
went on to object to the form of the order. She also provided him with a draft form  
of order.  
[124] On March 2, 2017, Ms. Barteaux wrote to Mr. Mitchell asking for his position  
on costs as soon as possible so the parties could determine whether written  
submissions would be necessary while there was still ample time to prepare them  
before the March 22 deadline. Ms. Barteaux also had plans to be out of the country  
for most of April. Mr. Mitchell did not respond.  
[125] On March 10, 2017, Mr. Mitchell wrote to Justice Leblanc advising that the  
parties had not come to a consensus with respect to the quantification of loss. He  
went on to state:  
Costs also remain unresolved. As there remain disputes on quantification, the  
Applicant would submit that they might best be addressed when those other matters  
are resolved.  
[126] Ms. Barteaux wrote to Justice Leblanc on March 13, 2017. She noted that  
there had been no discussions between the parties with respect to costs. She  
confirmed that she had written to Mr. Mitchell on March 2 and he had not responded.  
She submitted that the parties should at least attempt to resolve costs prior to having  
the court deal with the issue. On March 23, Justice Leblanc wrote to the parties and  
proposed that Mr. Mitchell would have until March 31 to fill submissions on costs,  
and that Ms. Barteaux would have until April 7 to respond. He indicated that he  
reserved the morning of April 20 to hear from the parties on the issue of the STIP  
calculation and rate of prejudgment interest.  
[127] On April 3, 2017, Mr. Mitchell wrote to Justice Leblanc acknowledging that  
the cost submissions had been due on Friday, March 31, and advising that the  
applicant’s submission was not ready. Ms. Barteaux wrote to Justice Leblanc in  
response to Mr. Mitchell’s correspondence, pointing out that she still had no  
indication of the applicant’s position on costs and that her schedule for April 4-6 was  
completely booked. She stated that Mr. Mitchell’s failure to provide her with the  
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applicant’s position on costs was resulting in additional costs to her client and  
causing great inconvenience to her in dealing with the matter in a timely manner. On  
April 3, Justice Leblanc wrote to Mr. Mitchell, copied to Ms. Barteaux, directing  
that the applicant’s cost submissions were to be filed no later than April 7, and that  
Ms. Barteaux could file reply submissions by April 14, 2017. Any reply from the  
applicant was to be filed by April 19. Justice Leblanc confirmed that he was  
maintaining the courtroom booking for April 20 to deal with the STIP issue and  
prejudgment interest.  
[128] Mr. Mitchell provided costs submissions on April 7, 2017. On April 10,  
Justice Leblanc held a conference call with the parties. During that time, Ms.  
Barteaux objected to the form of the submissions made by Mr. Mitchell with regard  
to costs. She said they were inadequate to allow for proper response. According to  
Ms. Barteaux, Justice Leblanc confirmed that she could seek an order for costs to  
respond to the incomplete submissions made by Mr. Mitchell.  
[129] On April 13, 2017, ONC filed submissions with respect to the STIP and  
prejudgment interest. On April 19, Justice Leblanc’s judicial assistant contacted Mr.  
Mitchell to note that his submissions on the STIP and prejudgment interest had not  
been received, and she understood they were due the day before. Mr. Mitchell  
responded that he understood that they were due that day, and that he had been  
looking to review transcripts before making final submissions. By further email, the  
judicial assistant asked counsel to have a conference call that afternoon prior to the  
scheduled appearance the next day. Mr. Mitchell filed his submissions on the STIP  
and prejudgment interest later that day.  
[130] On May 12, 2017, Justice Leblanc issued the supplemental decision dealing  
with the STIP and rate of prejudgment interest.  
Analysis  
[131] As noted earlier, ONC submits that Mr. Mitchell’s conduct warrants a  
reduction in the applicant’s costs, and orders that Mr. Mitchell pay costs personally  
to ONC. Ms. Barteaux is seeking a costs order in the amount of $2,500 payable by  
Mr. Mitchell to ONC in relation to his conduct at the hearing, and a second costs  
order payable by Mr. Mitchell in the same amount in relation to his submissions on  
costs.  
[132] In particular, ONC says Mr. Mitchell caused delay during the discovery and  
disclosure process and created numerous inefficiencies in relation to the hearing due  
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to his lack of preparation, his failure to object to Mr. Jamieson’s affidavit in a timely  
manner, his indecision regarding witnesses, his attempts to obtain disclosure of the  
offer from DSM, his refusal to drop the oppression claim, and his repeated failure to  
meet filing deadlines. ONC further submits that Mr. Mitchell’s costs submissions  
were incomplete, inaccurate, and addressed issues outside the scope of the court’s  
direction.  
[133] Civil Procedure Rule 77.12(2) governs awards of costs against a solicitor:  
77.12 (2) A judge who determines that expenses are caused by the improper or  
negligent conduct of counsel may order any of the following:  
(a) counsel not recover fees from the client;  
(b) counsel reimburse the client for costs the client is ordered to pay to  
another party as a result of counsel's conduct;  
(c) counsel personally pay costs.  
[134] The court also has inherent jurisdiction to order costs personally against a  
lawyer. In Robinson v. Gallagher Holdings Limited, 2019 NSCA 97, the Court of  
Appeal, per Scanlan J.A., explained the distinction between costs ordered pursuant  
to Rule 77.12 and costs ordered pursuant to inherent jurisdiction:  
[25]  
Costs pursuant to CPR 77.12 differ from costs that may be ordered pursuant  
to the Court’s inherent jurisdiction. Courts may award punitive amounts under the  
inherent powers of the court. There should be no punitive aspect to costs awarded  
under CPR 77.12(2) (Galganov v. Russell (Township), 2012 ONCA 410). That  
does not mean that actions which might warrant punishment or discipline are not  
part of the overall considerations the court may take into account when assessing  
costs under that provision. …  
[26]  
The main issue to be addressed under CPR 77.12(2) must be related to an  
assessment or determination as to what expenses are caused by improper or  
negligent conduct of counsel. Once that is ascertained a judge has discretion to  
order any one, or a combination of three things:  
• Counsel not recover fees from the client;  
• Counsel reimburse the client for costs the client is ordered to pay to  
another party as a result of counsel’s conduct;  
• Counsel personally pay costs.  
In this case, ONC seeks costs against Mr. Mitchell pursuant to Rule 77.12, not the  
court’s inherent jurisdiction.  
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[135] ONC cites Rowe v. Lee, 2007 NSSC 31, where costs were ordered against  
plaintiff’s counsel for his failure to file a memorandum of law, which resulted in two  
adjourned chambers dates. Justice Pickup summarized the situation as follows:  
[24] It is obvious from the materials filed by plaintiff’s counsel that the failures  
to file a memorandum resulted from errors and decisions for which plaintiff’s  
counsel was fully responsible and, therefore, in my view, it would be inappropriate  
to award costs against his client.  
[25] The issue is whether the defendants should be granted an award of costs  
personally against the plaintiff’s solicitor.  
[26]  
The obligation on plaintiff’s counsel was clear. He was to have a  
memorandum filed for his initial application which had been set for hearing on July  
13, 2006. No memorandum was provided and despite having correspondence from  
the presiding justice who rescheduled the matter to September 6, 2006, plaintiff’s  
counsel did not comply with the specific direction that he have his memorandum  
filed by August 28, 2006.  
[27]  
The presiding justice did not hear the plaintiff’s application in the absence  
of a pre-hearing memorandum and the hearing was scheduled for a third date,  
November 1, 2006, at which time I heard the matter.  
[28]  
Despite being aware of the adjourned date of November 1, 2006, plaintiff’s  
counsel did not file the required memorandum of law until Monday, October 30,  
2006. This is outside the filing deadline required of Rule 37.08 which requires the  
applicant’s memorandum to be filed with the court at least four clear days before  
the hearing.  
[29]  
I take seriously the fact, that despite direction from a presiding justice, as  
to the date of the adjourned hearing and as to the need for a memorandum of law,  
no such memorandum was filed. Counsel are responsible for their own preparation  
and must ensure that proper safeguards are in effect to ensure timely filing of  
documents with the court. This is not a stand-alone incident of missing a single  
filing date. Plaintiff’s counsel missed two filing dates and was late filing his  
memorandum on the third adjourned date.  
[Emphasis added]  
[136] Justice Pickup held that the explanation provided by plaintiff’s counsel did  
not excuse his conduct:  
[31] Plaintiff’s counsel has brought forward a number of reasons for not filing  
the memorandum of law in a timely fashion. These reasons can be can categorized  
as follows:  
-
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inadequacies in his office staff  
personal medical appointments  
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client pressures  
[32] The reasons articulated by plaintiff’s counsel for not complying with the  
Civil Procedure Rules are not unique to him. Difficulties with office staffing, client  
pressures and balancing one’s personal life are issues faced by all practicing  
lawyers in Nova Scotia. Despite these pressures, the vast majority of practicing  
lawyers are able to file memorandums of law and other required documentation  
within the time frames set out in the Civil Procedure Rules.  
[33] I accept that it is a rare circumstance where costs should be awarded  
personally against a solicitor. However, on the facts before me, this is one of those  
cases.  
[137] The court concluded that plaintiff’s counsel’s failure to file the memorandum  
of law resulted in lost court time, along with undue expense, frustration, and  
unnecessary work for the defendants:  
[34] The effect of plaintiff’s counsel’s failure to file the memorandum of law is  
lost court time.  
[35]  
The defendants have been put to undue expense and frustration. The  
defendants have incurred additional costs as counsel incurred additional time to  
respond to the adjournments of the scheduled court appearances. Here counsel had  
to prepare for two adjourned dates.  
[36]  
Despite plaintiff’s counsel not filing his memorandum of law, all  
documentation, including a memorandum of law, was filed by the defendants’  
counsel within the time requirements set out in the Civil Procedure Rules. Due to  
the delay in filing the plaintiff’s memorandum of law, it is apparent that more work  
would be necessary on the part of the defendants’ counsel to properly prepare for  
each adjourned dated. Having to respond to plaintiff’s counsel’s brief, after the  
defendant had filed its own brief, would entail additional and unnecessary  
preparation.  
[138] Although defence counsel filed evidence indicating that the additional time  
required to respond and prepare for the adjourned proceedings amounted to $3,723  
in fees, Pickup J. awarded costs personally against plaintiff’s counsel in the amount  
of $900, payable forthwith.  
[139] ONC also cites R. v. Liberatore, 2010 NSCA 26, where MacDonald C.J.N.S.  
ordered costs personally against appellant’s counsel for his failure to file his factum  
on time. On August 28, 2009, the appellant appealed his conviction for possessing  
and trafficking cocaine. The appeal was set for January 19, 2010, and the appellant  
was directed to file his brief by October 26, 2009. With the Crown’s consent, the  
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appellant was released pending appeal upon conditions, including his duty to  
surrender should the appeal be dismissed. No factum was filed on October 26.  
[140] On December 22, 2009, the appellant requested an adjournment of the appeal  
to give his counsel more time to file his factum. The relief was granted. The appeal  
was adjourned to March 10, 2010, and the deadline for the appellant’s factum was  
extended to January 22. Appellant’s counsel was twice warned that if the factum was  
not filed by then, the appeal would be dismissed without further notice to him.  
[141] The January 22, 2010 deadline came and went, with no factum from  
appellant’s counsel. On February 9, Bateman J.A. dismissed the appeal, triggering  
the appellant’s obligation to surrender into custody. The appellant immediately filed  
for leave to have the dismissal reviewed by a panel of this court. In his supporting  
affidavit, appellant’s counsel explained that he had not filed the factum because he  
had been overwhelmed by the pressure of his other commitments and family  
responsibilities.  
[142] MacDonald C.J.N.S. held that although the dismissal was reasonable, this was  
an exceptional case warranting leave to prevent an injustice. The court went on to  
order appellant’s counsel to personally pay costs to the Crown:  
[19] Having reached this conclusion, there must still be consequences for Mr.  
Atherton’s inaction which has caused unnecessary delay and significant disruption.  
Thus I direct him to personally pay $500.00 costs forthwith to the Crown. I make  
this order pursuant to Rule 77.12 (which applies to this matter by virtue of Rules  
90.02 and 91.02) …  
[20] I realize that ordering costs against counsel personally is an extraordinary  
remedy, particularly in the criminal law context. However, the facts of this case  
are extraordinary and such relief is not unprecedented. For example, see R. v. Smith  
[1999] M.J. No. 15, affirmed by the Man. C.A. in [2000] M. J. No. 75. See also R.  
v. Chapman (2006), 204 C.C.C. (3d) 457 (O.C.A.).  
[143] Finally, ONC cites Trenholm v. H & C Trucking Ltd., 2014 NSSC 418, where  
Justice Wood both reduced the plaintiff’s party and party costs due to her counsel’s  
conduct at trial and ordered counsel to pay $2,500 in costs personally due to his  
failure to file costs submissions.  
[144] After 20 days of trial, Wood J. issued a decision on March 21, 2014, awarding  
damages to the plaintiff in the amount of $101,000. The court directed that the parties  
file written submissions within 45 days from the date of the decision if they were  
unable to agree on costs. Plaintiff’s counsel requested several extensions of time and  
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sent letters to the court promising that the materials were almost ready. Deadlines  
came and went. On July 25, 2014, defence counsel wrote to the court as follows:  
It has become extremely difficulty for me to explain to my client why I am unable  
to conclude this matter given the various time line requirements. I fully expect that  
it is costing the individual plaintiffs considerable ongoing legal expenses as well as  
my own clients.  
I am now in a position that I will be on vacation until August 12 and still nothing  
to review. Might I suggest that we set a date to appear before you and have an actual  
taxation so as to bring this matter to a conclusion. If the process is not fixed I am  
fearful that it may be difficult to conclude this matter this year.  
[145] On July 31, 2014, Wood J. wrote to counsel, stating in part:  
I share Mr. Ritch’s frustration with Mr. Richey’s inability to provide his submission  
on costs. I am not prepared to set a hearing date as I still believe the issue is capable  
of being disposed of based upon written submissions.  
I believe that it is appropriate to consider a cost award specifically as it relates to  
the process for finalizing trial costs. Mr. Richey’s failure to adhere to deadlines and  
overall delay in making submissions are factors that I will take into account in that  
award. I will also consider if it is appropriate for Mr. Richey to be personally liable  
for some portion of those costs.  
[Emphasis added]  
[146] Over the next few months, plaintiff’s counsel sent more letters to the court  
promising that the materials would soon be filed. That never happened. On October  
15, 2014, Wood J. wrote to counsel advising that he was currently working on the  
costs decision and would release it as soon as it was completed. He indicated that if  
plaintiff’s counsel wanted the court to consider any submissions, he should ensure  
that they were filed by October 31. On November 24, Justice Wood released his  
decision, without hearing from plaintiff’s counsel.  
[147] The defendant argued that no costs should be awarded to the plaintiff due to  
the unfocused trial and the conduct of plaintiff’s counsel. Justice Wood rejected that  
submission, writing at para. 27:  
The defendants’ argument is not overly forceful on that point and in my view there  
is no merit to it. The plaintiff is entitled to an award of costs. To the extent that  
there were specific problems causing needless expense to the defendants, those can  
be dealt with through the exercise of judicial discretion in the assessment process.  
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[148] Justice Wood went on to address plaintiff’s counsel’s lack of preparation and  
his overall conduct of the trial. Although he disagreed with the defendant that certain  
medical witnesses had been unnecessary, Wood J. agreed that time was wasted by  
irrelevant motions and lack of preparation:  
[32] The defendant submits that once the Tariff amount has been set there should  
be a reduction in the award of costs due to Mr. Richey’s handling of the trial. For  
example on June 3, 2014, the first day of trial, we were unable to proceed because  
the plaintiff’s exhibit books were not ready. In addition there were several motions  
within the trial to deal with the relevance and admissibility of the file from the  
Section B insurer. After my initial determination that the file was irrelevant and  
not admissible Mr. Richey continued to try and have the contents entered as  
evidence. One example was showing the letters from the file to the plaintiff and  
her father. I accept the defendant’s submission that unnecessary time was spent on  
these issues.  
[149] The court also accepted that there should be costs consequences for plaintiff’s  
counsel’s indecision regarding the calling of witnesses, and for the defendant’s  
success on various mid-trial motions:  
[33] The plaintiff opened her case on June 4, 2013. At that time a Mr. Seitl and  
Ms. Fenn were potential witnesses. The trial was adjourned on June 25 until  
December 2 for continuation of the plaintiff’s case. At that time Mr. Richey was  
unable to confirm whether Mr. Seitl and Ms. Fenn would be called. Mr. Ritch  
wanted to know whether he needed to prepare cross-examination questions. Mr.  
Ritch advised that he would begin preparation for their testimony unless Mr. Richey  
informed him they would not be called. I directed Mr. Richey to inform Mr. Ritch  
if he decided not to call these witnesses and said if notification came too late it  
might be a factor to consider on costs. Mr. Richey sent an email to Mr. Ritch  
informing him the witnesses would not be called late on the evening of December  
5, the day before they were scheduled to appear. Presumably Mr. Ritch had  
completed his preparation by that time. His client should not bear the cost of this  
unnecessary work which arose solely because Mr. Richey could not make a timely  
decision about these witnesses.  
[34] The defendants also say there should be a reduction to reflect their success  
on various motions including those related to efforts during the trial to introduce  
the Section B materials. There were a number of pre-trial motions on the issue of  
expert reports in which costs were in the cause which would ultimately go to the  
plaintiff’s credit. Mr. Ritch suggests a net reduction in the amount of $5,250.00 for  
these motions. Included is an amount of $2,000.00 for the loss of the first day of  
trial due to unavailability of the plaintiff’s document books.  
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[35] I do not necessarily endorse the defendant’s suggestion that mid-trial  
motions can be assigned a specific cost amount, however, I agree that some  
adjustment in favor of the defendant is appropriate in the circumstances. …  
[150] Justice Wood concluded that the plaintiff’s costs award should be reduced by  
15%:  
[36] In my view there were problems with the plaintiff’s conduct of the case  
particularly as it related to the Section B file, the lack of preparation for the first  
day of trial and the indecision concerning witnesses. Any remaining inefficiencies  
were not so egregious that the plaintiff should be penalized. I believe a 15%  
reduction in the Tariff costs would be appropriate to account for these issues as well  
as the various mid-trial motions.  
[151] The court went on to award costs against plaintiff’s counsel personally for his  
failure to file costs submissions:  
[43] Logically there is no reason why there should not be a separate assessment  
of costs in relation to the taxation process particularly if it is time consuming. In  
my letter to counsel of July 31, 2014, I advised that I would be considering a  
separate award relating to the finalizing of trial costs. I also suggested that I would  
consider making Mr. Richey personally liable for some portion of those costs.  
[44] In my view Mr. Richey’s behaviour in dealing with the question of costs  
and his inability to file submissions in a timely fashion (or, in fact, at all) has  
resulted in additional work on the part of defence counsel. There was  
correspondence from Mr. Ritch to Mr. Richey seeking information on costs and  
additional correspondence with the Court. In addition, preparing a brief when there  
is nothing specific to respond to is presumptively inefficient. I do not think it  
appropriate that the defendant bear these increased legal expenses. They should be  
the responsibility of Mr. Richey since it was his action and inaction that caused  
them to be incurred. I would award the defendant costs of the taxation process in  
the amount of $2,500.00 and make them payable personally by Mr. Richey.  
[Emphasis added]  
[152] Mr. Mitchell’s submissions in response to ONC’s position that costs should  
be reduced due to his conduct were difficult to follow and often focused on the merits  
of the litigation itself, the credibility of witnesses, and other irrelevant matters. With  
respect to the discovery and disclosure process, he noted that his client wanted to be  
involved in every discovery examination and was living in Peru at the time, which  
made scheduling more difficult. He offered no explanation for his numerous failures  
to respond to communications from opposing counsel, his repeated attempts to  
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obtain discovery subpoenas from the prothonotary, or his multiple failures to meet  
court-imposed deadlines.  
[153] With respect to his conduct at the hearing, Mr. Mitchell submits that his  
client’s costs should not be reduced because of his decision to call Paul Empey as a  
witness. He refers to Justice Leblanc’s conclusion at para. 21 of his decision (2017  
NSSC 16) that ONC would not suffer any prejudice:  
I exercised my discretion to allow Mr. Empey to testify as part of the applicant’s  
case-in-chief because I was not satisfied that, in the particular circumstances of this  
case, the respondent would suffer any prejudice as a result.  
[154] As to his failure to object to Martin Jamieson’s affidavit, Mr. Mitchell points  
out that Justice Leblanc criticized Ms. Barteaux for waiting until her post-hearing  
submissions to raise objections to Mr. Matthews’s affidavit. Justice Leblanc wrote  
as follows in his decision:  
[26] During argument on the Jamieson affidavit, which occurred after Dave  
Matthews’ cross-examination, Ms. Barteaux stated that Matthews’ affidavit also  
contained inadmissible evidence and noted that the respondent might elect to bring  
a motion to strike those portions of the affidavit at a later time. She did not object  
to the content of Matthews’ affidavit on the first day of the hearing when I raised  
my concerns about Jamieson’s affidavit.  
[27] No formal motion was made by the respondent during the hearing.  
However, in the respondent’s post-hearing brief, Ms. Barteaux identified  
approximately seventy items within the applicant’s affidavit that she argued were  
hearsay, opinion or submission and should be excluded. Mr. Mitchell says that Ms.  
Barteaux’s failure to object to the affidavit’s contents at an earlier time means the  
contested evidence must be admitted.  
[28] I am concerned about the lack of attention paid to the rules of affidavit  
evidence in this proceeding. A judge should not need to point out to the parties on  
the first day of a hearing that their affidavits are brimming with potentially  
inadmissible evidence. An application in court is intended to be an efficient, cost-  
effective alternative to a trial. That intention is frustrated when arguments are made  
during the hearing, or after the hearing, on the admissibility of evidence that has  
been in the hands of the parties for more than a year.  
[29] It is unacceptable for counsel to review an opposing party’s affidavit, see  
that it contains hearsay or other inadmissible evidence, and choose not to object  
unless or until the opposing party challenges counsel’s own affidavits. Parties  
should arrive at the hearing having either reached agreement on the evidentiary  
issues, or had the matter resolved by a judge on a motion under Rule 39.04.  
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[155] With respect to the oppression claim, Mr. Mitchell says it was brought in good  
faith, and emphasizes that ONC lost its motion for summary judgment on the claim  
and its appeal of that decision.  
[156] In my view, there is merit to many of ONC’s submissions. I am satisfied that  
during discovery and disclosure, it was ONC pushing the matter forward, not the  
applicant. I find that Mr. Mitchell’s failure to respond to opposing counsel and to  
meet court-ordered deadlines, as well as his repeated attempts to obtain discovery  
subpoenas from the prothonotary, created delay, frustration, and extra work for the  
respondent during this stage of the proceeding.  
[157] With respect to Mr. Mitchell’s conduct at the hearing, I do not accept that his  
client should be penalized for his failure to object to Mr. Jamieson’s affidavit.  
Although Mr. Mitchell should have objected earlier, the fact remains that ONC  
should not have filed a hearsay-ridden affidavit in the first place. Nor do I accept  
that the applicant should be penalized for maintaining the oppression claim. The  
claim was, frankly, not well argued, and it did not require significant additional work  
on the respondent’s part to defend. For example, it did not require the respondent to  
call additional evidence unrelated to the constructive dismissal claim.  
[158] I am satisfied, however, that Mr. Mitchell’s conduct at the hearing created  
inefficiencies, inconvenience, and unnecessary work for the respondent. The  
applicant’s costs award should be reduced to account for this fact. Mr. Mitchell’s  
inadequate preparation led to his last-minute decision not to cross-examine witnesses  
who were scheduled to take the stand the following day, and who had already  
completed hours of preparation with Ms. Barteaux. While one of the witnesses was  
later cross-examined, the other was not. With respect to Mr. Mitchell’s mid-hearing  
request to call Paul Empey as a witness, Justice Leblanc’s conclusion that ONC  
would not be prejudiced in terms of trial fairness did not mean there would be no  
costs consequences for the applicant. Finally, Mr. Mitchell’s attempts to obtain  
disclosure of the amount DSM offered to purchase ONC created extra work for the  
respondent and prolonged the hearing. As Justice Leblanc held, if Mr. Mitchell  
considered that information relevant, he should have filed a motion for production  
before the deadline imposed by Justice Moir.  
[159] Following the hearing, Mr. Mitchell failed to meet the deadline set by Justice  
Leblanc for the applicant’s post-hearing submissions. He did not inform the court  
that he would not be filing on time until the day submissions were due. Mr. Mitchell  
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missed another court-imposed deadline when he was late filing supplementary  
submissions on two Ontario Court of Appeal decisions.  
[160] Mr. Mitchell’s conduct during the proceeding is troubling. In particular, his  
repeated failures to respond to communications from opposing counsel and his  
disregard for court-ordered deadlines cannot be condoned by the court. It should not  
be necessary for counsel to send three or four letters in order to provoke a response  
from the other side. This discourteous behaviour promotes frustration and acrimony  
between counsel, making litigation an already difficult process even more  
challenging.  
[161] In my view, Mr. Mitchell’s conduct justifies a reduction in the applicant’s  
costs award, and an order that he pay costs personally to the respondent. Taking into  
consideration the formal settlement offer, I award the applicant party and party costs  
in the amount of $210,000. The award will be subject to a 10% reduction ($21,000)  
to account for Mr. Mitchell’s conduct. I also order Mr. Mitchell to pay costs  
personally to the respondent in the amount of $2,500 to account for the extra work  
that was made necessary by his actions.  
[162] I will now address Mr. Mitchell’s costs submissions. I agree with ONC that  
Mr. Mitchell’s initial submissions were inadequate. He filed extensive time records  
without removing irrelevant entries, which generated additional work for the  
respondent. Mr. Mitchell should have carefully reviewed these entries prior to filing  
his materials instead of leaving that task for the respondent and the court. Mr.  
Mitchell also failed to file any evidence to support his disbursements. In his  
supplementary submissions, Mr. Mitchell neglected to address the multitude of time  
entries previously identified by ONC as irrelevant. Instead, he attempted to respond  
to them for the first time at the hearing. This was an inefficient use of court time.  
Finally, Mr. Mitchell’s supplementary submissions raised issues that were outside  
the scope of the court’s direction for his reply, again creating more work for the  
respondent. To account for these deficiencies, I order Mr. Mitchell to pay costs  
personally to the respondent in the amount of $1,500.  
Disbursements  
[163] Mr. Mitchell claims $16,189.53 in reasonable disbursements on his client’s  
behalf. These disbursements are set out in a list attached to Mr. Mitchell’s affidavit.  
Mr. Mitchell has not filed any invoices and submits that he is unaware of any  
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requirement to prove disbursements. ONC says reasonable disbursements must be  
proved and, as such, there should be no award for disbursements in this case.  
[164] In Landry v. Kidlark, 2019 NSSC 128, Arnold J. restated the law on proof of  
disbursements:  
[40] Necessary and reasonable disbursements are recoverable, but they must be  
proven. In MacQueen v. Sydney Steel Corp., 2012 NSSC 461, Justice Murphy  
adopted the following statement of the law at para. 48:  
Recovery of disbursements is limited to expenses incurred and normally  
paid. The strict practice is to file an affidavit of payment of disbursements  
before recovery.  
[165] Likewise, in Burns v. Sobeys, 2008 NSSC 102, Warner J. wrote at para. 27:  
The Claimant is obligated to prove its disbursements are actual and reasonable.  
[166] In Trenholm, Wood J. stated:  
[38] In order to make an award for disbursements the Court needs evidence with  
respect to the amount of the plaintiff’s expenditures. Typically this would be  
accomplished by way of an affidavit with attached receipts. In this case I have  
nothing from the plaintiff to substantiate any disbursement amount. …  
[167] Justice Wood went on to make an award for disbursements despite the lack of  
evidence only because the defendant agreed that the expenses claimed were  
reasonable and recoverable:  
[40] Although I have no evidence from the plaintiff of disbursements incurred I  
do have the defendant’s submissions in which they acknowledge they are satisfied  
that disbursements totalling $26,405.79 are reasonable and recoverable. I believe  
I can take this admission from an adverse party as sufficient evidence to support  
that quantification.  
There is no such admission from opposing counsel in this case.  
[168] The law on recovery of disbursements is not new and Mr. Mitchell should be  
familiar with it. While it is open to the court to refuse to make any award for  
disbursements where, as in this case, counsel fails to file the necessary evidence, I  
will review the expenses claimed by the applicant. Where I find that those expenses,  
if proved, would be reasonable and necessary, I will allow Mr. Mitchell 30 days from  
the release of this decision to file the necessary invoices and other evidence with the  
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court. Disbursements for which such evidence is not filed will not be awarded, and  
I trust that Mr. Mitchell, as an officer of the court, will not seek to recover them from  
his client.  
[169] Mr. Mitchell claims $8,425.65 for discovery and transcript costs. I accept that  
these expenses, if proved with invoices, are reasonable and necessary.  
[170] Mr. Mitchell claims $3,059.82 for “Printing/Binding”, which he indicates was  
performed by Fed Ex. Mr. Mitchell’s list of disbursements does not distinguish  
between printing and binding. The list provides only a series of dates and amounts.  
It does not indicate the nature of the materials nor the cost per page. As a result, it is  
impossible to determine whether the expenses listed relate to interlocutory motions  
or proceedings for which costs have already been awarded.  
[171] Practice Memorandum 10 deals with taxable disbursements. It states as  
follows:  
The following is intended to standardize allowances for disbursements when costs  
are awarded. A party is always free to submit that a variation would be reasonable.  
Such a submission needs to be supported by evidence.  
Mr. Mitchell had not submitted any evidence that a variation from the rates outlined  
in the Practice Memorandum is reasonable.  
[172] The Practice Memorandum provides that one half of the number of  
photocopies posted to the client account for the claim are recoverable at a rate of 10  
cents per page. As for binding, one half of the amount actually charged by  
commercial printers is recoverable. If Mr. Mitchell files the Fed Ex invoices and  
other evidence to prove the amounts spent per page on printing and binding, and that  
these expenses related to proceedings in this court for which costs have not already  
been awarded, the disbursements will be recoverable in accordance with the Practice  
Memorandum.  
[173] Mr. Mitchell claims $1,481.35 for courier costs. Practice Memorandum 10  
states that the courier company invoice amounts for deliveries to other parties,  
witnesses, and the court are recoverable. Costs of deliveries to clients are not.  
[174] Mr. Mitchell’s disbursement list provides only an amount and a date for each  
courier-related expense. It does not identify the courier company, the recipient, or  
the nature of the materials being sent. If Mr. Mitchell files the courier invoices and  
other evidence necessary to identify the recipients and prove that these expenses  
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related to proceedings in this court for which costs have not already been awarded,  
I will allow those expenses which are recoverable under the Practice Memorandum.  
[175] Mr. Mitchell claims $292.28 for audio recordings of various court  
appearances. ONC likens audio recordings to written transcripts of proceedings and  
submits that these expenses should not be allowed. It cites Mark Orkin’s The Law of  
Costs, 2d ed., loose-leaf (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2017), which states at  
§219.6(2a):  
The cost of real-time reporting will be allowed only in exceptional circumstances.  
… The cost of transcripts ordered simply for convenience of counsel was not  
allowed.  
[176] Mr. Mitchell has not satisfied me that the audio CDs were a reasonable or  
necessary expense and I make no award for them.  
[177] Mr. Mitchell claims $447.17 for witness fees. These expenses, once proved,  
are recoverable.  
[178] The two remaining disbursements are the most hotly contested. The first  
relates to hotel room expenses for discoveries. Although Ms. Barteaux had arranged  
for June 2013 discoveries to be held in a boardroom at her office, Mr. Mitchell and  
his client insisted that they take place at a “neutral, third party location”. On May  
23, 2013, Ms. Barteaux advised Mr. Mitchell that her client was not prepared to  
cover the cost of discovery in a hotel when there was space available at her law firm.  
She indicated that if Mr. Mitchell wished to have the discoveries held in another  
location, his client should cover the cost. Mr. Mitchell replied the next day, stating:  
We do not wish to have discovery examinations in your offices.  
Accordingly, we will be proceeding to cover your share of the expenses of an  
appropriate, neutral, third party location.  
Your office booked the discovery in your offices, but certainly did not do so with  
my consent.  
Mr. Mitchell now seeks to recover $2,001.86 for this expense.  
[179] Mr. Mitchell argues that the expense is reasonable because, due to the nature  
of his claim, Mr. Matthews was not comfortable being in offices closely associated  
with ONC. In addition, he submits that using opposing counsel’s offices was  
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problematic because he and his client would not have free access to the room  
between examinations to review the voluminous documentary materials stored there.  
[180] I am not satisfied that this disbursement was reasonable or necessary. It is not  
unusual for there to be hostility between parties involved in litigation. Nor is it  
uncommon for discovery examinations to involve a significant volume of  
documents. Discoveries are routinely held in law firm boardrooms for cost-  
efficiency and convenience reasons. While Mr. Matthews would have been justified  
in refusing to attend for discovery at ONC’s offices, the same cannot be said with  
respect to the offices of its counsel. In my view, if a litigant is not comfortable doing  
discoveries at opposing counsel’s law firm for the reasons cited in this case, it is only  
open to them to insist on a different location if they are prepared to pay the associated  
costs.  
[181] The last disbursement claimed relates to the cost of a tax opinion obtained by  
Mr. Matthews with respect to the amount of the remittance ONC was required to  
make to CRA. In Justice Leblanc’s supplemental decision, he concluded that ONC  
was required to remit 50% of the damage award to CRA. ONC subsequently  
obtained its own tax opinion that the appropriate withholding rate was 30% and  
submitted it to the Court of Appeal when it sought a stay pending appeal, partly on  
the basis of irreparable harm in paying 50%. No stay was granted but the remittance  
was dealt with in the appeal decision. The majority of the Court of Appeal held that  
it was an error for Justice Leblanc to have addressed the issue of the amount to be  
withheld and remitted to CRA without input from the parties. Unfortunately, the  
majority did not go on to rule on what the proper withholding would be, finding that  
the determination was irrelevant in light of its other conclusions. It did note,  
however, that “the appellant argued convincingly in its factum, and at the appeal  
hearing, that the appropriate amount to be withheld should have been 30%”: Ocean  
Nutrition Canada Ltd. v. Matthews, 2018 NSCA 44, at para. 108.  
[182] On October 30, 2020, following the release of the Supreme Court of Canada’s  
decision, I had a telephone conference call with counsel to address next steps in the  
matter. On November 5, I wrote to counsel, summarizing the matters discussed  
during the call. I acknowledged that the parties were to attempt to agree to alter the  
order of Justice Leblanc in relation to the appropriate remittance:  
Counsel also indicated that they will attempt to agree on the appropriate remittance  
that Mr. Matthews’ former employer, Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited, should  
make to the Canada Revenue Agency out of the long-term incentive plan payment  
awarded to Mr. Matthews by former Justice Arthur J. Leblanc. It was noted that an  
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advance ruling could be obtained from CRA which would require the cooperation  
of Mr. Matthews. Hopefully, this cooperation will be forthcoming so the  
appropriate amount can be determined in advance of payment of the remittance. …  
[183] Instead of seeking an advance ruling from CRA, Mr. Mitchell obtained an  
opinion from a tax practitioner in New Brunswick that 20% was the appropriate  
remittance. In the end, however, the parties agreed to the withholding rate of 30%.  
The applicant now seeks to recover the cost of the tax opinion, which was $5,304.38.  
[184] Mr. Mitchell suggested that ONC caused this disbursement to be incurred by  
Mr. Matthews because it changed its position on the appropriate withholding rate.  
The evidence does not support that assertion. I find that ONC has always maintained  
that 30% was the appropriate withholding rate. Ms. Barteaux explained in her  
submissions that when Mr. Jamieson gave evidence about a 50% tax rate, it was in  
relation to payments made under the LTIP to individuals who were still employees  
at the time. Without hearing from the parties on the issue, Justice Leblanc applied  
that same rate to the damage award. Ms. Barteaux’s comments are consistent with  
the following observation by the Court of Appeal in this matter:  
[107]  
The parties were not given an opportunity to address the issue of what  
amount should be withheld and remitted to Revenue Canada. The hearing judge  
based his decision on evidence at the hearing that when payments were made to  
current employees under the Long Term Incentive Plan, Ocean Nutrition remitted  
50% of those payments to the CRA. However, the hearing judge did not consider  
whether a damage award would stand on the same footing as a payment made to  
individuals still employed with the company.  
[185] During the conference call on October 30, 2020, both ONC and the court  
understood that Mr. Matthews would seek an advance ruling from the CRA, and, in  
turn, ONC would agree to amending Justice Leblanc’s order to reflect whatever  
remittance CRA advised was required. Withholding and remittance taxes are the  
responsibility of the employer under the Income Tax Act. As such, ONC was not  
prepared to agree to a remittance amount other than the 30% advised by its own tax  
counsel unless the amount was based on an advance ruling from CRA itself. That is  
an entirely reasonable position. Unlike a legal opinion obtained by opposing counsel,  
ONC could have relied on an advance ruling in the event that there was ever an  
allegation that ONC had not met its income tax obligations.  
[186] Accordingly, I find that the tax opinion was not a reasonable or necessary  
expense and I make no award for it.  
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Prejudgment interest  
[187] In his supplemental decision (2017 NSSC 123), Justice Leblanc said the  
following about prejudgment interest:  
[20]  
With respect to pre-judgment interest, the standard rate is five percent, as  
per Civil Procedure Rule 70.07. Both the Rule and s 41(i) of the Judicature Act,  
RSNS 1989, c 240, provide the court with a discretion, however. Rule 70.07 sets  
the rate at five percent, calculated simply, “unless a party satisfies a judge that the  
rate or calculation should be otherwise.” The applicant seeks the usual rate, while  
ONC says the court should depart from the presumptive rate and apply a rate of 1.6  
percent.  
[21]  
According to ONC, a five percent rate would give the applicant a windfall,  
rather than placing him in the position he would have been in had he received the  
funds when they were owed, and had access to interest on the funds during that  
period. ONC says the length of the period for which pre-judgment interest is owed  
further supports a lower rate. ONC particularly emphasizes the different stipulated  
rates in other jurisdictions; I am not convinced that this (in itself) is a good reason  
to depart from the presumptive rate in this jurisdiction.  
[22]  
I have no evidence that it was necessary for the applicant to borrow funds  
at a higher rate of interest, or that he had to forgo investments that would have  
brought a higher rate of return. I note that in Garner v. Bank of Nova Scotia, 2015  
NSSC 122, [2015] N.S.J. No. 166, a wrongful dismissal case, Smith A.C.J. gave  
pre-judgment interest at a rate of 2.9 percent. This rate was agreed by the parties  
(para. 248). Nevertheless, this seems to me to be a reasonable rate, and Garner  
involved broadly similar subject matter to this case.  
[25]  
I award pre-judgment interest at the rate of 2.9% per annum on the amount  
awarded. The period for which the interest is to be paid will be determined as part  
of the costs hearing.  
[Emphasis added]  
[188] The awarding of prejudgment interest is governed by ss. 41(i) and (k) of the  
Judicature Act:  
41 In every proceeding commenced in the Court, law and equity shall be  
administered therein according to the following provisions:  
...  
(i) in any proceeding for the recovery of any debt or damages, the Court shall  
include in the sum for which judgment is to be given interest thereon at such rate  
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as it thinks fit for the period between the date when the cause of action arose and  
the date of judgment after trial or after any subsequent appeal;  
...  
(k) the Court in its discretion may decline to award interest under clause (i) or may  
reduce the rate of interest or the period for which it is awarded if  
(i) interest is payable as of right by virtue of an agreement or otherwise by  
law,  
(ii) the claimant has not during the whole of the pre-judgment period been  
deprived of the use of money now being awarded, or  
(iii) the claimant has been responsible for undue delay in the litigation.  
[Emphasis added]  
[189] The parties have raised two issues in relation to prejudgment interest. The first  
is whether Justice Leblanc determined whether prejudgment interest should be  
calculated on a simple or compound basis. The second relates to the duration for  
which prejudgment interest should be paid.  
The calculation of prejudgment interest  
[190] On December 17, 2020, Mr. Mitchell filed an affidavit from Mr. Matthews to  
set the foundation for an order for compound interest. ONC submits that the issue of  
simple versus compound interest has already been decided, and the principle of res  
judicata bars the applicant from relitigating it. ONC relies on Kasperson v. Halifax  
(Regional Municipality), 2012 NSCA 110, where Beveridge J.A. summarized the  
principle as follows:  
[23] Res judicata tries to ensure finality of litigation by stopping parties from  
resurrecting disputes that have already been finally litigated. There are two ways  
res judicata can be established. The first is cause of action estoppel. This precludes  
a person or their privies from bringing an action against another party when the  
same cause of action has already been finally adjudicated upon in earlier  
proceedings by a court of competent jurisdiction. The second is issue estoppel. This  
precludes re-litigation by a party of issues that a court has decided in an earlier  
proceeding.  
[191] The pre-conditions for establishing the issue estoppel form of res judicata  
were set out in Danyluk v. Ainsworth Technologies Inc., 2001 SCC 44, at para. 25:  
(1) that the same question has been decided;  
(2) that the judicial decision which is said to create the estoppel was final; and,  
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(3) that the parties to the judicial decision or their privies were the same persons  
as the parties to the proceedings in which the estoppel is raised or their privies.  
[192] ONC submits that the pre-conditions are all met in this case:  
(1) The rate of prejudgment interest including that simple interest is appropriate  
has been decided;  
(2) The appeal period for this decision has long past, and the decision is final; and  
(3) The parties to the decision have not changed.  
[193] In response, Mr. Matthews submits that Justice Leblanc did not explicitly  
address whether the interest would be simple or complex, and issue estoppel does  
not apply to determinations which must be inferred by argument from the judgment.  
In Danyluk, Binnie J., for the court, wrote:  
24 Issue estoppel was more particularly defined by Middleton J.A. of the Ontario  
Court of Appeal in McIntosh v. Parent, [1924] 4 D.L.R. 420, at p. 422:  
When a question is litigated, the judgment of the Court is a final  
determination as between the parties and their privies. Any right, question,  
or fact distinctly put in issue and directly determined by a Court of  
competent jurisdiction as a ground of recovery, or as an answer to a claim  
set up, cannot be re-tried in a subsequent suit between the same parties or  
their privies, though for a different cause of action. The right, question, or  
fact, once determined, must, as between them, be taken to be conclusively  
established so long as the judgment remains. [Emphasis by Binnie J.]  
This statement was adopted by Laskin J. (later C.J.), dissenting in Angle, supra, at  
pp. 267-68. This description of the issues subject to estoppel (“[a]ny right, question  
or fact distinctly put in issue and directly determined”) is more stringent than the  
formulation in some of the older cases for cause of action estoppel (e.g., “all matters  
which were, or might properly have been, brought into litigation”, Farwell, supra,  
at p. 558). Dickson J. (later C.J.), speaking for the majority in Angle, supra, at p.  
255, subscribed to the more stringent definition for the purpose of issue estoppel.  
“It will not suffice” he said, “if the question arose collaterally or incidentally in the  
earlier proceedings or is one which must be inferred by argument from the  
judgment.” …  
[Emphasis added]  
[194] However, Binnie J. went on to state:  
The question out of which the estoppel is said to arise must have been “fundamental  
to the decision arrived at” in the earlier proceeding. In other words, as discussed  
below, the estoppel extends to the material facts and the conclusions of law or of  
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mixed fact and law (“the questions”) that were necessarily (even if not explicitly)  
determined in the earlier proceedings.  
[Emphasis added]  
[195] When the parties appeared before Justice Leblanc on April 20, 2017, they  
knew that prejudgment interest would be one of the issues considered. At the  
hearing, which I have listened to, counsel for Mr. Matthews asked the court to apply  
Civil Procedure Rule 70.07, which provides:  
The rate and calculation to be used for prejudgment interest on a liquidated claim  
is five percent a year calculated simply, unless a party satisfies a judge that the rate  
or calculation should be otherwise.  
[Emphasis added]  
[196] In the course of his submissions, Mr. Mitchell twice read the entire Rule aloud  
to Justice Leblanc. There was never a suggestion from Mr. Mitchell that the rate  
should be calculated other than simply. The parties left the hearing with the  
understanding that the only outstanding issue in relation to prejudgment interest was  
the duration for which interest should be awarded. That issue was held over because  
ONC’s counsel intended to make submissions with respect to delay, and needed time  
to review the entire file before preparing them.  
[197] Furthermore, Justice Leblanc stated in his decision:  
[22]  
I have no evidence that it was necessary for the applicant to borrow funds  
at a higher rate of interest, or that he had to forgo investments that would have  
brought a higher rate of return. I note that in Garner v. Bank of Nova Scotia, 2015  
NSSC 122, [2015] N.S.J. No. 166, a wrongful dismissal case, Smith A.C.J. gave  
pre-judgment interest at a rate of 2.9 percent. This rate was agreed by the parties  
(para. 248). Nevertheless, this seems to me to be a reasonable rate, and Garner  
involved broadly similar subject matter to this case.  
[198] In Garner v. Bank of Nova Scotia, 2015 NSSC 122, Smith A.C.J. (as she then  
was) noted:  
[248] The parties have agreed to prejudgment interest of 2.9% (simple interest)  
on special damages. …  
[Emphasis added]  
[199] In my view, Rule 70.07 creates a presumption in relation to both the rate (5%)  
and the calculation (simple). Mr. Mitchell asked the court to apply Rule 70.07,  
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without suggesting that it be applied only in relation to the rate. He made no  
argument and led no evidence that compound interest was appropriate in this case.  
The question of whether the calculation should be simple or compound is not one  
which must be inferred by argument from the judgment. It was determined  
necessarily (even if not explicitly) in Justice Leblanc’s decision. If Mr. Mitchell  
wished to file an affidavit from Mr. Matthews and make an argument in favour of  
compound interest, he should have done so in front of Justice Leblanc. It would be  
unjust to allow him to make these submissions now. The time has passed and the  
issue has been decided.  
The duration of prejudgment interest  
[200] Mr. Matthews submits that prejudgment interest is payable from June 26,  
2011, the date he accepted ONC’s repudiation of the employment contract by  
resigning. ONC says that prejudgment interest is payable from the date that ONC  
was acquired by DSM, triggering a payout under the LTIP.1 ONC submits that the  
court should exercise its discretion to reduce the period for which prejudgment  
interest is awarded because the applicant has caused delay in the litigation. In  
addition, ONC asks that prejudgment interest not be awarded for a period of several  
months during which Justice Leblanc was receiving medical treatment. Mr.  
Matthews denies that he is responsible for any delay in the proceeding, and says  
interest should not be reduced for periods of institutional delay. He alleges that it  
was in fact ONC that was responsible for the slow pace of the proceeding (an  
allegation which I have already rejected).  
[201] For his position that prejudgment interest is payable as of June 26, 2011, Mr.  
Matthews relies on the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment in this case, and the  
Nova Scotia Court of Appeal’s decision in Sklar-Peppler Furniture Corp. v. George  
C. Sweet Agencies Ltd., [1995] N.S.J. No. 136 (C.A.). In Matthews v. Ocean  
Nutrition Canada Ltd., 2020 SCC 26, Kasirer J. wrote:  
[53] As the court recognized in Taggart, and reiterated in Paquette, when  
employees sue for damages for constructive dismissal, they are claiming for  
damages as compensation for the income, benefits, and bonuses they would have  
received had the employer not breached the implied term to provide reasonable  
notice (see also Iacobucci v. WIC Radio Ltd., 1999 BCCA 753, 72 B.C.L.R. (3d)  
234, at paras. 19 and 24; Gillies v. Goldman Sachs Canada Inc., 2001 BCCA 683,  
1Although Ms. Barteaux’s costs submissions indicate that the “Realization Event” occurred on August 18, 2012,  
ONC’s pre-hearing brief and Justice Leblanc’s decision on the application indicate that it actually took place on July  
18, 2012.  
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95 B.C.L.R. (3d) 260, at paras. 10-12 and 25; Keays, at paras. 54-55). Proceeding  
directly to an examination of contractual terms divorces the question of damages  
from the underlying breach, which is an error in principle.  
[54] Moreover, the approach in Paquette respects the well-established  
understanding that the contract effectively “remains alive” for the purposes of  
assessing the employee’s damages, in order to determine what compensation the  
employee would have been entitled to but for the dismissal …  
[55] Courts should accordingly ask two questions when determining whether the  
appropriate quantum of damages for breach of the implied term to provide  
reasonable notice includes bonus payments and certain other benefits. Would the  
employee have been entitled to the bonus or benefit as part of their compensation  
during the reasonable notice period? If so, do the terms of the employment contract  
or bonus plan unambiguously take away or limit that common law right?  
[56] The first question is whether Mr. Matthews would have been entitled to the  
LTIP payment as part of his compensation during the reasonable notice period.  
Since the Realization Event was triggered within the 15-month reasonable notice  
period, Mr. Matthews argues that he is prima facie entitled to damages for the lost  
LTIP payment as part of his common law damages.  
[57] Ocean argues that Mr. Matthews cannot satisfy the first stage of the analysis.  
It points this Court to Singer v. Nordstrong Equipment Limited, 2018 ONCA 364,  
47 C.C.E.L. (4th) 218, where the Court of Appeal for Ontario presented the first  
question by asking whether the bonus was “an integral part of his compensation  
package” (para. 21). Relying on this formulation, Ocean contends that, under the  
first step, Mr. Matthews has a common law entitlement to damages for all  
compensation and benefits that are integral to his compensation. Ocean maintains  
that the LTIP payment was not integral to Mr. Matthews’ compensation since he  
did not have a vested right at the date of termination.  
[58] The trial judge confronted this submission and concluded that Ocean was  
attempting to introduce an extra requirement into the analysis that is not supported  
by the jurisprudence (para. 387). I agree. The test of whether a benefit or bonus is  
“integral” to the employee’s compensation assists in answering the question of what  
the employee would have been paid during the reasonable notice period (see, e.g.,  
Brock v. Matthews Group Ltd. (1988), 20 C.C.E.L. 110 (Ont. H.C.J.), at p. 123,  
aff’d (1991), 34 C.C.E.L. 50 (C.A.); Paquette, at para. 17). Thus, in Paquette and  
Singer, where the bonuses at issue were discretionary, the Court of Appeal for  
Ontario considered this so-called “integral” test since there was doubt as to whether  
the employee would have received those discretionary bonuses during the  
reasonable notice period.  
[59] This case is different. The purpose of damages in lieu of reasonable notice  
is to put the employee in the position they would have been in had they continued  
to work through to the end of the notice period. It is uncontested that the Realization  
Event occurred during the notice period. But for Mr. Matthews’ dismissal, he would  
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have received an LTIP payment during that period. In such circumstances, there is  
no need to ask whether the LTIP payment was “integral” to his compensation.…  
[Emphasis added]  
[202] In Sklar-Peppler, a case involving the wrongful termination of a sales agency  
agreement, the appellant submitted that if the respondent was awarded pre-judgment  
interest from the time the cause of action arose, he would obtain an amount greater  
than his loss. The appellant argued that the respondent sales agent would be getting  
interest on monies which he would not have had for the entire 18-month notice  
period upon which the award of damages was based. It suggested that pre-judgment  
interested should be calculated as if the damages were the same as a loss of wages  
in a claim of damages for personal injuries. The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal  
rejected this position, holding that prejudgment interest in wrongful dismissal cases  
should be calculated from the date of termination:  
6 The law is clear that the objective of pre-judgment interest is to place the  
respondents in the position they would have been had the breach not been  
committed. …  
12 It is clear that in this case the jury award was based on what advanced notice of  
termination the appellant should have given to Mr. Sweet if it intended to terminate  
the agency relationship. The income Mr. Sweet would have acquired had a proper  
notice of termination been given would have come into his hands over the 18-month  
period had he been given advance notice that the agency would be terminated in 18  
months. There is some attraction to the argument that the pre-judgment interest  
reflect this fact. However, on analysis I reject it.  
13 A damage award for termination without notice is calculated on what would  
have been reasonable notice for termination. The appellant apparently decided to  
terminate the agency without any notice and without payment. In order to terminate  
without notice the appellant would have been required to pay an amount of money  
that was equivalent to the income respondents would have earned over the  
reasonable notice period. The appellant would have been required to pay this  
sum up front, that is, as of the date of termination of the agency. Therefore, the  
respondent would have had the money represented by the award as of the wrongful  
termination date; the date the cause of action arose. In my opinion the calculation  
of pre-judgment interest in this case should not be treated in the same manner as a  
loss of wage claim in a personal injuries case. The fact that there has been a  
termination of the business relationship without notice and without payment in lieu  
of notice distinguishes these cases from the calculation of pre-judgment interest in  
loss of wage claims that arise in personal injuries cases where the employment of  
the injured party would have continued but for the injuries suffered. In the latter the  
wages lost would not have come into the hands of the plaintiff other than over the  
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period the plaintiff was unable to work whereas in a wrongful dismissal suit or a  
wrongful termination of agency suit without notice the money would have to have  
been paid at the time of termination.  
[Emphasis added]  
[203] ONC’s position on this issue is set out at paras. 31 and 34 of its brief filed on  
April 14, 2021:  
31. As quoted by the Applicant, the SCC clarified in Matthews that “The purpose  
of damages in lieu of reasonable notice is to put the employee in the position they  
would have been in had they continued to work through to the end of the notice  
period.” The SCC went on to find that his entitlement to the LTIP would have arisen  
during the notice period, not at the time of his constructive dismissal:  
It is uncontested that the Realization Event occurred during the notice  
period. But for Matthews’ dismissal, he would have received an LTIP  
payment during that period.  
34. At the time Mr. Matthews was constructively dismissed, all the facts required  
to establish a cause of action for recovery of the LTIP did not exist. There was no  
way of establishing that Mr. Matthew’s [sic] entitlement would ever arise, and if it  
did, that it would happen during the relevant notice period. As a result, ONC  
submits that the Applicant’s cause of action for recovery of damages for the LTIP  
did not arise until the factual circumstance arose on August 18, 2012, the date when  
the LTIP, less applicable tax, became payable and the amount payable was known.  
As a result, ONC submits that the accrual of pre-judgement [sic] interest should not  
commence until that date.  
[204] ONC’s suggestion that there was a cause of action “for recovery of damages  
for the LTIP” is technically incorrect. By virtue of his constructive dismissal, Mr.  
Matthews was entitled to damages representing the salary, including bonuses, that  
he would have earned during the 15-month notice period. As the Supreme Court of  
Canada confirmed, Mr. Matthews’s damages would have included the payout under  
the LTIP. The occurrence of the Realization Event did not create a new cause of  
action; it merely added to the damages that flowed from the constructive dismissal.  
[205] That said, I disagree with Mr. Matthews’ argument that the entirety of his  
damage award, including the portion related to the lost LTIP payout, was due and  
payable at the date of termination. In Sklar-Peppler, the Court of Appeal stated at  
para. 13:  
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In order to terminate without notice the appellant would have been required to pay  
an amount of money that was equivalent to the income respondents would have  
earned over the reasonable notice period. The appellant would have been required  
to pay this sum up front, that is, as of the date of termination of the agency.  
[206] However, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified, in the case at bar, that there  
is no implied term in an employment contract to provide pay in lieu of notice. There  
is only an implied term to provide reasonable notice. Kasirer J. explained:  
[73] It also bears noting that the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Styles suggested  
that Paquette, one of the cases I rely on here, is premised upon an erroneous reading  
of this Court’s decision in Sylvester v. British Columbia, [1997] 2 S.C.R. 315. In  
Styles, the Court of Appeal noted that “[t]he common law implies a term of  
reasonable notice, or pay in lieu, in those circumstances. The payment in lieu is not  
‘damages’ for a breach of the contract, but rather one component of the  
compensation provided for in the contract. If an employer fails to give proper notice  
or pay in lieu, the breach is in the failure to pay, not in the termination” (para. 34  
(footnote omitted)). …  
[74] On my reading, this Court in Sylvester confirmed that “[d]amages for  
wrongful dismissal are designed to compensate the employee for the breach by the  
employer of the implied term in the employment contract to provide reasonable  
notice of termination” (para. 15 (emphasis by Kasirer J.)). Authority elsewhere  
confirms this same idea: there is no such implied term of the contract to provide  
payment in lieu (see, e.g., Love v. Acuity Investment Management Inc., 2011 ONCA  
130, 277 O.A.C. 15, at para. 44).  
[75]  
As explained by the Court of Appeal for British Columbia in Dunlop v.  
B.C. Hydro & Power Authority (1988), 32 B.C.L.R. (2d) 334, at pp. 338‑39, there  
are three principal reasons why this is an important distinction. First, there are  
issues surrounding the complexity of an implied term to provide pay in lieu of  
notice, and whether such a term can readily be implied into an employment  
contract. Second, implying a term to provide pay in lieu of notice “would mean that  
if an employer elected to give pay in lieu of notice, the employer would be  
complying with the contract and not breaking it”, and thus “the contract would  
require the full payment to be made immediately”. Third, if the employer elected  
to invoke such an implied term and gave no notice of termination, “there would be  
no obligation on the part of the employee to mitigate damages by seeking other  
employment” since the term requires a payment in full without regard to the  
employee’s actual losses. Ensuring that courts and litigants properly understand this  
distinction is thus important as it can profoundly affect employees’ financial lives.  
To the extent that some cases suggest otherwise, I respectfully disagree.  
[Emphasis added]  
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[207] The objective of pre-judgment interest, as noted in Sklar-Peppler, is to place  
the dismissed employee in the position they would have been in had the breach not  
been committed. In other words, the employee is compensated as if the employer  
had given reasonable notice of termination not, as suggested in Sklar-Peppler, as  
if the employer had provided immediate payment of the total amount the employee  
would have earned over the reasonable notice period.  
[208] In this case, if ONC had complied with its contractual obligation to provide  
Mr. Matthews with reasonable notice of termination, he would have received a  
payout under the LTIP on July 18, 2012. Subject to my finding on delay,  
prejudgment interest will therefore be calculated from that date.  
[209] As to the duration of prejudgment interest, ONC says it should terminate on  
December 31, 2015 rather than on June 2, 2017, the date Justice Leblanc issued his  
order, to account for delay attributable to the applicant and to Justice Leblanc’s  
illness. ONC cites Holland v. Midland Walwyn Capital Inc., 1993 CarswellNS 329  
(S.C.), where Davison J. stated:  
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In this case, in my view, there has been undue delay. Five years have passed  
since the cause of action arose. Counsel traded recriminations about the cause of  
the delay but both parties, by use of the rules of court, had the opportunity to  
advance the proceeding with more dispatch. It is in the interest of a plaintiff to do  
so and this is recognized by the terms of s. 41 (k). In my view in the absence of  
good reason, systemic or otherwise, the court should not consider a period of more  
than three years when awarding interest.  
[Emphasis added]  
[210] There is one point I wish to address before considering whether the normal  
duration of prejudgment interest should be reduced. It is unclear to me why the  
respondent says prejudgment interest would normally accrue only until Justice  
Leblanc’s order and not, instead, to the date of the Supreme Court of Canada’s  
judgment. The respondent’s submissions presume that post judgment interest at the  
statutorily mandated rate of 5% would apply from June 2, 2017, until the date the  
award was paid following the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment. In my view,  
that position is inconsistent with s. 41(i) of the Judicature Act, which provides that  
prejudgment interest applies “for the period between the date when the cause of  
action arose and the date of judgment after trial or after any subsequent appeal”. I  
find that prejudgment interest in this case would normally accrue until the date of  
the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment on October 9, 2020. Post judgment interest  
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would apply for the period between October 9, 2020 and December 18, 2020, the  
date ONC paid Mr. Matthews.  
[211] As noted earlier, the court has discretion under s. 41(k) of the Judicature Act  
to reduce the rate or duration of prejudgment interest where the claimant has been  
responsible for undue delay. In Holland, Justice Davison expressed his view on how  
that discretion should be exercised, but this court has not adopted a general rule  
limiting prejudgment interest to a period of three years. Each case must be decided  
on its own facts.  
[212] I have already reviewed the history of this matter in great detail. I rejected the  
applicant’s allegation that ONC was responsible for delay in the early part of the  
proceeding. I noted that Mr. Mitchell repeatedly failed to respond to opposing  
counsel’s attempts to move the matter forward. I reviewed the missed filing  
deadlines. I accept that some reduction of the period of prejudgment interest is  
appropriate on account of delay caused by the applicant. In my view, a reduction of  
six months is appropriate. I therefore order that prejudgment interest not start to  
accrue until January 18, 2013 (six months after July 18, 2012).  
[213] I am not prepared to further reduce prejudgment interest to account for delay  
related to Justice Leblanc’s illness. Pursuant to s. 41(i) of the Judicature Act, a  
successful claimant is entitled to prejudgment interest, subject to a discretion in the  
court to decline or reduce interest for reasons set forth in s. 41(k). Those reasons do  
not include institutional delay. It is therefore unsurprising that ONC has not provided  
any cases where a reduction of interest has been made for institutional delay.  
[214] There is one final matter in relation to prejudgment interest. ONC has argued  
that interest should not accrue for the period after Justice Leblanc’s order when Mr.  
Matthews had the judgment amount in his possession. Mr. Matthews disagrees,  
pointing out that when Justice Leblanc’s decision was overturned by the Court of  
Appeal, Mr. Matthews repaid ONC the judgment amount plus interest.  
[215] The judgment was first satisfied on June 15, 2017, when ONC paid Mr.  
Matthews $542,425.68. It remained fully satisfied for a period of 367 days, until Mr.  
Matthews returned the money by way of two cheques to ONC on June 17, 2018. Mr.  
Matthews repaid a total amount of $548,026.68, for a difference of $5,836 in interest  
on the judgment amount. Since the applicant had the judgment amount for  
approximately one year, interest accrued at 1.076% per annum.  
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[216] In my view, it would be unfair to award no interest to Mr. Matthews for the  
period from June 15, 2017 to June 17, 2018, but it would be equally unfair to award  
interest for the same period at 2.9% when Mr. Matthews actually earned less than  
that himself. Section 41(k)(ii) of the Judicature Act allows the court to reduce the  
rate of prejudgment interest if the claimant has not during the whole of the pre-  
judgment period been deprived of the use of money now being awarded”. I would  
therefore reduce the rate of prejudgment interest for the period from June 15, 2017  
to June 17, 2018 to 1.076% per annum. In my view, Justice Leblanc’s decision  
setting the rate of prejudgment interest at 2.9% does not prevent me from making  
this adjustment. That decision was rendered before the decisions of the Court of  
Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, and therefore dealt only with the rate  
applicable while the judgment remained outstanding, not the period for which it was  
satisfied.  
[217] To summarize, from January 18, 2013 until June 15, 2017, prejudgment  
interest is payable at a rate of 2.9%, calculated simply. From June 16, 2017 until  
June 17, 2018, the interest rate will be 1.076%. From June 18, 2018 until October 9,  
2020, interest will again be payable at 2.9%.  
[218] Post judgment interest applies from October 10, 2020 until December 18,  
2020, in accordance with the Interest on Judgments Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 233.  
Conclusion  
[219] Mr. Matthews is awarded lump sum party and party costs in the amount of  
$189,000. Mr. Mitchell is ordered to pay costs personally to ONC in the amount of  
$4,000. Prejudgment interest is payable from January 18, 2013 until October 9,  
2020. From January 18, 2013 until June 15, 2017, the rate will be 2.9% per annum,  
calculated simply. From June 16, 2017 until June 17, 2018, the rate will be 1.076%.  
From June 18, 2018 until October 9, 2020, the interest rate will revert to 2.9%.  
[220] Mr.