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Code of conduct amendments aimed at putting ‘meat on the bones’ of harassment, discrimination rule
Nancy Carruthers
Nancy Carruthers, senior manager of policy and ethics with the Law Society of Alberta, said people should know that they can’t discriminate or harass but the proposals now flesh out what that actually means.

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 9:24 AM

Focus on issues of harassment and discrimination has grown in recent years as the world grapples with things like the fallout from the #MeToo movement, and now the umbrella group for Canada’s law societies is looking to update its rules of conduct to ensure the legal profession has a better grasp of what those issues look like. ... [read more]

Ottawa will expand income support for low-income workers, students, people whose hours were cut Justin Trudeau

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 3:01 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is working on expanding who is eligible for its Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) $2,000-per-month income support in order to help more low-income and part-time workers, students and people whose hours were substantially cut in the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

New trial ordered for father in alleged sex abuse over judge’s treatment of factual error

Monday, April 06, 2020 @ 1:13 PM

An Ontario father will be retried for alleged sexual offences against his daughter after the Court of Appeal ruled a trial judge misapprehended evidence concerning his previous criminal record. According to the ruling in R v. W.M. 2020 ONCA 236, a trial judge originally sentenced the appellant to four years imprisonment after convicting him of sexual interference and sexual assault of his then-4-year-old daughter in 2015. ... [read more]

No rule that unjust enrichment claim will fail if based on illegal contract: B.C. Court of Appeal Subscriber only content

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 2:24 PM

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision which ordered a woman to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars she had improperly charged to an acquaintance, despite her argument the money should not have to be returned because it was part of a scheme to deceive immigration authorities. The genesis of the case goes back to 2013, when Me Hee Kim purchased a restaurant from Aesun Choi; as part of the sale, Choi offered to run the business as Kim was in Canada on a study permit. ... [read more]

Vancouver lawyer caught by COVID-19 crisis in Peru Peter_Swanson

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Vancouver lawyer Peter Swanson came close to visiting a historic site on his bucket list last month until what has arguably become the world’s most consequential health crisis scuttled that goal. On the morning of March 14, Swanson, a founding partner of Bernard LLP who primarily practises maritime law, flew to Cusco, Peru, from Rio de Janeiro, where he was attending the 21st annual International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators. ... [read more]