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Gov’t’s indemnity doesn’t insulate ex-paper mill owners from costs to monitor, maintain waste disposal site
Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella
Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella and three others ruled that an environmental remediation indemnity Ontario granted in 1985 to the owners of a pulp and paper mill does not insulate successor companies and owners from costs under a 2011 Ministry of Environment remediation order.

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 10:35 AM

Last Updated: Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 3:55 PM

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 4-3 that two former owners of a northern Ontario pulp and paper mill which polluted nearby rivers with mercury are not insulated by a 1985 indemnity signed by the Ontario government from paying the costs to monitor and maintain a mercury disposal site, as ordered in 2011 by the Director of the Ministry of Environment. ... [read more]

New B.C. Indigenous rights legislation called ‘crucial step’ toward reconciliation Subscriber only content Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:21 PM

British Columbia is entering a new phase in its relationship with its First Nations following the adoption of a bill to align its laws with the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and legal observers are saying, despite the fact that the legislation leaves some questions as to the details of what adopting the declaration will look like, it will create more certainty on issues of consent and collaboration and may lead to less reliance on the court system to resolve disputes. ... [read more]

NL survivors of sexual violence get help on legal journey Kevin O’Shea

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

Funding for The Journey Project, a legal support program for survivors of sexual violence, is coming to an end. However, Kevin O’Shea, executive director of the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN), is optimistic the three-year pilot program is sustainable. ... [read more]

B.C. aiming to make appellate court rules and procedures clearer, easier to navigate

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

B.C. is looking for the public’s input on proposed changes to the rules and procedures of the provincial Court of Appeal, saying the current rules are out of date and confusing to both litigants and lawyers alike. The Ministry of the Attorney General is proposing amendments to the Court of Appeal Act and the Court of Appeal Rules. The most recent revision of the Act and rules occurred in 1996 and, as a result, the government says modernization is needed. ... [read more]

LIZ launches global initiative to help legal tech entrepreneurs Subscriber only content Chris Bentley and Hersh Perlis sm

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 9:24 AM

Ryerson’s Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) is branching out by launching a “globally accessible, interactive online, four-part service” for entrepreneurs growing their legal tech business. According to an announcement made on Dec. 4, the service includes two new programs, Concept Framework and Sprint Lab, as well as two programs already in place, Innovator’s Canvas and the LIZ’s incubator. ... [read more]