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New trial ordered in drug trafficking case after right to be tried in English violated
Martine Valois, a law professor at the Université de Montréal
Pictured: Martine Valois, a law professor at the Université de Montréal.

Monday, November 29, 2021 @ 9:11 AM

Last Updated: Monday, November 29, 2021 @ 10:02 AM

Less than a year after delivering a stinging rebuke to the Quebec government over recurring systemic unmitigated delays in securing trial transcripts that disproportionately affect English-speaking appellants, the Quebec Court of Appeal served a timely reminder over the importance of linguistic rights after it ordered a new trial for a convicted drug trafficker whose right to be tried in English was violated. ... [read more]

LSO divided on paying articling students minimum wage, defers decision to provide time for input Barbara Murchie, Chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee

Monday, November 29, 2021 @ 3:56 PM

In a debate about paying articling students minimum wage, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) highlighted the tough situation facing the profession. With a backlog of candidates and a dearth of articling positions, the benchers were divided on whether to enforce a minimum wage if it might put placements in jeopardy. ... [read more]

Ottawa extends compliance deadlines of safety regulations for at-grade railway track crossings Subscriber only content

Monday, November 29, 2021 @ 2:06 PM

Due to the increased financial and other demands from the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government says it is extending the timelines for public and private authorities to comply with prescribed safety measures for at-grade railway crossings. ... [read more]

SCC rules GAAR did not bar foreign company from bilateral tax treaty’s ‘business property’ tax exemption Subscriber only content Matthew Williams of Thorsteinssons

Friday, November 26, 2021 @ 5:33 PM

Last Updated: Friday, November 26, 2021 @ 6:15 PM

In a 6-3 decision that addresses international “treaty shopping” for tax benefits, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Income Tax Act’s general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) did not bar a Luxembourg company from benefiting from a business property tax exemption in Canada’s bilateral tax treaty with Luxembourg. ... [read more]

Ottawa moves to enact 10 paid sick days in federal private sector, ban intimidation of health workers Justice Minister David Lametti

Friday, November 26, 2021 @ 3:25 PM

The minority Liberal government has introduced a bill to criminalize the intimidation and obstruction of health-care workers and people seeking to access health services, as well as to mandate 10 days’ paid sick leave for workers in the federally regulated private sectors, such as interprovincial transport and banking. ... [read more]