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B.C. health care data non-compellable in tobacco lawsuit, SCC rules
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Justice Russell Brown, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court, ruled in favour of the Province of B.C. as he determined that the health care databases contained information about individuals and could not be shared.

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

In a unanimous ruling, on July 13 the Supreme Court of Canada allowed an appeal from the Province of British Columbia to protect health databases from being compelled in an action it started to recover expenses from tobacco manufacturers under the Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act. In British Columbia v. Philip Morris International, Inc. 2018 SCC 36, Justice Russell Brown wrote that the order from the courts below erred by finding that the databases were not protected by s. 2(5)(b) of the Act. ... [read more]

Lawyer hopeful recommendations will improve Saskatchewan’s coroner’s office Subscriber only content Aaron_Fox_sm

Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

A prominent Saskatchewan lawyer is lauding a call for more money and additional staff to speed up that province’s sluggish coroner’s office. Lawyer Aaron Fox is hoping recommendations in former police chief Clive Weighill’s external review of Saskatchewan’s Office of the Chief Coroner ­— if put into action — will help lawyers and their clients get timelier cause-of-death information. Weighill’s report, commissioned by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice last year and released June 20, makes 44 recommendations for a system criticized as lacking depth, thoroughness and speed. ... [read more]

Alberta court seeking input on proposed pilot project to speed up civil trials Subscriber only content

Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench has proposed a pilot project to promote resolution and reduce lead times in civil trials in Edmonton and Calgary, and it is encouraging feedback from the bar and the public on the proposals. The court is proposing to revoke the suspension of Rules 8.4(3)(a) and 8.5(1)(a) of the Alberta Rules of Court, which require parties who request a trial date to participate in a dispute resolution process and a judge be satisfied that the parties have participated in a process, respectively. ... [read more]