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Appeal Court ruling instructive on request to admit procedure in litigation, lawyers say
Peter Denton
Peter Denton, Wallbridge, Wallbridge Barristers & Solicitors, said the Court of Appeal’s treatment of the response to request to admit is the most significant aspect of the decision for lawyers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 2:46 PM

A trial judge’s mishandling of a key litigation tool — a request to admit — and insufficient trial reasons have prompted the Ontario Court of Appeal to order a new trial in a case of alleged medical malpractice involving a Northern Ontario woman. ... [read more]

Federal inmates facing harsher conditions compared to pre-COVID circumstances: report

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 3:08 PM

Canada’s correctional investigator is calling on the federal government to focus on the early release of elderly and medically compromised inmates who pose no undue risk to society as it continues the fight against the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Alberta argues federal impact assessment law an unconstitutional ‘Trojan horse’

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

Alberta’s highest court is serving as the latest venue in the fight over the Trudeau government’s environmental agenda this week, as it hears arguments from the province that recent legislation revamping the environmental assessment process for natural resource projects is an unconstitutional intrusion on provincial powers. ... [read more]

Newfoundland court closes doors due to COVID-19 spread

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 1:24 PM

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador is suspending its normal operations for the rest of February and throughout March in response to rising COVID-19 numbers in the province. According to a recent online notice and accompanying documents, all in-person appearances, including jury trials, will be postponed — save for some “limited exceptions.” Only urgent matters will proceed virtually from Feb. 22-26. ... [read more]

New law society boss prepares for post-pandemic future Leah Kosokowsky, CEO of the Law Society of Manitoba

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 9:32 AM

New Law Society of Manitoba chief executive officer Leah Kosokowsky has been handed the baton of leadership during unprecedented times for the regulator. In a recent interview with The Lawyer’s Daily, Kosokowsky talked of the road going forward as the Law Society of Manitoba (LSM) continues its efforts to navigate the social and economic impacts of COVID-19, as well the need for the society to keep an eye on a stalled legislative bid to expand the roles of paralegals and other non-lawyer practitioners in the province. ... [read more]