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SCC affirms First Nations can sue in Quebec for alleged harms to lands straddling N.L., Quebec
Chief Justice Richard Wagner
Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner said permitting the Innu to pursue Aboriginal claims in relation to lands which straddle two provinces in the courts of just one province facilitates access to justice.

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 4:42 PM

Last Updated: Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 5:10 PM

In a groundbreaking private international law judgment concerning the adjudication of constitutionally protected s. 35 Aboriginal rights, the Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed that the Quebec Superior Court does have jurisdiction to decide all the claims brought against two Montreal-based mining companies for alleged harms committed in the traditional territories of two Innu First Nations — even though some of the Innu’s claims relate to land in Newfoundland and Labrador. ... [read more]

CBA urges better regulation of immigration consultants, denounces Bill 21 religious discrimination Subscriber only content Vivene Salmon

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 12:04 PM

Lawyers are mobilizing to push Ottawa to rein in immigration consultants who harm the public and to denounce the Quebec government’s denial of public employment to lawyers and others who wear religious symbols as an expression of their faith. ... [read more]

Court of Appeal raises alarm over ‘trap for the unwary’ in addendum to home sale agreement Subscriber only content Bob Aaron of Aaron & Aaron

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 9:42 AM

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision that ruled in favour of a builder in a dispute over a purchase and sale agreement has raised the need to revise the wording of an addendum regarding delayed closing provisions, according to a veteran real estate lawyer. ... [read more]

Dealing with orphan oil and gas wells both a political and legal problem, experts say Subscriber only content Alastair Lucas, University of Calgary

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 3:28 PM

A potential crisis looms over Alberta’s energy sector, which is largely separate from the fallout if major projects such as Trans Mountain expansion do not go forward. ... [read more]

Top judge urges bar to vigilantly defend judicial independence Subscriber only content

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 12:23 PM

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner is warning the bar and all Canadians to be vigilant to preserve the judiciary’s independence. In his first address to the Canadian Bar Association’s annual meeting, the top judge stressed that judicial independence exists not for the benefit of individual judges, but to preserve the public’s confidence that judges decide cases independently and impartially, and without regard to the political ideology of the government that appointed them. ... [read more]