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Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

Environmental law 2020: Looking down the road highwaytohorizon

As the new year approaches, numerous environmental issues will continue to command the attention of litigators and legislators across Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 3:01 PM

What to use vs. how to treat: Important distinction for patentability of health care inventions Medical man

Canada has a long-standing prohibition against granting patents for inventions that are “methods of medical treatment.” A decision of the Patent Appeal Board (PAB) issued earlier this year provides some clarity on when an invention will be considered a method of medical treatment and when it will be considered patentable subject matter. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 12:19 PM

Will carbon majors have to pay for climate damage? Earth melting to water

The climate crisis is already causing large financial losses and much more is ahead. Most of the fossil fuels that are driving this crisis have been produced and sold by 103 companies, the major fossil fuel producing companies (carbon majors). Can they be made to pay for it? ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 11:12 AM

Future may be bright: Climate change forecast effect on businesses, adaptation strategies Businessenvironment_sm.jpg

Climate change is an issue that is increasingly on the radar of businesses, consumers and governmental agencies. The prevalence of climate change in business agendas is largely a result of the potential substantial risk that it presents, making risk mitigation and adaption strategies a priority. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 10:07 AM

Nice gig, if you can get the work permit gig_economy_sm

The labour market may be shifting from one characterized by stable, permanent employment to a “gig economy” where temporary or contracted employment, freelancing, contingent work and remote work is the new norm. "Work" in a gig economy includes any job, especially one of short or uncertain duration such as temporary contract work or freelance work. It can also include a side job or informal activity for pay. In the gig economy, independent workers may be paid by the “gig” rather than receive a salary or wage for their services. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 1:26 PM

Autonomous vehicles and collection of personal data Autonomous car with data

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to reduce human error and increase driver safety. In order to do so, these vehicles must collect a driver’s personal data. But what does this mean for individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents? ... [read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 9:53 AM

Liens on municipal lands: Exempt lands, projects Constructionsite_sm.jpg

The Alberta Builders’ Lien Act creates a charge on land as security for payment for services rendered or materials furnished to construction projects. Alberta municipalities are subject to the requirements of the Act, even though interests in land held by the provincial and federal governments are exempt. Although municipal projects do not benefit from a general exemption, there are certain exemptions that are highly relevant to municipalities. There are statutory and judge-made exemptions for public highways, bridges, municipal reserve lands and, in limited circumstances, other projects based on “public policy” reasons. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 12:12 PM

Collaborative divorce: An alternative to litigation People at meeting

Collaborative divorce has steadily increased in popularity since its inception in the early 1990s. In Ontario alone there are now over 20 practice groups with 620 professionals who practise collaborative divorce and separation. But what is collaborative divorce? ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 9:56 AM

Problems with zero THC limits for drivers car&

Determining an appropriate legal limit for THC while driving is an ongoing endeavour. While the Canadian government set the legal limits at 5 nanograms per millilitre of blood or 2.5 nanograms per millilitre along with 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood to be equated to the existing per se limits for alcohol, a lower number of 2 nanograms per millilitre has also been set for a low blood drug offence. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

Death, consent and human reproductive material sperm_frozen_sm

In the recent case of L.T. v. The Estate of D.T. 2019 BCSC 2130, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that a woman (Mrs. T) could not remove and store the sperm of her husband (Mr. T), who died suddenly and without a will, in order to create an embryo for reproductive use. The court considered novel arguments with respect to statutory interpretation and consent, as well as the critical need for clear and explicit planning with respect to genetic material. ... [read more]