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Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

Former law society president appointed to N.B. Court of Queen’s Bench

On Nov. 9 the federal Department of Justice announced that Marie-Claude Bélanger-Richard, a partner at Droit Veritas Law, has been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Family Division, in Saint John. She replaces Justice R.L. Tuck, who passed away on Jan. 27, 2018.   ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

Federal judges’ travel and other work-related expenses were $34 million in 2017-2018, senior official discloses Marc Giroux

Canada’s 1,181 federal judges spent nearly $34 million in the past fiscal year on job-related travel, education, public outreach and representation, and incidentals, the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs has informed the Senate. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 10:13 AM - Last Updated: Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 3:04 PM

Top court rules constitutional path is clear for proposed pan-Canadian securities regulation Chief Justice Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 9-0 that the Constitution authorizes pan-Canadian securities regulation by a single national securities regulator, as per the national “Cooperative System” for the regulation of capital markets proposed by Ottawa and five provinces and one territory. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

Two associates join Lerners’ Toronto office

Lerners LLP announced that Lindsay Woods and Justin Martin have joined the firm as associates in the Toronto office. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

First Nations authority over cannabis hazy, legal experts say Robert Hamilton, University of Calgary Faculty of Law

The legalization of cannabis in October saw massive lineups, short supply and a likely uptick in sales of Tim Hortons doughnuts. But amid all the celebration, serious questions emerged over what role Canada’s Indigenous peoples have in making their own laws on marijuana, and legal experts are saying those questions do not have clear answers. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

WRONGFUL DISMISSAL - Constructive dismissal - Change to remuneration

Application by Kuhnreich for damages for constructive dismissal and relief from oppression. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

Federal backstop carbon taxes are coming to Manitoba in 2019 Symbol of Manitoba

On Oct. 3, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced that Manitoba would no longer include a carbon tax in the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Manitoba joined Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick as the holdouts for a carbon pricing scheme. On Oct. 23, Canada indicated that the federal “backstop” carbon tax under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act would apply in Manitoba and outlined how the backstop carbon tax would be applied. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 9:13 AM

Unlocking the mysteries of the ‘smart contract’ smart_contract_sm

Smart contracts are a source of intrigue and speculation among the legal profession. Counsel are well-served to understand the smart contract and position themselves to advise on whether implementation is both practicable and advantageous. In a word, smart contracts have transformational potential, but their application is not all-encompassing; there are inherent flaws and limitations. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Quebec’s immigration economic stream | Colin Singer

On April 6, 2016, Quebec’s government tabled new legislation: the Quebec Immigration Act. On July 18, 2018, it tabled new regulations: the Quebec Immigration Regulation, providing for a significant overhaul of its immigration programs, which are both now in force. In our last article, we covered the selection rules for business applicants in the Entrepreneur Program. Here are the selection rules for the other two programs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

‘Massive’ budget implementation bill replete with legal measures of note to bar and clients Jan Borowy

The Trudeau government’s latest jam-packed budget implementation bill (Bill C-86), which is under scrutiny this week at the Commons Finance Committee, includes scores of proposed regulatory measures — many of them unheralded and deserving of lawyers’ attention. ... [read more]