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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 2:15 PM

Lawson Lundell adds associate in Yellowknife

Lawson Lundell welcomed Margaret Lovely as an associate in the Yellowknife office. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 2:01 PM

Ocean Nutrition constructive dismissal case sends warning to employers Dividingsectionsofacircle

At common law, the general rule is that an employer can dismiss an employee without cause or prompt him to leave. However, the employer is strictly required to provide reasonable notice or compensation in the form of an indemnity in lieu of. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 1:34 PM

Sitting upstage: How Canadian application of international law remains relevant global_law_sm

Alberta’s absence from the Federal-Provincial-Territorial human rights ministers meeting last week did not go unnoticed. In its Nov. 12, 2020, news release, Amnesty International stated that: “The government of Alberta did not participate because it considers that the province is not bound to report on or engage with international instruments or mechanisms to which it is not a Party ...” While groups expressed shock by this claim, provincial responsibility for abiding by international law is misunderstood by many. This article hopes to shed light on how international law becomes part of Canadian law and how there have been limited exceptions of contradictions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

Feds urged to establish law commission on sentencing reform headspinning.jpg

Using his cane, Peter Brooks bludgeoned a paralyzed care home resident to death as she slept in bed. He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 10 years (R. v. Brooks 2017 ONSC 439). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 8:49 AM

Canada’s proposed Modern Slavery Act and Nevsun: Implications, opportunities slave_labour_sm

On Feb. 28, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya 2020 SCC 5. Subject to significant legal commentary in the months since its release, Nevsun has been heralded as a step forward to recognize the liability of Canadian corporations for human and labour rights violations under their watch abroad. ... [read more]

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 2:18 PM

Benchers, do the right thing ... please | Dan Goldberg and Margaret MacDonald

In August, the Law Society of Ontario unveiled a policy to revoke the long-established exemption from payment of LSO fees granted to retired non-practising lawyers who are 65 years and over. The LSO’s original proposal was for this cohort to pay 25 per cent of the regular fee schedule. There was no prior notice to the profession of this proposal. So, what happened? ... [read more]

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 10:54 AM

The cruel and the unusual: Supreme Court on corporate suffering legal_interpretation_sm

It’s official. Corporations cannot experience pain. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in Quebec (Attorney General) v. 9147-0732 Quebec Inc. 2020 SCC 32, that the prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment” in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not protect corporations because the term “cruel” applies only to human pain and suffering. Accordingly, the $30,843 corporate fine in question was deemed constitutional. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 2:01 PM

Decentralized autonomous organizations: A Canadian legal perspective Blockchain concept

Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) are a relatively new organizational form that is being adopted by the blockchain community in the pursuit of building out “web3” (a reinvented Internet based on decentralized protocols). DAOs are built on programmed algorithms with governance structures designed to resemble corporations but adapted to facilitate “trustless” operations. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 1:23 PM

Lawyers care about long-term care gloved_hands_sm

There has never been a time where a light has shone so brightly on long-term care homes (LTC), and it is not a pretty picture. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the system’s struggle to meet the most essential needs of residents. At a time where the situation is going from desperate to dire, the Ontario Bar Association’s Elder Law Section has established a COVID-19 Working Group (Working Group) to closely examine the important legal issues facing vulnerable older Ontarians through the pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 10:42 AM

Cox & Palmer adds six associates to Halifax office

Cox & Palmer announced that Kelcie N. White, Jacob Che, Sarah Stevens, Ashley Dickey, Drew D. Ritchie and Michael M. Gallagher have joined the firm’s Halifax office as associates. ... [read more]