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Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 1:12 PM

Trudeau’s missed opportunities to call out misogyny | Naomi Sayers

When I was in grade 10, I remember a group of white girls would whisper certain words under their breath whenever I walked past them. And, I had to walk past them; I was the only Indigenous female student in these academic classes, mostly science and math. They liked to sit in the front rows or on the side aisles near the doors. I sat in the back. Anything to make myself less noticeable to them, others and the teacher. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 1:11 PM

COVID-19, class actions and business interruption: Quebec court renders trilogy of decisions Sign in window saying "Closed COVID-19"

During the COVID-19 pandemic, governments adopted several measures, such as the decision to order the closure of businesses, in order to contain the rapid spread of the virus. In the case of certain professionals, such as dentists, with the exception of certain proceedings deemed urgent, they were forced to cease their professional activities. As such, this resulted in disputes vis-à-vis the coverage afforded by insurers in the context of interruptions and business losses. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 9:22 AM

Royal Society of Canada recognizes York University professor

The Royal Society of Canada has presented the Yvan Allaire Medal for outstanding contributions in governance of public and private organizations to York University law professor Poonam Puri. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 9:05 AM

Effect of prior use on registered trademark Industrial warehouse

A decision of the Federal Court deals with who is entitled to use and register a trademark/tradename (Norsteel Building Systems Ltd. v. Toti Holdings Inc. 2021 FC 927).   ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 3:34 PM

Ontario’s chief justices address backlogs, stress need for accessibility as courts modernize George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

The quick modernization of the justice system in the wake of a global pandemic and the “historic backlog” of cases that COVID-19 has created were consistent themes throughout Ontario’s opening of the courts ceremony, held virtually on Sept. 14. One thing was made clear: technology is needed to keep justice moving, but ensuring the courts remain accessible to the most vulnerable is an important priority. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 11:24 AM

Just dial 1-800-BOT-CHED Man shooting a basket but missing

Like many other people, I didn’t always follow my dad’s advice, but several of his comments and expressions stuck with me. When it came to opportunities, he typically said, “If it’s on the table, pick it up,” and “You’ll only regret what you didn’t do.” I made some bad choices, which took a while to correct. I also missed a few opportunities, including the time when I procrastinated on accepting a job offer from a Big Five bank because another, better offer might come. The bank’s offer expired, and the other offer never materialized — leaving me with nothing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 8:36 AM

Targeting, and the long arm of British courts Jet in clouds

A decision of the U.K. High Court of Justice illustrates the long reach of the U.K. courts in a trademark context (EasyGroup Ltd and other companies v. Easyway SBH (a company incorporated under the laws of St Barthelemy) and another [2021] EWHC 2007 (IPEC).) ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 8:09 AM

Newfoundland court passing on vaccine requirement for judges

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador is not requiring its judges or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 but urging them to get their shots all the same. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 8:05 AM

New Toronto partner for Stikeman Elliott

Stikeman Elliott welcomed Kevin Ackhurst as a partner in its competition and foreign investment group in Toronto. Ackhurst is competition lawyer who brings over 20 years of experience in the field. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 8:05 AM

New associate joins Blaney McMurtry

Blaney McMurtry welcomed Philip Yang to the firm as an associate. ... [read more]