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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 2:14 PM

Virtual health care: Managing privacy risks part one Virtual doctor consultation

The ongoing shift to virtual health care has brought with it new privacy and security risks. “Virtual health care” refers to the use of video or audio technology communications to provide non-urgent, non-emergency health-care services remotely in real time. Virtual health-care services may include medical consults, counselling, coaching, psycho-education, intervention services and other direct services. And they are becoming increasingly common as the pandemic enters its second year. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 1:46 PM

Court upholds unlimited coverage for construction mitigation losses Hand with pen pointing to contract

In Surespan Structures Ltd. v. Lloyds Underwriters 2021 BCCA 65, the British Columbia Court of Appeal held that a professional liability insurance policy contained no monetary limit in relation to one component of its coverage. Specifically, while the policy included limits, these were found not to apply to loss mitigation coverage for a construction project worth approximately $400 million. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 11:37 AM

Ramifications of Supreme Court’s carbon pricing decision Canadian weather map

On March 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision on the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA). The Supreme Court held that the GGPPA was constitutional (Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act 2021 SCC 11). ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 9:00 AM

Ontario budget outlines plans to modernize, expand mandate of securities regulator Walied Soliman, Norton Rose Fulbright

The Ontario government is moving ahead with plans to modernize the province’s securities regulator after a task force report earlier this year recommended sweeping reform to equip it with more tools to better deal with rapid change in the global financial systems. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 8:43 AM

Enbridge Line 5 dispute may lead to interstate arbitration Oil pipeline maze

Since 1953, Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has shipped western Canadian crude oil and other products from Superior, Wis., across Michigan, to refineries in Sarnia, Ont. It carries about 540,000 barrels of oil every day. From Sarnia, refined oil is shipped east through the Line 9 pipeline, which not only supplies all the jet fuel consumed at Toronto’s Pearson airport but also, among other things, two-thirds of all crude oil consumed in Quebec. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 8:04 AM

New Brunswick must compensate First Nations for carbon tax, court rules Nick Kennedy, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

Governments cannot use legislative amendments to get around fulfilling their contractual obligations, says a lawyer after a court in New Brunswick found that the province must share its carbon tax revenue with a group of First Nations communities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 2:04 PM

Evidence-based legal practice: The value of data in litigation Woman lawyer analyzing legal data

Professionals are paid for their judgment and experience. That judgment and experience should be supplemented, wherever possible, by empirical data. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 11:52 AM

It takes three to tango Three business people behind a desk

Referrals are a great source of business. Whether it’s between friends and neighbours, or from one chamber member to another, or from HR professionals to employment lawyers, it’s all about people trusting you and, by extension, trusting people you trust. You take some of your trust-dust and sprinkle it on someone else. We all know the stereotypes — lawyers are crooks, HR people are pencil pushers, mechanics are out to scam you … except the ones you know. You refer your friends to them. When you tell someone that this person is OK, they are instantly comfortable: no sales pitches, no pressure tactics. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 11:33 AM

Banking proposals aimed at more proportional approach for smaller institutions, legal experts say Maziar Peihani, Lawson Lundell UBC Professor in Business Law at the University of British Columbia

Canada’s banking regulator is seeking input on a number of proposed regulatory changes aimed at fully implementing an international framework which was designed to help ensure the solvency of financial institutions after the 2007-09 financial crisis. The federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI)’s consultation on introducing the latest and final round of Basel III framework into its capital, leverage and related disclosure guidelines for banks runs until the beginning of June. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

B.C. issues ‘circuit breaker’ protections to address rising COVID-19 case counts

British Columbia has issued new restrictions on indoor dining and fitness as it begins a three-week “circuit breaker” process to address the rise in COVID-19 case counts in the province. ... [read more]