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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

CBA warns of court challenge to Bill C-58 if Ottawa persists with ‘incursions’ on privilege Kerry Simmons

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says it will “in all likelihood” go to court to challenge incursions on professional secrecy, if Ottawa proceeds to enact proposed measures that would empower the federal privacy and information commissioners to review legal advice and other privileged communications between legal advisers and their federal government clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Newfoundland and Labrador last province to establish stand-alone appeal court Brenda Grimes

The face of the judiciary may look the same in Newfoundland and Labrador, but new legislation has effectively brought the province “up to speed with the rest of Canada,” according to Minister of Justice and Public Safety Andrew Parsons. ... [read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 1:02 PM

WATER - Water resource management - Dams

Appeal by the plaintiffs from the summary dismissal of their action. ... [read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Court rules parties can contract out of statutory provisions in gas pipeline case Crawford Smith sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in a case involving municipal drainage work, ruling that parties can contract out of statutory provisions. ... [read more]

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 7:04 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Costs - Particular orders - Special orders - For reprehensible or inefficient conduct

Appeal by the plaintiff corporation from the dismissal of its defamation action and the award of special costs to the respondent. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

#MeToo: The importance of increased non-pecuniary damages for sexual abuse | Sandra Kovacs

Most personal injury lawyers’ practices consist of actions seeking damages for injury arising from a fortuitous event, such as a motor vehicle accident. Fewer personal injury lawyers, myself included, are advocates for injury victims of an even more vulnerable kind: those who have suffered harm from an intentional act of sexual violence or exploitation. This area of practice is an important one, particularly since society at large is (finally) acknowledging the harm that sexual violence, harassment and exploitation causes to vulnerable persons, especially women, evidenced by the recent trend of the “#MeToo” movement following the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

Stockwoods names new managing partner

Luisa Ritacca is now the managing partner at Stockwoods LLP. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 2:33 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 9:21 AM

Alberta judge’s fear of ‘big, dark people’ spotlights ‘systemic racism’ judiciary must combat, lawyers say Kristine Eidsvik

Complaints against Alberta Queen’s Bench Justice Kristine Eidsvik, who reportedly expressed her discomfort about entering a room in the presence of “big dark people,” have spotlighted issues of racial bias in the judiciary — and what the judiciary should do about it, racialized lawyers say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 3:36 PM

Clark Wilson LLP adds three partners, three associates

The employment roster at Vancouver-based Clark Wilson LLP has changed, with the naming of three partners and the hiring of three new associates. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 3:20 PM

Six Stewart McKelvey associates named partner

Stewart McKelvey is starting off the new year by adding six new partners in three of its Atlantic Canada offices. All were associates at the firm. ... [read more]