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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 12:35 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 9:12 PM

Wilson-Raybould quits cabinet, hires ex-SCC judge to advise on what she can ‘legally’ say about SNC-Lavalin Jody Wilson-Raybould

Ex-Attorney General of Canada and former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has quit the federal cabinet, saying she has hired former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on what she “is legally permitted to discuss” publicly about The Globe and Mail’s allegation that officials in the Prime Minister’s Office exerted “heavy pressure” on her to press the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to abandon its criminal bribery prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in favour of a deferred prosecution agreement that would not trigger criminal consequences for the Montreal-based global engineering and construction giant. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 11:39 AM

Federal Court of Appeal jurist David Stratas cautions against statutory interpretation that ‘goes off the rails’ Justice David Stratas sm

Justice David Stratas, of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, tackled the question “judges interpreting laws: do the words matter anymore?” in conversation with Asher Honickman, a partner at Matthews Abogado LLP, as part of a keynote address at the Runnymede Society’s Law & Freedom Conference 2019. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

Deadline nears for input into Ontario auto insurance review ambulancecarcrash

On Jan. 9, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Finance in a news release titled “Reforming Auto Insurance for the People” announced it was reviewing auto insurance so as to “make auto insurance more affordable.” Consumers and insurers were invited to share their views here, something I encourage everyone to do. ... [read more]

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 1:22 PM

Lenczner Slaght hires new counsel

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP announced that Amanda Smallwood has joined the firm as counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Top judge says judicial independence requires that SCC, other courts control their own budgets Exclusive

All courts should be able to control their own budgets, Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner tells The Lawyer’s Daily in the most forceful and clear expression yet of the judicial branch’s resolve to obtain more financial and administrative independence from the other two branches of government. ... [read more]

Friday, February 08, 2019 @ 11:37 AM

Digital Hearing Workspace pilot project: One step closer to court modernization Documentswap

On Feb. 11, 2019, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice will launch its pilot project, the Digital Hearing Workspace (DHW). The program will apply to all Commercial List proceedings and will be used to deliver, store, organize and retrieve all documents electronically. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 12:37 PM

Aird & Berlis names three new partners

Aird & Berlis LLP announced that Meghan Cowan, Marni Pernica and Vedran Simkic have become partners of the firm. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

Litigation funding firm opens Toronto office

Augusta, the largest litigation and dispute funding institution in the U.K. — with 150 million pounds of capital and a team of 70 in London, announced its expansion into the Canadian market with the opening of an office in Toronto. This complements Augusta’s existing operations in Sydney and London. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI TLD Exclusive

Richard Wagner, Canada’s reform-minded top judge, has already overseen changes at the three major legal institutions he leads — the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) — and there are more changes to come, he advises in a wide-ranging exclusive interview. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

LIMITATION OF ACTIONS - Conflict between limitation periods

Action by the plaintiff for payment of the outstanding balance of $34,602 on construction work completed for the defendants. ... [read more]