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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 1:15 PM

The opioid crisis: Assessing Canada’s hidden epidemic | Serena Eshaghurshan

In my previous article, I discussed various socioeconomic disadvantages that serve as systemic barriers to equitable access to justice outcomes. Marginalized and vulnerable segments of our population are disproportionately affected by adversity and hardship, both internal and external to the legal system. However, such disparity is not wholly limited to the justice system. In this article, I will discuss the effect of such disparities in the context of Canada’s opioid crisis. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 9:32 AM

New law society boss prepares for post-pandemic future Leah Kosokowsky, CEO of the Law Society of Manitoba

New Law Society of Manitoba chief executive officer Leah Kosokowsky has been handed the baton of leadership during unprecedented times for the regulator. In a recent interview with The Lawyer’s Daily, Kosokowsky talked of the road going forward as the Law Society of Manitoba (LSM) continues its efforts to navigate the social and economic impacts of COVID-19, as well the need for the society to keep an eye on a stalled legislative bid to expand the roles of paralegals and other non-lawyer practitioners in the province. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 3:05 PM

Born free and equal: Conversion therapy in Canada | Marvin Zuker

Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy), was introduced in the House of Commons on Oct. 1, 2020. It amends the Criminal Code to prohibit anyone from advertising services related to conversion therapy, forcing persons or causing a child from Canada to undergo conversion therapy, removing a child from Canada to undergo conversion therapy abroad, and receiving a material benefit from the provision of conversion therapy. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 2:34 PM

Saskatchewan court shelves upcoming jury trials Martel Popescul, Chief Justice of Saskatchewan's Court of Queen's Bench

Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench is postponing all April jury trials as the prairie province continues to battle the spread of COVID-19. In a Feb. 18 directive, Chief Justice Martel Popescul states that, effective immediately, all jury trials scheduled to start between April 1 and April 30 “will be postponed.” ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Time to update Alberta law on secured transactions, legal reform institute says Roderick Wood, F.R. (Dick) Matthews Q.C. Professor of Business Law, University of Alberta

An Alberta legal reform institute is calling on the provincial government to amend its legislation governing personal property security transactions, saying the law is out of date and needs to take into account the sweeping effect electronic commerce has had over the past 30 years. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 12:33 PM

Stopping anti-vaccination debate from entering legal system | David Frenkel

In A.P. v. L.K. 2021 ONSC 150, one parent decided that her children should not be vaccinated while the other disagreed. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 9:55 AM

Paliare Roland partner wins The Advocates’ Society Medal

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP announced that partner Linda Rothstein is this year’s recipient for The Advocates’ Society Medal. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 9:52 AM

Nova Scotia law society issues succession planning standard Tilly Pillay

Succession planning for lawyers is not optional in Nova Scotia. Now the Succession Planning Professional Standard issued by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) spells out exactly what is required of lawyers and law firms. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 9:22 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Costs - Special orders - Unproved allegations of fraud

Application by the husband for leave to appeal an award of special costs. The parties married in 1978 and separated in 2010. Thereafter, the wife commenced a family law action. In 2015 the court ordered the sale of the parties’ residential property. ... [read more]

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 9:18 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Summary judgments - Procedure

Appeal by the plaintiff from summary judgment dismissing the action. The appellant was a gas and oil exploration company. After paying losses from a 2011 pipeline spill, the appellant’s pollution liability insurers commenced this action against the respondents in 2013. ... [read more]