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Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

ONCA rules docs’ religious objections to MAiD, abortion, other health care don’t trump patients’ right of access Ruth Ainsworth and Lisa Brownstone

In a far-reaching decision that could go to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal has affirmed the constitutionality of the “effective referral” requirements imposed on doctors by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 8:51 AM

ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND PRIVACY - Personal information

Appeal by Privacy Commissioner from a Divisional Court decision quashing the Commissioner’s decision that a report prepared by KPMG at the request of Algoma Public Health (APH) should be released as there existed a compelling public interest in the disclosure of the report that clearly outweighed the purpose underlying the personal privacy exemption of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

Is AI coming to a legal transcript near you? voicerecognition_button_sm

We ask Alexa to play songs from the ’70s. We ask Siri for a weather report. We dictate e-mails and text messages to our phones. We speak into machines and they do things for us. They seem to understand us. But is this technology up to the task of preparing important documents like legal transcripts? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 3:23 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 4:05 PM

Ottawa revises appointment process to give Quebec more say in filling province’s three SCC seats Justin Trudeau

Ottawa and Quebec have struck what they dub a “historic agreement” to give the province greater say in the selection of Supreme Court of Canada judges from Quebec — a key demand made by the new nationalist Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 12:55 PM

Stikeman adds partner to Calgary capital markets, M&A groups

Stikeman Elliott announced that Sony Gill has joined the firm as a partner in its capital markets and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) groups in its Calgary office. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 11:12 AM

SCC’s Gascon says he is ‘fully capable’ of performing judicial duties after recent ‘panic attack’ Clément Gascon

Lawyers and judges are praising Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon, who has experienced some dark days recently, for shining a bright light on anxiety and depression — two conditions with which he and thousands of other Canadians contend. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

Legal pitfalls in asymmetrical arbitration clauses uneven_agreement_sm

Arbitration clauses need not be symmetrical, giving each party the exact same legal benefits. An arbitration clause that gives one party the right to select a forum to settle a dispute is likely within legal reach for any party negotiating an arbitration agreement. However, there are some potential pitfalls to asymmetrical arbitration clauses. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 7:26 AM

FOREIGN JUDGMENTS - Action on foreign judgment - Enforcement

Appeal by the defendant Li from an order holding her and her husband jointly and severally liable to pay debts owed to the plaintiff under Chinese judgments plus interest at an annual rate of 60 per cent. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 3:11 PM

Chief Justice Wagner reaches out to Canadians via video; SCC will hear appeals outside Ottawa for first time Richard Wagner

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner will lead the top court to sit outside Ottawa for the first time in its 144-year history and, in another novel move, he announced that historic development to Canadians via a personal video statement posted on social media. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

Summary dismissal: Employers need a bigger toolbox | Stuart Rudner

It is the classic line used by judges and arbitrators when they find that summary dismissal was not warranted: “Some lesser form of discipline was appropriate.”   ... [read more]