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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

Federal Court’s chief justice says webcast pilot part of modernization project Paul Crampton sm

The Federal Court’s recently launched webcast pilot project may be centred around “access to justice,” but according to Chief Justice Paul Crampton, it’s also part of a larger modernization plan that will include a new website, electronic access to records and improved scheduling capabilities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

For Uber, the devil was in arbitration clause | Stuart Rudner

For as long as I can remember, the employment law bar has complained about the fact that we do not have a specialized court to address employment disputes. I have been encouraging employment and corporate lawyers to include arbitration clauses in their contracts of employment for quite some time now. The reason is simple: the parties can avoid the delays, inefficiencies and unpredictability of the standard civil litigation process by establishing a process customized to the specific case and presided over by a subject-matter expert. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS - Legislative remedies - Temporary suspension of declaration of invalidity

Application by the Crown to extend the suspension of a declaration of constitutional invalidity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

JUDGES - Disqualification or removal of - Bias, reasonable apprehension of

Application by Ayers, Adams and CPC Networks for leave to appeal a decision by a chambers judge of the Court of Queen's Bench refusing recusal. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

CROWN - Actions by and against Crown - Negligence by Crown

Appeal by the plaintiffs from the summary judgment dismissing their negligence claim against the respondent Water Stewardship Department. ... [read more]

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 4:02 PM - Last Updated: Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 4:36 PM

Lawyers dispute claim solicitor-client privilege bars ex-AG comment on alleged PMO ‘pressure’ in SNC-Lavalin case Jody Wilson-Raybould

Some legal experts dispute the assertion that solicitor-client privilege bars Jody Wilson-Raybould from making any comment on The Globe and Mail’s explosive but unproven allegation that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) “pressed” the then-attorney general last fall to nix the bribery prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in favour of a remediation agreement enabling the Montreal-based construction giant to remain eligible for lucrative federal government contracts. ... [read more]

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

‘Symptoms and effects’ needed for mental stress claim, rules Saskatchewan Appeal Court Tom_Engel_sm

Saskatchewan’s Appeal Court has shown one does not need something as official as a psychiatric diagnosis to successfully claim damages for mental suffering, said a lawyer in a case involving a “bone-chilling” phone call from one brother to another. ... [read more]

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 8:43 AM


Application by the administrator of Johnson’s estate for directions on the payment of legal fees following the settlement of the estate’s fatal accidents claim. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

B.C. trial lawyers raise concerns about auto insurance settlement policy Ron Nairne, president, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC)

The Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. (TLABC) is raising concerns the case settlement policy of the provincially owned auto insurer will lead to an increase in the number of trials and hamper people’s ability to receive proper settlements for their claims. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 11:51 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 3:54 PM

SCC rules teacher’s secret recording of students in school’s common spaces was criminal voyeurism Chief Justice Richard Wagner

People can have a reasonable expectation of privacy in public spaces, the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed 9-0 in a landmark privacy judgment that convicts an Ontario high school teacher of voyeurism for using a camera pen to secretly record the faces and breasts of female students. ... [read more]