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Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 5:51 AM

INTERPRETATION - General principles - Context

Appeal by the plaintiff from trial judgment dismissing his claim for breach of contract. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 5:36 PM - Last Updated: Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 6:41 PM

SCC issues landmark ruling on minority language education rights, Charter justification and damages Justice Richard Wagner

In a robust and expansive interpretation of the Charter’s s. 23 guarantee of minority language educational rights, the Supreme Court of Canada has mostly allowed the appeal of British Columbia’s sole francophone school board in a milestone judgment that orders the province to pay more than $7 million in Charter damages for failing to properly fund francophone students’ transit and French-language rural schools. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 3:27 PM

SCHOOL REGULATION AND ADMINISTRATION - Finances and funding - Constitutional issues - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Appeal by the claimants from a decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissing their appeal and allowing of the respondent Province’s cross-appeal. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 2:57 PM

Virtual law post-COVID-19: Will justice thrive in a Zoom future? | Philip Holdsworth

COVID-19 has shocked the judicial system into the digital age, forcing justice to be administered via digital platforms. Video hearings are only a part of this new era of virtual law and Zoom is just the first example of how our legal future will exist in the digital world. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 12:24 PM

Construction materials supplier appeals disclosure of customer information Bank account passbook

The case of Roofmart Ontario Inc. v. Canada (National Revenue) 2020 FCA 85 deals with unnamed persons requirements under s. 231.2(2) and (3) of the Income Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 1 (5th Supp.) and its equivalent subsection 289(3) of the Excise Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-15. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 12:20 PM

Ford government names new patient ombudsman

Longtime health policy analyst Cathy Fooks will be Ontario’s new patient ombudsman beginning July 13, the government of Premier Doug Ford announced June 11. ... [read more]

Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 9:57 AM - Last Updated: Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

New Quebec Chief Justice Savard brings strong people, administrative skills to busy court: lawyers Manon Savard

Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Manon Savard, an ex-labour lawyer who lawyers say has demonstrated strong intellectual, administrative and people skills as a trial and appellate judge, is the new chief justice of Quebec. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced June 11 that Justice Savard has succeeded Nicole Duval Hesler, the province’s first female top judge who retired from the federal bench April 8, 2020. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 3:32 PM

Virtual court options expanding throughout Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court General Division is now expanding throughout the province its virtual options for certain non-urgent civil matters. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 1:18 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 5:15 PM

Feds ask Quebec court to maintain constitutionally defective assisted death law till Dec. 18 David Lametti and Patty Hajdu

Claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic makes it “impossible” for Parliament to meet an already stretched court-imposed deadline, Ottawa is again seeking extra time to amend the constitutionally defective federal law on medical assistance in dying (MAiD). ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 11:51 AM

$10B class action seeking to recoup municipal costs associated with opioid crisis

Over 40 pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors are being hit with a $10-billion class action lawsuit which seeks to recoup the money Canadian municipalities have spent in trying to deal with the opioid crisis. The suit, which was filed in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench by Calgary-based Guardian Law Group on June 3, takes aim at what it alleges are the two primary causes of the opioid crisis ... [read more]