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Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 3:09 PM

Bayer strategy in Roundup class actions fraught with reputational risks | Matthew Chikaonda

On June 24, 2020, the German pharmaceutical corporation Bayer AG announced that it has agreed to a settlement package up to US$10.9 billion, in order to settle three-quarters of the U.S. class action lawsuits against the company. The plaintiffs in these lawsuits allege that they suffered from lymphoma or other cancers as a result of exposure to glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide. Roundup was originally produced by the American agrochemical company Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer for US$63 billion in a merger concluded in 2018. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 2:26 PM

If I could talk to the animals, I’d tell them why I love Lucy | Marcel Strigberger

I came across an interesting article by B.C. lawyer Victoria Shiroff who practises and teaches animal law. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 10:28 AM

General counsel hold moral compass on anti-Black racism | Naveen Mehta

The GC Forum recently facilitated a frank discussion among more than 30 Canadian general counsel on the role of general counsel and chief legal officers in confronting anti-Black racism and anti-racism in their companies. Here are some of the takeaways from our panel. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 1:52 PM

COVID-19 and the difficulties for Ontario inmates | Sarina Nezhadian

As we enter the fourth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are slowly being lifted, allowing individuals who once felt imprisoned inside their own homes to enjoy amenities from a safe distance. People began to compare the feelings of confinement to being detained. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 3:42 PM

Time for LSO to formalize its relationship with students | Morgan Watkins

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed Ontario’s legal profession in many ways — for law students, we have adjusted to new Law Society of Ontario (LSO) requirements related to work-from-home summer placements, shorter articling terms and the first online bar exams in Ontario’s history. Like all consequences of the pandemic, the changes have affected individual students differently depending on their family status, mental and physical health, financial and other circumstances. We have yet to appreciate how the shifting student experience will impact the profession in the next few years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Blow up 2020 to start over in 2021 | Laurelly Dale

Canada Day is around the corner. I fondly remember a few years back flipping through my copy of Canada at 150: Building a Free and Democratic Society. I look forward to the sequel, Canada at 200: How Kenny vs. Spenny Became Canada’s First Dual Prime Ministers. I anticipate that it will contain at least two chapters devoted to the rapid transformation of our criminal justice system.  ... [read more]

Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

In defence of civil jury trials | Sam Goldstein

Attorney General Doug Downey floated legislative amendments recently that would eliminate some or all civil jury trials in Ontario. Eliminating jury trials is seen as a partial solution to the problem of court backlog exacerbated by the pandemic. The AG has said that the move is part of a broader effort to modernize this province’s justice system. Ontario is one of the few provinces that still allows civil jury trials for most cases. ... [read more]

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

Nomad visas and economic resurgence: Lessons from Estonia | Christiana Sagay

Undoubtedly the COVID-19 pandemic has come at a great human and economic cost while also creating an immigration shortfall — a dip in the admission of economic migrants. With the spread of the virus, while applications for permanent residency were still accepted, the ability to review the applications was significantly skewed, as applications of Canadians returning to the country, vulnerable groups and people performing or supporting essential services took precedence. In addition to the processing lapse, admission of landed migrants into Canada was put on hold from March 16, 2020, creating a 30 per cent decline in economic migrants in March alone. ... [read more]

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 2:33 PM

Where do you Zoom? | Chris Graham

Here’s the thing about working remotely: it takes something ordinary (your work) and makes it seem strange and unusual. Uncanny. If you’re lucky enough to keep working during quarantine, you’re doing the same thing you were before — but also not the same thing. The setting has changed, the context, the quality of the distractions. I’ve never met a lawyer who brought their cat to the office. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 11:34 AM

Behind the veil of police support | Naomi Sayers

In 2014, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) presented evidence to Canada’s standing committee on justice and human rights. That evidence was in support of then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s bill, now law, to reintroduce laws disguised as helping the exploited in prostitution. That law, known as the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA), recriminalized certain aspects of prostitution after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that previous similar laws were unconstitutional. ... [read more]