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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 4:11 PM

Proposed settlement would compensate former Crown wards Adam Tanel, Associate, Koskie Minsky LLP, Toronto

Potentially thousands of former Ontario Crown wards who were never compensated by the province for crimes committed against them may be eligible for payouts of up to $3,600 each under a proposed settlement in a unique class action, says a lawyer involved in the case. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 1:43 PM

Importance of access to legal information | Nathan Baker

Death and taxes are certainties. A close third to those is the rising price of access to legal resources. The ability of lawyers to do their job is reliant on access to ongoing education as case law develops. Interpreting developments though scholarship and secondary resources allows clarity in the law which aids in the resolution of disputes. As costs to access the tools of the trade increase, the cost to the client increases. As costs increase, this becomes an access to justice issue. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 11:56 AM

Stocking your resilience toolbox: Being proactive in managing stress | Rob De Toni

In my article published in The Lawyer’s Daily on Feb. 3 (see below for link), I wrote about how we can proactively strengthen our resilience by using the tools we already have at our disposal. I called it “stocking our resilience toolbox,” and I focused on the physical tools that we could stock our toolboxes with. So, what mental health tools should we put in? ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 11:33 AM

The sovereign’s gambit: Insurance company ordered to indemnify mayor King and queen chess pieces

Patrick Brown, the current mayor of the city of Brampton, Ont., was recently successful in an action seeking indemnification for the defence costs he incurred in defending a defamation lawsuit (Brown v. Sovereign General Insurance Co. [2021] O.J. No. 297). The case ultimately turned on the interpretation of a publishing agreement and whether it was a personal services contract. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 9:53 AM

Bill-78: Quebec moves toward more corporate transparency People examining all aspects of a corporation

True to its commitment to address tax avoidance, criminal activity and corruption, the Quebec government introduced Bill 78, An Act mainly to improve the transparency of enterprises (the bill) last December. The bill did not come as a surprise as it substantially replicates the proposed amendments already disclosed by the Quebec government in March 2020 as part of the 2020‑2021 budget. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 9:45 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 @ 4:03 PM

Appeal Court OKs race-based argument in granting intervener status in drug appeal Owen Goddard, Goddard Nasseri LLP, Toronto

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision granting the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) intervener status in a significant drug law case later this month reflects the increasing openness of judges to consider societal factors in criminal law such as anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, say lawyers involved in the cases. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 4:42 PM

Liberals move forward on introducing assault weapon prohibition Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

In a bid to build on its current ban on assault-style firearms, Ottawa is introducing legislation that would outlaw the use, trading and handing-down of such weapons, create a buyback program for current owners and allow “concerned” people to apply to have someone’s guns taken away. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 2:32 PM

Legal presumptions: Trail markers in our justice system | William Poulos

Legal presumptions are located throughout our vast legal forests. They are referred to in statute and case law. They act as trail markers for participants entering the legal forests providing a heads-up on what parties can expect. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

Should Canada criminalize coercive controlling behaviour? Silhouette of man sitting in jail cell

As Crystal Giesbrecht discussed in an article in The Lawyer’s Daily, coercive control in situations of intimate partner abuse is often unidentified or misunderstood. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 1:47 PM

Parole: Not zero-sum game | John L. Hill

“I’m sorry for the needless pain that I put you through.” Those are the words of former president Donald Trump’s “fixer,” Michael Cohen. They were directed to adult film star Stormy Daniels in a recent Cohen podcast made while Cohen is continuing to serve a three-year prison sentence at home. ... [read more]