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Friday, November 06, 2020 @ 12:45 PM

Law society aiming to broaden scope of services for Ontario paralegals, says treasurer Paralegal series logo

The Law Society of Ontario will continue to look at ways to expand the services that paralegals can provide across the province, including through a comprehensive study of the profession that is ongoing, said LSO treasurer Teresa Donnelly. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 5:31 PM

Charter protection from cruel and unusual punishment for humans, not corporations: SCC Russell_Brown_sm

In a case involving a Quebec construction company fined tens of thousands of dollars for doing work without a licence, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that corporations cannot benefit from the Charter’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment — a right the justices found to be reserved for human beings. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 2:14 PM

CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS - Protection against cruel and unusual treatment or punishment - Availability of Charter protection – Corporations

Appeal by the Attorney General of Quebec and Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal that found s. 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter) could apply to corporations. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 2:12 PM

What Narcos doesn’t tell you about those who bite the bullet | Adriana Ortiz

Silver or lead? This was the choice that was given in Medellin, Colombia. You, as a government official, would be forced to choose between money or being shot. On occasion, your life was spared only to watch your loved ones being shot one by one. What the Netflix series Narcos, fails to depict are the many government officials, lawyers, judges and journalists who lost their lives or those of their loved ones in the attempt to uphold the rule of law. Many of these great men and women believed in making Colombia a better place and faithfully carried out the duties of their roles. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

Why paralegals are force behind innovation in law firms paralegals_sm

Paralegals are already a vital resource to law firms, but with the onslaught of tools on the market that help automate the more mundane and repetitive parts of their work, they are about to become much more valuable. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Canada to fix ‘no-fly’ list, address mistaken identity Bill_Blair_sm

Canada’s government is attempting to fix issues with its controversial “no-fly” list by addressing situations where passengers are falsely flagged because they happen to have the same name as someone on that list. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 9:23 AM

Ontario cybersecurity panel could shape privacy and data security legislation, say lawyers Lyndsay Wasser sm

The findings of an expert panel on cybersecurity recently formed by the Ontario government could significantly influence future privacy and digital security legislation in the province, say two lawyers with expertise in the field. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 8:23 AM

Mitigating litigation risks, enforcement actions for financial institutions plan_B_sm

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic volatility and uncertainty it has created, has heightened the attention placed on consumer protection in litigation and regulatory activity involving financial institutions (FIs). The economic impact of the pandemic has also increased the risk of corporate misconduct due to conflicts of interest and other business practices that do not put customer’s interests first. These areas are a source of litigation and regulatory enforcement action. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 6:20 AM

EVIDENCE – Admissibility - Photographs and videos – Hearsay rule - Exceptions

Appeal by the accused from conviction for second-degree murder. The victim was shot outside a nightclub. The main issue at trial was the identity of the shooter. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 @ 4:35 PM

Halifax court to hear in-person motions for directions

Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court in Halifax will soon begin hearing in-person motions for directions, further expanding its attempts to return to normal operations. According to a Nov. 4 news release, the court’s general division will begin dealing with all motions for directions at the Law Courts of Halifax as in-person matters, starting Nov. 16. ... [read more]