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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 1:16 PM

Feds support public education project on workplace sexual harassment in Northwest Territories David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

On June 29, the federal government pledged support for the Status of Women Council of the Northwest Territories for its project on “Public Education & Information on Workplace Sexual Harassment.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 8:02 AM

Office of B.C. Ombudsperson finding path | Jay Chalke

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released the summary of its final report in 2015, the commission chair, former senator Murray Sinclair, enjoined all Canadians to do the work of reconciliation with his formidable challenge: “We have described for you a mountain. We have shown you a path to the top. We call upon you to do the climbing.” The release of the TRC report and his challenge coincided with the start of my first term as the ombudsperson of British Columbia and resonated powerfully with me. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 4:48 PM

LSO issues call for comment on mandatory succession planning for licensees in private practice Jacqueline Horvat, LSO treasurer

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has amended commentary to the Rules of Professional Conduct to “provide licensees with guidance in respect of their obligations relating to technological competence” and has issued a call for comment on implementing a “mandatory succession planning requirement for licensees in private practice.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 10:51 AM

End of Roe: Glaring blight on judicial legitimacy, progressive democracy | Ryan Wozniak

The fight over abortion rights in the United States has always been far more political than legal. The U.S. Supreme Court’s scandal-ridden decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overrule Roe v. Wade was made not because of evolutions in the principles of constitutional interpretation or after careful judicial deliberation, but simply because one group of justices had secured more votes than the other. The court’s granting of certiorari in Dobbs was a Trojan Horse: once in the building, the new majority of highly conversative Trump-appointed justices could finally slay the beast they had been chasing for decades. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 10:19 AM

Camelot in the woods | Evert Akkerman

For years, I wondered about Ontarians’ fascination with cottage life, and became increasingly exasperated by articles in printed and digital boosters of the cottage cult. What always gets on my nerves are the words “casual,” “up” and “come up” that seem to be key ingredients. Sure, I can relate to casual in the sense of relaxed, informal and non-regimented. But the irritating side of casual is blasé, careless and non-committal. Sure, I don’t have to read these interviews, but it’s like turning off your TV — just because I’m no longer watching, doesn’t mean it isn’t out there. ... [read more]

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 5:09 PM

Ontario jury gives $1.5 million in largest known punitive damages award on record

A Toronto jury has given what is believed to be the largest punitive damages award to an individual plaintiff in Canada ever, following a five-week trial in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. ... [read more]

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 11:54 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal gives new life to class action on cancellation of basic income program Cara Zwibel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)

A class action filed on behalf of Ontarians who found themselves in difficult circumstances as a result of the cancellation of a program providing them a basic income has been given a second chance after the province’s top court ruled a judge was wrong when he did not certify the lawsuit’s claim on breach of contract. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 4:44 PM

Parliament passes self-induced extreme intoxication and budget bills before rising for summer David Lametti

Before MPs fled Ottawa for the summer, the minority Liberal government managed to enact its multipronged 2022 omnibus budget bill, as well as a new Criminal Code amendment that restricts the use of the self-induced extreme intoxication defence in prosecutions for violent crimes. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 4:17 PM

Amendments to Special Import Measures, Canadian International Trade Tribunal Acts now in force

A series of amendments to the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act (CITT Act) came into force on June 23.   ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 3:56 PM

Ontario court rules on teachers’ digital communications being intercepted by principal Howard Goldblatt, Goldblatt Partners.

In a case involving employee privacy in the workplace, Ontario’s Appeal Court has ruled it was wrong for a school principal to read and photograph private messages between teachers he found left open on a work computer. ... [read more]