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Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 3:38 PM

PM announces extension of COVID-19 benefits, lays out appointment process for next SCC justice Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The federal government plans to extend a number of COVID-19 benefits and has also launched a process to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, who will leave Canada’s top court this summer. ... [read more]

Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 1:23 PM

Has the litigation culture shift happened? Dial pointing to "New Way"

In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a judicial clarion call in Hryniak v. Mauldin 2014 SCC 7. The court required a litigation “culture shift” in Canada, requiring the judiciary and lawyers to apply more efficient modes of resolving parties’ disputes. ... [read more]

Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Defending Canada’s environmental assessment law | Devon Page and Joshua Ginsberg

The week of Feb. 22, Premier Jason Kenney’s constitutional challenge of Canada’s Impact Assessment Act (IAA) will be heard in the Alberta Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 10:01 AM

No turning back from pandemic’s changes to justice system: CBA report CBA president Brad Regehr

When transmitting the first message to officially open the Baltimore to Washington telegraph line, Samuel Morse included a simple statement: “what hath God wrought?” The same question has likely passed through the minds of many people over the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses and schools and forced many people into makeshift home offices. Canada’s justice system has not been immune from that change, with trials moving online and lawyers filing their documents electronically. And now the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says it is time to make many of those changes permanent. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 10:59 AM

Possible Commonwealth trade agreement explained Canadian and New Zealand Flags

Following on from part one of the CANZUK series which outlined the likely structure through which the agreement will operate, part two will continue to look at the regulatory impacts resulting from the principle of mutual recognition. Then, through comparing CANZUK to broadly similar trade agreements such as NAFTA, it is also possible to formulate some predictions as to what the prescribed dispute mechanism could look like. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Made to measure: Mental health at Canadian law schools | Sharath Voleti

The legal profession is grueling and stressful, with many lawyers facing mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety and addiction issues. Common refrains from lawyers include poor overall satisfaction and work-life balance, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the legal profession has taken important steps by providing supports such as the Member Assistance Program and raising awareness through continuing education programs. Comparatively little attention, however, has been paid to law student mental health. ... [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 @ 6:18 AM

WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY - Offences and enforcement

Appeal by Seattle Environment and its principal, Singh, from orders permanently enjoining them from engaging in the asbestos abatement industry and finding them both guilty of contempt of a 2012 court order prohibiting noncompliance with the Workers Compensation Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 11:09 AM

Three reasons why lawyers should engage with climate change | Meredith James and Aladdin Diakun

At the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) annual general meeting on Feb. 17, 2021, a Climate Leadership Resolution will be up for debate. Here are the top three reasons why lawyers should care about climate-related risks and opportunities as we move toward a net-zero emissions economy ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 8:52 AM

Legislation needed to address child labour concerns in companies’ supply chains: humanitarian group Simon Lewchuk, World Vision

A major humanitarian organization is warning that Canadians could be contributing to child labour every time they go to the grocery store and is advocating the federal government to adopt legislation that ensures transparency and accountability in corporate supply chains. ... [read more]