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Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Access to Justice: A2J Week about innovation, collaboration, action | Beverley McLachlin

The end of October marked the celebration of Access to Justice Week in three Canadian provinces — Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia. I was pleased to be able to join Ontario’s justice sector leaders for part of their deliberations on the future of access to justice in Ontario and to follow the activities in the other provinces, albeit from a distance. ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 9:10 AM


Appeal by Lapchuk from the dismissal of his application for judicial review of a decision of the Human Rights Commission dismissing his complaint. ... [read more]

Friday, November 08, 2019 @ 2:08 PM

New pay equity legislation applicable to federally regulated employers Canadianflagandmoney.jpb

New legislation will introduce a pay equity framework for federally regulated employers with more than 10 employees in both the public and private sectors. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 07, 2019 @ 1:59 PM

Labourers contracted by Rogers do not fall under ‘derivative jurisdiction,’ court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld an Ontario Labour Relations Board decision that determined construction labourers who work on Rogers’ networks as third-party contractors do not fall under “derivative jurisdiction,” which would place them within federal jurisdiction. The court’s decision restored the order granting the labourers certification under a union. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 07, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

Federal Court greenlights class action against Ottawa by ex-military members alleging pension delays Adam Tanel

The Federal Court has certified a class action, estimated at $100 million or more, on behalf of ex-reserve members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who contend Ottawa illegally delayed their retirement benefits. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

Quebec, Ottawa applaud Justice Kasirer, province’s new role in nominating Quebec SCC judges Chief Justice of Quebec Nicole Duval Hesler with Supreme Court of Canada Justice Nicholas Kasirer

The Supreme Court of Canada saw a rare display of federal-provincial unanimity Nov. 4 as the attorneys general of Canada and Quebec jointly hailed the top court’s newest judge and the province’s beefed-up role in the reformed process that culminated in Justice Nicholas Kasirer’s nomination. “The nomination of Justice Kasirer to the court is historic,” Attorney General of Canada David Lametti said of the new process during the welcoming ceremony in the Supreme Court’s courtroom which was packed with Justice Kasirer’s family and friends, along with many legal lights from the bar and bench in Quebec and across Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Breakthrough Innovation: New models for practice of law | Kurt Sandstrom

With the exception of technology, the basic model of the practice of law has not changed in any drastic way over the last 30 years, likely longer. While there are pockets of innovation, for the most part, a client usually seeks out a legal professional according to a set number of already established “problem areas” in which lawyers advertise their assistance: wills, estates, personal injury, family law, etc. However, it is very clear from statistics that the vast majority of people’s legal problems cannot be served through this model.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 6:24 AM


Application by the employer for judicial review of a decision of the Canada Industrial Relations Board granting the application for certification of the respondent with respect to the applicant’s technical field and warehouse employees. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 6:23 AM

AWARDS - Enforcement

Appeal by Hong from the dismissal of his application for an order of mandamus to compel the RCMP to implement a grievance decision. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 2:14 PM

New litigation associate for Wilton Martin

Wilton Martin announced that Frank Portman has joined the litigation firm as an associate. ... [read more]