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Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

SCC’s winter session looks at military justice, lawyers’ fees, Crown copyright, Jordan Mark Letourneau

Military justice and Crown copyright are among the topics the Supreme Court of Canada will explore in its winter session that includes criminal appeals asking if defence counsel’s legal fees can be paid from the proceeds of crime forfeited to the state and if the Jordan time limits apply in provincial youth court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

System failing workers with chronic mental stress | Stuart Rudner

In theory, employees experiencing long-term trauma or harassment on the job have been entitled to workers’ compensation (WSIB) benefits for the past two years. In reality, the odds of an employee in such circumstances receiving benefits are minimal. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

Judge’s political lobbying, advocacy on behalf of black Canadians crossed line, but wasn’t ‘misconduct’ Mark Sandler

The Ontario Judicial Council (OJC) has ruled that a judge who founded an advocacy group for black Canadians, and lobbied politicians with the “highly laudable” aim of helping his community overcome racism and poverty, engaged in a form of impermissible “advocacy and political activity” — but his actions did not amount to “judicial misconduct” that could merit his removal from the bench. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

From autonomous cars to smartphone zombies, analysis and opinion highlights of 2018

Here are 16 memorable and outstanding stories from 2018, as selected by The Lawyer's Daily Analysis Editors Richard Skinulis and Peter Carter. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 8:40 AM

Ontario’s retail model for private recreational cannabis cannabis_licence_sm

The federal government legalized recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, 2018. Under the Wynne government, recreational cannabis was to be sold through the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, which operates as Ontario Cannabis Store (OSC) online and in retail stores akin to the LCBO. The Ford government changed the legislative landscape of recreational pot in Ontario by introducing a private recreational cannabis store system to be implemented on April 1, 2019. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will regulate and enforce licensees. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 6:35 AM

HOSPITAL AND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES - Doctors’ privileges - Cancellation, revocation or restriction

Appeal by the plaintiffs from a decision dismissing their action for wrongful dismissal on the ground that it was barred by s. 44(5) of the Public Hospitals Act which precluded any action for damages if the board of a hospital decided to cease to provide a service. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 1:54 PM

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In mid-November, the National Hockey League (NHL) and former players of the league reached a tentative non-class settlement regarding concussions sustained during their careers playing hockey. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

Immigration with the stars: So you think you can work? immigration_stars_sm

Any foreign worker, regardless of the number of awards and accolades and appearances on magazine covers requires work authorization if they want to work in Canada’s performing arts, film and television industry. Actors, artists, technicians and similar workers in film, television, theatre and radio require work authorization. Yes, this even includes Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg, although Ryan Gosling, Sandra Oh and Jean-Marc Vallee do not require authorization as they are Canadian citizens. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:07 PM

Time to take critical look at B.C. employment standards: law institute B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains

B.C.’s labour minister is pledging action after a report from a law reform agency said the province’s legislation on employment standards is out of date and doesn’t reflect the pressures people face in the modern workplace. ... [read more]