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Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 9:53 AM

B.C. law society seeking feedback on trust account rule change proposal

According to the provincial law society, lawyers in B.C. have raised concerns about the impact that the law society’s rule 3-58.1 (Trust account only for legal services) has had on retainers received by a lawyer who has been appointed as a mediator, arbitrator or parenting co-ordinator and who will be providing some incidental related legal services to the parties, such as the preparation of the mediation or arbitration (or related settlement) agreement. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 2:56 PM

N.S. Court of Appeal expands remote hearings

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal announced that it is expanding the types of matters that can be heard remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 2:53 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 10:57 AM

N.S. Supreme Court lifts suspension of filing deadlines, restarts normal filing process

Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court is lifting a suspension of filing deadlines it had imposed as part of efforts to cope with the COVID-19 health crisis. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 11:56 AM

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal’s animal-friendly decision spotlights supportive dog Dogpawandhand.jpg

To most, it’s an unassailable fact that animals are supportive, helpful and wonderful in their own right. Animals are also tremendously beneficial and sometimes critical, to vulnerable humans and those living with disabilities and health concerns. As well as being family members, animals are essentially live-in furry caregivers in some situations. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Elder abuse: Ontario’s dirty little secret | Jasmine Daya

The province’s long held secret was finally exposed when Premier Doug Ford stated, “It is clear the long-term care system in Ontario must be fixed.” This issue was not caused by the pandemic but by the strain on the system caused by the numerous deaths of long-term care residents, which forced public recognition of what has been happening behind closed doors for years. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 11:06 AM

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench updates procedures for criminal court appearances, family cases

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has announced new directives on criminal appearance court and judicial case conferences as courts in the province continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

Dependant denied support for misconduct: Insurance, intestate succession denied_stamp_sm

It is arguable that, generally speaking, a beneficiary would be denied insurance proceeds if they caused the death of the deceased, based on both the “slayer rule” and ex turpi causa non oritur actio (“no right of action arises from a base cause”) (see Brissette Estate v. Westbury Life Insurance Co. [1992] 3 S.C.R. 87). This ex turpi causa doctrine has already found common application in insurance law. The Supreme Court of Canada in Hall v. Hebert [1993] 2 S.C.R. 159 cited the origins of the ex turpi causa doctrine in the notion that one should not receive life insurance proceeds after murdering the deceased: ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 2:44 PM

Harper Grey adds associate counsel, associate

Harper Grey announced that associate counsel Rose Shawlee has joined the firm’s wills and estates and business law groups.  ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

Genocide against Indigenous women and girls continues | Pamela Palmater

Under the guise of elections, holidays, pipelines and pandemics, genocide against Indigenous women and girls in Canada has been allowed to continue unabated with no plan to end it in sight. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 11:21 AM

B.C. Supreme Court expands guidance on civil, family matters

The B.C. Supreme Court has issued a new notice concerning civil and family matters as it continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]