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Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 9:12 AM

Basics of good oral advocacy more important in virtual hearings, says Alberta chief justice Catherine_Fraser_sm

In a fireside chat with The Advocates’ Society, Chief Justice Catherine Fraser, of the Alberta Court of Appeal, outlined how the province’s top court was able to move quickly to virtual hearings when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and how the current situation highlights the basics of good advocacy. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 4:14 PM

Trudeau boosts help for Indigenous peoples, addresses long-term care homes crisis Justin_Trudeau_sm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced more than half a billion in additional COVID-19 aid for Indigenous communities but stopped short on what specific measures Canada’s government will take to help address deaths in long-term care homes. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 2:27 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 12:52 PM

How COVID-19 pandemic has put strain on marriages | Nandishi Bekah

They say that people come together in times of crisis. That does not seem to be the case for married and cohabiting couples. Why has this pandemic had such a rippling and crippling effect on couples? ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 9:25 AM

CONSPIRACY - Nature and elements of tort of conspiracy

Appeal by the wife from partial summary judgment dismissing her conspiracy claim as not raising a genuine issue requiring trial. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 2:29 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 3:10 PM

COVID-19 adds indefinite waiting period to delays in justice system | Jordana Goldlist

Currently there exists no avenue to challenge the Crown’s evidence and argue that a person charged with a criminal offence is “not guilty.” For that, the courts are closed. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 1:16 PM

Canadian courts adapt to challenges of COVID-19 closed_COVID_sm

Over the past few months, Canadians have experienced unprecedented changes in all facets of their lives. As businesses, from restaurants to banks, have quickly shifted their operations to help flatten the curve, so to have our nation’s courts. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 11:52 AM

Watch out for ex-spouse using COVID-19 to their advantage COVID financial crisis

While the pandemic represents a time of struggle for most people, for some separating or recently separated spouses, it represents a time of opportunity. Those spouses may try to take advantage of the situation, and the operation of Part 1 of Ontario’s Family Law Act, to try to get all of their ex’s wealth. Assisting clients during these difficult times requires an understanding of how that can happen. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 9:03 AM

National COVID-19 action committee issues first guidance for reopening courts during pandemic Richard Wagner

A national task force, co-led by Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner and federal Justice Minister David Lametti, has devised some initial guidelines, and identified overarching principles, to help local courts safely and appropriately resume their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 2:11 PM

A glimpse into the future of post-COVID family law | David Frenkel

There has been a steady increase in predictions that a wave of family law cases will spike post-COVID-19. This prophetic murmuring has also been coupled with the reality that the family court system will be unable to handle the deluge of pent-up cases. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 2:10 PM

Creativity called for in dog, cat, custody battles | Victoria Shroff

Pet custody inquiries at my downtown Vancouver animal law firm are up and I suspect the upward trend will continue as we emerge from COVID-19. There’s been a whole lot of forced confinement due to the epidemic and news reports indicate that a surge in divorce filings are anticipated. Splitting up includes the family pet. ... [read more]