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Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 9:17 AM

Ontario ‘ag-gag’ law unconstitutionally restricts political expression, peaceful protest: lawsuit Kaitlyn Mitchell, Animal Justice

Ontario’s so-called “ag-gag” law will soon find itself before the courts as an animal rights group has sued the province, saying the law violates the constitutional right to freedom of expression. Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, passed the Ontario legislature last June and prohibits anyone from entering farms or slaughterhouses under “false pretenses,” making it illegal for an individual to get hired at a farm or slaughterhouse to document and publicly expose animal abuse and makes it an offence to “interfere” or “interact” with animals inside trucks. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 8:45 AM

The doctrine of cy-près: Fulfilling a donor’s wish Offering a gift

A recent decision from the B.C. Supreme Court shows that the court may seek to give effect to a donor’s charitable intent, even where the intended recipient of the gift no longer exists. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 3:01 PM

Virtual University of Manitoba legal clinic seeks to help struggling businesses Alexandra Philippot, student with the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic

If any good has come out of the pandemic for Manitoba’s Robson Hall law school, it has been the birth of a virtual, student-run legal clinic for struggling small businesses, non-profits and other similar ventures needing pro bono advice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 2:09 PM

Effective inclusion, diversity in workplace Diverse group of people in a circle

Recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion is not new. Initially, the goal was to build societies and workplaces free of discrimination. Then organizations discovered that a culture where the opinions and strengths of everyone counts will also augment individual contribution, team collaboration, customer satisfaction and financial returns. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

Judge erred in applying res judicata in house fire case, rules Ontario Court of Appeal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified the limits of res judicata, issue estoppel and abuse of process in overturning a lower court decision in a legal battle between manufacturers over liability for an Ontario house fire. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 2:08 PM

Bill S-222: Eliminating the ‘own activities’ requirement for charities Two hands reaching out

A new bill introduced into the Senate last month may give Canadian charities much needed legislative reform. Ratna Omidvar, senator for Ontario, tabled Bill S-222, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act (the bill) for first reading on Feb. 8, 2021. The bill proposes significant changes to provisions of the Income Tax Act (ITA) governing how charities in Canada can work with other organizations that are not registered charities — or not otherwise “qualified donees” (which are organizations that can issue official donation receipts). This article offers a brief background of the need for legislative reform and what the new bill proposes to change. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 12:57 PM

Justice clinic improves outcomes for persons with developmental disabilities Human head with butterfly inside

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month and an apt time to shed light on the unique challenges facing persons with developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system. A long-standing challenge has been the equitable and meaningful participation by persons with developmental disabilities in the court process. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 8:44 AM

Protecting the prince: Estate planning in the royal family A crown by an antique scroll

In a recent primetime interview with his wife, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry revealed that his family had “cut him off financially” on short notice during the first quarter of 2020, leaving him unable to afford security for his family. However, Harry was able to access the inheritance he received following the death of his late mother, Princess Diana, and embark on a new life in the U.S. Harry told Oprah Winfrey, “I’ve got what my mum left me, and without that, we would not have been able to do this.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 2:41 PM

Historic Express Entry draw: Ottawa’s plans to meet 2021 immigration levels | Colin Singer

Canada’s immigration authorities have shown their hand on exactly how they intend to meet ambitious newcomer targets in 2021 — by slashing required scores and smashing the record for the number of candidates invited in the most recent Express Entry draw. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Ascertaining witness, defendant locations in video trials Line drawing of woman's head emerging from computer screen

With new technologies, new challenges arise. The last year has seen adoption of technology in the court system on an unfathomable scale. Things which required in-person appearances for centuries transitioned to virtual appearances in a matter of weeks. The stresses were substantial but the growing pains have been largely beneficial. ... [read more]