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Monday, July 11, 2022 @ 11:12 AM

Slow but welcome extinction of harassment dinosaurs Man harasssing a female co-worker

The Ontario Court of Appeal has flexed its formidable muscle in sending the message to employers and employees that sexual harassment constitutes just cause and will not be tolerated. ... [read more]

Monday, July 11, 2022 @ 11:08 AM

SCC refuses to make it easier to establish delays as abuse of process in administrative proceedings Malcolm Rowe

Ruling that speedy trial principles applicable in criminal cases can’t be used to attack dilatory administrative proceedings, the Supreme Court of Canada has declined 8-1 to make it easier to establish abuse of process when law societies or other professional regulators take years to investigate and adjudicate professional misconduct allegations. ... [read more]

Friday, July 08, 2022 @ 5:02 PM

British Columbia Securities Commission settles with software company over social media posts

A Vancouver-based software development company and its former communications officer must pay a combined $35,000 to settle with the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) for not disclosing that advertorials and promotional Twitter posts were made on the company's behalf. ... [read more]

Friday, July 08, 2022 @ 10:32 AM

Arbitration in the metaverse: You can’t go back again Hand holding a globe in the metaverse

This is the third in a three-part series that examines the role the metaverse could play in the future of dispute resolution, with a focus on arbitration. In the pervious articles, Anthony Daimsis explained what led to the University of Ottawa becoming the first law faculty to run a moot in the metaverse and the pros and cons of running a hearing in the metaverse. In this third article, Barry Leon will comment on these observations and draw on his own experience in conducting virtual arbitrations to offer his perspective on how virtual reality technology may have a transformative role in dispute resolution, even if it is in its infancy. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 07, 2022 @ 2:01 PM

Climate change, municipalities and provincial politics | Bo Kruk

The derecho storm that blew through the Ottawa region on May 21 was the most significant storm in the area, to date. According to Ottawa’s regional utility company, over 400 utility poles were damaged. There were only 50 poles impacted in the Ice Storm of 1998, and 88 poles after the 2018 tornadoes. Record-breaking meteorological events are increasing annually. However, if we follow government policies as of November 2021, there is over a 95 per cent chance of exceeding the 1.5°C target under the Paris Agreement of 2015. While the world continues to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, the spectre of climate change looms in the shadows. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 07, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

‘Above all don’t pester your lawyer’ | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 4:39 PM

Natural gas processing company pleads guilty, fined $100K for releasing acidic water

Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. has pled guilty to a charge laid against it by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 3:07 PM

Swearing oath to Queen violation of prospective lawyer’s religious rights, lawsuit says Avnish Nanda, Nanda & Company

A prospective lawyer in Alberta is challenging a requirement that he swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen before being called to the bar, arguing such a pledge violates his Charter right to freedom of religion as a devout Sikh. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 11:51 AM

Court upholds decision siding with insurer against nurse who ‘wrongfully’ accessed patient files

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision dismissing an action brought by a former nurse against an insurer after it declined to defend her in eight civil actions brought by patients whose records were “wrongfully” accessed when the nurse used them to obtain Percocet tablets for personal use. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 9:58 AM

Arbitration in the metaverse: Access to justice Hand holding metaverse globe

This is the second in a three-part series that examines the role the metaverse could play in the future of dispute resolution, with a focus on arbitration. In the previous article, Anthony Daimsis explained what led to the University of Ottawa becoming the first law faculty to run a moot in the metaverse. This article describes the pros and cons of running a hearing in the metaverse. In the third article, Barry Leon will comment on these observations and draw on his own experience in conducting virtual arbitrations to offer his perspective on how virtual reality technology may have a transformative role in dispute resolution, even if it is in its infancy. ... [read more]