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Friday, May 13, 2022 @ 2:33 PM

What are you going to do, sewer? | Marcel Strigberger

News flash. Lady falls down outhouse hole. Yep. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 2:32 PM

LSO highlights strategic objectives for regulation, financial strength at annual meeting Teresa Donnelly, LSO treasurer

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) annual general meeting (AGM), held virtually on May 11, provided a review of the organization’s strategic objectives and financial statements, noting that despite the global pandemic and market volatility, the LSO is in a “financially strong position” and is “well-placed for the remainder of this year.” ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 1:24 PM

Consultations have begun on proposed changes to guideline for financial institutions Stack of books

On April 27, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released Draft Guideline B-10 —Third-Party Risk Management (Draft Guideline B-10) for public comment. Draft Guideline B-10 aims to enhance OSFI’s expectations of federally regulated financial institutions’ (FRFIs) management of third-party risks. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 11:40 AM

Reasonable expectation of privacy at work, revisiting Cole Guy being examined via magnifying glasses

This article attempts to advance the understanding of “reasonable” at work through the lens of one criminal trial: R v. Cole 2012 SCC 53. Cole is as much about socially stigmatized and criminalized conduct as it is about understanding employment law and privacy doctrinally. In that respect, context does matter. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 @ 11:43 AM

Alberta’s municipal statutory defences under fire: Part one Umbrella under attack

Certain sections of the Alberta Municipal Government Act place legal duties on municipalities, while other sections provide them with broad defences. These sections occasionally come into conflict, but previous judicial decisions have tended to favour applying statutory defences broadly to immunize municipalities from liability. (See Ellis v. City of Lethbridge, 2020 ABQB 783; Shanks v. Calgary (City), 2003 ABQB 56; Pulkinen v. Crowsnest Pass (Municipality), 2020 ABPC 53.) This is largely due to the unique budgetary constraints (as well other demands) faced by municipalities. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 @ 9:55 AM

Attention employers: Expect surge in at-home worker claims Bad Back

Workers injured on the job are generally in a good position to make a claim against their employer for compensation. But what if they are working from home when the injury occurs? They may have a good argument for filing a claim, but every case will be very fact-specific. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 @ 8:43 AM

Duty to defend in Quebec: New regulation proposing framework for derogations to Civil Code Fancy pen writing

On April 20, the Quebec government published the long-awaited Regulation entitled Regulation respecting categories of insurance contracts and insured parties that may derogate from the rules of articles 2500 and 2503 of the Civil Code. ... [read more]

Monday, May 09, 2022 @ 11:43 AM

Lavery adds two lawyers to litigation, dispute resolution group

Lavery Lawyers announced that associates Catherine Cloutier and Eve-Lyne Morin are joining the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution group. ... [read more]

Friday, May 06, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

House for sale: Maritime knocker-downer sells within day of listing | Marcel Strigberger

A half-duplex near Halifax labelled as a “smoker’s paradise” sold within a day of its listing despite the owners outlining a host of problems with the unit. The real estate agent says a mix of humour and unfiltered honesty was meant to attract an audience, and it succeeded. ... [read more]

Friday, May 06, 2022 @ 2:28 PM

Ontario has many Supreme Court-worthy jurists but top-notch bilingual woman may have inside track Judges photo

More than a handful of outstanding lawyers and judges could potentially fill the Supreme Court of Canada’s impending Ontario vacancy — including racialized and Indigenous jurists — but the signals from the Liberal government suggest the preferred appointee will be a bilingual woman this time around. ... [read more]