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Friday, July 15, 2022 @ 12:18 PM - Last Updated: Friday, July 15, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

Senators call for new crime of ‘coerced sterilization’ and for Ottawa to pay compensation Senator Yvonne Boyer

A Senate committee is asking Parliament to legislate a new crime that specifically prohibits the sterilization of persons without their free, prior and informed consent — a “horrific practice” Canadian health professionals are accused of inflicting on likely thousands of Indigenous and Black women and youths, as well as on intersex children and persons with disabilities, who are or were institutionalized. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 3:11 PM

Cars and consent: Carte blanche or malleable? Hand giving car keys

In a recent Alberta Court of Appeal case, consent to drive a vehicle was discussed in the context of vicarious liability. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 2:52 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 3:14 PM

‘Chaos’ in court during Rogers outage, contingency plan needed, lawyers say Alison Craig, Posner Craig Stein LLP

As the federal government directs Canada’s major telecommunications companies to come to “a formal agreement within 60 days” to ensure resiliency of Canada’s networks, lawyers are speaking out about their experiences in the justice system as millions of Rogers users, including the courts, were without Internet on July 8. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 7:55 AM

B.C. law society did not consider full context of disciplined lawyer’s comments: Appeal Court

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has overturned a lawyer’s conviction for professional misconduct due to comments he made both in court and to a journalist, saying the provincial law society did not consider the full context of his in-court statements and failed to consider Charter values of freedom of expression. ... [read more]

Friday, July 08, 2022 @ 1:45 PM

What I would have done differently | Murray Gottheil

I whine a fair bit about the legal profession. Occasionally someone asks me what I would have done differently if I could go back and start over. Of course, the trite answer is “be an optometrist.” (Some neat things about being an optometrist: (i) you get to wear a white coat; (ii) the hours are fairly regular; (iii) you rarely have to worry about getting sued for prescribing the wrong lenses; and (iv) according to Dr. Google, your average salary will be higher than the average salary of a lawyer.) ... [read more]

Thursday, July 07, 2022 @ 3:51 PM

Ontario court allows appeal in part in municipal utilities insurance coverage case

The Ontario Court of Appeal has partially allowed an appeal in an insurance coverage case that involved a public judicial inquiry. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 07, 2022 @ 1:09 PM

Navigating disability claims during mental health shadow pandemic mentalhealth

A rise in mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a mental health shadow pandemic with many people not getting the help they need and deserve. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 07, 2022 @ 9:27 AM

Estate administration deadlines, concerns Woman working at desk with calendar

Overused quote alert! “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” ... [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 @ 8:42 AM

Canada needs to look to the Netherlands for health-care reform | Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Medicare was introduced in Saskatchewan 60 years ago, accompanied by great promise. Four years later it became a national program and has won Canada acclaim in the decades since. But that praise has been muted in recent years, drowned out by increasing media reports of long wait times, overcrowded emergency departments and a shortage of family doctors. ... [read more]