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Wednesday, March 02, 2022 @ 1:21 PM

Michael Bryant new CEO of Legal Aid BC

On Jan. 17, Michael Bryant started in his new role as the chief executive officer of Legal Aid BC (LABC). The organization’s board of directors made the appointment following a competitive national search. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 01, 2022 @ 2:57 PM

Bombay Frankies: Injunction favours first filer over first mover Indian food

Interlocutory injunction decisions in trademark cases have been few and far between in the last decade, given the high bar to meet the irreparable harm worthy of an injunction. These cases have been particularly rare during the pandemic as so many businesses have been forced to close for extended periods of time. It is therefore surprising that two interlocutory injunctions involving restaurant trademarks issued in one week of February 2022.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 01, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

Ontario judicial appointments: Francophones not welcome | Agnès Whitfield

For francophone litigants in Ontario, one of the major obstacles to an equitable access to justice in French has been for decades and remains the shortage of bilingual judges. One recent example: in March 2021, the Ontario Court of Justice replaced a francophone judge in Algoma, a district with a significant francophone population, by a unilingual anglophone judge, depriving francophone litigants of their right to be heard rapidly in French. ... [read more]

Monday, February 28, 2022 @ 12:44 PM

Phone call by Alberta justice minister attempt to interfere with administration of justice: inquiry Kaycee Madu

Kaycee Madu is out as Alberta’s justice minister after an investigation by a Court of Queen’s Bench justice concluded that he attempted to interfere with the administration of justice by making a phone call to Edmonton’s police chief after receiving a ticket for distracted driving. ... [read more]

Monday, February 28, 2022 @ 9:08 AM

Devastating consequences of accessing privileged information Bomb in an e-mail

The Supreme Court of Canada in Smith v. Jones, [1999] S.C.J. No. 15, described solicitor-client privilege as the highest privilege recognized by the courts. In its recently issued judgment in Continental Bank of Canada v. Continental Currency Exchange Canada Inc., 2022 ONSC 647, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice underscored the sanctity of the privilege and provided a stark reminder to litigants of the powerful remedies available to the court when an opposing party accesses confidential and privileged information which is relevant to the issues in the litigation. ... [read more]

Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 11:48 AM

Ottawa provides more detail on sanctions against Russia, immigration assistance for Ukraine

Ottawa has unveiled the names of 62 individuals and entities that are now subject to dealings prohibitions or other restrictions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as providing more detail on the special immigration measures it is implementing to assist people affected by the Russian attack. ... [read more]

Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 9:06 AM

Best lawyers, best writers: How to be both, part two Darts in bullseye on books and laptop

As we pointed out in the first article in this series, a lawyer can have all the legal knowledge in the world, but if they can’t marshal the words to convey that knowledge, they and their work are the lesser for it. Here are more tips on how good writing makes for good lawyers. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 5:09 PM

Canada hits Russian trade, banks, oligarchs with sanctions for illegal Ukraine attacks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

In an effort to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to halt his country’s Ukraine invasion, Ottawa has cancelled hundreds of export permits to Russia impacting $700 million in goods, while also issuing other economic sanctions targeting Russian trade, banks, oligarchs and politicians. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 2:44 PM

Criminal law giant Moldaver to retire Sept. 1, 2022 from Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michael Moldaver

Ontario’s Michael Moldaver — recently described by Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner as “one the best justices” the top court has had in its 147-year history — will step down effective Sept. 1, 2022, the Supreme Court of Canada announced Feb. 24, 2022. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 8:30 AM

How practising martial arts makes me a better trial lawyer | Lorne Sabsay

I have been practising both martial arts and law (criminal and litigation) for a very long time: 35 years. I train karate at Northern Karate Schools and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) at Toronto BJJ and BJJ Battalion. I hold a fifth-degree black belt in karate and a blue belt in BJJ, and recently won a silver medal at the Master Worlds IBJJF Championship in Las Vegas. I also have a Shihan-level teaching title in karate. ... [read more]