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Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 1:49 PM

Asset sale without formal procedure: Greenfire Oil & Gas insolvency part one Stock market arrow crashing down

In Canadian insolvency proceedings, the balancing of competing interests is an ever-present part of the process. Not all stakeholders will be content with every decision of a debtor company or its advisers. In a situation whether the insolvent debtor cannot, by definition, satisfy all of its creditors’ claims, and time is the enemy of all, there can be opportunity for creative solutions even despite the objection of substantially all affected parties. You can please some parties sometimes, but you cannot please all of the parties all of the time. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 11:35 AM

Moving away from animals as commodities, one pet at a time | Victoria Shroff

It would not occur to most people that their furry family member, their companion animal, their pet, could be seen as a consumer product, a good. However, another area of law where it has been starkly held that animals are property, involves animal breeders and purchasers of companion animals. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

Northwest Territories moving to address unauthorized use of public land Larry Innes, partner, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, Yellowknife, NWT

The government of the Northwest Territories could face a challenging legal landscape as it moves ahead to tackle a 50-year-old problem of squatting on public land, says a lawyer close to the issue. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 10:16 AM

Texas deep freeze shows us why climate change is justice issue Man sleeping on snowy bench

Every day, greenhouse gas emissions from human activities trap more heat energy in the global climate system, disrupting the climate and increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. The Texas deep freeze illustrates the implications of these trends for justice actors. In short, Texas helps to show us why climate change is a justice issue. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 2:01 PM

In defence of B.C.’s pronoun practice directives | Brad Regehr and Jennifer Brun

The rights of transgender and non-binary persons to equality and dignity are not open to debate — they are a matter of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 @ 9:44 AM

Ontario lawyers’ groups monitoring judge selection process as new law looms, leaders say Charlene Theodore, president, Ontario Bar Association

Ontario’s two largest lawyers’ associations will be watching carefully to assess what impact new legislation from Queen’s Park will have on the impartiality of the province’s judicial appointments process, their leaders say. Bill 245, the Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021, is currently before the legislature and is expected to pass later this month. ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 1:20 PM

Black history month: Going beyond statements of support | Charlene Theodore

The Ontario Bar Association’s Black History Month campaign, #StandingOnTheShouldersOfGiants, celebrated the Black lawyers who paved pathways — those tireless champions who have for decades fought the never-ending and often lonely fight for equality and inclusion in the profession. It is on their shoulders I stand as the first Black president of the OBA. I thank them and I am proud to say that their legacy is reflected in the work and the diversity of our members.    ... [read more]

Monday, March 01, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

The Coach: Succession planning for large firms, part one | Gary Mitchell

The past two months I have written about succession planning for smaller firms. This two-part series is about succession planning for larger firms. ... [read more]