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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 @ 1:29 PM

Growth vs. fixed mindset: Lawyers embracing COVID-19 changes | Aaron Baer

Every day, I’m reminded that COVID-19 has caused massive societal change. Subways and streetcars are operating at minimal capacity, gatherings of friends and family remain restricted, and the majority of office workers are working from home. Dozens of companies have declared bankruptcy, hundreds of stores have closed permanently and millions of jobs have been lost. ... [read more]

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Unexpected evolution of hybrid hearings Hybridmeeting.jpg

The COVID-19 pandemic forced courts around the world to close their doors and drove a rapid shift to virtual working, with thousands of court hearings taking place via videoconferencing using digital court documents. The result? The world’s largest experiment in digital justice. Now as courts across the country consider how to reopen, a hybrid model is emerging in which courts conduct a mix of virtual and physical hearings. Lessons learned from this huge international experiment will help to shape a secure and sustainable model for future working in the courts. ... [read more]

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Toll methodology - Regulatory tribunals - Electricity - Rates

Appeal by Manitoba Hydro from a directive issued by the Public Utilities Board of Manitoba. The appellant applied for a 7.9 per cent rate increase to all components of rates for all consumer classes. The Board unanimously denied the increase in favour of a 3.6 per cent average revenue increase. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 4:04 PM

Ontario economic recovery bill proposes sweeping legislative changes

In its second major legislative initiative in as many days, Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government introduced a wide-ranging omnibus bill July 8 designed to stimulate the province’s pandemic-depressed economy while making changes to 20 pieces of legislation. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Bill 156: Security from trespass or ag-gag? | Victoria Shroff

Animal law is in the news again with the passing of Bill 156 in Ontario. The Security from Trespass and Food Safety Act a.k.a. “Ag-Gag” law that passed June 17, 2020, in Ontario will affect all Canadian humans and animals. The term ag-gag refers to anti-whistleblower laws that apply within the agriculture industry. The Progressive Conservative government that passed the bill stated that it was intended to protect farmers and others from risks that are created when people enter places where farm animals are kept or when persons engage in unauthorized interactions with farm animals. The bill passed with an overwhelming majority 68-22. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 1:59 PM

Technology: End of the profession or a life raft lifesaver_hand_sm

In the past few years, technology has come a huge way. When you stop to think about it, the fact that many of us were able to continue working when the world locked down is a remarkable feat. Tools that help us to connect easier, to reduce dependencies on physical files, and to automate some aspects of our work have now been well and truly put to the test. There have undoubtedly been some glitches, hiccups and real challenges for us all, but the fact that by and large we were able to work through a pandemic is a huge achievement that we can attribute directly to technology. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Federal government invests in methane gas reduction

The federal government is investing $6 million in reducing methane emissions in Alberta’s oil and gas sector. Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan made the announcement July 7. The money will flow as part of the Canadian Emissions Reduction Innovation Network (CERIN) initiative to the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) and Canadian Gas Association (CGA), through their Natural Gas Innovation Fund. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 @ 1:42 PM

Radioactive waste regulation at crossroads in Canada Nuclear Waste Cans

Canada has a very large amount of radioactive waste arising from decades of involvement in development and utilization of nuclear power, contribution to global weapons technology and mining and refining of uranium and nuclear fuel. This waste is in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Many of the sites have yet to be decommissioned or cleaned up, and much of the waste is awaiting decisions as to how it will be managed in the future. As noted by officials and scientists at a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) meeting in mid-June, a significant amount of this waste will remain highly toxic to living things for up to a million years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 @ 12:13 PM

Dentons names Vancouver partner as Canada co-chair of mining group

Dentons announced that it has appointed Robin Longe, partner in Vancouver, as Canada co-chair of the firm’s mining group. He joins Edmonton-based partner Leanne Krawchuk as fellow co-chair. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 2:26 PM

If I could talk to the animals, I’d tell them why I love Lucy | Marcel Strigberger

I came across an interesting article by B.C. lawyer Victoria Shroff who practises and teaches animal law. ... [read more]