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Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 2:53 PM

Sharper teeth for Ontario animal bill BubbaTheHappyDog.jpg

After 100 plus years of enforcing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) declared it would stop providing cruelty enforcement services at the end of June 2019, so in the meanwhile, the Ontario government passed the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Amendment Act (Interim Period), 2019. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

McLachlin on A2J, climate change, sexual assault, AI, pro bono, lawyers’ ‘vital’ role Beverley McLachlin

The Charter may offer an avenue for combating climate change, former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin says as climate litigation ramps up here and in the rest of the world. “I think the main obligation, constitutionally, for tackling this major problem rests with the federal government and the provinces — but courts are part of the picture because the [Charter s. 7] right to life, liberty and security of the person is something that all of us are entitled to, and climate change may tie into that,” Canada’s former top judge suggested in a wide-ranging LexisNexis Canada webinar on access to justice Oct. 10. ... [read more]

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 6:21 AM

CIVIL EVIDENCE - Admissibility - Affidavits - Striking out

Application by Canada and British Columbia to strike portions of the record filed by Alberta. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Clément Gascon reflects on 5 years at SCC; says access to justice ‘huge challenge’ for bar, bench TLD Exclusive

Lawyers could face mandatory pro bono obligations if they don’t rise to the “huge challenge” of facilitating civil access to justice for Canadians who can’t afford their services, newly retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon tells The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 1:30 PM

Animal law teaching, conferences growing around globe | Victoria Shroff

Interest in animal law along with access to justice for animals is a growing concept. I’ve been appending my hashtag #A2JForAnimals on correspondence where I can. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

SCC’s Gascon encourages lawyers and judges to talk openly about anxiety, depression Exclusive

Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada are legal icons, so it’s easy to forget that they are human beings and struggle with the same afflictions as the rest of us. That’s why retired Justice Clément Gascon’s decision to reveal that he lives with anxiety and depression has been so salutary for the legal profession’s awareness of, and efforts to destigmatize, the mental health challenges so many lawyers and judges face. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

OIL AND GAS - Environmental impact - Federal-provincial coordination and cooperation

Appeal by the City of Vancouver from a judicial review judgment affirming the Province's issuance of an Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. ... [read more]

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

If climate strikes fail, what’s next? Forecasting climate terrorism Globe as bomb

In recent weeks, Canadians in cities all across Canada were confronted with two rounds of “climate strikes,” mass protests against climate change that were held to coincide with the United Nations’ emergency climate summit on Sept. 23, 2019. In Europe, Asia and elsewhere, people all over the world came together in an expression of collective protest against a global warming situation that we know from the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report is dire. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 5:54 PM

The 2019 federal election roundup Federal Election 2019

With Canadians gearing up for the final day of voting on Monday, we’ve put together a collection of insights we’ve published over the past month or so offering some informed perspectives on the important issues of the federal election. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:26 PM

Election not public consultation, court tells Ford government in repeal of cap-and-trade

Although Greenpeace Canada failed to get a court-ordered reinstatement of Ontario’s cap-and-trade system, it “scored a victory” by having Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government found in violation of the province’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) by acting on its 2018 campaign promise to scrap the greenhouse gas emissions-lowering initiative, says a University of Ottawa law professor who helped argue Greenpeace’s case at the Ontario Superior Court in April. ... [read more]