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Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

SCC to decide on insolvent companies’ environmental liabilities Redwater

On Feb.15, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments in the much-discussed Redwater case (Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Limited 2017 ABCA 124), which has attracted national interest since it highlights the growing tension between secured lenders and regulators over the issue of environmental liabilities, as court-appointed officers in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings exercise their powers to disclaim certain assets for the benefit of debtor companies’ stakeholders. ... [read more]

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Judge who sexually harassed court staffer quietly quit; unlike the U.S., #MeToo hasn’t hit Canadian judiciary TLD Exclusive

A superior court judge who subjected a court staffer to sexualized contact in the workplace quietly resigned after a Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) investigation, without the judicial disciplinary body publicly disclosing his actions until now. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

B.C. log export restrictions the big change in softwood lumber dispute softwood_lumber_sm

The softwood lumber dispute is one of the longest trade disputes between the United States and Canada. The Government of Canada has challenged the U.S. duties at both the World Trade Organization and pursuant to Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

International Women’s Day a call to arms for lawyers | Leanne Townsend

It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and it’s a great time to be a woman. There is an energetic movement underway resulting from the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. Women are joining forces and banding together in unprecedented ways, holding men who have abused their power accountable and demanding equal treatment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 7:05 AM

B.C. seeks public’s input on updating its freedom of information legislation Jim Fraser

The government of British Columbia has launched a new public engagement website to give residents a chance to provide input on how Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and privacy protection in the province operate. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 1:17 PM

Legal profession overdue for #MeToo movement to end ‘inappropriate’ conduct by judges, lawyers: litigator Angela Chaisson

The legal profession needs to mobilize against sexual remarks and other “inappropriate” workplace conduct by judges and senior lawyers who exploit the vulnerability of junior lawyers and law students, says a feminist lawyer who fights to advance the rights of women and LGBTQ people. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 8:28 AM

More amendments to B.C. spill reporting and response regime oil_spill_sm

On Jan. 30, 2018, the government of British Columbia announced its intention to proceed with the second phase of regulations concerning the provincial spill reporting and response regime. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 6:50 AM

WATER - Licensing and permits - Transfer of license

Appeal by six petitioners from a judicial review judgment in favour of the Environmental Appeal Board. ... [read more]

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Law Society of Ontario approves Ryerson law school program Peter Wardle sm

Ryerson University’s proposed law school has reached another benchmark in the approval process as the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has backed the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s (FLSC) preliminary endorsement of the program. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

Corporate responsibility watchdog ‘with teeth’ created in Canada global_watchdog_sm

On Jan. 17, 2018, Canada’s minister of international trade announced the appointment of a Canadian ombudsperson for responsible enterprise (CORE), an independent authority whose mission is to investigate allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian corporate actions abroad. Initially, the ombudsperson will cover cases in the mining, garment and oil and gas industries, with expansion to other sectors at a later date. ... [read more]