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Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

Judge’s political lobbying, advocacy on behalf of black Canadians crossed line, but wasn’t ‘misconduct’ Mark Sandler

The Ontario Judicial Council (OJC) has ruled that a judge who founded an advocacy group for black Canadians, and lobbied politicians with the “highly laudable” aim of helping his community overcome racism and poverty, engaged in a form of impermissible “advocacy and political activity” — but his actions did not amount to “judicial misconduct” that could merit his removal from the bench. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

Happy the unhappy elephant’s rumble for freedom Black elephant

A corporation is a person. If a corporation is a person, why can’t a living, breathing, sentient elephant also be a person? A legal person need not be a human being. Last year in New Zealand, a river was declared to be a person. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

Two new partners to join McInnes Cooper in new year

Two new lawyers have been admitted to the McInnes Cooper partnership effective Jan. 1, 2019. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

From autonomous cars to smartphone zombies, analysis and opinion highlights of 2018

Here are 16 memorable and outstanding stories from 2018, as selected by The Lawyer's Daily Analysis Editors Richard Skinulis and Peter Carter. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 2:21 PM

Why GM says plant closure signals seismic change assemblyline_sm.jpg

On Monday, Nov. 26, General Motors Canada (GM) announced that, by December 2019, it would be closing its 100-year-old auto manufacturing facility in Oshawa, Ont., and laying off approximately 3,000 employees. This closure will cut deeply into the economies of Oshawa and Ontario. Oshawa will not only lose thousands of jobs from its largest employer, but also a number of other jobs directly dependent on the manufacturer’s presence (the Ontario Federation of Labour multiplier estimates nine non-GM jobs lost for each GM job). ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

First Nations hope new accord with B.C., Ottawa may ‘turn the page’ on denial of rights Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

The federal and B.C. governments have signed a new agreement with First Nations representatives in the province aimed at changing treaty negotiations, but an Indigenous rights lawyer says a lot remains to be seen if the language of respecting rights will bear fruit. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 11:38 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Ex-SCC judge who co-wrote Dunsmuir weighs in as counsel as top court revisits Dunsmuir’s standard of review

Ex-Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache’s participation as a counsel in three appeals the top court is using to revisit one of his most famous judgments, Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick, has renewed debate about what ex-judges can do when they return to legal practice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 9:44 AM

Cryptocurrency mining in Canada: Environmental and legal issues bitcoinminer_sm.jpg

In the abandoned town of Ocean Falls, B.C., the former pulp and paper mill and the dam that once powered it have found a second vocation as a site for digital coin mining. ... [read more]

Monday, November 26, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

New opportunities and risks: How CPTPP might affect Canadian business freightharbour_sm.jpg

In the first part of this article, I advised that the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) met the threshold requirements to enter into force when Australia became the sixth country to ratify the agreement on Oct. 31, 2018. As a result, the CPTPP was expected to enter into force on Dec. 30, 2018, only for the six countries that had ratified the agreement; i.e. New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia and Singapore. ... [read more]