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Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

Scathing court order to Nova Scotia’s Lands and Forestry warning to others: lawyer Jamie_Simpson_sm

A novel Nova Scotia court case detailing the province’s “chronic and systemic” failure to follow its own rules around protecting at-risk species should serve as a warning to other jurisdictions that judges will force them to honour their environmental obligations, says a lawyer involved.   ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 11:56 AM

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal’s animal-friendly decision spotlights supportive dog Dogpawandhand.jpg

To most, it’s an unassailable fact that animals are supportive, helpful and wonderful in their own right. Animals are also tremendously beneficial and sometimes critical, to vulnerable humans and those living with disabilities and health concerns. As well as being family members, animals are essentially live-in furry caregivers in some situations. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

World Environment Day: Opportune time for better business, climate laws | David Israelson

While the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, some experts, policymakers and legislators are wondering if this crisis is something of a test run for managing the issue that will still be with us once the virus has gone­ — climate change. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 9:05 AM

Floyd shines light on systemic injustice against racialized, Indigenous people | Angelique EagleWoman

The United States is engulfed in protests because yet another police officer, aided by other officers, has used unlawful lethal force to kill a black man. This time it happened in Minneapolis, but unfortunately it is all too common in North America for black men to be killed by law enforcement. Black lives matter. In the Western Hemisphere, the Atlantic slave trade started as European colonizers decimated the populations of Native peoples. White plantation owners in the aftermath of genocidal policies against native peoples replaced the enslavement of native peoples with the enslavement of people kidnapped from Africa. On stolen native lands, black lives were not honoured or protected.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 12:33 PM

Canadian Environmental Law Association at 50: Battling for liveable planet, equity GreenmapofCanada.jpg

The year 1970 was auspicious for environmental protection. The public was becoming aware of the devastation being caused to our natural environment from toxic chemicals like DDT, and the travesty to the community at Grassy Narrows, Ont., arising from mercury contamination of the fish and water on their traditional lands from unregulated emissions from pulp and paper mills. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

No going back: Technology and court process | Gary Joseph

The COVID-19 shutdown of the court system was initially viewed as a temporary measure to address legitimate health concerns. Most lawyers expected a quick return to “normal” once the pandemic passed. Two things have now become quite apparent: the pandemic is not passing as quickly as we had hoped and, as importantly, there will be a new “normal.” Lawyers need to accept this and get onboard the technology train or they will be left behind. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 1:41 PM

Litigation risk in COVID-19 environment: Big changes risk_liability_sm

Litigation risks are materially different today, under COVID-19 than at the start of 2020 when the threat of a world-changing global pandemic was barely an idea. The economic and strategic considerations affecting organizations’ litigation decisions are shifting. This article examines that shift and explores the consequences for litigants going forward as they seek to resolve disputes in the pandemic environment — both existing legal disputes and new litigation arising from COVID-19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 @ 9:55 AM

Justice and the pandemic: The new gold standard Canada_COVID_sm

This article is the first of a three-part series examining our courts’ response to the pandemic and what it means for the future of the civil justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

History made in Ontario courts: Nation Rise outcome youtube_court_sm

The first three articles of this five-part series on the history-making April 17 Divisional Court hearing in the Nation Rise Wind Farm Limited Partnership v. Ontario (Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks) 2020 ONSC 2984 judicial review was published in The Lawyer’s Daily recently. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 1:16 PM

Canadian courts adapt to challenges of COVID-19 closed_COVID_sm

Over the past few months, Canadians have experienced unprecedented changes in all facets of their lives. As businesses, from restaurants to banks, have quickly shifted their operations to help flatten the curve, so to have our nation’s courts. ... [read more]