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Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 1:22 PM

Globalization: Preparing for a world in transition Globe with puzzle pieces

Around the world, as we move past the halfway point of 2021, COVID-19 remains a significant force of disruption even as many countries emerge from lockdown. Global business activities are rebounding, and the landscape has shifted, but the delta variant and growing case numbers worldwide mean that insecurity remains the order of the day. Moving forward, what can businesses expect from this new change, and how can they prepare for what's to come in an era of radical uncertainty? ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 9:20 AM

Decision highlights role ‘honour of the Crown plays in interpreting land patents,’ counsel says Candice Metallic, founder and principal of Metallic Law, Barristers & Solicitors

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed the appeals of three First Nations and the Attorney General of Canada in a dispute with an estate over three islands. The decision, counsel said, highlights the importance of reviewing “the context of treaties and the honour of the Crown when there is an Indigenous interest at stake.” ... [read more]

Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 2:12 PM

First Nations and changing cannabis regulation in Canada Cannabis on a green traffic light

On July 5, 2021, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) announced the signing of an historic Memorandum of Understanding with Health Canada (the MOU) in respect of the regulation of cannabis cultivation and processing within MCK’s territories. ... [read more]

Monday, August 23, 2021 @ 11:46 AM

Co-existing with urban critters Two squirrels

Loss of habitat is often where the story starts when we talk about humans and urban critters. It’s fair to say that animals were around before urban sprawl and it’s urbanization and its fallout that causes loss of habitat and animal displacement. In my view, animals losing their natural habitats is correlated to changes in animal behaviour. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 19, 2021 @ 8:21 AM

Improving protection of temporary foreign workers in Canada Workers protected by hands of protector

Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) play an important role in the Canadian labour market, filling labour shortages and bringing expertise to a range of industries. Despite their significant presence in Canada as well as various legislated workplace rights and protections in place, temporary foreign workers remain more vulnerable to potential abuse and exploitation than their Canadian worker counterparts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 1:45 PM

Weighing the past: Heritage protection vs. economic value Canal in Venice

In his Divine Comedy Dante defined the Italian peninsula as bel paese — the beautiful country. What was Dante thinking about? The answer is, the unique landscape and flourishing arts that led to the Renaissance in a matter of less than a century. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 12:08 PM

Tories propose pandemic financial supports, regulatory reforms, new offences and mandatory minimums Erin O'Toole

The Conservative Party’s self-described “very detailed” election platform contains dozens, if not hundreds, of promises of note to lawyers practising in diverse areas, including in-house, criminal, intellectual property, corporate-commercial, environment, tax, trade, immigration, labour and employment, charities, mining, oil and gas and other natural resources. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 10:43 AM

B.C. extends state of emergency as part of wildfire response B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

British Columbia has extended a provincial state of emergency through the end of the day on Aug. 31 to help support the ongoing response to the wildfires which have raged throughout the province this summer. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 @ 4:05 PM

Saskatchewan court ruling maintains Indigenous hunting rights, treaty boundaries, lawyer says

A Saskatchewan court has maintained the protection of exclusive, age-old treaty boundaries for Indigenous hunters in Canada’s Prairie provinces by convicting two First Nations men from outside the area of unlawfully chasing big game in that region, says a lawyer.   ... [read more]

Friday, August 06, 2021 @ 11:54 AM

Near-$8-billion record settlement of First Nations’ non-potable water claims features novel twists Michael Rosenberg of Toronto’s McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Ottawa’s near-$8-billion “agreement in principle” to settle national lawsuits brought by First Nations and their members harmed by decades of non-potable water on reserves could turn out to be the largest class action settlement in Canadian history, after it is approved in court. The July 31 announcement from the Liberal government, coming just days before an expected federal election call, pre-empts a joint Federal Court/Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench hearing in October on the summary judgment motions of the representative plaintiffs, the Tataskweyak Cree Nation of Manitoba, and the Curve Lake First Nation and Neskantaga First Nation of Ontario. ... [read more]