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Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Ottawa appoints Smith as chief justice of N.S. Supreme Court

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the appointment of Deborah K. Smith as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 2:32 PM

Downey commits to collaborative approach as Ontario’s new attorney general Exclusive

Lauded by former colleagues for his collegiality, Ontario’s new Attorney General Douglas Richard Downey plans to take a collaborative approach on new initiatives and lingering issues that dogged his predecessor, including one that drew a comment from Canada’s top judge. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 3:28 PM

Mulroney dropped as Ontario AG in cabinet shuffle

Caroline Mulroney is out as attorney general and Doug Downey is in after Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a major cabinet shakeup on June 20. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 2:24 PM

Indigenizing justice | Kurt Sandstrom

As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (June 21) and their culture, achievements and contributions, this is also an opportunity to consider how the justice system can better meet the needs of Indigenous people. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

‘Ambiguity’ in Federal Court of Appeal ruling over flooded Indigenous lands could spur appeal to SCC: scholar John Borrows

Two years ago, in Southwind v. Canada 2017 FC 906, the Federal Court awarded Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario $30 million in equitable compensation for breach of the federal government’s fiduciary duty after a dam — built in the township of Ear Falls in 1929 as part of a hydroelectric project to generate power across the Ontario-Manitoba border to Winnipeg — raised the water level of the lake and resulted in flooding of 17 per cent of the reserve, or 11,304 acres of land. ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 2:54 PM

Major subrogation trial proves value of good record keeping oilbarrelspillclose_sm.jpg

On March 28, 2019, Justice Gillian Marriott released her decision in ISH Energy Ltd. v. Weber Contract Services Inc. [2019] A.J. No. 391 and found in favour of ISH Energy Ltd. ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 12:46 PM

Does corporate successor liability apply in Canada? corporate_liability_sm

Few doctrines at common law evoke more trepidation for the buyers in an asset purchase agreement than the doctrine of corporate successor liability. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 1:49 PM

Lessons from one of Canada’s largest ever subrogation trial judgments Oilcan Spill

On July 17, 2007, a pipeline leak was discovered by ISH Energy Ltd. The leak occurred at ISH’s Desan field, in a remote area of northern B.C. The ensuing investigation revealed several leaks on three different pipelines. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL VALIDITY OF LEGISLATION - Level of government - Federal legislation

Reference for an advisory opinion on the question of whether the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was unconstitutional in whole or in part. ... [read more]

Monday, June 03, 2019 @ 3:07 PM

Water, waste, wildlife: Canada’s Environment Week 2019 Garbageboat

Since 1971, the week of June 5 has been declared by federal law as “Canadian Environment Week.” According to a federal website, this event “celebrates Canada’s environmental accomplishments and encourages Canadians to contribute to preserving and protecting their environment.” ... [read more]