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Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 1:58 PM

Fight over lakes prime example of need for public access legislation in B.C.: legal expert Calvin Sandborn, legal director of the Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria

A B.C. cattle ranch owned by an American billionaire has won its fight against a group of recreational fishers seeking access to two lakes on its property, with the provincial Court of Appeal saying there is no way to get to the water without trespassing, even though the lakes themselves are public. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 10:20 AM

Windsor law’s OK boomer renovation | David Israelson

If buildings could talk, the University of Windsor’s Ron W. Ianni law school building might say this about its renovation: OK boomer. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 9:53 AM

Granting Quebec river legal personhood, ‘changes our relationship with nature,’ lawyer says Yenny Vega Cardenas

An internationally renowned white water river in Quebec was granted legal personhood, a first in Canada, in an effort to protect its ecosystems from future development following the adoption of two parallel resolutions by a local Indigenous community and municipality, setting the stage for a similar effort for the St. Lawrence River. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 2:41 PM

Historic Express Entry draw: Ottawa’s plans to meet 2021 immigration levels | Colin Singer

Canada’s immigration authorities have shown their hand on exactly how they intend to meet ambitious newcomer targets in 2021 — by slashing required scores and smashing the record for the number of candidates invited in the most recent Express Entry draw. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Ascertaining witness, defendant locations in video trials Line drawing of woman's head emerging from computer screen

With new technologies, new challenges arise. The last year has seen adoption of technology in the court system on an unfathomable scale. Things which required in-person appearances for centuries transitioned to virtual appearances in a matter of weeks. The stresses were substantial but the growing pains have been largely beneficial. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 8:43 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2020 part two: From termination and tax to good-faith contracts Top Ten award

This is the second of a two-part series listing the Top 10 Business Decisions in Canada for 2020. The first part dealt with cases ranked 6-10. This article ranks the top five in ascending order. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 10:06 AM

Virtual pre-moot dramatic illustration of positive arbitration outcomes from COVID-19 Virtual debate

While everyone is aware of the almost overnight shift to virtual and hybrid proceedings in all aspects of dispute resolution — court proceedings, arbitration and mediation — what may prove to have more dramatic and significant impact on arbitration globally is that arbitration knowledge, training, resource materials and networking is now available globally and usually without charge. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 4:52 PM

Feds launch website to track First Nations water advisories as unattainable deadline looms

Canada’s government is launching a website to show its progress in ending long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities — but offering no new target date as to when all advisories will have been lifted. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller made the announcement as part of an update on March 10 — three weeks before Ottawa will miss a deadline set by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a promise to have all long-term advisories on reserves lifted by March 2021. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

The duty of courts to give adequate reasons Letters coming out of a pencil

Written reasons are the voice of a decision. They are the means by which a decision maker communicates the rationale for its decision. Their presence explains how and why a decision was made. Their absence creates the perception of arbitrariness in the exercise of judicial power. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Lessons from the pandemic | Jennifer Lynch and Margot Mary Davis

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. The pandemic drastically altered many individuals’ lives. People could no longer do many day-to-day activities like meet up with friends. The world went virtual. New terminology entered the lexicon like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”  ... [read more]