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Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

B.C. Appeal Court decision clarifies duty on forest fire watches: Crown

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial to determine liability for a 2010 forest fire that caused over $5 million in damages, stating the original trial judge erred when interpreting provincial regulations on when a company’s obligation to conduct a fire watch begins and ends. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 2:01 PM

Canada’s Impact Assessment Act: Boon or boondoggle? Lindgren,assessment

Since the 1970s, an environmental assessment process has existed at the federal level to gather information and make informed decisions about the biophysical and socioeconomic impacts of diverse types of projects, such as mines, energy pipelines and radioactive waste facilities. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 8:29 AM

FISHING - Licensing and registration - License types - Commercial fishery - Constitutional proceedings - Practice and procedure - Courts - Jurisdiction

Motion by the respondent Attorney General of Canada for summary judgment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Judge ‘shocked’ by JDR room full of ‘very large dark men’ does ‘not harbour racist views’: federal judicial council Justice Kristine Eidsvik

An Alberta judge who publicly expressed her “shock” in unexpectedly encountering a judicial dispute resolution room “full of very large dark men” does “not harbour racist views” the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) states in a decision that critics say fails to adequately address or acknowledge unconscious and systemic racial bias on the federal bench. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 03, 2018 @ 2:16 PM

Western names new fellow

Elizabeth Steyn is joining Western University’s faculty of law as the Cassels Brock fellow in mining and finance law. ... [read more]

Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

Supreme Court welcomes its newest member as Martin dons the red robes Sheilah Martin

When Supreme Court Justice Sheilah Martin’s proud father drove her back and forth to the train that took her from a Montreal suburb to McGill University’s law school, her dad assured her she had the right stuff to one day join the nation’s highest court. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

SCC to decide on insolvent companies’ environmental liabilities Redwater

On Feb.15, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments in the much-discussed Redwater case (Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Limited 2017 ABCA 124), which has attracted national interest since it highlights the growing tension between secured lenders and regulators over the issue of environmental liabilities, as court-appointed officers in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings exercise their powers to disclaim certain assets for the benefit of debtor companies’ stakeholders. ... [read more]

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Judge who sexually harassed court staffer quietly quit; unlike the U.S., #MeToo hasn’t hit Canadian judiciary TLD Exclusive

A superior court judge who subjected a court staffer to sexualized contact in the workplace quietly resigned after a Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) investigation, without the judicial disciplinary body publicly disclosing his actions until now. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

B.C. log export restrictions the big change in softwood lumber dispute softwood_lumber_sm

The softwood lumber dispute is one of the longest trade disputes between the United States and Canada. The Government of Canada has challenged the U.S. duties at both the World Trade Organization and pursuant to Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

International Women’s Day a call to arms for lawyers | Leanne Townsend

It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and it’s a great time to be a woman. There is an energetic movement underway resulting from the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. Women are joining forces and banding together in unprecedented ways, holding men who have abused their power accountable and demanding equal treatment. ... [read more]