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Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

International arbitration gets innovative: Overcoming problems arbitration_global_sm

In the first two parts of this series I wrote about innovative uses of international arbitration in other forms of disputes. After outlining a proposal by former United States Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper (The Arbitration of Cross-Border Business Insolvencies), I noted that so far there has not been a rush to agree to arbitration in cross-border insolvency matters. In this article I would like to discuss why. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

Farm to table to permanent residence farm_workers_sm

Canada’s agri-food industry encompasses all of the activities required to put food on the tables of Canadians. From feed to farming to foodservice work, it contributes over $110 billion to the country’s GDP and employs over 2.3 million people nationwide. Of these 2.3 million, tens of thousands are temporary foreign workers employed in many of the most unsavoury agricultural and food processing occupations, jobs that Canadians are increasingly unwilling to do. ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Reopening energy contracts: Blend and extend is back in Ontario Windsolarpanels

Last Wednesday, the Ontario minister of Energy issued an order-in-council directing the Independent Electricity System Operation (IESO) to engage an independent third party to review existing generation and identify ways to lower electricity costs within such contracts. The review is to focus specifically on larger gas, wind and solar projects and portfolios of projects expiring over the next 10 years. ... [read more]

Friday, November 08, 2019 @ 6:21 AM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Regulatory tribunals - Licensing and rate-making

Appeal by Macdonald Communities Limited from a decision of the Alberta Utilities Commission that declined to set rates charged by a privately-owned wastewater service provider. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 07, 2019 @ 2:09 PM

Otter vs. Fish, Vancouver animal law lawyer wades in | Victoria Shroff

In late autumn 2018, when the now legendary Vancouver river otter (Ro for short) was captured on film gleefully swimming around in the Sun Yat Sen Garden pond, with koi sashimi on his breath and not a care in the world, he captured our collective imaginations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

Quebec, Ottawa applaud Justice Kasirer, province’s new role in nominating Quebec SCC judges Chief Justice of Quebec Nicole Duval Hesler with Supreme Court of Canada Justice Nicholas Kasirer

The Supreme Court of Canada saw a rare display of federal-provincial unanimity Nov. 4 as the attorneys general of Canada and Quebec jointly hailed the top court’s newest judge and the province’s beefed-up role in the reformed process that culminated in Justice Nicholas Kasirer’s nomination. “The nomination of Justice Kasirer to the court is historic,” Attorney General of Canada David Lametti said of the new process during the welcoming ceremony in the Supreme Court’s courtroom which was packed with Justice Kasirer’s family and friends, along with many legal lights from the bar and bench in Quebec and across Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 2:53 PM

Sharper teeth for Ontario animal bill BubbaTheHappyDog.jpg

After 100 plus years of enforcing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) declared it would stop providing cruelty enforcement services at the end of June 2019, so in the meanwhile, the Ontario government passed the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Amendment Act (Interim Period), 2019. ... [read more]

Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

McLachlin on A2J, climate change, sexual assault, AI, pro bono, lawyers’ ‘vital’ role Beverley McLachlin

The Charter may offer an avenue for combating climate change, former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin says as climate litigation ramps up here and in the rest of the world. “I think the main obligation, constitutionally, for tackling this major problem rests with the federal government and the provinces — but courts are part of the picture because the [Charter s. 7] right to life, liberty and security of the person is something that all of us are entitled to, and climate change may tie into that,” Canada’s former top judge suggested in a wide-ranging LexisNexis Canada webinar on access to justice Oct. 10. ... [read more]

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 6:21 AM

CIVIL EVIDENCE - Admissibility - Affidavits - Striking out

Application by Canada and British Columbia to strike portions of the record filed by Alberta. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Clément Gascon reflects on 5 years at SCC; says access to justice ‘huge challenge’ for bar, bench TLD Exclusive

Lawyers could face mandatory pro bono obligations if they don’t rise to the “huge challenge” of facilitating civil access to justice for Canadians who can’t afford their services, newly retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon tells The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]