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Wednesday, March 23, 2022 @ 9:26 AM

Court of Appeal to interpret meaning of ‘damage’ under Endangered Species Act for first time Lindsay Beck, Ecojustice

In a case highlighting an endangered bird habitat, the Ontario Court of Appeal will be interpreting for the first time a provision of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that “could affect protected species across the province,” a lawyer for Ecojustice said.    ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 @ 12:43 PM

Insured fall outside pollution exclusion clauses of insurers, Ontario court rules

Pollution exclusion clauses in insurance policies will be contractually enforceable and will not indemnify the insured against third-party claims when the activity of the insured causes pollution to the natural environment, regardless of the type of business carried on by the insured, Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has ruled. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 @ 11:06 AM

Tackling lawyers’ gladiator mindset | Joan Rataic-Lang and Ryan Wozniak

On April 5, 2022, former NHL and Olympic hockey players Chris Nilan, Vicky Sunohara and Theoren Fleury will join lawyers Orlando Da Silva, Lindsay Scott, Ryan Wozniak and Enrico Scicholone for a panel discussion about mental health. ... [read more]

Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 4:56 PM

Ottawa seeks public feedback on how to improve federal government’s pesticide regulatory system

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is asking for public feedback about possible “targeted” changes to the federal Pest Control Products Act to ensure the legislation supports transparency, use of independent scientific evidence and outside input to the decision-making process. ... [read more]

Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 2:39 PM

Trade minister announces latest move toward Canada-India interim trade agreement Mary Ng

Following her trade promotion trip to India, Israel, the West Bank and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development Mary Ng said Canada and India have relaunched their negotiations for a Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) that would give Canadian businesses greater access to India’s fast-growing market of 1.4 billion consumers. ... [read more]

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 4:50 PM - Last Updated: Monday, March 21, 2022 @ 2:18 PM

SCC clarifies ‘impecuniosity’ test for advance costs in First Nation, other public interest cases Karey Brooks

The Supreme Court of Canada has elucidated the test and evidentiary requirements litigants must meet in order to surmount the  “impecuniosity” precondition for obtaining advance legal costs in public interest litigation. In a 9-0 ruling March 18, the top court held that First Nations with stretched resources and competing demands, who are seeking advance legal costs for their public interest litigation, must first show that their existing resources are required to meet their members “pressing needs” — as seen from the perspective of the First Nation and which are not “defined by the bare necessities of life”: Anderson v. Alberta, 2022 SCC 6. ... [read more]

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 2:29 PM

Bully for us | Marcel Strigberger

The legal profession. All good? Then again Shakespeare said, “First, let’s kill all the lawyers”. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 4:33 PM

Canada hits Belarusian leadership with more sanctions for backing Russia’s illegal war on Ukraine

Canada has announced additional sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Belarus) Regulations in response to the involvement of the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.” ... [read more]

Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 12:50 PM

Virtual land or real property Digital house

Virtual land has recently been in the news, including stories about how companies are purchasing virtual land for millions of dollars, how a single plot can cost more than $10,000. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 4:03 PM

Ottawa rolls out more sanctions as Zelenskyy seeks Canada’s support for no-fly zone over Ukraine

In advance of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s historic address to the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa announced March 15 its latest round of sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime for Russia’s “illegal and unjustifiable” invasion of Ukraine. ... [read more]