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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 5:02 PM

Liberals pledge to create one million jobs, tackle health care and criminal justice in throne speech

The Trudeau government has set a broad agenda in its continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, planning to create one million jobs, expand access to health care and taking action to address racism and inequality, including in the criminal justice system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

Intervener groups say federal carbon tax constitutional as Supreme Court begins hearings Amir Attaran

As the fight over the constitutionality of the centrepiece of the Trudeau government’s climate legislation heads to the Supreme Court, intervener groups are saying the law is not only legally sound but essential to face the pressures caused by climate change. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Changes to Ontario’s wildlife law threatens science-based decisions and conservation Cormorants

Ontario has recently moved forward with amendments to its fish and wildlife laws, permitting a new 106-day open season on the double crested cormorant, a water bird native to Ontario. As of Sept. 15, 2020, hunters are permitted to bag 15 birds per day as part of Ontario’s “population management tool” in response to concerns that the birds may be been detrimental to fish populations and aesthetics. ... [read more]

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

LSO crowd-pleaser fee relief motion the opposite of what’s needed | Jonathan Rosenthal

Let’s say a government were to go rogue and compel you to have a limb amputated. Quick! Which one would you choose? ... [read more]

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 12:54 PM

Moore’s latest film: Bad planet, bad humans, bad documentary Polluted planet

Start watching Planet of the Humans, a documentary directed by Jeff Gibbs and executive produced by Michael Moore, and you might think you’re about to see another wry, Moore-style take on an important subject — in this case the environment. ... [read more]

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Will pandemic finally lead to lower annual fees for Ontario licensees? | Andrew Puiras

Annual fees have been a sort of perennial issue in Law Society of Ontario (LSO) politics, causing groans but never erupting to the forefront. In the 2019 bencher election, many candidates made lowering annual fees part of their platform, but annual fees got lost in the shuffle as the statement of principles took centre stage. In 2019, Convocation lowered 2020 annual fees for lawyers by $135 to $2,066, a modest decrease of approximately six per cent from the previous year. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 1:01 PM

Report card time for independent electrical system contract review Electric plugs

In November 2019, we reported on the order-in-council from the minister of energy, northern development and mines directing the Independent Electricity System Operation (IESO) to engage an independent third party (independent consultant) to review existing generation and identify ways to lower electricity costs within such contracts. The review was to focus specifically on larger gas, wind and solar projects and portfolios of projects expiring over the next 10 years.  ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

LSO fee relief motion a matter of disaster relief for members | Gerard Charette

This Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher from Windsor would like to offer a view different from that espoused by Joe Groia in his column of Sept. 16 (LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public). Unlike Joe, I firmly support bencher Geoff Pollock’s motion to reduce members’ fees by 25 per cent for the upcoming year (the “Fee Relief Motion”). That motion comes before Convocation on Sept. 24. Sadly, a motion to table (defer) bencher Pollock’s Fee Relief Motion might be made without allowing there to be any debate. But in any event, there will be some important points raised. So, please tune in to the LSO’s public access of the Sept. 24 Convocation. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 10:08 AM

We can’t forget about the environment, single-use plastics legislation | Daniel W. Dylan

In April, I wrote a piece for The Lawyer’s Daily (“COVID-19 and single-use plastics”) in which I expressed concern over the increase in single-use plastics consumption that the onset of COVID-19 protection measures would precipitate in keeping restaurants afloat with takeout and delivery options. Now, a new single-use plastics problem has emerged involving personal protection equipment, namely, face masks made from polypropylene. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 8:12 AM

Supreme Court’s early start to fall session will clear backlog, could bring landmark rulings SCC Fall Session

In what will be an early start to its fall session, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to tackle highly anticipated appeals involving provincial challenges to the federal carbon tax, a newspaper reporter’s fight to unseal estate details of a murdered billionaire couple and a dispute over the ending of peremptory challenges in jury selections. ... [read more]