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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 12:51 PM

Gowling Calgary partner named head of Canadian oil and gas group

Gowling WLG announced the appointment of Calgary-based partner Lorne Rollheiser as head of its Canadian oil and gas group. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Penny-wise, pound-foolishness in arbitration Man falling off caution sign

Writing for the B.C. Court of Appeal in Nolin v. Ramirez 2020 BCCA 274, Justice Elizabeth Bennett, with the concurrence of Justices Mary Saunders and David Harris, observed at the outset that: ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 6:16 AM

PUBLIC UTILITIES - Negligence - Limitation of liability

Appeal by the plaintiffs from the dismissal of their action against the Water Commission for negligence and nuisance. Their houses suffered sewage backup from trenching work done by the Commission on the stormwater system when the Commission’s equipment damaged the appellants’ sewer laterals. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

The Coach: Small firm succession planning part two | Gary Mitchell

In part one of this column, I covered the first three steps to succession planning: deciding on your timeline for retirement, increasing the value of your practice or firm, and branding/setting up a new legal entity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 11:49 AM

Energy company files $400-million lawsuit against Alberta over stalled oil sands project Sander Duncanson, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

The saga of a controversial oil sands development in northern Alberta has a new chapter after an energy company filed a $400-million lawsuit saying the province misrepresented itself as the company went through the regulatory process on the project. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 8:10 AM

Defending yourself against Zoombombers Distraught woman at computer screen

Videoconferencing and collaboration software such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, JoinMe and others has probably been the single biggest factor in allowing work (mainly white-collar work) to keep going during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, February 08, 2021 @ 9:48 AM

ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION - Approvals licences and orders - Hazardous waste - Landfill sites

Appeal by Normtek Radiation Services from a judicial review judgment upholding a decision of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board refusing to hear an appeal from a waste disposal approval. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Stocking your resilience toolbox: How to be proactive in managing stress | Rob De Toni

There was a time when I thought that being resilient simply meant I had to suck it up and put on a brave face whenever I was going through something difficult. No complaining and no whining. Just tough it out, and, in the end, I will be stronger for it. I mean, as a litigation lawyer, shouldn’t I just be able to put on my armour to make everything OK? ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 2:30 PM

New dean sees stronger University of Toronto law faculty emerging from pandemic Jutta Brunnee, dean, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

The University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s beleaguered international human rights program will continue to hold an important place in the faculty, says its new dean. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 2:19 PM

Wellness: Rights and obligations | Darryl Singer

I, like most Ontarians, am tired. Tired of the stay-at-home order that’s more of a suggestion than an actual order. Tired of not being able to go the places I enjoy. Tired of not being able to take a long overdue vacation to somewhere warm. Tired of not seeing the sunshine for the last two months. Tired of my family (I love them but if we’re being honest, we all need a teensy break from one another right now). Tired of following the rules. And yet, the last 10 months have also allowed me to shelter in place with a harmonious family, continue to do the work I love with colleagues who motivate and challenge me, earn a living and reclaim all of that commuting time to actually be less stressed and spend more quality time with my family.   ... [read more]