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Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 5:40 PM

Supreme Court tackles retroactive child support, rules B.C. can change past support orders Russell_Brown_sm

The Supreme Court of Canada has brought some clarity to retroactive child support, ruling in a case out of British Columbia that, unlike federal divorce legislation, there is no jurisdictional bar under the province’s Family Law Act stopping a parent from applying for unpaid back support — even if the child has since become an adult or the support order has expired. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 11:49 AM

Federal justice minister invites diverse communities to make judicial applications David Lametti sm

Federal Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti is urging members of historically under-represented communities to consider applying for judicial appointments — including Black and racialized Canadians, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability or those who identify as LGBTQ2. ... [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]

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 5:12 PM

Former ambassador to U.S. broke conflict of interest law: commissioner

Canada’s ethics czar has found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former ambassador to the U.S. to have broken conflict of interest law by taking “improper advantage” of his previous position to lobby government officials as a private sector executive. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 4:31 PM

Ontario tightens some gathering limits in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region

The Ontario government has delivered on its promise to ratchet back social gathering restrictions and increase fines as it tries to slam the door on pandemic-flouting parties and curb the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 3:56 PM

Decision on Internet rates called win for fair pricing in Canada Pina D’Agostino, IP Osgoode

A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision on the rates large telecommunications companies charge smaller players for use of their networks is being hailed as a major step forward in the fight for fair Internet pricing. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 11:43 AM

Court of Appeal finds definition of spouse applies to couple who lived together intermittently Kavita Bhagat sm

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision could be seen to stretch the definition of spouse when it comes to spousal support and may spark more family law litigation, predicts one family lawyer. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 7:46 AM

B.C. moves on single-use plastic bans Calvin Sandborn, legal director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria

The B.C. government has taken a number of steps to allow municipalities to ban single-use plastics after the provincial Court of Appeal struck down a prohibition on plastic bags last year, but an industry representative said those moves are not necessarily the right steps to take and is calling on the federal government to take a new approach to plastic recycling which would allow for more recovery and reuse. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 3:59 PM

COVID-19 forces changes on majority of law practices: Survey Jana Schilder

A new survey of 400 legal professionals across Canada reveals that 67 per cent of those surveyed expect to see, or are currently experiencing, practice-related changes due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 10:13 AM

Appeal Court ruling provides ‘clarity’ to review board on how to adjudicate matters: lawyer Anita Szigeti

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has granted an absolute discharge to a man living with mental illness after finding the Ontario Review Board (ORB) unreasonably concluded he posed a “significant threat to public safety” for a second consecutive year. ... [read more]