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Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 4:41 PM

Non-liability clause signed by two commercial entities does limit damages in business dispute: SCC Chief Justice Richard Wagner

Upholding the basic principle of freedom of contract between sophisticated commercial parties, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 9-0 that a “non-liability” clause in a contract agreed to by two companies in Quebec does operate to limit liability in their business dispute, and is not negated by the doctrine of breach of a fundamental obligation. ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 2:20 PM

Ontario issues enhanced vaccine certificates, stresses need for health-care staff to get vaccinated Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford

On Oct. 15, the Ontario government made the “enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code” as well as the “verification app, Verify Ontario,” available for download. ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 12:58 PM

B.C. expanding whistleblower protection but law still has gaps, observers say B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The B.C. government is planning an expansion of its whistleblower protections to cover more employees who may want to report instances of wrongdoing, but experts are saying such protections at both the provincial and federal level in Canada are in need of an update. ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 10:23 AM

‘Free Alberta’ strategy calls for constitutional change, possible independence Eric Adams, University of Alberta

As Albertans will head to the polls next week to vote on whether the province should take steps to end equalization payments, a new strategy has emerged which urges Alberta to move towards massive constitutional change or even independence to fight what it calls ill-treatment by Ottawa and eastern Canadian elites. ... [read more]

Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 8:40 AM

Ontario dedicates $1.5 million in seized funds to local partners to ‘fight back against crime’ Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario

On Oct. 12, the Ontario government announced a reinvestment of “$1.5 million in cash and proceeds seized from criminals” in order to “help local partners fight back against crime and victimization that threaten their communities.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 5:26 PM

SCC splits over new Criminal Code self-defence provisions dealing with accused’s prior conduct Sheilah Martin, Supreme Court Justice

In its first interpretation of new Criminal Code provisions on self-defence, the Supreme Court of Canada has split 5-4 in an Ontario homicide case over the nature and breadth of an accused’s conduct that the Crown can use to challenge an accused’s entitlement to self-defence. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 12:16 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal releases ‘tentative’ model for in-person proceedings

On Oct. 12, the Ontario Court of Appeal shared a “tentative” model for returning to in-person proceedings with some legal organizations. The model gives counsel the choice to attend court virtually and maintains that “observers, including clients, the media, and members of the public, will not attend in-person.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

Judge rejects secrecy in class action funding deal featuring lender’s fee of up to $45 million Paul Crampton

The Federal Court’s recent approval of one of the country’s largest third-party litigation funding agreements blesses a capped fee of up to $45 million for the lender, plus reimbursement of several millions more that the funder is expected to shell out for document management services, sophisticated economic analyses and other disbursements in a complex $2.75-billion price-fixing class action in Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

‘Serious issues’ in dissent in family case could ‘inspire’ SCC to grant leave to appeal, court finds

The Ontario Court of Appeal has granted a stay of proceedings in a family law case as the appellant mother seeks leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to keep her children in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

Manitoba regulator brings legal services to charities, non-profits Darcia Senft, Law Society of Manitoba.

Manitoba’s law society is making it possible for vulnerable clients of charities and non-profits to get free legal help. ... [read more]