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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:14 PM

Appeal Court rules virtual presence in B.C. enough to enforce production order

The B.C. Court of Appeal has overturned a decision on the enforceability of a production order under the Criminal Code, saying U.S.-based Internet company Craigslist’s virtual presence in the province is enough to establish it as a person under the law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

CBA warns of court challenge to Bill C-58 if Ottawa persists with ‘incursions’ on privilege Kerry Simmons

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says it will “in all likelihood” go to court to challenge incursions on professional secrecy, if Ottawa proceeds to enact proposed measures that would empower the federal privacy and information commissioners to review legal advice and other privileged communications between legal advisers and their federal government clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Newfoundland and Labrador last province to establish stand-alone appeal court Brenda Grimes

The face of the judiciary may look the same in Newfoundland and Labrador, but new legislation has effectively brought the province “up to speed with the rest of Canada,” according to Minister of Justice and Public Safety Andrew Parsons. ... [read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

Black Legal Action Centre to engage with community to discover what is needed most in legal clinic Rinaldo Walcott sm

Formation of a new legal aid clinic to support black Ontarians is underway and is set to open in August 2018. ... [read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

U.S. tax law reform means Canada has lost ‘competitive advantage’: experts Veronika Chang

The U.S. Congress made the biggest change to the American tax system in 30 years last month, the reverberations of which are still being felt across the country. And although individual Canadians will not be affected at nearly the same level, there are still aspects of the plan people residing inside Canadian borders should be aware of. ... [read more]

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Court rules parties can contract out of statutory provisions in gas pipeline case Crawford Smith sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in a case involving municipal drainage work, ruling that parties can contract out of statutory provisions. ... [read more]

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 1:58 PM

Federal Court denies B.C. First Nation’s request for more salmon Lisa Glowacki, Ratcliff & Co. LLP

A Federal Court judge has denied a B.C. First Nation’s attempt to get its allocation of sockeye salmon increased, saying it failed to show why such an increase was necessary and why other species of fish were not adequate to meet its needs. ... [read more]

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

New U.S. cannabis directive ‘changing the policy, but not the law’ Robert Solomon, Western University Faculty of Law

Observers are saying the recent decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end a federal policy of non-interference in states that have legalized cannabis has changed very little in a legal sense, but its practical outcome for Canadians remains uncertain. ... [read more]

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 8:11 AM

Securities regulators warn about risks of trading cryptocurrency Louis Morisset

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has issued a warning to investors and dealers about futures contracts involving cryptocurrencies, such as the digital currency bitcoin. While such contracts may be traded on regulated exchanges and cleared by regulated central counterparties, cryptocurrencies carry a high level of risk unsuitable for all investors, they cautioned. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

French language still needs protection, Quebec Court of Appeal rules David Robitaille

A bid to overturn Quebec’s sign law by a group of anglophone merchants suffered another setback after the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld two lower court rulings which maintained that the French language is still vulnerable in Quebec and continues to need protection even though it has made “modest progress” in recent decades. ... [read more]