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Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 2:05 PM

New federal rules on auto recalls overdue, lawyers say Dale Orlando, McLeish Orlando LLP

The federal government has been given new powers to order motor vehicle recalls, a move observers say was long overdue and necessary due to major shifts coming in terms of technology in people’s cars and the legal profession generally. ... [read more]

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

New regulations unveiled for risky syndicated mortgage market Marlin Horst, Shibley Righton LLP

Canada’s securities administrators have brought out a series of recommendations to reduce the risks for investors in syndicated mortgages, a move observers say will help bring some clarity in a market that has been increasingly seen as needing more oversight. ... [read more]

Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

Judge who sexually harassed court staffer quietly quit; unlike the U.S., #MeToo hasn’t hit Canadian judiciary TLD Exclusive

A superior court judge who subjected a court staffer to sexualized contact in the workplace quietly resigned after a Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) investigation, without the judicial disciplinary body publicly disclosing his actions until now. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:43 PM

Ottawa can continue with damages suit against Merchant Law Group Gord Kuski

The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to shut down the Attorney General of Canada’s fraud action against the Saskatchewan law firm which Ottawa paid $25 million for representing thousands of former students of Indian residential schools in individual and class litigation that was settled 12 years ago. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

B.C. Supreme Court decision in polygamy case raises due process issue: law expert Beverley Baines, Queen's University Faculty of Law

A B.C. Supreme Court justice has rejected a stay of proceedings for two men convicted of having multiple wives, rejecting arguments that the government’s lack of prosecuting them in the past was an admission they believed the Criminal Code’s provisions against polygamy were unconstitutional. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:54 AM

Legal professionals would rather deal with sexual harassment quietly, panellists say Lai-King Hum, Deepa Matto, Sharan Basran

Fear — of speaking out, of repercussions or of damaging a hard-earned career — was a major theme at a panel discussion on sexual harassment and discrimination held at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) to commemorate International Women’s Day. ... [read more]

Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

Appeal Court reconvicts impaired driver, finds police dutifully told him of rights Adam_Fritzler_sm

A driver caught with glassy eyes, a teetering step and the smell of alcohol has had his conviction restored after Saskatchewan’s Appeal Court found that the arresting officer did not have to ask him if he wanted to call a lawyer. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

In-house counsel need to embrace AI, Law Society of Ontario summit told Maya_Medeiros_and_Shelby_Austin

In-house counsel need to jump on the artificial intelligence (AI) technology bandwagon if they want to keep up with where the legal industry is heading. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Alternate service delivery, mental health focus of B.C. Law Society for 2018: president Miriam Kresivo, president, Law Society of British Columbia

The new president of the Law Society of British Columbia has an ambitious agenda before her, but says looking into alternative service models for delivering much-needed legal services and ensuring lawyers’ mental health needs are properly addressed will be the society’s focus over the coming months. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Quebec ruling over protest bylaw ‘narrows the powers of a municipality,’ lawyer says

A City of Montreal bylaw that forced protesters to provide an itinerary to police ahead of time was struck down by the Quebec Court of Appeal after it ruled that it was arbitrary, excessive and unreasonable. ... [read more]