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Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 1:18 PM

Lawsuit alleges loss of property value due to landslides near massive B.C. Hydro development Malcolm Macpherson, Clark Wilson LLP

As British Columbia forges ahead with a controversial dam project which has attracted significant opposition from environmentalists and First Nations, it will soon be facing a battle on another front — whether the development has contributed to landslides that have devastated property values in a rural community about five kilometres east of the construction site. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 9:31 AM

Decision settles law on duty of care for snow, ice removal on municipal sidewalks, lawyers say Alex Eged, Richards Buell Sutton LLP

Legal observers are saying the door has been shut across Canada on a residential homeowner’s common law liability for snow and ice removal on a municipal sidewalk after the B.C.’s highest court ruled two property owners did not owe a duty of care to a man who slipped and fell outside their home. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 5:38 PM

Rotating, static jury selection at heart of Supreme Court ruling in VIA derailment case Justice Michael Moldaver

The Supreme Court, in its reasons for reinstating the convictions of two men who planned to crash a passenger train, found that while the trial judge was wrong to deny a request that rotating triers be used in the jury selection process, his decision to use static triers still resulted in an “independent and impartial” jury. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 3:36 PM

Ontario announces Toronto, Peel Region moving to Grey-Lockdown, earlier vaccine rollout

Ontario is ceasing its stay-at-home order in Toronto and Peel Region and moving the two COVID-19 hot zones to the government’s Grey-Lockdown level of public health restrictions effective March 8 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 3:01 PM

Health Canada approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada now has a new arrow in its quiver as it continues the fight against COVID-19. On March 5, Health Canada authorized the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Janssen Inc., a division of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:03 PM

Toronto van attack decision important for future cases where autism argued as basis for NCR finding: lawyer

Toronto criminal defence lawyer Boris Bytensky’s connection to the deadliest vehicle-ramming attack in Canadian history could have played out far differently on April 23, 2018, when Alek Minassian drove a rented van on the sidewalk for 1.2 kilometres along Yonge Street, killing 10 pedestrians and injuring another 16, many of them seriously. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 9:51 AM

Impact of court ruling on B.C.’s move to no-fault insurance unclear, trial lawyers president says TLABC president Kevin Gourlay

The British Columbia government’s attempt to rein in costs at the province’s publicly owned auto insurer has been dealt another blow after a court ruled aspects of its decision to send matters to a provincial tribunal were unconstitutional. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

Northwest Territories moving to address unauthorized use of public land Larry Innes, partner, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, Yellowknife, NWT

The government of the Northwest Territories could face a challenging legal landscape as it moves ahead to tackle a 50-year-old problem of squatting on public land, says a lawyer close to the issue. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Ontario ramping up COVID-19 workplace safety inspections

Ontario has hired more than 100 additional occupational health and safety inspectors to enforce COVID-19 regulations at workplaces. “With a new total of more than 500 inspectors, our government is building the largest team of inspectors in Ontario’s history to educate business owners, enforce public health measures and keep workplaces safe now, and for many years to come,” Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton said in a March 3 government news release. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

Ottawa announces extension of wage support, rent subsidy programs

Workers and business owners in Canada have a little more breathing room now that Ottawa has announced plans to extend three pandemic-related subsidies. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said March 3 that the government was extending the rate structures for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and Lockdown Support from March 14 to June 5, 2021. ... [read more]