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Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 1:14 PM

Alberta Court of Appeal upholds class action against Western Hockey League Steven Barrett, Goldblatt Partners LLP

Three former junior hockey players have filed a class action suit against the Western Hockey League (WHL) for past wages and benefits they say they are owed because they were employees of their clubs during their playing days, and the Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled the lawsuit can proceed largely as planned. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

B.C. has strong case in challenge of Alberta fuel law: legal experts Eric Adams, University of Alberta Faculty of Law

The B.C. government has challenged an Alberta law designed to choke off fuel supplies to British Columbia, saying it would cause “irreparable harm” and runs contrary to Canada’s Constitution, and legal experts are saying the province is on solid ground in one aspect of its court challenge, but may be vulnerable in another area. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Leadership needed now more than ever, Canada’s top female military officer tells legal professionals Bronwen Evans, True Patriot Love Foundation, Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross and Claire Kennedy, Bennett Jones LLP

Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross knows about assessing risk. While she and her security team were deployed in Afghanistan, she was tasked with meeting members of an Afghan training facility in a valley. The Taliban knew she was in the area and told the training facility not to let her in when she arrived. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Criminal and youth lawyers worried about new Toronto ‘mega’ court Courthouse

A new courthouse being built in downtown Toronto is raising concerns in the legal community, and is especially troubling to defence lawyers and young offender advocates. The facility, which will be located at 11 Centre Avenue — a site owned by the province and located just to the north of Toronto City Hall — has a price tag of approximately $956.4 million and is being developed to be a “mega” court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:52 AM

Law Society of Ontario releases long-awaited lawyer licensing report Peter Wardle sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) professional development and competence committee has been reviewing the lawyer licensing process since 2016 and a report on its recommendations will be presented to Convocation on May 24. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

Former Lakehead dean says ‘superficial’ attempts at reconciliation don’t work Angelique EagleWoman sm

Angelique EagleWoman’s resignation as dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University (Lakehead) has thrown a spotlight on the school’s Truth and Reconciliation efforts, with Indigenous leaders in the Thunder Bay area calling EagleWoman’s departure a step backward for the school and community. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 5:43 PM

Bar gives good initial reviews to Ottawa’s proposal to put best interests of kids first in divorce overhaul Jody Wilson-Raybould

Family law lawyers were giving mostly positive early reviews to the Trudeau government’s proposed overhaul of the antiquated Divorce Act — but they also reserved final judgment until they parse the hefty 192-page bill that proposes to modernize laws relating to child custody/access, child support, child relocation and parental abduction. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

N.S. lawyers to get session on complex new capacity rules Michelle_Morgan_Coole_sm

Nova Scotia is holding an information session for lawyers wanting a “high level overview” of the province’s new capacity legislation for intellectually disabled adults — a complex set of regulations experts say will be a steep learning curve for the legal profession. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

New legislation aimed at SLAPP lawsuits met with wide support in B.C. Calvin Sandborn, legal director of the Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria

The government of British Columbia has introduced legislation to safeguard people from strategic lawsuits against public participation (also known as SLAPPs), in a move that was embraced by the province’s legal community as a big step forward in protecting citizens from being intimidated in their quest to raise issues of public interest. ... [read more]

Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 5:59 PM

Supreme Court affirms workers’ compensation board’s authority to impose fine on forestry company Paul Daly

In a noteworthy judicial review case from B.C., the Supreme Court of Canada has divided over how to determine whether a workers’ compensation board had the requisite statutory authority to promulgate the workplace safety regulation under which a forestry company was fined for not ensuring the safety of a worker killed on the job. ... [read more]