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Thursday, June 30, 2022 @ 4:39 PM

B.C. court dismisses appeal in contractual dispute over wood chips price, force majeure provisions

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from several companies in a contract dispute over the purchase price of wood chips, after the sawmill that initially produced them burned down. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 30, 2022 @ 4:36 PM

New protections for bank customers come into force

New protections holding banks to a higher standard and requiring them to take greater responsibility for customers' outcomes have come into force, the federal government announced on June 30. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 30, 2022 @ 2:50 PM

Conference marks 60th anniversary of Ontario Human Rights Code Patricia DeGuire, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Ontario’s Human Rights Code has established the province as a “leader in human rights promotion and protection,” but more is needed to help the vulnerable, racialized and marginalized fight for equality, said speakers at an event marking the Code’s diamond anniversary. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 30, 2022 @ 2:44 PM

Alberta says it does not anticipate any increase in use of little-known procedure to summon jurors Graham Johnson, Dawson Duckett Garcia & Johnson Barristers

Shoppers at a mall in Calgary recently found themselves in a surprising — and perhaps confusing — situation recently when they were summoned to jury duty under the provisions of a little-used section of the Criminal Code. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 30, 2022 @ 2:21 PM

Health Canada unveils new nutrition labelling regulations for foods high in fats, sodium, sugars

Packaged foods high in saturated fat, sugars and/or sodium will be required to have a label in the near future, Health Canada has announced. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 30, 2022 @ 12:01 PM

LSO Convocation decides not to release Inclusion Index, determines next steps on data collection Dianne Corbiere, chair of the Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has determined, after lengthy debate, to not publicize the Inclusion Index developed in 2019 after a panel of three experts determined the index in its current form “is not an effective means to achieve the law society’s equity goals.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 30, 2022 @ 11:56 AM

U.K.’s top judge says courts can combat unfair attacks with wide outreach, strategic communications Robert Reed

Public pushback by judges against ill-informed criticism from media or politicians is usually counterproductive, but courts can promote a “culture of respect” for judicial independence and the rule of law by reaching out “more widely” to their critics, advises Lord Robert Reed of Allermuir, the United Kingdom’s top judge. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 5:09 PM

Proposed Canadian settlement reached in e-commerce platform data breach

A proposed Canada-wide settlement has been reached in a data breach of a buy-and-sell website, class counsel have announced. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 4:23 PM

Landmark $150M-settlement reached with pharmaceutical company over opioid damages: B.C. government

Opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma (Canada) has agreed to a $150-million settlement relating to efforts to recover health-care costs stemming from the sale and marketing of its opioid-based pain medicines. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 @ 4:18 PM

B.C. Appeal Court ruling ‘applies and clarifies’ SCC guidance on duty of care: lawyer Aaron Gubeli

There are limits to a duty of care in terms of the reasonable foreseeability of injuries, the British Columbia Court of Appeal held in a case concerning social-host liability for injuries sustained by a minor after leaving a party at which underage drinking and drug consumption were allowed by the hosts. ... [read more]