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Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 11:54 AM

Canadian Judicial Council’s legal bid to insulate itself from judicial review for fairness may have run its course Andrea_Gonsalves

The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), chaired by Canada’s top judge, has not yet announced whether it will seek leave to appeal a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision to the Supreme Court of Canada — a move that would likely lead to Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner and Justice Suzanne Côté recusing themselves from the novel case. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 9:26 AM

Legal observers divided over constitutionality of Alberta energy export law Eric Adams, University of Alberta faculty of law

Although many eyes have turned their attention to the national fight over carbon taxes, a smaller disagreement is brewing in the western part of the country over the right to control the flow of natural resources between provinces. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 1:52 PM

Copyright trolls suing thousands of Canadians for file sharing

According to Techopedia, Wikipedia for geeks, file sharing is defined as “the practice of sharing or offering access to digital information or resources, including documents, multimedia (audio/video), graphics, computer programs, images and e-books.” It’s a definition — and an issue — lawyers in Canada may want to look at more closely. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 11:48 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

StopSOP slate nominates sole practitioner in bid for Law Society of Ontario treasurer Chi-Kun Shin sm

The StopSOP slate, 22 of whom were elected as benchers of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) on May 1, have announced their support for Chi-Kun Shi in a bid for treasurer. In a statement, released May 21, the StopSOP (Statement of Principles) slate said they are “pleased to announce” that Shi has been nominated to run for treasurer with the “unanimous support of her StopSOP colleagues.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

LSO highlights resources for legal profession in awareness campaign Malcolm_Mercer_sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) $1.2 million public awareness campaign has entered its second phase and includes an internal component directed at lawyers and paralegals. The campaign’s goal is to make the professions aware of resources available to them at all stages of their practice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 2:03 PM

Boards’ sustainability policies help ensure supply chain transparency, panel says John_Coyne_Helle_Bank_Jorgensen_Peter_MacKay_sm

Creating sustainable sourcing policies and doing due diligence on all components of a company’s supply chain can keep boards, and their reputation, intact during times of crisis, speakers at the 2019 Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) National Conference said, while pointing to the importance of transparency. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 12:36 PM

Civil juries must understand separation of defendants from those who settle, says lawyer Raymond_Wagner_sm

Juries in civil trials must be properly instructed on burden of proof and the separation between active defendants and those who settled out of court, says the lawyer of a Nova Scotia mother who is suing a doctor for negligence after her child was left brain damaged. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

B.C. money laundering response must uphold privacy interests, privilege: bar association Margaret Mereigh, president, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC)

The government of British Columbia has announced a public inquiry into money laundering in the province, but legal observers are raising concerns about some of the recommendations made in a recent report aimed at stemming the flow of dirty money in the province. ... [read more]

Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 12:42 PM

Drug convictions tossed as Appeal Court rules anonymous tip was not ‘sufficiently credible’ Mark Halfyard

Simply relying on broad anonymous information is insufficient ground to arrest, charge and convict someone, the Ontario Court of Appeal reminded police officers, Crown prosecutors and trial judges in a recent ruling. ... [read more]

Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

Standing ovation, applause and tears in court as SCC’s Gascon hears his final case as a judge Clement Gascon

It was an emotional moment at the Supreme Court of Canada May 16, as Justice Clément Gascon’s last hearing ended with a standing ovation, prolonged applause and a few tears. At the close of argument in a landmark Quebec case dealing with the scope of protection for journalists’ sources, Chief Justice Richard Wagner told the packed courtroom he wanted to say a few words about his Supreme Court colleague for the past five years. ... [read more]