We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. close
Focus On
In-House Counsel | Insurance | Intellectual Property | Immigration | Natural Resources | Real Estate | Tax

News

Latest

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Legal aid lawyers in B.C. vote to begin job action April 1 Richard Fowler, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL)

An organization representing legal aid lawyers in British Columbia has overwhelmingly voted to withdraw their services to protest what they characterize as serious underfunding and strain on the system. According to Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) spokesperson Richard Fowler, turnout among the 590 members of association for the March 11-13 vote was 75 per cent, with approximately 97 per cent of members voting in favour of job action. ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 4:43 PM - Last Updated: Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 5:05 PM

SCC strikes down element of child luring offence but revives one-year minimum penalty in Ontario Michael Moldaver

In its first constitutional pronouncement on the crime of child luring, the Supreme Court of Canada has 9-0 struck down the statutory presumption that an adult accused of child luring believes the purported child’s online representations that she is under age (absent evidence to the contrary). ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

Saskatchewan legal information project aims to increase access to justice using public libraries Brea_Lowenberger_sm

A program better equipping Saskatchewan's public libraries to provide legal information has proven to be successful, well attended and lauded by lawyers, says an organizer.   ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 1:34 PM

Justice minister defends bill to reveal judges’ expenses as senators prepare to reduce disclosure requirements David_Lametti

Justice Minister David Lametti says he is “quite happy” with a Trudeau government bill that the judiciary warns would violate judicial independence and endanger its members’ security by requiring all 1,178 federal judges, for the first time, to publicly disclose their individual expenses — which collectively totalled nearly $34 million in the last fiscal year. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Safeguard order delays Quebec’s plans to terminate 18,000 immigration applications

Days after the Quebec Immigration Lawyers Association successfully obtained a temporary injunction against the Quebec government’s contentious plan to terminate 18,000 pending immigration applications, the provincial government agreed to a safeguard order that would be in effect until the adoption of a controversial immigration bill that is widely expected to be passed sometime this June. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

New regulations in NL aim to prevent workplace harassment and violence: lawyer Ashley Savinov

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is hoping its new occupational health and safety regulations will compel employers to be proactive when it comes to workplace harassment instead of reactive. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 3:02 PM - Last Updated: Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 4:15 PM

Ontario’s move to create separate regulator for new homebuilders positive step, lawyers say Sarita Samaroo sm

Ontario’s plan to revamp the Tarion Warranty Corporation (Tarion) by establishing a separate regulator for new homebuilders is a “step in the right direction,” real estate lawyers say. However, they say the government’s intention to explore the possibility of a multi-provider insurance model for home warranties and protections raises a lot of questions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 12:59 PM

British Columbia consulting on ‘long overdue’ updates to employment standards B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains

The B.C. government is pledging to make changes to the law that sets minimum standards for workplaces in the province and is inviting the public to share their thoughts. The Employment Standards Act (ESA) was last comprehensively reviewed by the government in 1994. To reflect modern workplaces and to ensure that employment standards are evenly applied and enforced, the provincial Ministry of Labour said it intends to make changes to the Act as early as this spring. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 11:32 AM

Time to take look at consent issues for people with dementia in B.C.: law institute CCEL executive director Krista James

A B.C. law reform agency is calling for a shift in thinking on health care consent for people with dementia in the province to better reflect capacity issues and ensuring health care workers know the law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 9:47 AM

Global Legal Hackathon creates women in legal tech mentorship program

An initiative to connect women in legal technology, inspired by the 2019 Global Legal Hackathon (GLH), has gained such an overwhelming response that the organizers plan on separating it into its own enterprise that will host events for women around the world. ... [read more]