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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 2:43 PM

Ottawa providing nearly $10 million in funding to support Indigenous law initiatives Justice Minister David Lametti

The federal government has announced support for a number of projects across the country aimed at renewing and revitalizing legal relationships with Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 9:57 AM

B.C. seeking public input in developing provincial response to ‘revenge porn’ Emily Laidlaw, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law, University of Calgary

B.C.’s government is reaching out to the public in its attempts to develop a civil response to the scourge of non-consensual distribution of intimate images (NCDII) online, which is commonly known as “revenge porn” and has led to incidents both serious and tragic. ... [read more]

Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 3:37 PM

Injunction to stop anti-lockdown protests issued in Nova Scotia

A court in Nova Scotia has ordered an injunction against groups seeking to protest the province’s COVID-19 health measures. On May 14, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court issued the provincewide, ex parte injunction in response to rallies that two protest groups had planned for the next day, Saturday, May 15. ... [read more]

Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 12:44 PM

Ontario expands COVID-19 vaccine rollout to those aged 18-plus provincewide

Ontario is opening its COVID-19 vaccination online booking system to individuals aged 18 and over a week ahead of schedule as vaccine supplies surge. According to a May 17 news release, an earlier-than-expected shipment of 2.2 million Pfizer-BioNTech doses during the week of May 17 means any Ontarian turning 18 in 2021 will be allowed to arrange a vaccination appointment through the provincial online system or call centre starting May 18 at 8 a.m. ... [read more]

Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 8:39 AM

City of Orillia claims double victory in Ontario Court of Appeal decisions Robert Wood

The City of Orillia emerged victorious recently on both ends of an appeal and a cross-appeal heard simultaneously by the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Orillia (City) v. Metro Ontario Real Estate Limited 2021 ONCA 291 involved a commercial lease in a shopping centre with the City as landlord and Metro as tenant. The City appealed a 2019 judgment from the Superior Court of Justice, City of Orillia v. Metro Ontario Real Estate Ltd. 2019 ONSC 7467 in favour of Metro. ... [read more]

Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 5:25 PM

Subjective consent to sexual activity requires a person to both give consent, be capable of it: SCC Justice Andromache Karakatsanis

The Supreme Court has restored the convictions of a common law couple who were found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old during a camping trip, saying that consent to sexual activity requires a person to not only give consent but also be capable of doing so. ... [read more]

Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 2:20 PM

Ethics commissioner clears Trudeau in WE scandal, finds Morneau broke ethics rules Bill Morneau, former federal finance minister.

Canada’s ethics czar has cleared Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of wrongdoing in last year’s WE Charity scandal but found former finance minister Bill Morneau to have broken ethics laws through his “friendship” with a co-founder of the organization. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 4:26 PM

Ontario extends stay-at-home order to at least June 2, announces vaccination for youth 12-17 Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

Ontario is extending its stay-at-home order an extra two weeks until at least June 2 as the province continues battling to reduce COVID-19 case numbers and free up overcrowded hospitals. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 12:32 PM

Nova Scotia court expanding certain services

In a bid to lessen backlog caused by a recent scaling back of operations, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court will expand some of its services while continuing to run under an essential services model. Any non-urgent matters in the Supreme Court’s general division that can be done by telephone or videoconference will be allowed to proceed across the province, starting May 25. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 2:56 PM

Renoviction bylaw within city’s powers: B.C. Court of Appeal Michael Drouillard, Harper Grey LLP

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a municipal bylaw which protected renters who have been evicted from their apartments due to renovations, but a lawyer is saying it could lead to a confusing patchwork of tenancy legislation across the province. ... [read more]