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Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 10:35 AM

More Mount Cashel complainants likely to come forward: lawyer Geoff Budden, Budden & Associates.

A lawyer acting for complainants in Newfoundland’s Mount Cashel sex abuse scandal says it is likely that more victims will choose to come forward — as did a man who recently reached out after keeping his past hidden until after his mother died. ... [read more]

Friday, October 29, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Appeal Court ruling re-emphasizes importance of addressing workplace sexual harassment: law prof Osgoode Hall Law School professor Eric Tucker

A three-judge panel of the Ontario Court of Appeal highlighted the importance of addressing sexual harassment in the workplace in overturning a lower-court judgment that awarded the man accused of such harassment against his female colleague damages for wrongful dismissal. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 4:05 PM

Manitoba loses carbon tax fight at Federal Court

Manitoba has lost its Federal Court case against the Canadian government’s carbon tax plan. In its Oct. 21 written decision, which was reportedly released on Oct. 26, the Federal Court rejected Manitoba’s argument it should not be subject to the federal carbon pricing plan because the province had in the works its own emissions scheme. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 3:45 PM

Ontario proposes legislation that gives people the right to wear a poppy in workplace

On Oct. 28, the Ontario government introduced legislation that, if passed, would “amend the Remembrance Week Act, 2016 to give Ontario workers the right to wear a poppy in the workplace during Remembrance Week.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 3:43 PM

Ontario unveils legislation to ‘fix long-term care,’ increase transparency for retirement homes

On Oct. 28, the government of Ontario introduced legislation that, if passed, would “would repeal the current Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 and create the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 11:08 AM

Alarm bells raised about proposed changes to B.C.’s freedom of information and privacy laws Daniel Reid, Harper Grey LLP

The British Columbia government has unveiled new legislation to update the province’s public sector freedom of information and privacy legislation, but several privacy and civil liberties groups are raising concerns that the changes will actually hinder access to information if it is implemented. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 10:56 AM

Appeal Court upholds Ontario’s ‘jurisdiction simpliciter’ in action involving law firm in India Jayson Thomas, Loopstra Nixon LLP

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision regarding the jurisdiction of the court in a multijurisdictional dispute involving a law firm in India. Counsel involved in the case said a takeaway the decision highlights is that “any lawyer advising on an international transaction has to take care to ensure that if there are limitations” on their opinion “they have to be clearly expressed to the clients.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 @ 9:35 AM

Anti-trafficking laws doing more harm than good for migrant sex workers, report says

A recently released report from several legal and labour experts is saying that Canada’s anti-trafficking laws, which are ostensibly aimed at protecting migrant sex workers, is having the opposite effect to what was intended and has left sex workers more open to exploitation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 @ 9:33 AM

Alberta votes in favour of equalization, no on year-round daylight savings Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta has voted in support of removing the principle of equalization from the Constitution but has given the thumbs downs to year-round daylight time. The two referendums were held in conjunction with the Oct. 18 municipal elections, with final results released Oct. 26. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 @ 9:28 AM

Courts must balance ‘between certainty and transparency,’ says Binnie at online event Ian Binnie, Lenczner Slaght LLP

In a keynote address on dissent in Canada’s appeal courts, former Supreme Court jurist Ian Binnie said he sees “dissent, essentially, as a management problem for the court.” “Every court,” he said, “has to try to get a balance between certainty and transparency.” ... [read more]