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Thursday, December 22, 2022 @ 3:41 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court certifies class action against company for alleged defective breast implants

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice certified a class action against a breast implant company for various negligence claims and duty of care breaches regarding textured implants. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 22, 2022 @ 3:09 PM

Family Legal Services Provider licence ‘good first step,’ assists A2J, say legal professionals Cathy Corsetti, LSO paralegal bencher

The Family Legal Services Provider (FLSP) licence is the “first expansion” of paralegal regulation in 15 years. Legal professionals and the public have raised the alarm about access to justice in the family courts. However, some family lawyers and paralegals believe that the FLSP licence is a “good first step” to address the crisis. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 22, 2022 @ 1:17 PM

SCC rejects trial lawyers’ bid to appeal failed Charter challenge to B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal

The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear an appeal from the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC) against a B.C. Court of Appeal ruling earlier this year that upheld the constitutionality of a 2019 law vesting the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) with jurisdiction to decide liability and damages for minor injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 22, 2022 @ 11:33 AM

COVID-19 ruling opens up ‘a number of different areas’ where concerns might be raised, lawyer says Marty Moore, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF)

A group of B.C. churches and residents who were arguing restrictions against religious worship issued at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic have been dealt a blow by the province’s highest court, who found that they proportionately balanced individual freedoms with important public health objectives. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 22, 2022 @ 11:21 AM

[ Legal Wire ] - Canada discontinues B.C. coal mine project due to potential adverse environmental impacts

Canada has decided not to proceed with the Sukunka Coal Mine Project in B.C. after a determination that it will have “significant adverse environmental effects” that cannot be mitigated. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 @ 3:58 PM

Superior Court addresses civil backlog in virtual trials; OTLA stresses judicial vacancies ‘problem’ Maria Damiano

Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice will be holding two, four-week long virtual trials to “address the backlog of civil” cases that “developed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” While the initiative is welcomed by the bar, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) notes that more needs to be done to address the “much bigger systemic problem” of judicial vacancies that is contributing to the delay in access to justice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 @ 3:10 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Canada awarded over $1 million, Alberta $280,000 for costs in land entitlement case

The Alberta Court of King’s Bench awarded Canada over $1 million and Alberta over $280,000 in costs regarding a case concerning claims over a land treaty entitlement by First Nations group. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 @ 2:53 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Ottawa rolls out proposed regs for rising annual ‘sales targets’ for zero-emission road vehicles Steven Guilbeault

The federal government has published proposed regulations setting annual “sales targets” by model year for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) for Canadian manufacturers and importers of new passenger cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks — starting from “at least” 20 per cent in 2026 rising to “full stringency” (i.e. 100 per cent) in 2035. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 @ 11:56 AM

Smudging ceremony, hoop dance in B.C. school did not infringe mother’s religious rights: court

A B.C. mother has lost her case against her children’s school district after the province’s top court ruled that a smudging event held in classroom and an Indigenous hoop dance where a prayer was recited did not infringe her Charter guarantee to freedom of religion because the children did not actively participate in the two events. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 @ 10:58 AM

[ Legal Wire ] - Canadian vegan food companies announce share offerings, stock exchange listings

Odd Burger Corp., a London, Ont., vegan food technology company, announced an offering of shares up to $5 million subject to a closing date upon approval of TSX Venture Exchange, and Sensible Meats Inc., a Calgary vegan hot dog company, announced its approval to list shares on NEO Exchange. ... [read more]