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Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 12:16 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal releases ‘tentative’ model for in-person proceedings

On Oct. 12, the Ontario Court of Appeal shared a “tentative” model for returning to in-person proceedings with some legal organizations. The model gives counsel the choice to attend court virtually and maintains that “observers, including clients, the media, and members of the public, will not attend in-person.” ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 11:04 AM

Judge rejects secrecy in class action funding deal featuring lender’s fee of up to $45 million Paul Crampton

The Federal Court’s recent approval of one of the country’s largest third-party litigation funding agreements blesses a capped fee of up to $45 million for the lender, plus reimbursement of several millions more that the funder is expected to shell out for document management services, sophisticated economic analyses and other disbursements in a complex $2.75-billion price-fixing class action in Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

‘Serious issues’ in dissent in family case could ‘inspire’ SCC to grant leave to appeal, court finds

The Ontario Court of Appeal has granted a stay of proceedings in a family law case as the appellant mother seeks leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to keep her children in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

Manitoba regulator brings legal services to charities, non-profits Darcia Senft, Law Society of Manitoba.

Manitoba’s law society is making it possible for vulnerable clients of charities and non-profits to get free legal help. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 3:43 PM

Quebec extends vaccination deadline for health-care workers to Nov. 15

Quebec is extending its deadline for health-care and social service workers to be fully vaccinated or face suspension. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

Canada endorses G20’s renewed backing of reformed WTO ‘rules-based’ international trading system Mary Ng

Canada and the other countries of the G20 have reiterated their shared commitment to strengthening the rules-based international trading system, with a reformed World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 1:44 PM

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission renews licence for new generating station at Darlington

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has renewed the site preparation licence held by Ontario Power Generation Inc. for OPG’s Darlington New Nuclear Project, about 65 kilometres east of Toronto. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

Nova Scotia Court of Appeal awards highest human rights compensation in Canada

In a landmark decision, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has determined that individuals with disabilities have been systemically discriminated against by the province of Nova Scotia. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 10:31 AM

Domestic agreements ‘central to the forum non conveniens analysis,’ court rules Michael Stangarone, MacDonald & Partners LLP

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in a dispute over application for relief after a divorce, ruling that the “Chinese courts are in a far better position to deal with” the litigation over assets. The decision, counsel said, “reaffirms the continued impact of the doctrine of forum non conveniens in the face of technological developments and virtual proceedings.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 9:07 AM

Ontario Appeal Court reminds trial judges to not stray from reliability test on hearsay evidence Marianne Salih, Edward H. Royle & Partners LLP

In a lengthy and detailed decision released on Oct. 6, the Ontario Court of Appeal reminded trial judges not to stray from the procedural reliability analysis required to determine the admissibility of hearsay evidence for a jury to consider and ultimately avoid having both parties ordered back in court to start the process again. ... [read more]