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Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 10:46 AM

Defence bar and women’s groups set to clash as SCC re-examines sexual assault and consent Dino Bottos

Women’s groups and the defence bar are preparing to butt heads at the Supreme Court of Canada after the top court announced on International Women’s Day that it will hear a defence appeal from an important judgment on the law of sexual assault and consent. ... [read more]

Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

Labour and employment lawyers predict pushback on Pay Transparency Act Inna Koldorf sm

Ontario’s recently launched pay transparency legislation may make the province a leader in tackling pay equity, but labour and employment lawyers are predicting a pushback as companies are still adjusting to recent amendments to the Employment Standards Act. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 2:28 PM

Worker group says safety ‘not negotiable’ after employer found guilty in workplace fatality

A general contractor has been found guilty of manslaughter after one of his employees was killed by being buried in a trench, marking the first time in Quebec that a breach of provincial occupational health and safety legislation served as the basis for a manslaughter conviction under the Criminal Code. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 9:40 AM

Law Foundation of Ontario launches new grant program for access to justice organizations Tanya Lee

The Law Foundation of Ontario is hoping to provide a bit of stability for organizations involved in access to justice issues. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 7:56 AM

Ontario needs legislative reform to tackle gender-based violence, lawyer says Elizabeth Grace sm

Building on action plans to end domestic abuse and sexual harassment, the Ontario government has launched a gender-based violence strategy aimed at prevention and providing survivors with more support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 1:05 PM

Alberta Court of Appeal overrules lower court on ambiguity in auto insurance policy Michelle Grose, Dean Duckett Carlson LLP

The Alberta Court of Appeal has held that a lower court erred when ruling a provision in an automobile insurance policy was ambiguous, stating the language in the policy was clear and there was no reason to interpret it differently. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 12:26 PM

OBA institute panel gives advice on avoiding social media, online problems Ian Hu, Shaneka Taylor, and Jacqueline Horvat

Engaging with the public — and in particular, with clients or potential clients — on social media has the potential to be a minefield if lawyers aren’t careful with what and how they post. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 6:56 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

Joyal says impaired driving bill violates Charter, is ‘full of holes’; Senators worried Bill C-46 will overburden courts Serge Joyal

The Trudeau government’s proposed alcohol-and drug-impaired driving legislation violates the Charter and will clog already overburdened courts with Charter challenges from coast to coast to coast, says Senate Liberal Serge Joyal, the influential chair of the red chamber’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Federal government reviewing what to do about delays in Nunavut, lawyer says James_Morton_sm

There wasn't anything in the federal budget to help speed up Nunavut’s court system, but one lawyer is hopeful an ongoing government review will oil the wheels of justice in that vast northern territory. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 12:26 PM

Experts weigh in on summary judgment motions at Toronto Lawyers Association panel

When the Supreme Court created the “culture shift” toward the expanded use of summary judgments in Hryniak v. Mauldin 2014 SCC 7, it appeared to set the standard for a quicker, simpler, cheaper way of delivering justice. What has actually happened, however, hasn’t been quite so simple. ... [read more]