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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 2:06 PM

Fines for not social distancing make sense, but clarity needed, says Nova Scotia scholar Wayne_MacKay_sm

Fining Nova Scotians who do not practise social distancing is a worthwhile tool in fighting the spread of COVID-19, but clarity is needed for everyone as to what situations would be exceptions to the rule, says a legal mind. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 10:40 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 4:38 PM

COVID-19 relief bill gets royal assent; wage subsidies boosted to $52 billion from $27 billion  Bill Morneau

After hours of negotiations between the Trudeau government and opposition parties, the House of Commons and Senate passed on March 25 (with significant changes from its initial draft form) the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 9:48 AM

CSA’s equity crowdfunding proposals unlikely to draw more investors: securities lawyers Geoffrey_Cher_sm

A proposal by Canadian securities regulators to make equity crowdfunding more appealing for startups and investors has drawn lukewarm praise from securities lawyers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 3:42 PM

B.C. moves to protect jobs of people affected by COVID-19 B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

Workers in British Columbia can rest a little easier after the provincial government passed a bill to give greater protection to individuals who cannot work due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 3:07 PM

Luck of draw still key element in deciding judicial review for refugee claims: study Sean Rehaag

A study published in the Queen’s Law Journal in 2012 concluded that for individuals seeking a judicial review of refugee determinations the outcome frequently comes down to luck of the draw. That study, conducted by Sean Rehaag, the director of York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies, has now been replicated by the Osgoode Hall law professor. The findings: unchanged. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 9:22 AM

‘People should read’ B.C. Court of Appeal decision because it clarifies duty of care issue: lawyer Avon_Mersey

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled a car dealership could not have predicted a man who stole a truck from its lot would have become involved in a police chase and caused a number of accidents, a decision the lawyer for the dealership is saying further clarifies the duty of care owed when a car is stolen, following a seminal Supreme Court decision in 2018. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 4:27 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Trudeau tells public ‘enough is enough’; Ontario, Quebec announce non-essential workplaces shutdown Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Declaring that “enough is enough,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa is willing to step in with national emergency measures, if needed, should some people continue to ignore the government’s messaging to stay at home, physically distance from others and self-isolate as required. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - Last Updated: Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 3:40 PM

Lawyers divided over protection provided by new Ontario infectious disease legislation Andrew_Monkhouse_sm

Labour and employment lawyers in Ontario are divided on whether the recently passed Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 goes far enough to protect workers and provide direction for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 8:59 AM

Life in Law program offers support, advice for women lawyers in B.C. Una Radoja, Harper Grey LLP

A career in law can be overwhelming even at the best of times, and now women lawyers in B.C. who are interesting in talking about their shared problems and concerns with other practitioners have an additional option thanks to an initiative by Vancouver-based law firm Harper Grey. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 5:36 PM

SCC sets new test, high bar on defence, for proving judges’ verdict deliberations were unduly delayed Michael Moldaver

In a groundbreaking decision which holds that undue delay by trial judges in rendering verdicts does not count toward Jordan’s 18-month and 30-month trial delay ceilings, the Supreme Court of Canada has set a high threshold for defence claims that a judge breached an accused’s s. 11(b) Charter right to trial within a reasonable time by taking too long to render a verdict. ... [read more]