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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 3:26 PM

Nunavut Court of Justice shutters after rise in COVID-19 cases

Nunavut’s Court of Justice has gone into “emergency closure” as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise within that northern territory.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

COVID-19 being used as means to spread malicious online content, report says

Online actors are using COVID-19-related content as a means of getting people to open malicious links and attachments, according to a federal government agency tasked with monitoring online threats. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

Overhaul of privacy laws includes new data protections, hefty fines for non-compliance Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains

Ottawa is launching one of the biggest shakeups of Canada’s privacy laws in many years in order to give Canadians more control over what they share online, with companies potentially facing millions of dollars in fines if they are found to misuse personal information. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 7:21 AM

Nunavut court spares abusive mother jail time, citing poor foster care Benson Cowan

A defence lawyer is pleased Nunavut’s Appeal Court is sparing an Indigenous woman who abused her son jail time so she can be home for her other child but accuses the court of “undercutting” the sentencing judge’s use of Gladue principles in deciding her original punishment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 1:48 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 5:30 PM

Class action on video game ‘loot boxes’ could have massive impact, lawyer says Michael Shortt, Fasken

A major video game company is facing a class action alleging its use of a popular method for redeeming virtual items is an illegal form of gambling, a case which lawyers say has the potential to shape how gaming is done in Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 7:34 AM

Bill would pave way for Quebec law students to provide legal advice and consultations Gilles de Saint-Exupéry

The heads of Quebec’s law schools welcomed a new bill that would allow law students working at university legal clinics to give legal advice and consultations under the supervision of lawyers and notaries, a development that would finally put them within reach of what law students in the rest of the country can provide. ... [read more]

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 3:45 PM

Bank of Canada, federal regulator launch pilot project on climate change risks

The Bank of Canada and the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) have announced plans for a pilot project to use climate-change scenarios to better understand the risks to the financial system related to a transition to a low-carbon economy. ... [read more]

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 2:27 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal rules pandemic should not trigger automatic bail reviews Christine Mainville sm

In its first full-panel ruling regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the bail analysis, the Ontario Court of Appeal has found in a split decision that the pandemic does not in every case constitute a material change in circumstances automatically warranting a new bail hearing. ... [read more]

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 8:02 AM

Despite setback, plaintiffs in climate constitutional challenge plan to move forward Chris Tollefson, Tollefson Law Corp.

Plaintiffs in a landmark case alleging the federal government’s response to greenhouse gases is a violation of their Charter rights are pledging to continue the fight despite a court loss which said their claim did not disclose a reasonable cause of action. In La Rose v. Canada 2020 FC 1008, Federal Court Justice Michael Manson granted the federal government’s motion to strike the statement of claim, writing that “there are some questions that are so political that the courts are incapable or unsuited to deal with them.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 4:51 PM

SCC rules in favour of Hydro-Québec, allows second power line on people’s property Justice Suzanne Côté

Canada’s top court has found nothing prevents Hydro-Québec from relying on servitude agreements from the 1970s to build an additional powerline on people’s property between two of its transformer stations, shooting down the landowners’ argument the utility was limited to one line. ... [read more]