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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]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 3:14 PM

‘Judicial independence,’ at core of chief justice of Court of Quebec’s dispute with province Lucie Rondeau

The Court of Quebec is expected to launch a new divisional court dealing with conjugal and sexual complaints by the beginning of 2022, potentially setting the stage for a legal battle with the provincial government over judicial independence and the administration of justice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 12:06 PM

New global deal unveiled to compel digital multinationals to pay at least 15-per-cent tax on profits

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian jobs and Canada’s social safety net will be supported by the recent agreement of 136 countries to “end the race to the bottom” in corporate taxation by creating a global minimum level of tax of at least 15 per cent, no matter where profits are earned. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 11:37 AM

Unvaccinated Quebec nurses face suspension as of Oct. 15

The Quebec order of nurses has announced that any members not vaccinated against COVID-19 will be suspended as of Oct. 15. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

‘Law school didn’t teach me about trauma’: Indigenous lawyer Myrna McCallum, Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services.

Spotting triggers, adjusting your practice and taking care of your mental health are things lawyers can do to better serve those who have experienced trauma, says an Indigenous lawyer, victims advocate and podcaster. ... [read more]

Friday, October 08, 2021 @ 3:17 PM

Litigation loan companies not on hook for $3.5-million defence legal costs in class action: court Amanda Bafaro

In the first known Canadian ruling on a defence motion for legal costs against non-party lenders who helped fund a plaintiff’s case, an Ontario judge has refused to order four litigation loan companies to pay to the defendants in a personal injury class action a $3.5-million costs award made against the foreign plaintiff who has no assets in Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, October 08, 2021 @ 2:37 PM

Clash between Quebec executive, judiciary flares up over how to deal with domestic, sexual violence Justine Fortin

An unusual public clash between the Quebec justice minister and the chief justice of the Court of Quebec has materialized over competing visions on how to deal with conjugal and sexual violence cases, with little signs of abating. ... [read more]

Friday, October 08, 2021 @ 12:58 PM

Everybody a ‘stakeholder in law reform in the last stages of life,’ LCO project lead says Ryan Fritsch, Law Commission of Ontario

The Law Commission of Ontario’s (LCO) recent report on law reform for the last stages of life has been submitted to the provincial government “as part of the province’s consultations on Bill 3, the Compassionate Care Act,” which “requires the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to develop a provincial framework designed to ensure that every Ontarian has access to quality palliative care.” ... [read more]

Friday, October 08, 2021 @ 9:33 AM

Insurer’s counsel owes duty of care to employer, not appellant, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision striking claims against an insurer and its counsel, in a case that touches on counsel’s duty to their employers, expectations of privacy in a case conference and wrongful termination. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 07, 2021 @ 9:27 AM

B.C. lawyers pass resolution on pronoun use at law society general meeting Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) president Dean Lawton

B.C. lawyers passed a resolution at the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC)’s Oct. 5 annual general meeting (AGM) requiring it to take action on the use of pronouns and forms of address by its members, but voted down a second motion calling for a commitment to “rational and unfettered discourse on any and all issues” in light of a controversial opinion piece on the use of pronouns in B.C. courts. ... [read more]