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Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 1:26 PM

Forcing Uber driver into international arbitration unfair: SCC Lior_Samfiru_sm

Workers’ rights mean nothing “if there is no mechanism to enforce those rights,” says a lawyer following the Supreme Court deciding an Uber driver cannot be forced by the company to take his dispute with it to costly arbitration in another country because the hiring contract’s clause requiring this is unfair and, thus, invalid. ... [read more]

Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

National pro bono initiative responds to Canadians hit hard by pandemic legal problems Alex Don sm

A growing movement to support Canadians struggling with legal problems brought on by the COVID-19-pandemic has so far recruited about 25 lawyers and 415 law students. Launched in May by McGill University Faculty of Law graduates Alex Don, Mark Mejia Kuznetsova and Rapti Ratnayake, the National Canadian Lawyers’ Initiative (NCLI) has so far assisted more than 100 people, providing one to five hours of legal advice online per person or referring them to a local pro bono legal service, where possible. ... [read more]

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 3:55 PM

‘Status quo is not an option’ as Donnelly becomes Law Society of Ontario treasurer Law Society of Ontario treasurer Teresa Donnelly

Teresa Donnelly has taken the reins as treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario, saying the time has come for a “careful and transformative shift” in the law society’s approach in regulating lawyers and paralegals while not losing sight of the law society’s duty to protect the public interest. ... [read more]

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 2:32 PM

Proceedings in first-ever Zoom trial at Federal Court met with praise by judge, counsel Justice Roger Lafrenière

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March legal proceedings across the country largely ground to a halt, leading courts to consider alternative technology so that matters would still be able to be heard. And in one such matter at the Federal Court testimony was moved online for the first time ever, with counsel in the case and the judge presiding over it both agreeing that the process worked well and shows potential for the future. ... [read more]

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

Queen’s University Faculty of Law launches consultation to rename Sir John A. Macdonald Hall

Queen’s University Faculty of Law is reviewing the name of its main building, Sir John A. Macdonald Hall — joining a growing movement across North America calling into question the commemoration of historical figures linked to oppression. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 4:40 PM

Nova Scotia courts release recovery plan

The Nova Scotia Judiciary has released a “living” recovery plan outlining safety strategies and protocols for its ongoing expansion of court services — including in-person hearings — during the COVID-19 health crisis. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 3:31 PM

Trudeau to help law students find internships, but stays firm on Meng Justin_Trudeau_sm

Extended opportunities for out-of-work students — including those studying law — and stronger language on why Canada cannot give in to Chinese demands to release Meng Wanzhou were featured in Prime Minister Justice Trudeau’s latest address to the nation. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 12:54 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal clarifies law on interprovincial insurance coverage, says lawyer Anthony Gatensby sm

In a decision likely to have long-term implications for the insurance industry, the Ontario Court of Appeal has imposed greater clarity in jurisdictional disputes between insurance companies — finding that an arbitrator made several serious legal errors. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 12:17 PM

B.C. begins next phase of safe restart plan

British Columbia is taking the next step in its restart plan with a gradual transition to Phase 3, including the “safe and respectful” return of travel and tourism within the province. “Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of British Columbians, and under the guidance of the provincial health officer, we are now entering Phase 3 of our four-phase restart plan,” Premier John Horgan said June 24. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Ontario greenhouse gas emissions targets violate Charter, lawsuit argues Dayna Scott, Osgoode Hall Law School

A group of nine young people have taken the Ontario government to court, arguing its greenhouse gas emission (GHG) targets are inadequate to meet the challenges associated with climate change and violate their constitutional rights. The focus of the lawsuit, which has been filed in the Superior Court of Justice, is the GHG emission reduction set by the Ford government in the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018 and later articulated in its “made in Ontario” environmental plan, which aims to reduce GHG emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. ... [read more]