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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 6:31 PM

Judiciary says feds’ plan to disclose expenses of named judges is ‘constitutionally defective’ Pierre Bienvenu

The Canadian judiciary is pushing back hard against Bill C-58, warning MPs that the Trudeau government’s proposal to publicly disclose the travel and other expenses of named federal judges is “grossly unfair and unacceptable” and violates judicial independence. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 1:56 PM

LSUC explains statement of principles, diversity policy at information session

New annual reporting requirements regarding a statement of principles and a human rights diversity policy have some legal professionals confused about their obligations, but the response from the law society is clear — all Law Society of Upper Canada licensees are expected to have a statement of principles. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 12:36 PM

‘Hands-on experience’ with the law one benefit of Take Our Kids to Work Day Falon_Milligan

Even though Take Our Kids to Work Day is promoted as something that’s beneficial to students, lawyers and law firms that participate in the event also experience positive benefits. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 9:18 AM

Firearms lobby loses bid to thwart Quebec gun registry Stéphane Beaulac

The National Firearms Association and a Quebec-based pro-gun lobby group failed to put a stop to Quebec’s long-gun registry after the Superior Court held that the registry was constitutional. ... [read more]

Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 5:29 PM

MPs urge Ottawa to create civil legal aid fund Anthony Housefather

The Commons Justice Committee has recommended that Ottawa revamp the current amorphous block funding the federal government gives the provinces and territories for legal aid by creating a separate earmarked civil legal aid fund for provinces that is administered under the Department of Justice (DOJ) Canada Legal Aid Program. ... [read more]

Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 3:11 PM

‘Vast array of people’ could challenge Quebec's Bill 62, lawyer says Jeremy_Little_sm

Quebec public employees opposed to Bill 62 have “a number” of paths to legal recourse should they refuse to enforce the controversial neutrality law, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

Increased federal oversight of condo flipping called ‘grossly overdue’ Audrey Loeb, Shibley Righton LLP

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is looking into nearly 3,000 condominium transactions in the Toronto and Vancouver areas for possible instances of tax evasion, and a prominent tax lawyer is saying increased federal monitoring of so-called assignment sales is “grossly overdue.” ... [read more]

Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 9:31 AM

Law society faces pushback on diversity initiative, to host information session Joseph Groia sm

The Thought Police from George Orwell's 1984, McCarthyism, loyalty oaths and Big Brother are some phrases brought up by lawyers upset with the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) recent requirement for legal professionals to sign a statement of principles on diversity.   ... [read more]

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 2:17 PM - Last Updated: Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 5:09 PM

SCC refuses 5-4 to expand banks’ defence to conversion claims Abella

In a 5-4 split, the Supreme Court of Canada has declined to reconfigure its long-standing approach to the statutory defence to the tort of conversion to make it easier for financial institutions to avoid liability when they inadvertently cash fraudulent cheques. ... [read more]

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

Law societies must do more to help addicted, mentally ill members, Bryant urges Michael_Bryant_sm

Provincial and territorial law societies must stop treating addiction and mental illness among members as a “character flaw” and come together in stomping out stigma, downing the walls of isolation and helping those wanting help, says lawyer Michael Bryant, a former Ontario attorney general, and a recovering alcoholic. ... [read more]