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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 9:54 AM

New B.C. program offers free legal advice, information for victims of workplace sexual harassment Jennifer Khor, Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)

Since the emergence of the #MeToo movement in recent years people all around the world have become more attuned with the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, and a new program in British Columbia has been set up to provide free legal advice, education and information for those in need of support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

B.C.’s real estate speculation tax fought in human rights tribunal, courts

British Columbia introduced its real estate speculation and vacancy tax in 2018 to great fanfare, but now it is facing fights on two fronts as it faces challenges before the courts and the provincial human rights tribunal. The tax was brought in as a means of cooling B.C.’s hot real estate market, which has left buying a home an unattainable goal for many in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 2:47 PM

Administrative segregation decision ‘tremendous vindication’ of Charter rights, lawyer says Michael_Rosenberg_sm_NEW

The Ontario Court of Appeal has, once again, released a decision condemning Canada’s use of prolonged administrative segregation, while providing direction for damages owed in class actions brought by federal penitentiary inmates. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:52 AM

Canada announces new border controls for foreign air travellers Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a series of border measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, including banning, as of noon EDT March 18, air travel into Canada of foreign nationals, excepting Americans, Canadian permanent residents, travellers transiting Canada to a third country, immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats and aircrews. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:55 AM

Ontario declares state of emergency as COVID-19 cases increase

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency under s. 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in a press conference on March 17. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 9:17 AM

‘Limited practitioners’ needed for access to justice in Manitoba, says official Kris_Dangerfield_sm

With the ever-increasing costs of legal services placing the hiring of lawyers beyond reach for more and more people, Manitoba’s law society is welcoming proposed legislation that would allow for “limited practitioners” in that province. On March 9, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced proposed amendments to the province’s Legal Professions Act which, if passed, will pave the way for the Law Society of Manitoba (LSM) to designate a category of non-lawyers and allow them to provide a limited scope of legal services. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 2:46 PM

‘Unconstitutional tax’ in B.C. has led to rise in auto insurance premiums, loss of benefits: lawsuit Scott Stanley, Murphy Battista LLP

British Columbia’s publicly-owned automobile insurer has faced numerous upheavals in recent years as it attempts to rein in costs. And now, it is facing a class action lawsuit which could potentially see a payout of nearly $1 billion being given to drivers and accident victims in the province. ... [read more]

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 9:10 AM

Nova Scotia’s immunity to gambling class actions could face challenge: lawyer Raymond_Wagner_sm

There could be legal challenges to newly passed Nova Scotia legislation shielding the government from class actions by those claiming to have suffered harm from problem gambling, a lawyer says. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 5:38 PM

SCC affirms that forward contract was hedge; taxpayer’s intention is determined objectively Rosalie Silberman Abella

In a tax case of note to those engaged with the country’s multitrillion-dollar derivatives market, the Supreme Court of Canada has established a test for deciding whether a derivative instrument is a “hedge” for purposes of determining the income tax treatment of gains or losses. ... [read more]

Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 4:53 PM

Canadian employers facing challenges over COVID-19 Anne Gallop

With the spread of COVID-19 picking up speed, prompting the World Health Organization to declare it a pandemic, it is beginning to have a ripple effect on global industry and markets. Supply chains are being disrupted, travel restrictions are being imposed by growing numbers of countries and containment measures are being introduced. ... [read more]