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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 2:57 PM

Class action certified vs. Ontario in alleged Charter breach against developmentally disabled Kirk Baert sm

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has certified a class action for plaintiffs pushed “to the brink of disaster” by long wait lists for Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) support for developmentally disabled persons over 18 years old. The certification of the s. 7 Charter claim, lawyers said, is “fairly novel.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 1:18 PM

Paralegals part of solution to family law issues in B.C.: association head Michele Ross

The head of B.C.’s paralegal association is saying concerns that paralegals would not be able to deal with family law issues under a scheme being considered by the provincial law society are unfounded. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 8:40 AM

LSO’s $1.2 million PR campaign extols it as ‘go-to’ place for legal resource Law Society of Ontario public campaign sm

“Our Society is Your Society” is the main message from the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) recently launched public awareness campaign, which the regulator initiated to connect with the public it’s mandated to protect.   ... [read more]

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 1:47 PM

No right to increased pension benefits absent discrimination: Federal Court of Appeal Paul Champ, Champ Law

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled the RCMP did not violate the constitutional rights of a group of female employees when it denied them the chance to buy back into a pension plan after they took time away from their jobs to raise their families. ... [read more]

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 1:29 PM

Single insurance policy recommended for looming era of automated vehicles Robert Love

In an era of automated vehicles, words like “road trip,” “driving,” and “behind the wheel,” will take on a whole new meaning. So will the word “accident.” ... [read more]

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Tailor release conditions to individual circumstances, legal advocacy group urges Darcie Bennett, Pivot Legal Society

Court-imposed conditions on release are doing more harm than good and are at cross-purposes with strategies of harm reduction, says a report from a Vancouver-based social justice advocacy group. ... [read more]

Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 11:16 AM - Last Updated: Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 8:14 AM

Top court strikes down mandatory victim surcharge for imposing cruel and unusual punishment on poor Justice Sheilah Martin

The Supreme Court has 7-2 struck down the mandatory victim surcharge enacted by the former Conservative government because it inflicts cruel and unusual punishment on impecunious offenders. In allowing Dec. 14 four defence appeals from Ontario and Quebec Court of Appeal judgments which upheld the mandatory surcharge’s constitutionality, Justice Sheilah Martin declared invalid s. 737 of the Criminal Code with immediate effect: R. v. Boudreault 2018 SCC 58. ... [read more]

Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

Engage employees on hot button policy issues, labour and employment panel says Harpreet Sidhu sm

Labour and employment concerns can run the gamut, from cannabis and harassment in the workplace, to culture, compliance and employee suicide. Perspectives on how to handle these hot button topics were shared by a panel of in-house and external counsel at the Women in Litigation Toronto Forum. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 3:19 PM - Last Updated: Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 9:55 AM

SCC rules people can’t waive privacy rights of others in the digital devices they share Andromache Karakatsanis

The Supreme Court has ruled 9-0 that police violated an Ontario man’s Charter-protected right to be free from unreasonable search or seizure when they warrantlessly seized the home computer he shared with his spouse, with only her permission and not his. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 9:49 AM

B.C. law society taking new approach on mental health, substance use issues Brook Greenberg, Fasken

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is implementing a strategy to make regulatory change and increase education on mental health and substance use issues after a task force report was adopted at its most recent benchers meeting. ... [read more]