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Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 1:40 PM

Disclosure of family trust at centre of appeal in P.E.I. divorce case Spencer_Campbell_sm

Forcing financial disclosure from a non-party in divorce proceedings was front and centre in an East Coast appeal involving a woman wanting to know the value of a family trust set up by her ex’s late father. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Lawyer wonders if new corporate accountability watchdog will have teeth Cory Wanless sm

The government’s announcement to establish an ombudsperson to investigate allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian corporations working abroad comes with no timeline on when the role will be filled and active. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

New rules for disputes over Trans Mountain project may bypass local laws: observers Eugene Kung, West Coast Environmental Law

The National Energy Board (NEB) has decided on a process to resolve potential future permitting disputes over the contentious Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project, but concerns are being raised the expedited timelines as a result of the new rules may mean regulations at the local level will be circumvented. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 1:35 PM

Committee to review Alberta’s court interpreter system

Concerns about the training and the effectiveness of court interpreters has caused Alberta’s Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General to take a closer look at how the court interpretation system functions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Solitary confinement unconstitutional, rules B.C. Supreme Court Josh Paterson

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has delivered a decisive constitutional ruling against unrestricted use of solitary confinement for federal prisoners. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

Federal Court of Appeal rules against Husky Oil in privacy dispute Amy Crosbie, Curtis Dawe LLP

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against a major Canadian oil company in its attempts to keep information about its employees private, saying the information requested as part of an access to information filing was publicly available on the Internet and would not disclose anything related to their private lives. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Not even PM escaped former ethics commissioner’s purview Mary Dawson

When the House of Commons resumes sitting later this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will undoubtedly face opposition questions about former federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson’s report last month that found the PM violated several provisions of the federal Conflict of Interest Act when he and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, vacationed at a Bahamian island owned by the Aga Khan. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:58 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 4:48 PM

Major data breach at University of Windsor law school Exclusive

The University of Windsor’s law school has notified the hundreds of current JD applicants that their confidential information has erroneously been disclosed, including names, gender, birthdates, “Aboriginal status,” GPA and LSAT scores, as well as the applicants’ “admit value” — a numerical rating by law faculty assessors, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

Alberta courts reaching out to reporters

In Alberta, two courts are trying something new. They’re engaging in a pilot project that promotes media and social media outreach in an effort to be more transparent about court activities and initiatives. Tony Blais, a former court beat newspaper reporter for the Edmonton Sun and the Edmonton Journal, is working for the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeals. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 7:19 AM

B.C. bar, top judge seek speedier federal judge appointments Bill Veenstra

Every Monday for the past five months or so, British Columbia Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson has asked some lawyers and litigants scheduled to be heard that week to come to his courtroom so he can inform them in person that regrettably, due to judicial vacancies at the busy trial court, their trials and chambers applications must be postponed — with all of the wasted time, money and energy that will entail. ... [read more]