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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

Federal Court’s chief justice says webcast pilot part of modernization project Paul Crampton sm

The Federal Court’s recently launched webcast pilot project may be centred around “access to justice,” but according to Chief Justice Paul Crampton, it’s also part of a larger modernization plan that will include a new website, electronic access to records and improved scheduling capabilities. ... [read more]

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 4:02 PM - Last Updated: Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 4:36 PM

Lawyers dispute claim solicitor-client privilege bars ex-AG comment on alleged PMO ‘pressure’ in SNC-Lavalin case Jody Wilson-Raybould

Some legal experts dispute the assertion that solicitor-client privilege bars Jody Wilson-Raybould from making any comment on The Globe and Mail’s explosive but unproven allegation that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) “pressed” the then-attorney general last fall to nix the bribery prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in favour of a remediation agreement enabling the Montreal-based construction giant to remain eligible for lucrative federal government contracts. ... [read more]

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

‘Symptoms and effects’ needed for mental stress claim, rules Saskatchewan Appeal Court Tom_Engel_sm

Saskatchewan’s Appeal Court has shown one does not need something as official as a psychiatric diagnosis to successfully claim damages for mental suffering, said a lawyer in a case involving a “bone-chilling” phone call from one brother to another. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

B.C. trial lawyers raise concerns about auto insurance settlement policy Ron Nairne, president, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC)

The Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. (TLABC) is raising concerns the case settlement policy of the provincially owned auto insurer will lead to an increase in the number of trials and hamper people’s ability to receive proper settlements for their claims. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 11:51 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 3:54 PM

SCC rules teacher’s secret recording of students in school’s common spaces was criminal voyeurism Chief Justice Richard Wagner

People can have a reasonable expectation of privacy in public spaces, the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed 9-0 in a landmark privacy judgment that convicts an Ontario high school teacher of voyeurism for using a camera pen to secretly record the faces and breasts of female students. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

B.C. legal community questions changes to ICBC policy limiting number of expert witnesses Scott Stanley, Murphy Battista LLP

The B.C. government is moving to change court rules to limit the number of expert witnesses in motor vehicle cases, but the move is being condemned by some in the legal community, who say it will restrict the rights of individual British Columbians. The amendments to the B.C. Supreme Court Civil Rules Regulation, revealed Feb. 11, will limit the number of experts and expert reports permitted to address the issue of damages, such as wage loss, future wage loss and future care that can be used by each side of a motor vehicle dispute. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 1:14 PM - Last Updated: Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Accommodation workshop to tackle gender identity, ‘needs’ versus ‘wants’ Stephanie_Ramsay_sm

The duty to accommodate gender identity in the workplace is a “hot button issue” for employers due to it still being new territory, says a lawyer set to lecture on the subject. This will be one of several topics to be discussed during Hicks Morley’s Feb. 26 Accommodation Training Workshop in downtown Toronto ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Human rights lens required for governments’ use of AI, panel says Cynthia Wong, Irene Poetranto, Petra Molnar sm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are making it easier for governments worldwide to collect data on citizens and assist in making decisions in the immigration and justice sectors. While science fiction-esque advances in technology are the norm, the implications for human rights are not, so academics and rights-based organizations are asking the big questions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 12:35 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 9:12 PM

Wilson-Raybould quits cabinet, hires ex-SCC judge to advise on what she can ‘legally’ say about SNC-Lavalin Jody Wilson-Raybould

Ex-Attorney General of Canada and former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has quit the federal cabinet, saying she has hired former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on what she “is legally permitted to discuss” publicly about The Globe and Mail’s allegation that officials in the Prime Minister’s Office exerted “heavy pressure” on her to press the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to abandon its criminal bribery prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in favour of a deferred prosecution agreement that would not trigger criminal consequences for the Montreal-based global engineering and construction giant. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 11:39 AM

Federal Court of Appeal jurist David Stratas cautions against statutory interpretation that ‘goes off the rails’ Justice David Stratas sm

Justice David Stratas, of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, tackled the question “judges interpreting laws: do the words matter anymore?” in conversation with Asher Honickman, a partner at Matthews Abogado LLP, as part of a keynote address at the Runnymede Society’s Law & Freedom Conference 2019. ... [read more]