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Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

Scathing court order to Nova Scotia’s Lands and Forestry warning to others: lawyer Jamie_Simpson_sm

A novel Nova Scotia court case detailing the province’s “chronic and systemic” failure to follow its own rules around protecting at-risk species should serve as a warning to other jurisdictions that judges will force them to honour their environmental obligations, says a lawyer involved.   ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

B.C. looking at amending, updating legislation on protection of personal information Keri Bennett, Roper Greyell LLP

Lawmakers in B.C. are undertaking a review of the province’s legislation on protection of personal information, with a view to bring it more in line with modern concerns surrounding sharing of information and privacy. An all-party committee of the legislature was established in February to seek input from British Columbians on the effectiveness of the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). The Act governs how private sector organizations collect, use and disclose personal information. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 4:27 PM - Last Updated: Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 4:49 PM

Trudeau pledges employment, financial help for people with disabilities, more aid for provinces Justin_Trudeau_sm

The federal government is offering employment support and financial aid to people with disabilities to help them cope with the fallout from COVID-19 and will give billions to the provinces and territories as part of Canada’s economic restart.   ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 12:21 PM

Beset by ‘blizzard of words,’ Ontario Court of Appeal chides verbose trial judges

In what it calls an “unfortunately growing trend,” the Ontario Court of Appeal has chided trial judges for delivering overly long reasons for decisions that amount to “factual data dumps.” Concluding an otherwise unremarkable decision May 27 in Welton v. United Lands Corporation Limited 2020 ONCA 322, Justice Peter Lauwers pointed to electronic note-taking by judges as a possible suspect behind “this emerging style” — but “it is not helpful and can be confusing,” he lamented. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 9:49 AM

SCC poised for first virtual appeal hearing; Zoom ‘observers’ to see novel contract, criminal cases Emily Kirkpatrick

The Supreme Court of Canada is opening its virtual courtroom doors next week by pioneering Zoom hearings in several civil and criminal appeals that raise novel issues of undue trial delay, pre-incorporation contracts in strata developments and entrapment in “dial-a-dope” operations. Up until 1 p.m. (EDT) June 5, the public and media can ask the top court to register them for an unspecified number of “first-come, first-served” Zoom “observer” spots in each of four cases (including one oral leave application), to be argued from June 9 to June 12. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 1:03 PM

Parts of Calgary bylaw unconstitutional intrusion on federal powers, Alberta Appeal Court rules

The Alberta Court of Appeal has sided with four telecommunications giants by ruling portions of a Calgary bylaw unconstitutional because it conflicted with federal powers, despite a minority dissent in the decision upholding the bylaw because it also dealt with property issues which were under the municipality’s jurisdiction. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

Academics studying effects of COVID-19 pandemic on law Louise Langevin

Quebec law faculties, having decided to offer courses remotely in the fall in light of health and safety concerns stemming from COVID-19, are now also ramping up research efforts to assess the impact pandemics may have on law and the practice of law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 4:16 PM

Feds mandate face-covering for aviation sector, issue guidance for other transportation workers

Ottawa is mandating new face-covering measures for workers in the aviation industry, while also recommending similar but still-voluntary measures in the marine, rail and road transportation sectors. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 3:01 PM

Court upholds municipality’s right to negotiate costs with developer: lawyer Geoffrey_Saunders

A Nova Scotia court deciding a public utility board was wrong to settle a dispute between a municipal district and a home builder over a fee for a subdivision water system confirms a municipality’s right to negotiate cost agreements with developers as part of the subdivision approval process, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 9:03 AM

B.C. law society considering ‘targeted’ approach on COVID-19 relief: president Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) president Craig Ferris

The COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind for benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) as they met for their second virtual meeting, with the law society president noting the society is currently looking at spending approximately $3 million to assist members who have been hit hard over the past few months. ... [read more]