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Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 8:23 AM

Genetic Non-Discrimination Act creates fundamental change for insurance industry Brent Mizzen

Genetic discrimination is now banned in Canada. As of May 4, the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act bars anyone from requiring a person to take a genetic test or to reveal the results of one for the purpose of providing goods, services or entering into a contract. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 3:14 PM

Administrative law ruling from B.C. court clarifies 'internal standard of review' Lorne Neudorf

A pair of decisions from the British Columbia Court of Appeal may offer a glimpse into an important future area for administrative law. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal orders new trial in search and seizure case

An acquittal has been overturned and a new trial has been ordered in a search and seizure case involving a computer containing child pornography. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 6:08 AM

Novel appeal court ruling restores insurance protection for support

To the relief of family law lawyers, the Ontario Court of Appeal has restored the efficacy of a life insurance clause typically used to secure child and spousal support for hundreds of thousands of recipients in the province. Importantly, however, the appeal court is being asked by counsel to clarify that its judgment restores the effect of such clauses in separation agreements, and not just in court orders. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 2:07 PM

Nova Scotia set to open first Gladue court

Nestled alongside Cape Breton’s breathtaking Bras d’Or Lakes sits the tiny Mi’kmaw First Nation community of Wagmatcook. It is home to roughly 700 people and it will soon be home to Nova Scotia’s first Gladue court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 9:15 AM

Law commission releases study on culturally appropriate end of life care Omar Ha-Redeye

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has released the final research paper in its "Improving the Last Stages of Life" project that looks to identify and recommend reforms that will impact people at the last stages of life. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 8:59 AM

Saskatchewan, law society to study feasibility of non-lawyers providing legal services Gerald Tegart

The government of Saskatchewan announced last week the creation of a team that will examine the possibility of having non-lawyers provide legal services. ... [read more]

Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 2:45 PM

New Brunswick passes controversial judicial residency bill David Smith

The New Brunswick government has passed into law a constitutionally suspect bill that impacts where federal trial judges can be appointed in the province and gives the cabinet a veto over judges’ requests for transfers. ... [read more]

Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 1:01 PM

Non-lawyer representation boosted by decision Julie Macfarlane

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal for Ontario in entering a stay of proceedings, ruling that the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) had unreasonably refused to permit a defendant’s family member to represent him on a speeding charge, reflects the growing trend in Canada of non lawyers representing defendants in court cases. ... [read more]

Monday, May 08, 2017 @ 7:21 AM

JAG says marijuana legalization presents ‘challenges’ for military Exclusive

The Canadian Forces (CF) might want to constrain its members’ marijuana use after cannabis is legalized next year, but “legally it would be a huge, uphill battle,” Canada’s top military lawyer told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]