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Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 9:17 AM

Ontario ‘ag-gag’ law unconstitutionally restricts political expression, peaceful protest: lawsuit Kaitlyn Mitchell, Animal Justice

Ontario’s so-called “ag-gag” law will soon find itself before the courts as an animal rights group has sued the province, saying the law violates the constitutional right to freedom of expression. Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, passed the Ontario legislature last June and prohibits anyone from entering farms or slaughterhouses under “false pretenses,” making it illegal for an individual to get hired at a farm or slaughterhouse to document and publicly expose animal abuse and makes it an offence to “interfere” or “interact” with animals inside trucks. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 3:01 PM

Virtual University of Manitoba legal clinic seeks to help struggling businesses Alexandra Philippot, student with the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic

If any good has come out of the pandemic for Manitoba’s Robson Hall law school, it has been the birth of a virtual, student-run legal clinic for struggling small businesses, non-profits and other similar ventures needing pro bono advice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 9:36 AM

B.C. extends state of emergency; limitation period suspension ends March 25 Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

British Columbia has formally extended the provincial state of emergency for the 26th time, marking a year since the declaration was issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 9:27 AM

Toronto argues council reduction violated principles of democracy, free speech at SCC hearing Justice Malcolm Rowe

The Ontario government violated unwritten constitutional principles of democracy when it brought in legislation to change the composition of the Toronto's municipal council in the middle of an election, the City argued before the Supreme Court March 16 as part of the latest skirmish in a legal battle which has lasted over two years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

Judge erred in applying res judicata in house fire case, rules Ontario Court of Appeal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified the limits of res judicata, issue estoppel and abuse of process in overturning a lower court decision in a legal battle between manufacturers over liability for an Ontario house fire. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 1:58 PM

Fight over lakes prime example of need for public access legislation in B.C.: legal expert Calvin Sandborn, legal director of the Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria

A B.C. cattle ranch owned by an American billionaire has won its fight against a group of recreational fishers seeking access to two lakes on its property, with the provincial Court of Appeal saying there is no way to get to the water without trespassing, even though the lakes themselves are public. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 9:53 AM

Granting Quebec river legal personhood, ‘changes our relationship with nature,’ lawyer says Yenny Vega Cardenas

An internationally renowned white water river in Quebec was granted legal personhood, a first in Canada, in an effort to protect its ecosystems from future development following the adoption of two parallel resolutions by a local Indigenous community and municipality, setting the stage for a similar effort for the St. Lawrence River. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 2:37 PM

Supreme Court unveils new heraldic emblems Chief Justice Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court now has a new coat of arms, flag and badge aimed at visually expressing its role and traditions. The unveiling of the new heraldic emblems took place March 15 at a small ceremony with Chief Justice Richard Wagner and Canada’s chief herald Samy Khalid. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 12:55 PM

Ontario launches online vaccination booking system

Ontario’s much anticipated online booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations went live March 15, opening first to those aged 80 and older. Individuals born in 1941 or earlier or those trusted to make an appointment on their behalf may visit, according to a March 14 government news release. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 12:39 PM

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal removes probation condition banishing man from home village

A Saskatchewan man who targeted his neighbours with a campaign of harassment and intimidation can return home after the province’s Court of Appeal removed a probation condition banishing him from the village where he lives. ... [read more]