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Thursday, August 09, 2018 @ 11:25 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal struggles with testatrix’s intentions for sale of family farm Gemma Charlton sm

In a 2-1 decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of a brother against trustees of a parent’s estate in a clash over the family farm. Counsel said the decision highlights the importance of will drafting.   ... [read more]

Thursday, August 09, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

Use of facial recognition software at Calgary malls raises privacy concerns Giuseppina D’Agostino, Osgoode Hall Law School

It is a common occurrence to see people checking the directory in a mall to get the location of the most popular stores. But what is less well known is that some malls have begun using those directories to identify shoppers’ age and gender, and legal analysts are noting they are walking a tightrope in ensuring those scans are not violating people’s privacy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 12:10 PM - Last Updated: Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

Canadian law schools embracing technological change with new courses, training OttawaU class

Law schools are changing. They’re adapting to the demands placed on them by students eager for technological training that will allow them to not just keep up with a world ever more dominated by the latest high-tech concepts and tools, but to be able to use those advances in their own careers as lawyers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Alberta announces new provincial court judges, but need more severe elsewhere: observers Ian Savage, president, Criminal Defence Lawyers Association (CDLA)

The Alberta government has announced the appointment of five new judges to the provincial court in order to address delay issues, but observers are saying the problem is much more prevalent elsewhere in the provincial judicial system. Four of the new appointments, which were revealed July 31, are to new positions and one fills a vacancy on the bench. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 @ 1:55 PM

Manitoba ruling highlights rarity of injunctions in constitutional matters Garth_Smorang_sm

A Charter case in which Manitoba’s public sector workers were recently denied an injunction against wage-freeze legislation speaks to how rarely courts will grant such an action in light of public interest, lawyers say. Bill 28, also known as the Public Services Sustainability Act (PSSA), imposes a two-year wage freeze on the public sector wages in the province, something the workers’ unions are challenging constitutionally. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 @ 11:34 AM

Workplace drug testing must link to an incident, says union lawyer of N.L. appeal

Valid workplace drug policy only works with valid employee testing, says a lawyer following the reinstatement of an oil rig worker fired for failing a test given after mistakes were made in the loading and unloading of a helicopter. The July 24 Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador decision in Hibernia Platform Employers’ Organization v. Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 2121 2018 NLCA 45 centred on one of two related union grievances objecting to the testing of employees of an offshore oil platform. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

Surveillance, data control concerns persist as Sidewalk Labs’ smart city development takes next step Christopher Parsons

The development of a smart city community on Toronto’s waterfront may seem like a sci-fi scenario, but legal academics and researchers are raising real privacy, surveillance and data control concerns with Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs’ development plans. The two organizations took the next step to creating a smart city by signing a Plan Development Agreement (PDA) on July 31, which “governs the two organizations” as they develop the Quayside area. ... [read more]

Friday, August 03, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

Court of Appeal’s decision in class actions brings clarity to Rules of Civil Procedure, counsel says Matt GOTTLIEB sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal, dealing with two appeals by both sides of a class action between employers and labourers, has allowed the appeal of the defendants as the claims of persons seeking to be represented were determined to be statute-barred.   ... [read more]

Friday, August 03, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

Self-driving shuttle pilot project raises privacy concerns Ian Stedman sm

Self-driving buses may be the next part of Toronto’s transit structure as City Council has adopted a preliminary plan to launch an automated shuttle bus project in 2020. However, legal experts have a few concerns about the project’s plan to survey riders and share information with other municipal transportation organizations. The pilot project will test an automated shuttle bus and its potential impact on closing the “last mile” gap — picking up passengers who live just far enough from main transit systems that travel is a challenge. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 02, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

Experts say 3D crime scene investigative technology offers benefits, challenges Caitlin Pakosh

From an objective view, it’s simple to say that 3D scanners can create accurate representation of a crime or accident scene, but from a subjective view, experts are still divided about their benefits and usefulness. ... [read more]