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Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 4:28 PM

SCC clarifies test on legality of post-incorporation contracts Justice Suzanne Côté

The Supreme Court has ruled the test for finding whether a post-incorporation contract exists is the same as it is for any other agreement, a decision being called an important one for certainty in commercial transactions. The decision in Owners, Strata Plan LMS 3905 v. Crystal Square Parking Corp. 2020 SCC 29 concerns Crystal Square, a mixed-use retail complex, office tower, residential tower and hotel in Burnaby, B.C. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 4:09 PM

COVID-19 vaccine not expected until ‘sometime’ in 2021: Trudeau Justin_Trudeau_sm

Ottawa is investing hundreds of millions in the development of made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccines — but it is not expected one will be made available until sometime in 2021. That is what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to say during an Oct. 23 press conference, where he announced his Liberal government will be investing $214 million in the development of Canadian-made vaccines. ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 9:42 AM

Changes to citizenship oath would acknowledge Indigenous rights Marco_Mendicino_sm

A change to Canada’s oath of citizenship is once again being proposed to recognize the rights and roles of the country’s Indigenous population. In what would be another step towards reconciliation, federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino has introduced a bill to amend the Citizenship Act and add language to the oath that would refer to the treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 4:40 PM

Quebec human rights commission urging action on racism, racial profiling Myrlande_Pierre

Quebec’s human rights commission is calling on the provincial government to adopt a policy to fight systemic racism and discrimination, which would provide a plan of action for preventing and eliminating racial profiling. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 12:08 PM

Milton courthouse workers concerned about health impact of mould in building

Workers at the Milton courthouse are worried about their health after a mould problem in the building shut down in-person court proceedings last week. “We’re trying to figure out if the judges aren’t there, why are our people there?” Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU) official Neil Martin told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 9:41 AM

Amid COVID-19 response, B.C. political parties pledge action on insurance, police reform Richard Fowler

B.C. voters head to the polls Oct. 24 with competing visions of how to right an economic ship rocked by the wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. But politicians in the province have carved out positions on other issues which had been at the forefront of many people’s thinking before coronavirus and have become more important over the past few months, including tackling the province’s troubled automobile insurance system, dealing with issues of policing and systemic racism and working to ensure employment legislation better helps those involved in the gig economy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 4:08 PM

Civil liberties group to appeal border ban ruling in Newfoundland and Labrador Cara_Zwibel_sm

Canada’s civil rights watchdog is appealing a Newfoundland court’s ruling that the province was right to close its borders to non-essential entry in light of the COVID-19 health crisis. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

Queen’s University to remove Macdonald’s name from law building

A decision by Queen’s University to remove the name of Canada’s first prime minister from its faculty of law building has been criticized by federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole as “cancel culture.” In an Oct. 19 news release, the Kingston, Ont., university announced that its board of trustees voted to approve a recommendation from Queen’s principal and vice-chancellor Patrick Deane and law dean Mark Walters to rename the faculty of law’s main building, Sir John A. Macdonald Hall. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Aesthetics do not trump freedom of expression, Alberta landowners say in appeal of sign bylaw James Kitchen, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

A group of landowners in Alberta is challenging a recent decision by the provincial Court of Queen’s Bench concerning signs on rural property that it says values aesthetics over constitutional guarantees of free expression. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 1:42 PM

Sexual assault training bill for judges passes second reading in House of Commons Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef

The House of Commons has once again approved in principle a bill that will provide for the training of judges on sexual assault law. Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code, passed second reading unanimously Oct. 19. ... [read more]