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Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 5:11 PM

SCC opens door to foreigners suing here for Canadian companies’ human rights violations abroad Joe Fiorante

In a public international law decision that breaks new ground nationally and internationally, a divided Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that three Eritreans who claim they were abused and forced to work at a Canadian-owned mine in Eritrea can proceed with their damages suit in B.C. Supreme Court for alleged human rights violations that breached the norms of customary international law. ... [read more]

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 10:30 AM

Contentious motion on equity group’s involvement at LSO tabled, censure motion ruled out of order Malcolm_Mercer_sm

The debate on two motions before the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) dissolved into a shout of “shame!” as benchers expressed feelings of being attacked, made claims of bullying and demands for apologies before the treasurer called issues out of order and closed the public portion of the meeting. The motions were both moved by bencher John Fagan and seconded by bencher Jared Brown. ... [read more]

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 8:55 AM

Waiving of solicitor-client privilege triggered by client conduct, says lawyer in N.S. lawsuit Bruce_Outhouse_sm

Lawyers must be able to defend themselves against allegations made by clients, says counsel for a former Nova Scotia Crown back on track to sue provincial government leaders for publicly disavowing a controversial “sovereignty” argument he used against an Indigenous group.     ... [read more]

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 3:01 PM

All eyes turn to Supreme Court after Alberta carbon tax ruling, legal scholar says Eric Adams, University of Alberta

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled the Trudeau government’s carbon pricing scheme to be an unconstitutional intrusion onto provincial powers, a decision that runs contrary to findings in other courts and one a legal scholar says the Supreme Court will have to grapple with due to the new issues it raises. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 1:03 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

Alberta dropping plan for unified family court ‘doesn’t make a whole lot of sense’: lawyer John-Paul Boyd

Alberta’s plan to launch a unified family court (UFC), which would aim to make family law matters easier to navigate for both lawyer and layperson alike, has apparently been suspended by the provincial government, a decision being lamented by members of the family bar in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 9:38 AM

Black professionals ‘continue to feel the sting’ of racism, Queen’s prof says Antia_Jack-Davies_sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) highlighted the issue of microaggressions in the legal workplace at its annual Black History Month event on Feb. 24 with keynote speaker, Dr. Anita Jack-Davies, breaking down the impact these interactions have on professional lives and personal health. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 5:15 PM

N.S. Appeal Court recognizes complex fraud probes ‘take time to complete’: Crown

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal’s recent upholding of convictions in a high-profile financial fraud case speaks to the need for flexibility when it comes to the time it takes to properly complete sensitive and ultra-complex investigations, says a Crown involved. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 11:49 AM

Legal organizations lambaste motions over censure, maintenance of LSO’s Equity Advisory Group Lori_Anne_Thomas_sm

Numerous legal organizations have voiced their concern, disappointment and alarm over two motions regarding the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Equity Advisory Group (EAG). One motion calls for the censure of an EAG representative, while the other asks Convocation to consider the “advisability” of maintaining a group such as EAG. The motions will be debated by Convocation on Feb. 27. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 9:58 AM

Alberta law society decides on professional development, elections at February board meeting Alberta law society president Kent Teskey

The Law Society of Alberta has decided to suspend its requirements to file a continuing professional development plan (CPD) for a two-year period while it strives to build a new plan which will consider the different levels of practice between younger and more experienced lawyers, as well as bring more focus to the idea of wellness in the profession. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 12:50 PM

Judges must pay heed to all joint submissions, Court of Appeal says in overturning sentence

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling reminded trial courts that when the justices of the Supreme Court of Canada told their lower court counterparts three years ago to “only interfere with joint submissions in the rarest of circumstances, they meant the rarest of circumstances,” according to criminal defence lawyer Solomon Friedman, managing partner of Edelson Friedman Black LLP in Ottawa. ... [read more]