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Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 4:02 PM

University of New Brunswick drops Ludlow name from law building

The University of New Brunswick has struck a “balance” between denouncing racism and preserving history by removing the name of the province’s first chief justice from the school’s law faculty building but continuing to acknowledge the judge’s important place in time, says the president.   ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 border laws, police powers face Charter challenge Cara_Zwibel_sm

Canada’s defender of civil liberties is concerned that new powers given to police in Newfoundland and Labrador to stop, detain and remove from the province those who breach public orders in place to combat COVID-19 could be “resuscitated” in the post-pandemic future, whenever emergency measures are enacted. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 9:03 AM

National COVID-19 action committee issues first guidance for reopening courts during pandemic Richard Wagner

A national task force, co-led by Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner and federal Justice Minister David Lametti, has devised some initial guidelines, and identified overarching principles, to help local courts safely and appropriately resume their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 3:06 PM

Regulators came together on co-ordinated response to COVID-19 financial challenges, lawyer says Philippe Tardif, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

An international association of legal professionals has released a report analyzing the responses by securities administrators across the globe to the COVID-19 pandemic, and observers are noting the Canadian response has shown a significant amount of co-operation among the provinces and territories to ensure the market performs properly as it navigates largely untested waters. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 12:10 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

Post-pandemic austerity will require Ontario’s judicial system ‘to work smarter’: chief justice Ontario Chief Justice George Strathy

Ontario’s justice system will face a challenging period of austerity following the COVID-19 pandemic that will demand a new examination of efficiencies that goes beyond technology alone, Ontario Chief Justice George Strathy recently predicted. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Financial impact of COVID-19 on lawyers, paralegals key issue in LSO treasurer campaign Teresa Donnelly (left) and Philip Horgan (right)

Candidates in the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) treasurer election are advancing campaigns that highlight financial responsibility and governance in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of the virus on the membership, and the justice system as a whole, cannot be ignored, so how to move the law society forward at this time is top of mind for both candidates.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 1:13 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 1:01 PM

Feds plan to suspend, extend federal time limits, extend civil notice periods during pandemic Justice Minister David Lametti

Ottawa says it wants to be fair and flexible during the COVID-19 fallout, and is seeking feedback from the bar until May 29 on draft legislation that would, if enacted: temporarily suspend some key time limits under federal legislation; allow other time limits to be suspended or extended where the circumstances of the pandemic may make compliance difficult or impossible; as well as extend certain other periods so that their expiration does not produce “unfair or undesirable” effects. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 11:55 AM

Legal teamwork helps score $30-million settlement in junior hockey class actions Ted Charney

A recent $30-million settlement in three class action lawsuits involving the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and former players marks the end of a hard-fought, five-year legal battle in three provinces that required close co-operation by three law firms amid a rapidly shifting legislative landscape, said one of the lead lawyers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

Law societies caution against fraud amid pandemic Chioma Ufodike

When the times get tough, fraud can escalate. That certainly seems to be the case for lawyers and their firms in the present-day COVID-19 environment. “Fraudsters seek to take advantage of the confusion and anxiety created by disruptive events like the current pandemic. Over the past several weeks, we have heard reports that would indicate there has been an increase in the frequency of e-mail phishing and fraud attempts,” said Vinnie Yuen, spokesperson for the Law Society of British Columbia in Vancouver. ... [read more]

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 4:12 PM - Last Updated: Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 5:02 PM

Feds look at 10 days paid sick leave, launch commercial rent relief, financial guidance helpline Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa is in talks with the provinces about ensuring every worker has 10 days of paid sick leave so that they won’t be financially pressured to leave home for work when they know or suspect that they have COVID-19. ... [read more]