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Tuesday, February 05, 2019 @ 9:26 AM

Federal Court approves settlement in ‘novel’ employment insurance class action Stephen Moreau, Cavalluzzo LLP

A Federal Court justice has approved a class action settlement in a case brought on behalf of people who were denied employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits because they were on parental leave at the same time as their illness. ... [read more]

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

LSO bencher hopefuls advocate for recent calls, mental health awareness

As the deadline for bencher nominations at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) looms, some candidates have already kicked off the race by sharing their platforms on social media. Challenges facing the legal community dominate their campaigns and include: mental health, Indigenous issues, high tuition rates at law schools and technological competence. ... [read more]

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 9:26 AM

Errors in arson trial miscarriage of justice: B.C. Court of Appeal

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of arson after ruling a number of errors and irregularities that occurred during his original trial compromised its fairness and resulted in a miscarriage of justice. Jonathan Ball was convicted in 2016 on two counts of arson and breaking and entering after he allegedly burned down the house and garage of a former acquaintance. ... [read more]

Friday, February 01, 2019 @ 3:49 PM - Last Updated: Friday, February 01, 2019 @ 5:17 PM

Top court splits over post-offence conduct in restoring murder conviction of N.S. man who hid, burned body Michael Moldaver

The Supreme Court has split 3-2 to restore the second-degree murder conviction of a Nova Scotia man who admitted to hiding and disposing of his dead partner’s body, but claimed he did so in a panic after she accidentally fell down the stairs while she was attacking him. ... [read more]

Friday, February 01, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Women mentors helping to smooth path to success in the law for colleagues Shelley Quinn

Shelley Quinn has been a lawyer for the past 20 years, and during that time, has mentored 20 junior lawyers — mainly women — either on her own or through the mentoring program of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO) of which she has been a member since 2012. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 5:18 PM

SCC rules bankrupt oil firm’s assets must meet provincial cleanup obligations ahead of paying secured creditors  Chief Justice Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 5-2 that the trustee of a bankrupt Alberta oil and gas company must first use the money in the bankrupt’s estate to satisfy provincial requirements to remediate the company’s disowned non-producing oil and gas assets, ahead of making payments to the company’s creditors in line with the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA). ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 12:32 PM

Judge’s reliance on witness’ ‘out of box’ demeanour results in new sex abuse trial

A recent Appeal Court ruling is a reminder that judges’ assessment of “out of box” demeanour should be used cautiously when gauging one’s credibility, says a lawyer after a new trial was ordered for a Nova Scotia man convicted of sexually abusing his daughter.   ... [read more]

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 9:32 AM

Updates needed for B.C. strata rules: law institute Kevin Zakreski, B.C. Law Institute

A B.C. law reform agency is recommending changes to provincial strata regulations in order to provide more clarity and create more consistent rules for strata owners and board members. The B.C. Law Institute (BCLI)’s Report on Governance Issues for Stratas contains 81 recommendations for reform of stratas, also known as condominiums. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

Quebec labour law changes called ‘laudable’ but could prove costly, say employment lawyers Charif_El-Khouri

Employers will likely face higher labour costs, diminished workplace flexibility and daunting operational challenges following significant amendments to Quebec’s labour legislation that were largely driven by concerns over equity and work-life balance, according to employment lawyers.     ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 11:31 AM

Alberta legal aid strategic plan emphasizes outreach, reducing barriers to access Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) president and CEO John Panusa

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) has released a three-year strategic plan that highlights changing workplace culture, better communication of the organization’s mission and streamlining client service to better serve the needs of Albertans. LAA president and CEO John Panusa noted legal aid signed a new four-year governance agreement and funding model with the provincial government and the law society in October, and the strategic plan emanated from that. ... [read more]