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Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Client compensation fund gets hefty increase

Clients who have money stolen by dishonest lawyers in Ontario can now be compensated by the Law Society of Upper Canada for up to $500,000 — a dramatic increase over the previous limit of $150,000. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Apply 'common sense' to breath tests, court says

A unanimous Saskatchewan Court of Appeal decision confirms the Crown does not need to prove that breath samples must be taken as soon as possible in an impaired driving case in order to satisfy the Criminal Code’s “as soon as practicable” requirement. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Limitation periods not written in stone

The two-year limitation period for Ontario’s toll highway company 407 ETR to take action against drivers who refuse to pay up begins when renewal of the driver’s licence plates are denied by the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Banks have more time to adopt new disclosure rules

The federal financial watchdog has given Canada’s big banks an extension to implement global reforms that establish more consistent disclosure rules, to allow them to focus and devote the “significant level of effort required” to implement new international accounting standards for financial instruments. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

‘Deep concerns’ over proposed security panel

Battle lines are being drawn in the House of Commons over the Liberal government’s proposed new National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Appeal court weighs in on workplace testing rules

Another major legal battle over random drug and alcohol testing in the workplace is on the verge of a watershed decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal. On Nov. 7, that court will be the first at the appellate level asked to apply the Supreme Court of Canada’s three-year-old principles and guidelines on when such testing is allowed. The adversaries this time are Suncor Energy, one of the world’s largest independent energy companies, and Unifor, the country’s largest private sector union. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Court sets out abuse of process 'road map'

A chambers judge’s ruling against a man whose invasion of privacy civil action was struck on the grounds of res judicata (issue estoppel) and abuse of process has been unanimously upheld by the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, helping to clarify the rules surrounding abuse of process. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Canada urged to stop detaining immigrant children

Canada must make the best interests of children its primary consideration when deciding whether to hold individuals in immigration detention if it wants to meet its commitments under international law, experts say. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 06, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Majority of committee pushes to end Ontario articling alternative

A proposal to end the pedagogically “excellent” but not “sustainable” Law Practice Program (LPP) that offers law graduates an alternative to articling in Ontario is sparking a vigorous debate among benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 06, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Committee benchers question fairness, expense of LPP

Law Society of Upper Canada bencher Peter Wardle told convocation Sept. 22 his committee was unanimous that both articling and the Law Practice Program (LPP) provide effective skills training to law graduates. ... [read more]