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Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 3:00 PM

The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week The Friday Brief

Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 2:59 PM

Federation of Ontario Law Associations names new chair

Lawyer William G. Woodward is the new chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA), which represents Ontario’s 46 local law associations and their approximately 12,000 members. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 2:54 PM

Programme de pratique du droit funding renewed for another five years

Funding for the Programme de pratique du droit (PPD), which is only available at two Ontario universities, has been renewed until 2025. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 12:06 PM

Legal academic will write songs for food | Heidi J. T. Exner

A University of Calgary legal academic, associate professor Howie Kislowicz, has found a creative way to alleviate food insecurity during the pandemic. As his family made efforts to grocery shop less often, the larger stocks of food in his house led him to consider how difficult this time must be for those with limited resources. He said the thought of people in his community going hungry is hard for him bear. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 10:58 AM

Alberta courts issue updates on pandemic operational plans

The Alberta provincial court and Court of Queen’s Bench have released a number of updates to operational procedures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 10:52 AM

Who decides who should be Canada’s sovereign? Buckingham Palace

This question has recently been answered by Quebec’s courts, no less. The question is simple and straightforward, but it took seven years of legal proceedings, going up to the Supreme Court, to get a clear and definitive answer. On April 23, 2020, the Supreme Court dismissed the application for leave to appeal from a judgment of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. ... [read more]

Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 9:39 AM

Ontario resumes operation of some businesses, services

On May 14, the Ontario government rolled out a timeline of when additional businesses and services can open as COVID-19 persists. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 3:10 PM

COVID-19 and animal laws | Daniel Dylan

In 2015, the WHO published a list of emerging diseases (mostly derived from animals) that were deemed likely to cause epidemics. Although COVID-19 was not among them, what it and some of the other viruses included on that list have in common is that they often originate in public and private food markets in which live or recently slaughtered animals are purveyed. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 2:33 PM

Ottawa appoints two judges to Quebec Superior Court

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on May 14 two judicial appointments in the province of Quebec.  ... [read more]

Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 2:17 PM

Eagles’ eye view of self-representation in family court | Stéphanie Plante

As Mother’s Day 2020 came and went, I realized for the first time in three years that due to court closures I didn’t spend the weekend drafting, researching or working on my family law file. What is normally a precious day for mothers to be pampered and get breakfast in bed has been for the last three years a day for fretting about court forms, affidavit wording and searching case law. ... [read more]