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Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

SCC’s winter session looks at military justice, lawyers’ fees, Crown copyright, Jordan Mark Letourneau

Military justice and Crown copyright are among the topics the Supreme Court of Canada will explore in its winter session that includes criminal appeals asking if defence counsel’s legal fees can be paid from the proceeds of crime forfeited to the state and if the Jordan time limits apply in provincial youth court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

System failing workers with chronic mental stress | Stuart Rudner

In theory, employees experiencing long-term trauma or harassment on the job have been entitled to workers’ compensation (WSIB) benefits for the past two years. In reality, the odds of an employee in such circumstances receiving benefits are minimal. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

Judge’s political lobbying, advocacy on behalf of black Canadians crossed line, but wasn’t ‘misconduct’ Mark Sandler

The Ontario Judicial Council (OJC) has ruled that a judge who founded an advocacy group for black Canadians, and lobbied politicians with the “highly laudable” aim of helping his community overcome racism and poverty, engaged in a form of impermissible “advocacy and political activity” — but his actions did not amount to “judicial misconduct” that could merit his removal from the bench. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

From autonomous cars to smartphone zombies, analysis and opinion highlights of 2018

Here are 16 memorable and outstanding stories from 2018, as selected by The Lawyer's Daily Analysis Editors Richard Skinulis and Peter Carter. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 1:54 PM

$22,000 never seemed so low hockeyplayercrop.jpg

In mid-November, the National Hockey League (NHL) and former players of the league reached a tentative non-class settlement regarding concussions sustained during their careers playing hockey. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 6:22 AM

NEGLIGENCE - Intoxicated persons - Liability of alcohol provider

Appeal by the plaintiffs, the Williams children and their mother, from the dismissal of their claims against the defendants, Jake Richard and others. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]

Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 1:29 PM

Single insurance policy recommended for looming era of automated vehicles Robert Love

In an era of automated vehicles, words like “road trip,” “driving,” and “behind the wheel,” will take on a whole new meaning. So will the word “accident.” ... [read more]

Monday, December 10, 2018 @ 9:17 AM

Defending dangerous dogs: From death row to public safety Dogonleash_sm.jpg

While municipal and provincial dangerous dog statutes differ throughout Canada, the Vancouver Charter has a fairly standard definition of a “dangerous dog” as one that has killed or seriously injured a person or a domestic animal or one that, in the opinion of an animal control officer, is likely to kill or seriously injure a person. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 06, 2018 @ 8:20 AM

Ontario court limits taxi drivers’ duties to intoxicated passengers seatbeltguys_sm.jpg

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Stewart v. Douro-Dummer (Township) 2018 ONSC 4009 recently dismissed an attempt to expand recognized duties of care owed to intoxicated individuals; in this case, duties owed by taxi drivers to their visibly intoxicated customers. In so doing, the court’s decision is aligned with existing statutory limits on duties owed to adult automobile passengers and with the approach taken to the same issue in other common law jurisdictions. ... [read more]