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Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

Politicization of senior appointments alarms Tribunal Watch Ontario | Gary Yee and Raj Anand

Tribunal Watch Ontario is alarmed by the recent series of Ontario cabinet appointments to senior leadership positions at Tribunals Ontario, the newly created cluster of 14 justice tribunals. Conservative party connections appear stronger than qualifications in some cases. Tribunal Watch Ontario (a public interest organization with a mission to promote tribunal independence and access to justice) calls for an independent review of the appointments and reappointments processes for Ontario tribunals. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 7:28 AM

Labour board decision underlines need for systemic change to support migrant workers, says lawyer Fay Faraday sm

A recent Ontario Labour Relations Board decision that awarded a Mexican migrant farm worker $25,000 for being fired when he complained about a large COVID-19 outbreak is a signal to employers that pandemic-related reprisals will not be tolerated — and a wake-up call to Canadian legislators for systemic reform to protect vulnerable migrant workers, say two labour and employment lawyers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 1:33 PM

Victory for Ontario animal access to justice | Victoria Shroff

We had great access to justice news in B.C. in October 2020 with the launch of the groundbreaking new student run animal law pro bono clinic (ALPC) in Vancouver. (Please see: New student-run pro bono animal law clinic victory for access to justice.) ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 11:46 AM

Law applies to everyone, even self-represented litigants Just A Judge

Joanna Blomer suffered a work-related injury in 2009 and later a reoccurrence of that injury. The Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board found Blomer fit to return to work as of Jan. 6, 2011, and she was therefore no longer entitled to temporary disability benefits. Blomer was unhappy with this decision and disputed it up to the Appeals Commission. This case centres around two Appeals Commissions decisions (Blomer v. Workers Compensation Board [2020] A.J. No. 977): ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 9:52 AM

COVID-19 vaccine injury lawsuits — Don’t count on it | Jasmine Daya

The entire world is eagerly awaiting completion of the final trials of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Canadian government has reportedly secured deals to obtain the vaccine and has commenced plans for effective distribution. As a personal injury lawyer, I am thinking ahead to the liability perspective and concerned that the Canadian government does not appear to have done anything on this front to protect Canadians. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 8:53 AM

Neinstein promotes one to partner

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers announced that Daniela Pacheco has accepted an offer of partnership with the firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 11:12 AM

Impact of COVID-19 on personal injury claims in Ontario Person with broken arm filling form

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only made our justice system inaccessible for many but has placed an exceptional burden on disabled persons with personal injury claims. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 9:07 AM

Alberta labour and employment proposals do not alter fundamental rights of workers, lawyer says David Myrol, McLennan Ross

Alarm bells are sounding over the Alberta Conservative government’s proposals to revamp its occupational health and safety legislation and worker’s compensation regime, but lawyers are saying those concerns are largely unfounded as the proposals will provide more clarity for both employers and employees while leaving the fundamental rights of workers intact. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 3:03 PM

B.C. Court of Appeal relies on liability framework from past ruling in car crash case

In reapportioning liability in a motor vehicle accident 12 years ago, the British Columbia Court of Appeal reached back to one of its previous rulings that established a framework for assessing liability under provisions of the province’s Motor Vehicle Act (MVA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Ontario exotic dancers deserve right to twerk | Sean O’Donnell

Work Safe Twerk Safe (WSTS) is a Toronto-based, peer-to-peer advocacy group that represents the interests of strippers throughout Ontario and strives to protect the dignity, safety, livelihood and autonomy of strippers in the province. On Oct. 26, 2020, WSTS brought an application for judicial review in response to Ontario’s decision to enact legislation closing strip clubs in September and October due to COVID-19. ... [read more]