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Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 8:29 AM

Rulings on motions to strike jury notices during COVID-19: Solanki v. Reilly, Smith v. Muir Empty jury box

In two decisions released in December 2020, Solanki v. Reilly [2020] O.J. No. 5702 and Smith v. Muir [2020] O.J. No. 5701, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressed motions brought by the plaintiffs to strike jury notices in actions commenced in London, Ont. ... [read more]

Monday, February 01, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Yet another inquest | John L. Hill

Once again, we are reading of the death of an inmate due to fentanyl overdose. CBC News is reporting on the death of 26-year-old Jordan Sheard who died at the Central East Correctional Centre (CEDC) in Lindsay, Ont. The man had a prior history of drug usage and suffered from PTSD and depression. Sheard entered the provincial detention facility on May 30, 2020, when his bail was pulled after he threatened suicide. On intake at the jail, he underwent a body scan meant to detect drugs concealed internally. Prisoners are known to tried to import contraband by hiding the foreign material in their rectums, a process they refer to as “suit casing.” ... [read more]

Thursday, January 28, 2021 @ 9:25 AM

Ontario courts rule on motions to strike jury notices during COVID-19 Empty jury box

In two decisions released in December 2020, Solanki v. Reilly [2020] O.J. No. 5702 and Smith v. Muir [2020] O.J. No. 5701, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressed motions brought by the plaintiffs to strike jury notices in actions commenced in London, Ont. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 28, 2021 @ 6:17 AM

LIABILITIES OF MUNICIPALITY - Occupiers’ liability - Duty of care - Safety

Appeal by the plaintiffs from the dismissal of their action for damages arising from Onley’s electrocution. In 2012, the then 18-year-old Onley was electrocuted near a light pole beside a soccer field owned by the respondent Town. ... [read more]

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 1:55 PM

Nova Scotia proclaims North America’s first opt-out organ donation law Cara Zwibel, director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Nova Scotia has become the first jurisdiction in North America to enact legislation that requires organ donors to opt out. “The new law, based on the premise of deemed consent, means if you don’t register a decision and a donation opportunity occurs you will be considered as if you consented to donation after death,” said government spokesperson Marla MacInnis in Halifax. ... [read more]

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 12:11 PM

Two new members of Dutton Brock partnership

Dutton Brock LLP welcomed Stephen N. Libin and Andrea R. Lim to the partnership. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 1:22 PM

Why diversity is important to legal profession | Sacha de Klerk

If we were all the same, things would be much simpler. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Duty to defend issues denied leave to appeal by Supreme Court of Canada Policy form with pen

The Supreme Court of Canada recently denied leave to appeal decisions of the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Alberta Court of Appeal, respectively, regarding the duty to defend. As a result, the appellate decisions stand. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 3:21 PM

Alexander Holburn adds associate counsel

Alexander Holburn welcomed new associate counsel Jennifer Huneault to its Toronto office.  ... [read more]

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 8:25 AM

Access to Justice: Fragility and resilience: Lessons of 2020 and 2021 potential | Beverley McLachlin

One could be forgiven for some hyperbole when writing a column about the past year. The year 2020 and the beginning of 2021 has been a time of historic, and largely negative, extremes across the health, environment and social landscape. We have been personally and institutionally tested in ways that most of us could not previously have imagined. ... [read more]