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Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 7:16 PM

Supreme Court twice weighs in on Ontario anti-SLAPP legislation Suzanne_Cote_sm

Canada’s highest court has for the first time zeroed in on Ontario’s anti-SLAPP laws via two rulings, finding in one that a developer’s lawsuit aimed at statements by a residents’ association was a SLAPP and went against the public’s interest in hearing the group’s environmental concerns, while deciding in another the advancement of a doctor’s defamation case is of greater public interest than the defendant’s right to expression. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 2:37 PM

Animal law: More problems inherent in breed specific legislation three cute dogs

Breed specific legislation (BSL) identifies specific breeds, often pit bulls, as dangerous and imposes strict laws and regulations on their ownership, sometimes including a ban on ownership all without increasing public safety. Animal welfare leaders and animal advocates worldwide who have examined dog bite statistics, the law and science are staunchly opposed to BSL. As stated in part one of this series examining BSL, it has been a statutory failure because these laws are driven by fear-based profiling policies instead of a deeper understanding.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 08, 2020 @ 12:52 PM

What are the court’s obligations in dealing with self-represented litigants? Man with book and judge

Self-represented litigants present a novel challenge to both the court and to counsel representing an opposing party. Despite the courts’ comprehensive guidelines to assist self-represented litigants, lawyers find themselves in a quandary when faced with adverse parties who assert, unequivocally, that their lack of knowledge of procedure, process and the law has denied them their rightful access to justice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 08, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

FOR TORTS - Affecting the person - Sexual assault

Appeal by the plaintiffs from trial judgment dismissing their claims against the Archdiocese for vicarious liability and negligence. Cross-appeal by the Archdiocese from the provisional assessment of general damages and the provisional awards for economic loss, including pre-judgment interest. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

Navigating the modern courtroom: Ontario steps up | Karen Heath

In the first two articles in this series, it would be fair to say that my musings on modernizing Canadian courts have carried somewhat of a disparaging tone. It is true, I rode in from The Hague on a high horse, armed with technology best practices from the International Criminal Court I thought were sorely lacking in our justice system. While I do stand by my previous convictions, I offer something different today: a rosier outlook. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 11:48 AM

B.C. needs to take a ‘worker-centric’ approach to compensation, review says B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains

A major B.C. government review is recommending the province’s workers’ compensation system become more “worker-centric,” which would allow for better communication with stakeholders and a greater consideration of a person’s individual circumstances when making a determination about what they should receive. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

COVID-19 pandemic brings sea change to law schools as classes shift online Back to Law School image sm

A new school year can often bring apprehension and anxiety for students, as thoughts go through their head of what their next eight months will look like as they walk among the trees and ivy-covered walls of campus. But this year law students are being faced with a new reality — coping with a massive shift to online learning as universities from coast-to-coast continue to adjust to the new realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

Today’s law firm recruiting takes massive stakeholder co-operation | Julius Melnitzer BTLS

A monumental, pressure-packed collaboration has headed off the threat that COVID-19 presented to the 2020 law firm recruiting season. ... [read more]

Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Court clarifies appellate review of single-judge rulings on leave requests under bankruptcy act Joseph_Obagi

In a rare and complex ruling on a complicated case involving bankruptcy and insurance coverage, the Ontario Court of Appeal clarified the scope of one of its previous rulings on the court’s jurisdiction to review a decision of a single judge regarding requests for leave to appeal under the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA). ... [read more]

Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 8:31 AM

The impact of COVID-19 on Canadian law students | Serena Eshaghurshan btls 320x210

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented period of uncertainty and challenges, and law students are not exempt from facing these obstacles. In a time of so much uncertainty, many law students have grappled with remote classes, job scarcity and economic uncertainty. As many JD students prepare to enter the job market, it has become an unfortunate reality that articles are becoming fewer and harder to find. Fortunately, students and law schools are resilient and have proposed alternative learning and employment options to cope with the pandemic. While it has been challenging and overwhelming at times, students know they are not alone and can reach out for guidance and support. ... [read more]