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Wednesday, September 06, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

Securities administrators provide guidance on cryptocurrency offerings Simon Romano

Canadian financial regulators, in lockstep with a growing number of jurisdictions, have put the cryptocurrency world on notice after confirming the potential applicability of Canadian securities laws to virtual currencies and related trading and marketplace operations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 @ 11:48 AM

Courts show growing willingness to award damages when Charter rights are violated

In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada opened the door for plaintiffs to seek damages from the government when their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are breached. It is possible that courts may come to view such damages as a way to deter bad behaviour by the state. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 7:24 AM

Total fees paid to lawyers working for Quebec public bodies not always privileged information: Appeal Court Pierre Trudel

The total amount of professional billings paid to lawyers working on behalf of public bodies is not necessarily automatically protected by solicitor-client privilege, the Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

Ottawa appoints judge to Ontario Superior Court

David E. Harris has appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced on Aug. 17. The appointment was made under the new judicial application process announced last October. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

Chief justice's rare order in Trinity Western case ensures 'all voices could be heard' Justice Richard Wagner

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s unusual decision to vary an order from one of her colleagues that denied intervenor status to LGBTQ groups in a major case involving equality rights and religious freedom is a largely procedural matter that stemmed from a desire to hear more points of view, say several observers of the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 11:36 AM

Quebec Superior Court judges launch suit against governments Simon Potter

In an extraordinary development at a time when the justice system in Quebec is grappling with the after-effects of the landmark Jordan ruling, Quebec Superior Court judges have launched a suit against the federal and provincial government over the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Quebec in some civil matters. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 11:26 AM

UBC law school receives $500,000 donation from 1972 graduate

The University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law has received a gift of $500,000 from Ron Stern, a 1972 graduate, to establish a new faculty position in the area of constitutional law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 7:10 AM

Insistence on French for SCC judges could block historic appointment of first Indigenous judge Borrows

The Trudeau government’s pledge to fill the Supreme Court of Canada’s impending western vacancy with a bilingual jurist who can function in French is liable to block the historic appointment of its first Indigenous judge, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 2:43 PM

Updated: Perpetual contracts terminable by just one side enforceable under Quebec civil law: SCC Gascon

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that perpetual obligations are enforceable under Quebec civil law in a 6-3 judgment that requires the Quebec pharmacy chain Uniprix to stick to its contract of affiliation entitling a member drug store to unilaterally automatically renew its agreement every five years. ... [read more]

Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 1:03 PM

INTERPRETATION - Conduct of parties - Common intention of parties - Renewal clause

Appeal from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal affirming a decision finding that the renewal clause in the contract binding Uniprix inc. (Uniprix) and Gestion Gosselin et Bérubé inc. and the other respondent companies (member pharmacists) was legal even though its effects could be perpetual. ... [read more]