legislation

  • The Senate halts recognition of Indigenous rights on National Indigenous Peoples Day

    Jun 24, 2019

    There are only days left for the Senate to complete its consideration of bill C-262 to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Privacy commissioner suspends consultation following Equifax data breach, say lawyers

    EXCLUSIVE: Privacy commissioner suspends consultation following Equifax data breach, say lawyers

    May 31, 2019

    The Canadian government’s privacy watchdog is quietly winding down a consultation that was announced in April following the Equifax data breach, say lawyers.

  • Lawyers criticize government for misleading information on Legal Aid Ontario

    Lawyers criticize government for misleading information on Legal Aid Ontario

    Apr 25, 2019

    A number of lawyers spoke out in support of Legal Aid Ontario at Queen’s Park, saying the provincial government has released incorrect figures that are misleading the public about the number of clients it serves.

  • British Columbia AG limits expert use in injury claims

    British Columbia AG limits expert use in injury claims

    Apr 17, 2019

    British Columbia has brought in amendments to its Supreme Court Civil Rules regulations, which will limit the number of experts and expert reports that can be used in motor vehicle disputes, with further amendments effective next year on all injury claims.

  • LAO keeps three refugee law service offices open, amidst cuts

    LAO keeps three refugee law service offices open, amidst cuts

    Apr 16, 2019

    Legal Aid Ontario says that for now it plans to keep three legal centres that offer refugee law services, despite an announcement that the province will no longer provide funding for the services.

  • Injury cap could stabilize auto rates, says Newfoundland and Labrador report

    Injury cap could stabilize auto rates, says Newfoundland and Labrador report

    Apr 15, 2019

    A Newfoundland and Labrador Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities report on automobile insurance in the province had a contentious buildup — including a campaign launched by personal injury lawyers to create opposition to a soft tissue injury cap — but response to the board’s findings has been muted.

  • Cannabis across Canada

    Cannabis across Canada

    Oct 17, 2018

    Legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada finally takes effect today, Oct. 17, after it was delayed from the original date of July 1 to give provincial governments more time to put their individual plans in place.

  • First Nations want more control over legalization of cannabis

    First Nations want more control over legalization of cannabis

    Sep 7, 2018

    As the deadline looms for governments to establish or oversee legal outlets for the sale of recreational cannabis, at least one group of First Nations has said it plans to draft its own cannabis laws rather than wait for a provincial government to impose regulations.

  • Influence beyond partisanship: Our Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers

    Aug 7, 2018

    As I read feedback from our voters, I was also closely following the news of the confirmation debates in the United States

  • Where in the world is your company’s data stored?

    Oct 10, 2017

    As companies are getting more and more technologically advanced, some in-house lawyers may ask themselves, “Where in the world is our company’s data stored?” Data residency specifically refers to the physical or geographic location of an organization’s data including personal data of its customers.

  • Under construction

    Under construction

    Sep 19, 2017

    A statute that governs the construction industry in Ontario is set for a major overhaul for the first time in nearly 35 years.The proposed changes to the Construction Lien Act, which could become law later this year, are an attempt to modernize the payment and dispute resolution systems in the industry and bring the statutory framework in line with jurisdictions in other countries.

  • Bill C-45 no cure to the ills inflicted through marijuana criminalization

    Sep 18, 2017

    The irrationality of the Liberal government’s legislation to legalize marijuana was brought into sharp focus last week as bill C-45 made its way through the health committee. The problem is obvious ­— the war on drugs has been an abject failure. Criminalization of marijuana abdicates control over the production, distribution and regulation of cannabis to criminal organizations. Yes, your dealer may be a middle-class, suburban stay-at-home dad, but as a criminal lawyer, I have seen the bloodshed brought about by illegal weed. The bottom line is that the criminalization of marijuana kills.

  • The new immortals: What legal status should be granted to artificially intelligent persons?

    Aug 28, 2017

    Immortals shall soon walk among us. They may also crawl, roll and perhaps hover. Yes, definitely hover. The immortals refer to artificially intelligent persons, and by “us” I mean natural persons.

  • A case of no respect?

    A case of no respect?

    Jul 10, 2017

    Poor François Desroches-Lapointe. A board member and spokesman for the Quebec civil lawyers’ and notaries’ union — Les avocats et notaires de l’État québécois, or LANEQ — he tried in vain in May to find members who were willing to share their first-hand experiences on the picket lines during their historic four-month general strike, the longest in Canadian public service history.

  • The SCC’s place in the world

    The SCC’s place in the world

    Jun 26, 2017

    Top courts in other countries play very different roles than Canada’s Supreme Court. As democracy falters, top courts, sometimes reluctantly, sometimes eagerly, take on political and policy roles previously the prerogative of elected officials. Professors of political science sometimes call this process “countermajoritarianism.” (Only academics could dream up such a hideous word.)

  • CASL: Small firms should care, too

    Jun 12, 2017

    Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, which came into force in 2014, has been a significant topic of discussion over the past few years. The upcoming end of the three-year transition period and the recently delayed private right of action that was to commence on July 1 has renewed the conversation.

  • ‘Judicial Accountability’ Bill highlights well intentioned hysteria

    May 23, 2017

    The House of Commons has approved Bill C-337, The Judicial Accountability Through Sexual Assault Law Training Act, with little or no debate. The Senate is likely to do the same.

  • Gender identity and expression

    Gender identity and expression

    Apr 24, 2017

    British Columbia amended its Human Rights Code in July 2016 to add “gender identity and expression” as a protected ground. This means that, in B.C., it is now prohibited to discriminate in areas including employment based on a person’s gender identity or gender expression.

  • Beware CASL’s new private right of action requirements!

    Apr 17, 2017
  • Broken pot promise would send Liberals’ credibility up in smoke

    Apr 17, 2017