Liberal government’s ‘intransigence’ and undue secrecy spurs litigation: information commissioner
Information Commissioner of Canada Caroline Maynard
Information Commissioner of Canada Caroline Maynard says the Trudeau government has wasted public resources and impeded Canadians’ rightful and timely access to information via ‘the increasing volume of litigation resulting from [federal] institutions ignoring or challenging my [legally binding] orders.’

Monday, June 24, 2024 @ 3:47 PM

A recent ruling from the Federal Court affirming a disclosure-of-government records order by Canada’s Information Commissioner illustrates the growth in litigation highlighted by the commissioner's 2023-24 annual report to Parliament, a litigation trend she says is fuelled by the Trudeau government’s court challenges and flouting of her legally binding orders. ... [read more]

Alberta Court of Appeal again rejects injunction on $117M letter of credit in pipeline contract

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 @ 2:09 PM

The Alberta Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal concerning a dispute over a $117 million irrevocable letter of credit connected to a pipeline contract, finding that it could not stay its own previous decision allowing the letter to be called.  ... [read more]

British Columbia first province to launch class action targeting makers of ‘forever chemicals’

Monday, June 24, 2024 @ 4:05 PM

The government of British Columbia has launched what it is hailing as the first class action lawsuit by a Canadian province against manufacturers of so-called forever chemicals, alleging they knew the products would contaminate the environment indefinitely and jeopardize human health. ... [read more]

Alberta court orders garnished funds to be distributed under BIA, not to judgment creditors

Monday, June 24, 2024 @ 4:00 PM

An Alberta court has ordered that funds from garnishees, found liable for payments owed by the bankrupt judgment debtor, be distributed in accordance with the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) rather than be used to satisfy the judgment debts. ... [read more]

Manitoba Crowns had ‘many opportunities’ to abandon alleged ‘junk’ DNA case: lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, Greenspon Granger Hill.

Monday, June 24, 2024 @ 12:21 PM

Crown prosecutors had “many opportunities to abandon” a shaky case against a Manitoba man wrongly jailed for murder — but “kept pressing on and pressing on” despite faulty DNA evidence, says his lawyer. The recent Manitoba King’s Bench ruling in Grant v. Government of Manitoba et al, 2024 MBKB 77, involves 61-year-old Mark Grant, who is suing Manitoba’s government and local police for being wrongly accused, convicted and imprisoned for the killing of a teen girl in 1984. ... [read more]