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Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 4:15 PM

Canada signs Ukraine free-trade deal, sanctions illegal transfer of Ukrainian kids to Russia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed an updated Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) during the Ukrainian president’s visit to Ottawa. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

New president of Manitoba legal regulator eyes access to justice, technology, diversity Wayne Onchulenko, president of the Law Society of Manitoba.

Keeping lawyers up to speed on using technology and continuing to improve access to justice in remote communities are high priorities for the Law Society of Manitoba’s new president. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 9:40 AM

Insurers need to be more accepting of alternative care for long-COVID | Courtney Mulqueen

Clinical trials to test the safety and effectiveness of potential long-COVID treatments have the added bonus of discovering treatments for other “invisible illnesses” with similar symptoms. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 9:28 AM

Accessible justice through law school public interest programming | Dana Rotenberg

It is an honour to have been invited by the Honourable Andromache Karakatsanis to write a guest column on the connection between access to justice and legal education. As law students across the country settle into the academic year, this is certainly a timely topic to explore. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 5:04 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Feds to scrap ‘efficiency’ defence to anti-competitive mergers, expand Competition Bureau power Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne

The Trudeau government has moved to scrap the controversial “efficiencies” defence to anti-competitive mergers as part of a new package of proposed legislative measures that would remove the GST from new purpose-built rental housing, while expanding the Competition Bureau’s powers to investigate and compel information and enabling the government to direct that the anti-monopoly watchdog inquire into the state of competition in particular industries. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @ 8:43 AM

[ Legal Wire ] - Over $300 million in insured losses due to Alberta, Prairie storms, says Insurance Bureau of Canada

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has emphasized the impact of summer storms in Alberta and the Prairies, noting over $300 million in insured losses to businesses, residential homes and vehicles. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2023 @ 3:27 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Employment Insurance premium rate for 2024 sees three-cent increase from 2023

On Sept. 14, the Canada Employment Insurance (EI) Commission published the Actuarial Report and its summary for the 2024 employment insurance premium rate, which is set per $100 at $1.66 of insurable earnings for employees and $2.32 for employers paying 1.4 times the employee rate, an increase of three cents from the previous year. The 2023 EI rate was at $1.63 for employees and $2.28 for employers. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2023 @ 2:37 PM

12 Angry fishpackers | Marcel Strigberger

Artificial intelligence? In four words, I don’t like it. I am a technophobe. I started my litigation practice in 1974 B.C. (before computers). I experienced typewriters, carbon paper and live people answering the telephones. I know you millennials ask, what are live people?  ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 12:50 PM

Canadian Insurance Services Regulatory Organizations issue cybersecurity prevention reference tool

The Canadian Insurance Services Regulatory Organizations (CISRO) has released a “new reference tool adapted to insurance intermediaries to which they can refer to in their efforts to prevent cybersecurity incidents and be ready to respond to them should they occur.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 @ 3:38 PM

Legal regulators challenge new tax law compelling bar to report clients’ confidential information Roy Millen, Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP Vancouver

Canada’s more than 155,000 legal professionals — with a global reputation for successfully challenging multiple unconstitutional state incursions on the bar’s independence and ethical duties to clients — went to court again Sept. 11, this time battling what they contend is yet another bid by Ottawa over the past 25 years to turn them into state agents, in this instance by mandating that legal professionals report to federal tax authorities confidential client information about certain client tax transactions that might constitute tax avoidance. ... [read more]