Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from forty-one recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Rule of Law  2. First Reference  3. Avoid a Claim  4. BC Injury Law Blog  5. University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog

Rule of Law
Report on Assisted Living in British Columbia
Yesterday, the British Columbia Law Institute and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law published a Report on Assisted Living in British Columbia. As set out in their press release: “The existing legal framework for assisted living was created in the very early stages of development of this form of housing in the province. The Report on Assisted Living in British Columbia offers solutions to the legal and jurisdictional gaps in that framework. . . . ”

First Reference
Delayed termination of employee sometimes weaken position for just cause dismissal
Famous last words? Well, they will certainly weaken the position that just cause for dismissal existed in the circumstances. If an employer truly believes that they have just cause for dismissal, the employee should not be permitted to continue working, as that is entirely inconsistent with the notion that the employer could not continue to keep the employee on. I have discussed summary dismissal many times in various forums, and I will not review the law in detail here. However, I want to address this somewhat common occurrence where employers make the decision to fire an employee for cause, but hold off on doing so until it is convenient for them. Simply put, it is a mistake. . . .

Avoid a Claim
practicePRO Resource: Google Maps – Can Your Clients Find You There?

Every day millions of Canadians go to Google to look things up. In many cases people don’t even bother with the yellow pages any more – they go straight to Google. Some of those people are looking for legal information or a lawyer. For this reason, it is important to increase your visibility in the Google search engine and its various other tools. Google Maps is one of the best places you can do that. . . .

BC Injury Law Blog
“Cumulative Effect Of Misstatements And Transgressions” Results In Jury Discharge
Reasons for judgement were released this week by the BC Supreme Court, Powell River Registry, discharging a jury prior to the conclusion of a personal injury trial. In this week’s case (Vander Maeden v. Condon) the Defendant objected to a series of “misstatements and transgressions” following the Plaintiff’s final submissions to the Jury. The Plaintiff argued that there was no need to discharge the jury and proper instructions “could cure any defects in the trial“. Mr. Justice Gaul held that while some of the misstatements could have been dealt with by proper instructions, their “cumulative effect” was beyond remedy. In discharging the jury the Court provided the following reasons: . . .

University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog
Reading, writing and critical thinking
Following up on my recent blog posts on the Future of Law School Conference, here is an interesting article, via LinkedIn, describing a recent study on what employers value in university graduates. It seems that the traditional “skills” students are expected to acquire in post-secondary education – an ability to “think creatively and critically” and to “communicate orally and in writing” – are valued more than industry-specific training that can be learned on the job. . . .

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