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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. Legal Feeds  2. Wise Law Blog  3. Human Rights in the Workplace  4. Environmental Law and Litigation  5. Lee Akazaki: SQP jeunes avocats | new lawyers’ mentorship

Legal Feeds
News roundup — November 29, 2013
Canada: Regulations on oil sands emissions not ready to be unveiled, Reuters
Harper’s office hires three law firms to handle Duffy-Wright investigation, Montreal Gazette
Watchdog warns Federal government is losing data that ‘should be available to the public’, Vancouver Sun
United States: Legislative leaders in Illinois strike deal on pensions, Reuters . . .

Wise Law Blog
140 Law – Legal Headlines for Friday, November 29, 2013
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Friday, November 29, 2013: Sexual harassment cases in Manitoba on the rise? : Orangeville lawyer disbarred by Law Society over misappropriations | Orangeville Citizen : Disabled woman denied entry to U.S. after agent cites supposedly private medical details . . .

Human Rights in the Workplace
Sexual harassment cases in Manitoba on the rise?
The Winnipeg Free Press ran an article today on the Manitoba Human Rights Commission’s annual report which noted that in 2012 there was a significant increase in the number of sexual harassment complaints that were referred to adjudication compared to years previous (see the Commission’s news release). I wrote about the one sexual harassment complaint that did proceed to a public hearing and resulted in Manitoba’s highest damage award back in April (the Garland decision). . . .

Environmental Law and Litigation
London fined $20,000 for wastewater plant spill
The City of London was fined $20,000, plus the 25% victim fine surcharge, for breaching its Ministry of the Environment approval for a wastewater treatment plant, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act. The City of London owns and operates the Greenway Pollution Control Centre. The facility treats municipal wastewater prior to discharging into the Thames River and operates under a ministry approval. Aluminum sulphate spilled in the plant due to failure to keep all necessary valves closed, as required by that approva . . .

Lee Akazaki: SQP jeunes avocats | new lawyers’ mentorship
Distilling the LSUC’s decision in Groia: An old debate between passion and reason
Want a break from reading the Law Society of Upper Canada’s 88-page Appeal Decision in Groia? Consider it a replay of that old Hume v. Kant debate: To what extent can the passions inform ethical behaviour? Or, to extrapolate Sontag’s famous 1963 NYRB book review contrasting Camus with Sartre, the Groia appeal panel confirms that trial lawyers ought to be good ‘spouses’ and not try to be good ‘lovers.’ The Ideal Husband stands as one of the great essays of the 20th Century, and proves that great thought can be a light read.
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