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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 sixty 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. Labour Pains  2. Clicklaw Blog  3. Legal Post Blog  4. SOQUIJ | Le Blogue  5. Thoughtful Legal Management

Labour Pains
ONSC Awards Four Months Notice to Employee With Less Than One Year of Service
What is the appropriate notice period for an employee dismissed after less than one year of employment? While the answer will always be “it depends,” in a decision released today by the Honourable Justice Catherine D. Aitken of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice sitting at Ottawa, Wellman v. The Herjavec Group Inc., 2014 ONSC 2039 (CanLII), the reasonable period for an employee who had worked for only 51 weeks was found to be four months. . . .

Clicklaw Blog
Helping Clients with Legal Information and Legal Referrals
Settlement workers in BC help new immigrants as they start their life in Canada. Sometimes new immigrants need information about the law or legal help, and they turn to workers in settlement agencies for help. The Settlement Workers Guide to Helping Clients with Legal Information and Legal Referrals is a new training tool for settlement workers and others providing legal information and referral services. The guide is a series of short videos and text that provides practical information and examples to help workers: . . .

Legal Post Blog
Auditors won’t let Livent decision stand without a fight
Last Friday, an Ontario trial judge ordered Deloitte to pay $85.6-milllion in damages to the receiver of Livent. Deloitte has a few weeks to decide whether to appeal. I suspect the firm will, and not just because of the millions at stake. Shareholders and creditors have been suing external auditors for years in Canada. They’ve so far met with little success. Auditors benefit from the strong protection provided by a 1997 Supreme Court of Canada case called Hercules Managements Ltd. v. Ernst & Young. Yet auditors guard this protection jealously. They won’t take anything that might knock a chink in their armour lying down. . . .

SOQUIJ | Le Blogue
Les articles 210, 212 (1) j) et 213 (1) c) du Code criminel (C.Cr.), qui limitent la prostitution, sont invalides
Offrir des services sexuels contre de l’argent n’est pas un crime. En effet, au Canada, la prostitution n’est pas illégale. Par ailleurs, jusqu’à tout récemment, il en allait autrement du fait de tenir une maison de débauche, de vivre des produits de la prostitution ou encore de communiquer avec un client en public à des fins de prostitution, soit trois infractions prévues respectivement aux articles 210, 212 (1) j) et 213 (1) c) du Code criminel. En décembre 2013, la Cour suprême, dans un jugement unanime (Canada (Procureur général) c. Bedford) rendu sous la plume de la juge en chef McLachlin, a conclu à l’invalidité de ces dispositions parce qu’elles portaient atteinte au droit à la sécurité de la personne garanti à l’article 7 de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés, et ce, d’une manière non conforme aux principes de justice fondamentale. . . .

Thoughtful Legal Management
Must See: Helen Lawrence at the Stanley
It is not too often that I get to write about technology and theatre. However, to every rule there is an exception. And this is an exceptional exception. Helen Lawrence is playing at The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage in Vancouver until April 13, 2014. This is a world premier. If you haven’t already seen it – I urge you to take a moment and head off to one of the remaining shows. It will be gone before you know it. The writeup for the presentation is as follows: . . .
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