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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. Vincent Gautrais  2. Family LLB  3. First Reference Talks  4. Environmental Law and Litigation  5. Barry Sookman

Vincent Gautrais
Tournoi de pétanque CRDP / CICC

C’est déjà une tradition que plusieurs universités, à travers le monde, nous envient : après une pause l’an dernier, le 15 juillet prochain (12h) aura lieu la déjà fameuse confrontation CRDP / CICC à la pétanque. Au regard de nos archives, il s’agirait de la sixième, la troisième ayant eu lieu en 2011. Les modalités sont simples: aucune inscription n’est nécessaire…

Family LLB
Cottages as Matrimonial Homes – It Can Get Complicated

With the recent improvement in the weather, it seems my mind is on cottages lately. I have written before that matrimonial homes enjoy special legislated protection under Ontario family law. I have also written about how second homes and often-used cottages – and sometimes even sailboats can sometimes satisfy the legal requirements for what constitutes a “matrimonial home” in some cases….

First Reference Talks
Employee who lied about ability to work justly fired

An Ontario labour arbitrator upheld an employee’s termination for just cause after the employer learned that the employee faked the severity of her injury and ability to perform work for over five years. The arbitrator found that the employer was justified in terminating the employee for just cause because the actions of the employee went to the heart of the employment relationship. …

Environmental Law and Litigation
Current environmental liability issues for municipalities

On June 17, Dianne and Graham Rempe of the City Toronto’s Legal Services spoke on the issue of current environmental liabilities for municipalities. Graham gracious agreed to allow us to post the paper we prepared here. As the introduction explains: Few topics evoke more concern about “vast” liability than environmental mishaps. Municipalities and their legal advisors are well advised to carefully monitor developments in this area, where liability is writ large. ….

Barry Sookman
Aereo: SCOTUS rules its service infringing

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 6 to 3 opinion yesterday that Aereo’s Internet retransmission service infringes copyright. Aereo had tried to architect its television restransmission system to avoid paying copyright royalties or license fees by “renting” dime sized antennae to subscribers. Judge Chin of the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals had called Aereo’s service “a Rube Goldberg-like contrivance, over-engineered in an attempt to avoid the reach of the Copyright Act and to take advantage of a perceived loophole in the law.” …
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