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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. Michael Spratt  2. Susan on the Soapbox 3. Global Workplace Insider  4. Lee Akazaki  5. Canadian Appeals Monitor

Michael Spratt
The man who went into Rideau Hall the PM and left with his pants on fire

Welcome to the 42nd general election. On Sunday Stephen Harper went to the Governor General’s house to drop the writ and throw a little shade. He also made one of the most hilariously ironic and completely unself-aware speech to kick off his official campaign. …

Susan on the Soapbox
The One Question to Ask a Conservative Candidate in This Election

He did it. Stephen Harper dropped the writ and we’re heading into a 78 day election campaign. Oh joy! I’m serious. I intend to have a real conversation with my Conservative MP, the ditzy Joan Crockatt. I expect our conversation to go something like this: Ding dong. …

Global Workplace Insider
Ontario Court Ruling on Contractors: Be careful when categorizing employees.

A recent decision of the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario has granted payment in lieu of notice to a consultant who was found to be a dependent contractor. In the case of Tetra Consulting v. Continental Bank et al., the defendant (“the Bank”) retained the services of the plaintiff (“Tetra”), a consulting firm owned by Mr. Lewis Cassar, to provide expertise in obtaining approval from the federal regulator to operate as a Schedule 1 bank. …

Lee Akazaki
Guindon v. Canada: Does the s. 11 Charter analysis stand up to bilingual construction?

In Guindon v. Canada, released today, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the appeal of a tax lawyer acting as a tax adviser, Julie Guindon, for penalties imposed by the Minister of National Revenue for issuance of tax receipts containing false statements. …

Canadian Appeals Monitor
The SCC Monitor (30/07/2015): A Commentary on Recent Legal Developments by the Canadian Appeals Monitor

Following our last post, the Supreme Court has released its decision in Strickland v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 37. The Court’s decision in Strickland, referenced in more detail in this blog post, speaks to the circumstances in which a federal court can decline to exercise its jurisdiction to grant judicial review remedies. …

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