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. The Court 2. All About Information 3. Global Workplace Insider 4. SOQUIJ 5. Canadian Privacy Law Blog

The Court
Defining the Homeless’s Shelter Rights in Public Spaces: Abbotsford v Shantz

The Supreme Court of British Columbia (“BCSC”) recently released the long-awaited ruling in Abbotsford v Shantz, 2015 BCSC 1909 [Abbotsford]. Abbotsford heard both the action by the City of Abbotsford (“the City”) and the action by BC/Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors (“DWS”). The City sought a permanent injunction against the erection of shelters in Jubilee Park and damages against Mr. Shantz, the Director of DWS. …

All About Information
Duty to document in the news again

I finally got around to reading Access Denied – the British Columbia OIPC’s October 22nd bombshell of an investigation report on the processing of freedom of information requests. You’ve likely heard about the OIPC’s finding that a Ministerial Assistant in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure commandeered an executive assistant’s workstation to wilfully “triple delete” e-mails responsive to an FOI request. …

Global Workplace Insider
Freedom of Association and the Ontario Medical Association

Last week, the Ontario Medical Association (“OMA”) challenged the constitutionality of the provincial government’s decision to cut fees for doctors. The OMA is relying on section 2(d) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”) which expressly protects freedom of association – a right most often invoked by trade unions. The organization is seeking to have the court declare that its members have a constitutional right to a binding dispute mechanism for conflicts arising out of compensation issues. …

SOQUIJ
Lorsque la victime est une personne âgée

Appelé à déterminer la peine à imposer au délinquant reconnu coupable d’un délit criminel, le tribunal se doit d’appliquer les principes pénologiques codifiés et tenir compte des facteurs atténuants et aggravants, ce qui comprend, dans certains cas, la prise en considération de l’âge de la victime. Voici une illustration jurisprudentielle de ces propos. Parmi les délits les plus fréquents commis à l’endroit des personnes âgées se trouvent notamment la fraude, le vol et les voies de fait. ….

Canadian Privacy Law Blog
Let’s all avoid technopanic in the call for additional privacy regulation for drones

Full disclosure: I’m not a bystander to this discussion. I’m an avid drone user, having purchased a training drone and then DJI Phantom 3 Advanced in May of this year. I’ve been capturing, editing and proudly showing relatively unique perspectives of the beautiful province in which I live. Feel free to check my videos out: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFgopbjgzsAGlZhNB_mRf3VCgXAUPoZgO. Over the past few months, Transport Canada has been engaged in a consultation process to look at how to safely integrate unmanned aerial vehicles into Canadian airspace. …

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