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 seventy 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. StartupSource 2. Meurrens on Immigration 3. Family Health Law Blog 4. National Blog 5. Susan on the Soapbox

2016 Forecasts, and 2015 Reviews, for Canada’s Startups

Given that it is the New Year, StartupSource has compiled some of the predictions that are being made by tech insiders regarding 2016, and some of the reviews being offered for 2015. See the following for some commentary on what was/is/and will be in store for Canadian startups, investors, and the general tech community …

Meurrens on Immigration
Dance Instructors, Guest Speakers, and Working in Canada Without a Work Permit

Does a professional ballet teacher require a work permit and a Labour Market Impact Assessment to give a 4 day seminar in Vancouver? The answer is.. it depends. Section 186(j) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (“IRPR“) provides that: Work Without a Work Permit 186. A foreign national may work in Canada without a work permit …

Family Health Law Blog
Court delays assisted-dying law by 4 months, but Quebec exempt and individuals can apply to court for special permission to access physician-assisted dying

The Supreme Court of Canada has decided to grant Parliament’s request to delay laws that would make physician-assisted suicide legal in Canada… in part. By way of background, the Court decided in February 2015 that the criminal laws prohibiting physician-assisted dying violate some people’s rights in certain circumstances (for details, see our blog summarizing that decision here). In legal language, they “declared” those sections “invalid”. …

National Blog
Axiom comes to Canada

News this week that Axiom is expanding into Canada by acquiring Cognition LLP’s general counsel practice should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the trajectory of these two alternative legal service providers. According to Cognition LLP co-founder Joe Milstone (pictured above), both firms from their inception have shared the same mission to rid the legal marketplace of inefficiencies. “We joke that it’s like we were separated at birth 10 years ago.” …

Susan on the Soapbox
Bishop Henry Pontificates on Gay Straight Alliances

On January 13, 2016 The Most Reverend Frederick Bernard Henry, the seventh Catholic Bishop of the diocese of Calgary well and truly lost it. Henry wrote a pastoral letter denouncing Education Minister David Eggen’s “edict” that public, Catholic, French and charter school boards must support LBTQ students who wish to form gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and queer-straight alliances (QSAs) in accordance with section 16.1 of the School Act. …


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