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. Susan on the Soapbox  2. University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog 3. Slater Vecchio Connected  4. Double Aspect  5. Law of Work

Susan on the Soapbox
It’s Time for the Soapy Awards!

Ms Soapbox was trolling through Hansard searching for signs of intelligent life under the Dome when she discovered (sandwiched between the Wildrose Opposition’s accusation that the Premier appointed a Soviet-era communist to serve as her deputy chief of staff and the NDP MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie admires “the worst leftist dictators”) a few glimmers of wit….

University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog
Vancouver’s Real Estate Issues

Why are prices rising so fast in Vancouver. Despite our protestations to the contrary, sometimes we slip back into our old habits of blaming the other, the foreigner, or in this case, specifically, the Chinese buyers. Why, because it is easy to do, instead of focusing on what the real issues are. In a remarkably well-penned guest op-ed (remarkable for the Globe and Mail that is), Yuen Pau Woo exhorts us not blame the others in an article titled “It’s too easy to blame ‘outsiders’ for Vancouver’s housing woes”. …

Slater Vecchio Connected
Consequences of Distracted Driving

In 2010 BC banned the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving. Despite crackdowns, distracted driving remains a serious problem. Chief Constable Neil Dubord stated, “BC drivers know it’s against the law, but far too many still make excuses for their behaviour, and put themselves and others at risk by using their phone while driving.” …

Double Aspect
State v. Conscience

Freedom of conscience, state authority, and the case of the citizenship oath. As I had already mentioned, last week I spoke at a discussion on freedom of conscience that the Runnymede Society organized at McGill on Tuesday. It was a lot of fun, and as always at McGill there were some great questions from the students who came out. For those of my readers who weren’t there though, I thought I’d post my prepared remarks. …

Law of Work
Is a Miscarriage a Disability?

The CBC reported on a recent decision in which the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled that a “miscarriage is a disability”. The lawyer for the complainant is quoted as saying this is a game-changer for women who suffer miscarriages. Here is a copy of the decision. Facts: The applicant missed about 3 weeks of work after she suffered a deep tissue injury resulting from a fall in January 2013, which I presume was not work-related. …

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