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. Canadian Class Actions Monitor  2. FamilyLLB 3. Legal Sourcery  4. Legal Feeds  5.

Canadian Class Actions Monitor
Araya v. Nevsun Resources Ltd., 2016 BCSC 1856: British Columbia Supreme Court refuses to allow a “common law class action” alleging human rights violations at Eritrean mine

In an important decision for Canadian resource companies operating abroad, the British Columbia Supreme Court has permitted claims alleging human rights abuses at a mine in East Africa to proceed to trial. In its decision, the Court considered whether British Columbia’s representative proceeding rule could be used in the context of a “common law class action”. …

Court Conjures “Breaking Bad” Analogy for Warring Parents

It’s not often that you see a judge summon up a TV show reference in the courtroom as a means of driving home a point to misguided parents. But that’s precisely what Mr. Justice Pazaratz of the Ontario Court of Justice did, in a case called Coe v. Tope. …

Legal Sourcery
A Humble Beginning: 32 Years of Saskatchewan Case Digesting (Throwback Thursday)

The year was 1982 , and Time Magazine‘s Man of the Year was the computer, Commodore 64 was the most popular home computer, Sony Walkman was the hot new gadget, the first movie with extensive 3D CGI Tron was released by Disney, and mobile phone… no, there was no mobile phone yet. …

Legal Feeds
Homophobic remarks on radio show by juror results in new trial

In a decision released yesterday, the Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a conviction based on a juror’s conduct, which was ruled to have created a reasonable apprehension of bias. Derek Welsman, jury foreman in R. v. Dowholis and producer of the since cancelled Dean Blundell show, appeared on the radio show and “made derogatory comments about sexual activity between men,” the decision reads. …
Les chauffeurs Uber : travailleurs autonomes ou salariés?

Le 28 octobre dernier, un tribunal du travail de Londres a déclaré que les chauffeurs d’Uber ne sont pas des travailleurs autonomes, mais bel et bien des employés. Il ne s’agit pas d’un premier revers de la sorte pour la multinationale américaine. …


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