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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 more than 80 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. BC Injury Law and ICBC Claims Blog  2. Excess Copyright 3. Legal Sourcery  4. Library Boy  5. Cowling Legal

BC Injury Law and ICBC Claims Blog
Limitation Period Not Postponed Where “Injuries Prove to be More Severe Than Initially Believed”

Today the BC Court of Appeal published reasons for judgement upholding the dismissal of a medical malpractice claim that was brought out of time. In today’s case (Bell v. Wigmore) the Defendant “ performed a syringing procedure, irrigating and flushing” the Plaintiff’s ear. The Plaintiff alleged this was done negligently and as a result the Plaintiff went on to suffer from long term dysfunction. The Plaintiff started the lawsuit almost 6 years after the incident when the applicable limitation period was two years. …

Excess Copyright
Blacklock’s Litany of Litigation Lengthens – Update on Four More Federal Court Actions

In the first month of 2017, Blacklock’s has commenced four more actions in the Federal Court against the Federal Government or an agency thereof. These are as follows: T-117-17 Blacklock’s v. Attorney General of Canada re Health Canada for $90,100.55 + punitive damages of $25,000; T-132-17 Blacklock’s v. Attorney General of Canada re Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC) for Statutory Damages + punitive damages of $20,000; T-133-17 Blacklock’s v. Attorney General of Canada re Transport Canada for $85,228.50 + punitive damages of $10,000; T-134-17 Blacklock’s v. FINTRAC for $11,470 + punitive damages of $5,000 …

Legal Sourcery
Freedom to Read Week 2017

“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.” Henry Louis Gates Jr. Freedom to Read Week is a yearly event dedicated to promoting intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. According to the event’s official website, it “encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” This year, Freedom to Read Week is being celebrated from February 26th to March 4th. …

Library Boy
Amnesty International Annual Report Denounces Politics of Demonization

Last week, the international human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) published its most recent annual report on the state of human rights around the world. It is not a pretty picture. From the blog post on the website of the Canadian section of AI accompanying the release of the report: Politicians wielding a toxic, dehumanizing “us vs them” rhetoric are creating a more divided and dangerous world, warned Amnesty International today as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. …

Cowling Legal
“Yummy Mummy Lawyer”is Not a Compliment

Recently my husband and I attended a legal gathering with several other lawyers. My husband, being my biggest champion, so kindly promoted my freelance lawyer business (Flex Legal) to another lawyer, telling her that I was “revolutionizing” the way law was practiced in Toronto (a bit of an exaggeration, but still appreciated). She immediately asked if everyone at Flex were “yummy mummy lawyers.” My reaction was “Ugh, this again” as I involuntarily rolled my eyes and explained (as I so often do) that: …

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