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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. Double Aspect 2. SOQUIJ | Le Blogue 3. McElroy Law Blog 4. Municipal Matters 5. O’Faolain

Double Aspect
An Easy Case

Why funding Catholic schools on terms not available to others is an obvious infringement of religious freedom.

In Good Spirit School Division No. 204 v Christ the Teacher Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 212, 2017 SKQB 109, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench held that funding Catholic schools, and no others, for educating students who do not belong to their religion is contrary to the guarantee of the freedom of religion in paragraph 2(a) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and not justified under the Charter‘s section 1. In commenting on that decision, I wrote that this “is correct, and quite obviously so. There is no meaningful account of religious neutrality on which singling out one group for a favourable treatment denied others is permissible.” To my enduring surprise, some of my friends disagree with this, so I will try to explain my views further. …

SOQUIJ | Le Blogue
Pas d’avis de cessation d’emploi en cas de faute grave du salarié ou de motif sérieux

Publié initialement sur le site de la FCEI. En vertu de l’article 82 alinéa 1 de la Loi sur les normes du travail (L.N.T.), «un employeur doit donner un avis écrit à un salarié avant de mettre fin à son contrat de travail ou de le mettre à pied pour six mois ou plus». La durée de cet avis de cessation d’emploi, communément appelé «préavis», est prévue à l’article 82 alinéa 2 L.N.T. Dans le cas où le salarié aurait commis une «faute grave» au sens de l’article 82.1 paragraphe 3 L.N.T., l’employeur pourrait mettre fin au lien d’emploi sans donner l’avis de cessation d’emploi. Quels sont donc les cas où l’employeur pourrait considérer qu’une faute grave a été commise? …

McElroy Law Blog
May 2017 Criminal Law Round-up

A review of Legal Aid Ontario was released this month, showing that the deficit will require more cuts to legal services to low income people in Ontario. This editorial from the Toronto Star hits the nail on the head, arguing that despite the uncertainty of need and difficulty securing funding, low income people should not be left to fend for themselves. While our federal government is slated to tackle mandatory minimum sentences, a change that is long overdue, according to advocate Eric Gottardi,the U.S attorney General, Jeff Sessions is planning to up their use. In a move that would move away from Obama’s criminal justice reform and return to a law and order mentality. (If you want to remind yourself of how a tough on crime regime can harm people, particularly racialized communities, you can read my post on the movie 13th.) …

Municipal Matters
HOW RECENT LAND TRANSFER TAX ACT CHANGES WILL IMPACT MUNICIPALITIES

Recent changes were made to the Land Transfer Tax Act (LTTA) by the provincial government for the purpose of gathering residential housing data and to collect the new Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST). These changes now require all lawyers dealing with Ontario real estate transactions in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to ensure that the mandatory information is completed in Land Transfer Tax Affidavits. These affidavits are required for all land acquisitions, with very few exceptions. …

O’Faolain
Gatekeeper to a Thousand Gates

Librarians provide access to information they license or own. This gatekeeping role became confused as people could access information directly. I can now choose e-books and digital audio and video from multiple sources. But I also need to have multiple apps and approaches depending on the format and the service. At what point do libraries over-license – to be seen to be adapting to a digital shift – while users stick to a single platform to avoid complexity? At what point, as Huck Finn might say, is this “too many for me?” …

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