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. Library Boy 2. The Factum 3. Combat Sports Law 4. Legal Feeds 5. Risk Management & Crisis Response

Library Boy
Podcast Interviews With Finalists for 2017 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

This is a follow-up to the Library Boy post of May 13, 2017 entitled Vote for the 2017 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
The ABA Journal awards the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction every year to recognize a work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society. …

The Factum
Sponsorship Breakdown Update

A change in law means that a section of our booklet Sponsorship Breakdown is no longer accurate. Conditional permanent resident status no longer exists (the Canadian government ended this condition recently). If someone is a permanent resident, immigration officials won’t ask them to leave Canada if they separate from their spouse, unless they believe the marriage wasn’t genuine. …

Combat Sports Law
Neurologist Calls for Uniform Minimum Standards For Combat Sports Neurologic Safety

Combative sports, like all contact sports, have inherent dangers and it is important for stakeholders to work together to create best practices to minimize these. To this end an informative article was recently published in Neurologic Clinics. …

Legal Feeds
Judge finds allegations lawyer fed info to newspaper irrelevant in mistrial motion

A mistrial was avoided in a civil jury trial after a judge ruled allegations the defendants made about the conduct of plaintiffs’ counsel were irrelevant to whether the jury could fairly decide the case. In Pena v. U-Pak Disposals Limited, Ontario Superior Court Justice Benjamin Glustein dismissed a mistrial motion brought by the defendants’ lawyers concerning information in a Toronto Sun article published on the second day of trial. …

Risk Management & Crisis Response
Canada’s federal banking regulator releases advisory on the use of the Bank Words: Implications for FinTechs, credit unions and other financial services providers

On June 30, 2017, the Canadian banking regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), issued an advisory (the Advisory) that sets out how OSFI interprets and administers (a) the Bank Act restrictions on the use of the words “bank,” “banker” and “banking,” and (b) the exception to these restrictions that applies where the use of these words is not in relation to a financial services business. The Bank Act restrictions apply to all non-bank financial services providers, including both federally regulated trust and loan companies and provincially regulated institutions. They also apply to unregulated financial service providers. A breach of such Bank Act restrictions is an offence and exposes the relevant entities (and their directors, officers and agents) to material fines and imprisonment (see below for more detail). …


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