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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. McElroy Law Blog 2. Condo Adviser 3. Canadian Privacy Law Blog 4. BC Injury Law Blog 5. Excess Copyright

McElroy Law Blog
The Art of Sentencing: Why It’s Time to Revisit Mandatory Minimums

There’s a saying in criminal law that sentencing is an art, not a science. Sentencing judges carefully weigh the aggravating and mitigating sentences to craft a sentence that appropriately balances all the principles of sentencing to come up with a just and fair sentence. Except, of course, when they can’t, because their hands are tied by a mandatory minimum sentence. …

Condo Adviser
New Info on the Education and Examination Requirements for Condo Managers

Ontario held a press conference on July 25, 2017, to announce new protections for condo residents, to be implemented this fall. This is great (but somewhat old) news. What’s new is that we now know more about the education and examination requirements for Condo managers. …

Canadian Privacy Law Blog
British Columbia Commissioner finds that “Creep Catchers” violated province’s privacy law

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia has just released a very interesting decision and order against the “Surrey Creep Catchers”. The Creep Catchers are a loosely affiliated group of people whose stated purpose is to expose online predators, particularly those who will then arrange to meet with children for nefarious purposes. Their modus operandi is to engage with people online, on dating sites and other sites, suggest they are underage and arrange a meeting. They then post video, chat logs, etc. to “expose” or shame the individuals. …

BC Injury Law Blog
ICBC’s Inconsistent Pleadings Following a Collision “Reprehensible”

Reasons for judgement were published this week by the BC Supreme Court, Vernon Registry, finding that ICBC taking inconsistent positions in lawsuits for fault after a collision is ‘reprehensible’ and awarded special costs as a deterrent. …

Excess Copyright
Access Copyright Proposed Post-Secondary Tariffs 2018-2020 

Access Copyright has filed for a proposed Post-Secondary tariff for 2018-2020. Meanwhile, the Copyright Board has still not ruled on the proposed tariffs from 2011-2017. Meanwhile, one would expect that York University will appeal and even seek to stay the recent Federal Court decision and that there may be interventions to assist the Court. See my comments on Prof. Katz’s comments and questions, to which I link, concerning this ruling here.

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