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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. Condo Adviser 2. Family LLB 3. Canadian Privacy Law Blog 4. National Magazine 5. Michael Spratt

Condo Adviser
This is What the New Condo Tribunal May Look Like

There is still a fair bit of mystery surrounding the new Condo Tribunal, despite the fact that it is expected to open its doors in less than 2 weeks. How will it work and what will online adjudication look like? In this post, we have a look at how British Columbia did it. The Ontario model may be similar. Are you ready for it? …

Family LLB
Can Court Order be Set Aside Due to Wife’s ADHD?

In a case called Hatuka v. Segal, the couple separated in 2016 and started the process of untangling their financial affairs. The wife continued to live in the $1.7 million matrimonial home with their two school-aged children. …

Canadian Privacy Law Blog
CRTC finds CASL to be constitutional in CompuFinder challenge

On October 19, 2017, the CRTC issued its decision in a constitutional challenge to CASL brought by CompuFinder. You may recall that in 2015, the CRTC levied the largest penalty to date — $1.1 million — against CompuFinder. (My previous blog post.) The company challenged the constitutionality of the legislation, primarily on the grounds that it is ultra vires federal jurisdiction (outside of powers granted to the federal parliament under the constitution) and that it violated s. 2(b) of the Charter and could not be saved by s. 1. …

National Magazine
Privacy at the border: Is a smartphone more like a letter or a briefcase?

The post-9/11 emphasis on the need for security has exacerbated the difficulty of balancing the individual right of privacy with the state’s right to know, especially at border crossings. And more and more the fulcrum those two balance upon is the personal electronic device, be it a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone. …

Michael Spratt
Liberals break two and a half promises with new pot laws

The Liberals made a lot of promises during the 2015 election. Who could blame them? A third-place party needs to shoot for the moon. But as electoral reform, lower small business taxes, stock option loopholes, modest deficits and on and on demonstrate, election promises are made to be broken. …

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