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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. Legal Sourcery 2. Administrative Law Matters 3. NSRLP 4. Slater Vecchio Connected  5. Labour Pains

Legal Sourcery
Updated Child Support Guidelines Tables

The federal government has recently updated the Child Support Guidelines Tables. The new Tables are available at: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fl-df/child-enfant/cst-orpe.html. The amendments were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on November 1st, and will come into effect on November 22, 2017. As Saskatchewan has adopted the federal Child Support Guidelines (see The Family Maintenance Act, 1997 and The Family Maintenance Regulations, 1998) the amendments automatically came into force in Saskatchewan without any change to provincial legislation. …

Administrative Law Matters
Convergence and Divergence in English and Canadian Administrative Law III: What Next

Part 3. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here. In Canada the creative tension between the rule of law and democracy – constitutional principles recognised by the Supreme Court of Canada[1] – provides a crucible in which judicial review doctrine is formed. There is no ready equivalent in English administrative law, certainly none …

NSRLP
SRLs with Disabilities: Dealing with a Double Whammy

One of the most eye-opening aspects of working on self-representation and Access to Justice is the way that the different needs of different groups are increasingly revealed to us. The crisis in affordable legal services affects the majority of our community. So it is unsurprising that particular interests and challenges that are associated with distinct demographics keep appearing. Members of these groups challenge us to consider their specific obstacles to and requirements for Access to Justice, if they are to feel …

Slater Vecchio Connected
How to Live with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is all too common after a serious injury. Whether caused by a car accident or a fall on a slippery surface, people who live with chronic pain suffer long after the cuts, bruises, and broken bones have healed. It can last for years or even a lifetime, but there are ways to live …

Labour Pains
Scissors Beat Paper; Statutes Beat Scissors: Severability Clauses Can’t Fix Illegal Termination Provisions

Everyone knows that in the classic children’s game, Rock, Paper, Scissors, scissors beat paper. But can scissors beat statutes? To the point, can a trial judge use a severability clause to excise the offending portion of a termination provision, keeping the remainder of such provision enforceable? While that question might seem highly academic, it is one of critical importance to anyone employed pursuant to the terms of a written employment contract. …

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