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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 Feeds 2. Eloise Gratton 3. David Whelan 4. Double Aspect 5. Mack’s Criminal Law Blog

Legal Feeds
Proof of death can be retroactive, SCC decides in Carleton U. pension case

Proof of death has a retroactive effect, and the heir to a deceased university professor’s estate must therefore repay pension payments that were made following his death, the Supreme Court ruled today. In Threlfall v. Carleton University, the Supreme Court looked for the first time at the “absence” regime in Quebec’s Civil Code, under which someone who disappears is presumed to be alive for seven years absent proof of death. …

Eloise Gratton
When it is Illegal to Repurpose Publicly Available Information for Commercial Purposes?

The Superior Court of Québec recently rendered a decision in Opencorporates Ltd. c Registraire des entreprises du Québec that, albeit limited in scope, raises important concerns with respect to the commercial use of publicly available information. The Court concluded that the Québec Enterprise Registrar (Registrar) did not have the legal authority to monitor and control the …

David Whelan
The Law Librarian Pipeline

Where do law librarians come from and where do they go to? Organizations that want to promote diversity struggle with the demographics of law librarianship. There’s an issue with finding and attracting diverse candidates. But there’s also the other end: are there positions waiting at the other end, once the candidates are looking for jobs? …

Double Aspect
Mulling over Miller

It’s been a while already, but I would like to say a few things about the UK Supreme Court’s decision that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s advice, last moth, that the Queen prorogue the Westminster Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, and that the prorogation is a nullity. The unanimous decision by Lady Hale and Lord Reed, R (Miller) v Prime Minister, [2019] UKSC 41 (Miller (No 2)) breaks new and, in my view, shaky constitutional ground. …

Mack’s Criminal Law Blog
Nursing Home Abuse: America’s Silent Epidemic

According to WHO statistics, we are living longer. That means we have lots of people going past 70 years and many of them living past their nineties and this is expected to rise even higher. In the past, people lived shorter lifespans. But today, with advanced medical care for seniors, a focus on healthy living, and modern technology, many people are living to their eighties and beyond. …

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