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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. Crossroad Family Law Blog 2. The Lean Law Firm 3. Rule of Law 4. Barry Sookman 5. RT Blog

Crossroad Family Law Blog
How do I get a restraining order in Alberta during COVID-19?

It is now clear that incidences of domestic violence seem to be increasing during COVID 19. Unfortunately, escaping from an abusive partner is more difficult when there are restrictions on travel and physical contact between people. Moreover, the Alberta courts have limited what can be heard in court as a family law application. Fortunately, restraining orders are considered urgent applications which may be filed with the courts. According to the Alberta Courts, the definition of an emergency or urgent family law hearing includes: …

The Lean Law Firm
Avoid Staffing Headaches: Here’s What Some Firms Are Doing

If you have been following us for a while, you already know how enthusiastic we are about matter management boards. Here are links to our October 2, 2019, and to our March 18, 2020, posts on the subject. They’re a flexible tool for keeping your matters on time and on budget and avoiding surprises that can derail your files. This week, we thought it would be useful for you to see how some firms are using matter management boards. …

Rule of Law
British Columbia Now Allows Electronic Witnessing of Wills During Covid-19 Emergency

On May 19, 2020, Mike Farnworth, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, signed Ministerial Order No. M161 which allows wills to be witnessed electronically during the current state of emergency. If the process set out in the Order is complied with, a will made during the state of emergency will comply with the formal requirements for a valid will. …

Barry Sookman
Communications and copyright: IIC Canada Conference

I had the pleasure of speaking today at the Canadian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications annual conference, held virtually. I spoke chiefly about the following cases and developments: Bell Media Inc. v. GoldTV.Biz, 2019 FC 1432 Rogers Communications Inc. …

RT Blog
Bill C-65’s Mandatory Resolution Process for Harassment & Violence | Part 3

For federally-regulated employers, Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence) is supposed to come into force sometime this year, although the exact date has not been confirmed. Since the pandemic hit, the federal government has not provided any updates on this. …

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