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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. Environmental Law and Litigation 2. Condo Adviser 3. Attorney with a Life 4. Double Aspect 5. Risk Management & Crisis Response

Environmental Law and Litigation
Bill C-230–A time for change

On February 26, 2020, Bill C-230, a private member’s bill, was introduced by Nova Scotia MP Lenore Zann to seek environmental justice in Canada. Bill C-230 requires the Minister of the Environment to develop a national strategy to promote efforts across Canada to address the harm caused by environmental racism (the “Bill”). On June 22, 2021 the Standing Committee on Environmental and Sustainable Development (the “Committee”) tabled the Bill with amendments in the House of Commons. …

Condo Adviser
How detailed must your board meeting minutes be?

There appears to be an increasing number of disputes before the Condo Tribunal over the adequacy of board minutes. A recurring question focuses on the level of detail needed for minutes to meet the requirement under the Act. In this blog post we discuss a recent decision that sheds some light (again) on this issue. …

Attorney with a Life
Navigating the Early Years of Practice

The first years of a lawyer’s career are some of the toughest. These years aren’t only an important time for honing legal skills, they are also essential for navigating into areas of practice and ultimately a firm or organization that aligns with interests, values, and goals. It is a rare associate who will land their first job at their forever firm or practice area. It is often a process of learning about what works and doesn’t and taking steps to move the practice to where it needs to be. …

Double Aspect
Post-Truth, Redux

A faithful application of Vavilov reasonableness review exposes the rot at the core of Canada’s administrative law. Co-blogger Mark Mancini has already posted on the Federal Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc v Canada (Attorney General), 2021 FCA 157. …

Risk Management & Crisis Response
Federal pay equity comes into force August 31

The Canadian government has announced that the Pay Equity Act (the Act) will come into force on August 31, 2021. The purpose of the Act is to redress systemic gender-based discrimination in compensation practices by ensuring that employees in predominantly “female dominated” job classes receive equal compensation for work of equal value. The final Pay Equity Regulation, which supports the implementation of the Pay Equity Act, is also now available. …

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