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 forty-one 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. Wise Law Blog  2. First Reference Talks  3. Slater Vecchio Connected  4. University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog  5. ABlawg

Wise Law Blog
140 Law – Legal Headlines for Friday, July 12, 2013
· Zimmerman lawyer flips out after prosecution requests ‘child abuse’ charge · Zimmerman Trial: Court Publishes Final Jury Instructions · Lawyer: Apple Should Protect Me From My Porn Addiction
Transforming Bar associations · U.S. law firms merging at record rate · Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages (Guardian) . . .

First Reference Talks
Desperate times do not justify desperate measures
In Trites v. Renin Corp, 2013 ONSC 2715, the court considered “the novel and perplexing legal issue” of whether an employer that is experiencing significant financial difficulties can unilaterally impose a temporary layoff on an employee in the absence of an express or implied term in the contract of employment to support the employer’s action. In 2008, the employer initiated a rotating temporary layoff program in which a group of employees were laid off for a period (typically 35 weeks or less) and then recalled. . . .

Slater Vecchio Connected
Take a Personal Inventory Before Disaster Strikes – Protect Yourself
Imagine disaster strikes your home. Perhaps a fire, flood, or theft leaves you without your assets and belongings. You are likely in a state of shock. You are upset and angry at losing the things that make up your home. Your insurance carrier will ask you to prove the value of your assets. So before disaster ruins your home, take a detailed inventory of all of your belongings. There are a number of online resources that can help you with your personal inventory. . . .

University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog
Feed it, keep it
I had learnt that there was property by conquest, acquisition, abandonment etc. I even recall the old saying “finders keepers”. It seems now that one town has a new rule: feeders keepers, or feed it, you own it, or at least with respect to cats.

Safe Sites for Illegal Drug Consumption: In Need of Insight
Legislation / case commented on: Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, First Session, Forty-first Parliament, 60-61-62 Elizabeth II, 2011-2012-2013 (“Respect for Communities Act”); Canada (AG) v PHS Community Services Society, 2011 SCC 44. Last week I attended the Law on the Edge conference in Vancouver, which Jonnette Watson Hamilton recently blogged on here. One of the highlights for me was a field trip led by UBC Professor Margot Young to visit Insite, Vancouver’s safe injection site for intravenous drug users. . . .

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