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. Rule of Law  2. Environmental Law and Litigation  3. Legal Feeds  4. Kelly Santini LLP’s Employment Law Blog for the Suddenly Unemployed  5. Henry J. Chang’s Canada-US Immigration Blog

Rule of Law
Authorization to Obtain Estate Information
In British Columbia, when you apply for a grant of probate of a will, or a grant of letters of administration of an estate, you have to file with the Court Registry an inventory of the estate assets and liabilities, which includes details of the deceased’s bank and investment accounts. Usually, the easiest way to obtain this information is to write to the financial institutions the deceased dealt with and request it. I often do this on behalf of clients whom I assist with estate administration. Although most financial institutions in British . . .

Environmental Law and Litigation
How odd: why was CNR fined over its financial assurance?
Some of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s court bulletins are headscratchers. For example, a recent report states that Canadian National Railways was charged, convicted and fined $10,000 ($8,00 plus victim fine surcharge) for failing to completely file its financial assurance for a private landfill under the Environmental Protection Act. . . .

Legal Feeds
Immigration lawyer confused over plans to admit more caregivers while backlog lengthens
A Toronto immigration lawyer is scratching his head over a federal government announcement about plans to admit a record-high number of live-in caregivers next year while existing processing delays are already clogging up the system. The current backlog means years of waiting for caregivers gunning for jobs in Canada and the families who need them, says Michael Niren of Visa Place. Canada will admit 17,500 permanent residents through the live-in caregiver program in 2014, the government announced. That’s an all-time high since the program began in 1993. In the same announcement, the government acknowledged that delays in the program had reached “unacceptable” levels. . . .

Kelly Santini LLP’s Employment Law Blog for the Suddenly Unemployed
ONCA Upholds 15-Day Termination Provision – Important Lessons for the Suddenly Unemployed
In a decision that still leaves this employment lawyer scratching his head, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that a termination provision that permitted an employment agreement to be terminated on just 15 days’ notice was valid and enforceable. In its appeal book endorsement in Musoni v. Logitek Technology Ltd., 2013 ONCA 622, the Court of Appeal held: “The employment contract between the appellant and the respondent was clear in providing for 15 days’ notice in order to terminate. . . . ”

Henry J. Chang’s Canada-US Immigration Blog
Start-Up Visa Program to Include Business Incubator Stream
As previously reported, on March 30, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) published Ministerial Instructions that established the Start-Up Visa Program (“SUVP”).[1] When initially established, the SUVP included a Venture Capital stream and an Angel Investor stream. However, on October 26, 2013, CIC published new Ministerial Instructions (the “New Instructions”), which expanded the SUVP to include business incubators.[2] It also began accepting applications under this new stream on October 26, 2013. . . .

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