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 sixty 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. Slater Vecchio Connected 2. Canadian Securities Law 3. The Court 4. Lee Akazaki 5. Rule of Law

Slater Vecchio Connected
10 Holiday Hosting Safety Tips

Making sure your guests stay safe this holiday season is just as important as finding the right décor. Under the Occupiers Liability Act, home owners must ensure their home is reasonably safe for guests, including both the condition of their home and activities occurring there. Ensure that everyone stays in the festive spirit with the following safety tips from the Canada Safety Council…

Canadian Securities Law
CSA release IIROC oversight review report

The Canadian Securities Administrators today released a report outlining the findings of an oversight review of IIROC’s activities. The review specifically sought to assess whether IIROC was in compliance with the relevant terms and condition of its recognition orders, the effectiveness of regulatory processes and the extent to which key regulatory processes were consistent, efficient and fairly applied….

The Court
The Retirement of Justice Louis LeBel and the Secretive Process that Led to the Appointment of Suzanne Côté

The government has slammed the door on parliamentary and public involvement regarding the replacement of retiring Justice Louis LeBel. On November 30, 2014, Justice LeBel turned 75, the mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court judges. Most justices often depart some months before their birthdays, but LeBel decided to take his tenure right to the end. He gave his six months’ notice on May 23, 2014, and Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin’s office announced the retirement in a news release that day….

Lee Akazaki
Lawyers are for hire, not for sale: At stake in the 2015 LSUC Bencher Election

On April 30, 2015, lawyers in Ontario will exercise their duty to elect Benchers of the Law Society. Bencher elections have historically seen glacial changes in the complement of Convocation, the governing council of Ontario’s legal profession. As in many elections featuring low voter turn-out, incumbent candidates tend to say little of substance in their campaigns and challengers lack the prior engagement to stake out positions with confidence. The perspectives of your elected representatives can vary widely, and the views of some may surprise you….

Rule of Law
Re Mulgave School Foundation

If you make a large gift to a charity, you may have a specific purpose in mind, such as buying equipment for a hospital, building a new church, or funding scholarships in the Faculty of Engineering. Whatever you have in mind, consider whether you wish to make your gift to charity conditional on the funds being used for the specific purpose, or whether you want to give the charity some flexibility…

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