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.
Environmental Law and Litigation
Divisional Court rejects anti-wind constitutional claim
Anti-wind protesters continue to lose all Ontario legal cases based on concerns about human health. After numerous anti-wind appeals to the Environmental Review Tribunal were rejected, because they did not meet the Environmental Protection Act / Green Energy Act test for stopping renewable energy projects, anti-wind litigants argued that the statutory test was itself unconstitutional and contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Ontario Divisional Court has now definitively rejected that argument….
Rule of Law
Zeligs v. Janes
Contests between siblings following the death of a parent over houses and bank accounts that were held jointly between the parent and one of the parent’s children are all too common. What happens is that a parent who was the sole owner her own house or bank or investment account transfers the house or account into a joint tenancy with one of her children. After death, the child takes the title by right of survivorship, but the other child or children protest….
Mind Your Ps and Qs
We’re probably all familiar with the expression, and from an early age – usually mom scolding us for being impolite at the dinner table, or some such scenario. But where does it come from? (Notice there are no apostrophes to mark possession. They are simple plurals. Just add s!) The origin of this very polite phrase is mired in rumour and speculation, and it seems a fanciful discussion to get us all back into the swing of things after the holidays. …
Global Workplace Insider
Evidence of Inducement Leads to Enhanced Notice Period
In its recent decision of Rodgers v CEVA, 2014 ONSC 6583, the Ontario Superior Court considered both what it means to induce someone to leave their job and the implications of that inducement upon termination. Rodgers had been employed by CEVA as its Canadian Country Manager, CEVA’s most senior Canadian position, for just under 3 years when his employment was terminated with two weeks’ pay in lieu of notice….
Canadian Legal History Blog
Promislow, “Treaties in History and Law”
Janna Promislow of Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law has published an insightful reflection on competing legal historical perspectives in aboriginal treaty narratives in her article “Treaties in History and Law,”, published in the October 2014 issue of the University of British Columbia Law Review….
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