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. Kate Dewhirst 2. The Court 3. Family LLB 4. University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog 5. David Whelan

Kate Dewhirst
IPC Decision 101 – How to deal with a patient’s request for access to records about another patient’s complaint

First of all – it’s time to celebrate. There have been now more than 100 decisions of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario on health privacy. That’s a celebratory day in my office. (Note: the IPC did not publish Decision 100 today – so I’ve got to celebrate Decision 101 instead!) Okay – back…

The Court
R v RS: Considering Lived Realities in Self-Defence Claims

If an individual is hit in the head with a baseball bat and subsequently shoots and kills his attacker, were they acting in self-defence? What if the individual fired four shots in less than five seconds and did not know his attacker was running away? The Ontario Court of Appeal (“ONCA”) recently considered these facts in R. v. R.S., 2019 ONCA 832 [R.S. ONCA]. Leave to appeal has not yet been sought. …

Family LLB
Can You Sue Someone for Dumping You?

If someone breaks up with you against your will, can you sue for monetary damages? And does it matter if you just spent money on their birthday? This was among the questions for the court in Bobel v. Humecka and Patten, where the man’s purported legal claims against his former girlfriend – with whom he lived for a time – were extensive. …

University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog
In the Media: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Orders Compensation for First Nations Children

On September 6, 2019, in a ground-breaking decision[2], the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (Tribunal) ordered the Government of Canada to pay $20,000 to each First Nation child (who lived on-reserve) removed from their family between January 1, 2006 until a date to be determined by the Tribunal. The Tribunal further ordered the payment of $20,000 to each First Nation parent or grand-parent of a First Nation child who was removed. …

David Whelan
A Week in A Weak Network

I’m not on LinkedIn, for a couple of reasons. One of those is that I don’t find my community there. Social professional networks are productivity tools to manage weak networks. My experience is that you can do that yourself with a decent memory and an address book, and avoid the commercial cruft. Last week was a good example of how my weak network works. …


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