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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. Family LLB 2. The Factum 3. University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog 4. Legal Post Blog 5. Trauma & Lawyers’ Mental Health

Family LLB
Family Law Now | Ep. 39: Deadbeat Dad Jailed for 4.5 Years for Failing to Pay Nearly $250K in Child Support

In a recent controversial Nova Scotia decision, a father who failed to abide by a court order requiring him to pay nearly $247,000 in unpaid child support was sentenced to 4.5 years’ incarceration for contempt of court. Russell Alexander and three of the experienced family lawyers on his team, Margie Primero-Pimentel, Brittany Whalen, and Rick Peticca share their analysis of the case, respond to the decision, and question the legislation. Tune in to Family Law Now.

The Factum
Legal Aid BC’s Remote Child Support Mediation

Many families are in tough new financial circumstances because of COVID-19, with many people out of work or making less money. Legal Aid BC has launched a new service, Remote Child Support Mediation, to help these families. Parents can get up to five hours of free mediation to help them work out child support issues. Mediation helps parents with child support issues stay out of court. It’s a collaborative process based on discussion and cooperation, which gives both parents more control over the final outcome. …

University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog
Sen̓áḵw: an innovative and sustainable Indigenous-led development in downtown Vancouver

We have a positive news story to share with our readers to finish off this week. Sen̓áḵw, a new sustainable village, will break ground in Vancouver later this year.[1] Sen̓áḵw, meaning “[t]he place inside the head of False Creek”, is part of the unceded territory of the Squamish Nation located on the edge of Kitsilano. …

Legal Post Blog
Posthaste: Qatar’s massive $29-billion bet — and warning — on natural gas has lessons for Canada

As the world moves towards renewable energy or lower-emissions fuels, natural gas has emerged as a ‘compromise’ energy source. While most environmental groups are still not convinced that natural gas should be a prominent player in a future low-carbon world, the International Energy Agency expects global natural gas demand to rise 1.5 per cent annually at least over the next five years, …

Trauma & Lawyers’ Mental Health
“Hierarchy of Suffering”

This is a tricky one, so bear with me. These are just my initial thoughts on a complex sensitive issue. I stand to be corrected if I’m missing some nuance here (and to correct myself if I later have additional thoughts). A common saying these days is “There is no hierarchy of suffering.” I agree with it. There’s something important in this. Everyone’s suffering is absolutely valid. …

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