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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. Know How 2. Meurrens on Immigration 3. Timely Disclosure 4. Canadian Appeals Monitor 5. All About Information

Know How
Online Legislative Research Tutorials

The Great Library is pleased to announce that we will begin offering online one-on-one legislative research training sessions to interested summer law students, licensing candidates and licensees beginning April 20, 2021. In these sessions a law librarian can help you refresh your skills or learn research tasks, such as tracing the amendment history of a statute, …

Meurrens on Immigration
COVID-19 Immigration Pathways

On April 14, 2021 Canada’s Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino, announced the creation of two new immigration programs that will allow approximately 90,000 individuals to apply for permanent residence between May 6, 2021 and November 5, 2021. I say approximately because the programs have application caps except for those with upper-basic French language capability. The programs provide an immigration opportunity for many people who previously did not qualify to immigrate. …

Timely Disclosure
TCSA and IIROC publish updated guidance on cryptocurrency regulatory issues; OSC issues deadline for cryptocurrency companies to begin regulatory compliance efforts

On March 29, 2021, the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (“IIROC”) jointly published Staff Notice 21-329 Guidance for Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms: Compliance with Regulatory Requirements (“Notice 21-329”)[1]. Notice 21-329 provides guidance on how securities legislation will be applied to crypto-asset trading platforms (“CTPs”) and in doing so expands on the regulatory guidance previously set out in CSA Staff Notice 21-327[2] and joint CSA/IIROC Consultation Paper 21-402 …

Canadian Appeals Monitor
The notion of gross fault unpacked by Quebec Courts

The Quebec Court of Appeal (the “Court”) recently allowed an appeal touching on a facet of banking law that is infrequently unpacked by the courts: the liability of a bank when a client is the victim of fraud. In Djamad v. Royal Bank of Canada (“Djamad”), the Court dealt with the impossibility for a bank to invoke and rely upon a verification clause (a common exclusion of liability clause found in retail banking contracts) in the context of wire fraud …

All About Information
Man CA – Police can identify driver of rental car via agency

On April 15th, the Court of Appeal for Manitoba held that an accused had no reasonable expectation of privacy in information that a rental car agency provided to the police without a warrant. The police were investigating a fatal shooting. The shooter was in a rental car that belonged to a specific agency, they knew. When the police asked, the agency identified the co-accused as the renter and the accused as an authorized driver. …

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