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. 2. National Magazine 3. Meurrens on Immigration 4. Library Boy 5. The Every Lawyer
The Legal Status of a Gross Overriding Royalty Carved out of a Crown Lease

This well-reasoned decision of Justice Michel Bourque serves to clarify the legal status of overriding oil and gas royalties in Alberta law. There were two principal matters to resolve: first did the gross overriding royalty (GORR) at issue here amount to an interest in land, and second, if so, was this a legal interest or an equitable interest opposable against the current Crown lessee. Justice Bourque decided both issues in favour of the holder of the GORR, the plaintiff (PrairieSky Royalty Ltd (PRL)), who held the GORR by way of an assignment from the original royalty holder. …

National Magazine
A round-up of the Canadian Bar Review

Five directors of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics discuss key changes in the recent updates to ethical principles for federally-appointed judges by the Canadian Judicial Council. The revisions address issues such as case management and settlement conferences, technological competence and the use of social media, interactions with self-represented litigants, professional development for judges, confidentiality, and the return of former judges to the practice of law. Overall, the authors conclude the revised principles “very much an exercise of modest reform” – hardly surprising for a conservative body – but welcome. …

Meurrens on Immigration
LMIA Exemption Code C-60

On December 15, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) updates its Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) exemption codes. An LMIA is an opinion from Service Canada that the entry of a foreign worker will have a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian labour market. To obtain a positive LMIA employers must generally recruit for four weeks on prescribed websites, invite potentially qualified Canadians to apply, pay prevailing wage, and demonstrate other labour market benefits. The process is often difficult. …

Library Boy
Law Reform Commission of Ireland Consultation Paper on Liability of Clubs and Unincorporated Associations

The Law Reform Commission of Ireland has started a consultation process to look into the law on civil and criminal liability as it applies to clubs, societies and other unincorporated associations. As part of the exercice, it has issued a Consultation Paper: …

The Every Lawyer
YLIP Goes IDLO Mongolia

Julia welcomes Stephen Gerald Kent and Agizul Sumber from the International Development Law Organization in Mongolia, and Abdu Murabit, who has just finished a YLIP internship with them. An exciting episode about combatting gender based domestic violence in Mongolia and around the world. …


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