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Rideshare companies like Uber have already completely transformed the transportation industry, but they are not without their detractors. As I first mentioned in 2017, a class action launched against the company, and has recently made its way to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

The Superior Court motion?decision, summarized on Slaw here, relied on the Arbitration Act,?1991, the?International Commercial Arbitration Act, 2017,?and case law such as?Seidel v. TELUS Communications Inc.,?Wellman v. TELUS Communications Company, and?Douez v. Facebook, Inc.,?to stay the action in favour of a mandatory . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

Friday Roundup: Slaw Jobs

Each Friday, we share the latest job listings from Slaw Jobs, which features employment opportunities from across the country. Find out more about these positions by following the links below, or?learn how you can use Slaw Jobs?to gain valuable exposure for your job ads, while supporting the great Canadian legal commentary at Slaw.ca.

Current postings on Slaw Jobs (newest first):

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Posted in: Friday Jobs Roundup

Open Access for Law Book Content

It was in my role as a director of Dunedin Academic Press that recently and with some trepidation, I attended a series of workshops on open access (OA) in relation to scholarly monographs. Issues surrounding open access, as they apply to the academic journals market are now substantially rehearsed but they are less so in relation to books and the various markets for them. While most of the discussion and progress made thus far is in the academic market and primarily in such fields as humanities and social sciences, it certainly made me ponder, perhaps with a degree of anxiety, . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Publishing

Blockchain? Probably Not.

Most of what you are being told about the future of blockchain in the legal profession is nonsense.

Don’t get me wrong. Blockchain is very cool. And I am the furthest thing from a luddite you will find in the legal profession. I’m a part-time LLM student at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and Department of Computing Science studying the automation of legal reasoning. I’m an ABA Innovation Fellow for 2018/2019, writing open-source software to automate analogy to prior cases. I am an advocate for the adoption of technology in law.

So I’m enthusiastic about blockchain being adopted . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Technology

2018 Clawbies and a Story About Omar

The 13th Canadian Law Blog Awards were announced this past Monday. If you haven’t done so already, please head on over to the Clawbies website to see our full list of winners.

I can tell you that this year’s Fodden Award for the “Best Canadian Law Blog” went to Michael Spratt and Emilie Taman’s groundbreaking podcast The Docket; and, that the three best new blogs were เว็บไซต์เกมส์สล็อตMoly Law,?Juriblogue, and Crossroads Family Law; and, the best Law Library Blog went to a former Slaw writer, David Whelan (O’Faolain).

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Posted in: Announcements

What Is the Mandate of the Law Society?

The Law Society of Ontario has a duty to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law[1]. Does that mean that the Law Society is empowered to intervene in private litigation in order to advance the cause of justice? Is the Law Society is entitled to involve itself in judicial review cases where it is alleged that another administrative body has acted outside of its jurisdiction, or for improper purposes, in breach of the rule of law principle?

The Law Society has a duty to act so as to facilitate access to justice for . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Ethics

Looking Ahead…if Only!

I never make “New Year’s resolutions” — I’m too old to think that they will come to fruition — but I have decided to identify five “wishes’ I have for Ontario and Canada more broadly in 2019: 1. stop all the studies and take action re A2J; 2. provide lessons to the premier about what the rule of law means; 3. allow advance directives for medically assisted deaths; 4. don’t diminish existing protection for children and youth; 5. revise the new Law Society of Ontario logo without too much delay. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

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.?Timely Disclosure 2.?Official Clio Blog 3.?Susan On The Soapbox 4.?Global Workplace Insider 5. Canadian Class Actions Monitor

Timely Disclosure
The Big MAC: Affirmed

Days ago, the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware issued an order succinctly affirming the Delaware Court of Chancery’s judgment?

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Posted in: Monday’s Mix

The Big 3 Legal Issues for 2019

There are lots of legal topics that will likely make headlines in 2019, but here are my top 3 pick for hot or important legal issues in the new year:

  1. Cannabis-related litigation will abound.The much anticipated legislation for marijuana legalization was already delayed by punting back and forth by the Senate. Implementation in Ontario was further hampered by restrictions on sales and distribution issues due to the postal strike. Most cannabis in Ontario is currently still sourced illegally.
    There have been plenty of conversations about the potential implications of marijuana legalization in Canada, spanning everything from its use in the
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Posted in: Justice Issues

Summaries Sunday: OnPoint Legal Research

One Sunday each month OnPoint Legal Research provides Slaw with an extended summary of, and counsel’s commentary on, an important case from the British Columbia, Alberta, or Ontario court of appeal.

Clancy v. Clancy, 2018 BCCA 448

AREAS OF LAW: Summary judgment; Family law; Formal order; Want of jurisdiction

~The Court of Appeal has no jurisdiction to hear an appeal in which the appellant takes no issue with the order made in the court below, but contends that it should have been granted for reasons other than those expressed in the judgment.~


The Appellant, John Clancy, . . . [more]

Posted in: Summaries Sunday

A Good Way to End the Year

The เว็บไซต์เกมส์สล็อตWashington Post reported on 19 December that justice was the word of the year 2018, based on data about searches on the online dictionary Merriam-Webster. Interesting. It seems there was a constant need for this word. The writer of the piece adds: “[w]hat we saw with?justice?in 2018 was more like a continuous sequence of bumps in the data rather than a single outstanding spike.”

A movement is under way. No, not populism or Islamic extremism. A movement to get justice systems to produce better value. To be more precise: to get ministries of justice, bar associations, . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

Lessons From Cannabis Law

Cannabis law is taking the legal profession by storm. Look at the websites of top national firms, of mid-size firms, of small boutiques and of sole practitioners. It seems everyone is practicing cannabis law. Or at least claiming to.

This development has not been evolutionary; it has been revolutionary. Five years ago, cannabis law was the domain of a few criminal defence lawyers, some activist lawyers and the bold willing to do work for clients in the small medical marijuana field.

Cannabis law reflects the dramatic shift to a now partially legal activity. That change has come about quickly and . . . เว็บไซต์เกมส์สล็อต[more]

Posted in: Legal Education