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July 8, 2020
WFH: Policies + Considerations Beyond the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many employers and their employees to abruptly adopt work-from-home arrangements. Although the relaunch of the Alberta economy is underway, employers and employees have become accustomed to remote work and “Zoom&rd...
July 2020 - 1 min read
Bill 30: Increased Public Participation in Professional Regulation
On Monday, July 6, 2020, the Government of Alberta tabled Bill 30, the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020. This proposed legislation amends a number of existing Acts, including the Alberta Health Professions Act. The Health Professions Ac...
July 7, 2020
Privacy for Health Care Organizations: What Has Changed and What Hasn’t?
Health care organizations have had to adapt quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to managing an unknown disease and focusing on patient care, day to day operational life has changed- videoconferencing, fit for work screening, and l...
June 2020
2020 Field Law Community Fund Program - Now Open
Over the last seven years the Field Law Community Fund Program has awarded funds to support 96 organizations and charitable initiatives throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories. With $550,000 donated in support of these local charities to da...
June 2020 - 2 min read
Bill 24: A Further Extension of the Temporary Layoff Period to 180 Days
As we reported in April, the Government of Alberta previously announced an extension of the temporary layoff period in Alberta’s Employment Standards Code (the “Code”) from 60 days to 120 days.Recently, the Government of Alberta in...
June 2020 - 6 min read
Major Win for York on Copyright: York University v. Access Copyright Case Review
Update: In June 2020, as expected, both The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency ("Access Copyright") and York University have filed applications for leave to appeal the FCA decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. Original Post: April 2...
June 25, 2020
How Amendments to the MHSTA Impact Landlords of Manufactured Home Communities
Enforcing rental arrears and other tenant breaches under a Lease are an important aspect of a Landlord’s business and recently proclaimed amendments to the Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Act are going to have a direct impact on how Landlord&rsquo...
June 2020 - 4 min read
Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients from Past Conduct of Health Care Professionals
On April 1, 2019, portions of Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients came into force in Alberta and amended the treatment of sexually based regulatory offences by colleges and regulators under the Health Professions Act, RSA 2000, c H-7 (the “HPA...
June 2020 - 3 min read
Disruptive Behaviour is a No-No!
The Alberta Court of Appeal confirms the broad nature of professional misconduct and that deference must be given to tribunals assessing a member’s conduct. The Alberta Court of Appeal’s decision in Al-Ghamdi v. College of Physicians ...
June 2020 - 6 min read
Commercial Tenancies Protection Act (Alberta)   
The Alberta government is moving forward with Bill 23, the Commercial Tenancies Protection Act (“CTPA”). The Bill was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on June 16, 2020 and passed First Reading the same day. This is a government Bi...
April 2020
Case Summary: Nemchin v Green
The Ontario Court of Appeal held that a trial judge erred in refusing to admit a defendant’s video surveillance evidence in a personal injury action but concluded that had the video evidence been admitted it would not have affected the jury&rs...
April 2020
Case Summary: Ontario Corporation Number 1009329 (Enterprise Rent-A-Car) v Intact Insurance Company
For an auto insurer to have any place in the priority list of insurers in a rental/leased car situation, its policy must provide coverage to a relevant insured. Ontario Corporation Number 1009329 (Enterprise Rent-A-Car) v Intact Insurance Comp...
April 2020
Case Summary: Aviva Insurance Company v Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
For the purposes of determining the priority of insurers in the overlapping coverage situation with rental vehicles, the Court must first determine who the “lessee” is. This may not always be determined by the rental agreement alone, esp...
April 2020
Case Summary: Wage v Canadian Direct Insurance Incorporated
The Alberta Court of Appeal found that the territorial limitation provisions in the standard Alberta auto policy apply to the entire policy, such that if the insured is injured or killed in a jurisdiction other than Canada or the United States, ther...
April 2020
Case Summary: Li c. Equifax Inc.
A claimant who is the victim of a data breach and who has suffered only mental distress or potential future loss such as actual fraud or identity theft lacks standing to sue for such losses.Li c. Equifax Inc., 2019 QCCS 4340, per Bison, J.C.S. ...
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