Manitoba eLaw – New Edition – Litigation

December 2018, Issue No. 86 Highlights:

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Manitoba eLaw – New Edition – Criminal Law Update

December 2018, Issue No. 88 highlights:

  • Breathalyser Maintenance Records Subject to Third Party Disclosure Rules: SCC (R. v. Gubbins, 2018 SCC 44 and R. v. Awashish, 2018 SCC 45)
  • Mandatory Minimum Sentence under s. 151(a) of the Criminal Code Unconstitional: MBCA (R. v. J.E.D., 2018 MBCA 123)
  • Overemphasising Collatoral Immigration Consequences an Error: MBCA (R. v. Yare, 2018 MBCA 114)
  • “A Court of Appeal Hearing is Not a Tea Party”: MBCA (R. v. Van Wissen, 2018 MBCA 100)
  • Legislative Update
  • Criminal Justice Conference: CBA

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Manitoba eLaw – New Edition – Property & Succession Update

November 2018 Issue No. 92 highlights:

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Report on Law Foundation Granting

[Reprinted with permission from the October 2018 edition of Communiquéby Karen Dyck, Executive Director, The Manitoba Law Foundation.]

The Manitoba Law Foundation’s Board of Directors recently met to allocate and approve the Foundation’s statutory and discretionary grants for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. The Legal Profession Act provides in s.90(1) that the Foundation allocate specific portions of interest on lawyers’ trust accounts received in the previous fiscal year to The Legal Aid Society of Manitoba (50% or a minimum of $1,007,629) and The Law Society of Manitoba (16.67% or a minimum of $335,383) for its educational purposes and to offset the cost of monitoring trust accounts.

Due in large part to increases in the prime rate in 2017, Foundation revenues for the year ending March 31, 2018 were significantly higher than has been the case in recent years. Based upon that income, the Foundation was able to allocate statutory grants for 2018/2019 as follows:

The Legal Aid Services Society                           $1,607,151
The Law Society of Manitoba                                $ 535,824

In addition to the required grants paid under the provisions of the Act, the Foundation also makes discretionary grants under s.90(4) and in accordance with the objects of the Foundation. These grants are allocated from the surplus at the end of the previous fiscal year after the deduction of operating expenses, mandatory grants, and, in years when revenues are sufficient and where the Reserve requires it, a contribution to the Foundation’s Reserve for Future Grants.

For 2018/2019, the Foundation’s board approved 12 discretionary grants totaling $851,666 to:


Community Legal Education Association (General)

$ 50,000 

CLEA (Law Phone-In and Lawyer Referral Service)

$ 60,000

Community Unemployed Help Centre

$ 20,000

E.K. Williams Library (Faculty of Law)

$ 82,000

Faculty of Law Sessional Program

$ 95,166

Legal Help Centre

$ 80,000

Legal Research Institute (Faculty of Law)

$ 80,000

Manitoba Law Reform Commission

$ 92,500

Native Law Centre (University of Saskatchewan)

$ 12,000 

Pro Bono Students Canada (Manitoba Chapter)

 $ 14,000

Public Interest Law Centre (Legal Aid Manitoba) 

$180,000

University Law Centre (Legal Aid Manitoba)

$ 86,000

In addition, the Foundation has approved two Small Grant Applications. Dr. Michael Weinrath of University of Winnipeg’s Criminal Justice Department was awarded a grant of $4,986 for the Winnipeg Police Diversion Research Project. Level was awarded a grant of $7,100 for delivery of their Indigenous Youth Outreach Program in Manitoba.

Through these direct grants into the community, The Manitoba Law Foundation is able to fulfill its mission of advancing legal knowledge, fostering excellence within the legal profession and facilitating community understanding of the justice system.

For more information on the Foundation’s granting or any of the organizations funded by The Manitoba Law Foundation, please visit our website or contact us directly at: info@manitobalawfoundation.org.

Manitoba eLaw – New Edition – Labour and Employment Law

The October 2018 edition, No. 33, has just been released.

In this Issue

  • Letters of Guidance Not Disciplinary: MBQB
  • No Reason Needed for Termination of Independent Contractor: MBQB
  • Injunctions Rarely Granted in Constitutional Challenges: MBQB
  • Other Court Decisions
  • Inappropriate Social Media Use and the Workplace: MBLA
  • Legislative Update
  • New Parental Sharing Benefit to be Implemented Early
  • Report of Modernizing Federal Labour Standards
  • Reports on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Recommended Reading
  • 2018 Isaac Pitblado Lectures
  • Annual Manitoba Labour Law Review
  • CBA Conference