New Service – Current Awareness

In library jargon, current awareness is the process of keeping clients up to date on new issues in their area of interest. In the legal profession, that function is served by publishers of newsletters, bulletins, and newspapers.

Through our subscriptions, we can provide you with topical commentary in many areas of law. Rather than list them all, I’ll start off with a general one: LawSource Case Notes.  This issue’s contents include digests on Civil Practice and Procedure, Construction Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Family Law, Immigration and Citizenship, Insurance, Pensions, Public Law, Real Property, Remedies, and Tax.

If you would like to receive LawSource Case Notes, please email us at library@lawsociety.mb.ca so we can set up a distribution list.

Here’s your first issue for review: LawSource Case Notes 2018-22

Latest Edition of Communiqué

The Law Society of Manitoba’s newsletter, Communiqué, has just been released. It contains lots of important information, including our new address (for the law society itself, the library isn’t moving).

Tana Christianson, Director, Insurance writes about an iTunes gift card scam, there’s a notice of a judicial vacancy in the Northwest Territories, the discipline case digest directs you to two new decisions, and much more.

Legislative Updates: Royal Assent

The following Acts received Royal Assent on June 4, 2018:

Confirm whether the bill requires proclamation by reviewing the Bill Status.

 

eLaw Labour and Employment Law Update

Lots to unpack in the latest Labour and Employment eLaw update:

  • Supreme Court of Canada upheld a BC appeal tribunal’s ruling that the owner of a forest property on which an independent contractor’s employee was killed while felling trees was an employer within the meaning of the Workers Compensation Act and could be fined for failure to meet its safety obligations.
  • SCC scrutinized Quebec’s pay equity regime in two decisions: 2018 SCC 17 and 2018 SCC 18
  • SCC confirmed that employers have a duty to accommodate workers who have suffered work place injuries: 2018 SCC 3
  • MBCA: Unsuccessful appeal of bad faith claim: 2018 MBCA 22

And much more.

SCC to Release Appeals re Trinity Western University-Updated

This Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision on Trinity Western University et al v. Law Society of Upper Canada and Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University et al. These appeals, heard at the same time, concern the denial of accreditation by the law societies of a proposed new law school at Trinity Western. At issue is a community covenant students would be required to sign, based on Evangelical Christian principles of Biblical teachings and morality.

Each appeal was allowed numerous interveners to join (TWU v. LSUC, LSBC v. TWU).

Much has been written about the arguments so far, and there will be more analysis to come. This post will be updated on Friday with a link to the decision.

CanLII Connects re TWU v. LSUC, LSBC v. TWU

theCourt.ca re TWU

Decisions:

Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 33

Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University, 2018 SCC 32