Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a pair of big wins to Canadian unions. Both judgments relate to public sector unions, but may have important implications for labour law more generally. In both cases, the Court has undermined its own precedent.
Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada (Attorney General)… Continue Reading
A recent decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal has opened the door for awarding punitive damages to surviving dependants under Alberta’s Fatal Accidents Act (the “FAA”). The FAA creates a statutory cause of action for dependants of deceased persons where death was caused by a wrongful act. Similar legislation in other provinces has been held to preclude claims for punitive and other non-compensatory damages. Until now, the availability of punitive damages under the FAA was uncertain.
Steinkrauss v. Afridi is a medical malpractice case. The deceased, Mrs. Steinkrauss, was a patient of Dr. Afridi. She sued … Continue Reading
The Supreme Court of Canada is set to revisit the test for Aboriginal title when it hears an appeal from the British Columbia Court of Appeal’s decision in William v. British Columbia this November. This appeal will be of particular significance to parties engaged in resource development, as it stands to affect the strength of claims to Aboriginal title over traditional territory, as well as claims to the right to fish and hunt in a given area. The trial judgment and the Court of Appeal took a restrictive view of the test for establishing Aboriginal title where proof of such … Continue Reading
The British Columbia Court of Appeal may soon consider the test for a purchaser or vendor in the “secondary market” to obtain leave to commence an action for misrepresentation under Part 16.1 the BC Securities Act. Leave to appeal has been filed by the plaintiff in Round v. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. This will be the first time any court of appeal in Canada will have the opportunity to consider the issue.
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