Author Archives: Gavin Magrath

All Three Rail Workers Acquitted in Lac Megantic Trial

In the early morning hours of 6 July 2013 a train parked outside Lac Megantic QC and laden with crude oil began rolling towards the town and derailed in a massive conflagration that claimed 47 lives and devastated the small … Continue reading

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Global Affairs Canada creates Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise

On 17 January 2018 the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, announced the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE). The office will be within Global Affairs Canada and is mandated to investigate allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian … Continue reading

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Limitation period for Excessive Force Claim runs from dismissal of Charges

On 7 December 2017 the Ontario Court of Appeal handed down a decision in the matter of Winmill v. Woodstock (Police Services Board) that appears to extend the time period in which an alleged victim of police misconduct can bring a claim … Continue reading

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Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada at SCC for TWU vs LSUC

On 30 November and 1 December LRWC attended at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) to intervene in the twin appeals of Trinity Western University (TWU) and the Law Societies of BC and Ontario over their refusal to accredit TWU’s proposed law school. … Continue reading

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Gavin Magrath quoted re Churchill MB and Omnitrax

Gavin Magrath has recently been quoted several times in articles discussing the ongoing commercial disputes between Omnitrax LLC, owner of the Hudson’s Bay Rail line to Churchill, MB, and the Federal Government as well as at least to consortia of … Continue reading

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Service Outside Hague Convention

This appeal considered the validity of service of a Statement of Claim in accordance with The Hague Convention on defendants located in a state that is not a party to that Convention. The Court confirmed that in such states service in accordance with the Ontario rules is sufficient, and that service under our rules does not conflict with the domestic sovereignty of the state in which the defendants are resident. Continue reading

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Canadian Government suspends implementation of Anti-Spam Provisions

The Government of Canada announced earlier this month that the implementation of provisions granting a private right of action to individuals would not come into force this July 1st as originally scheduled. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) was an initiative of … Continue reading

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CBSA Delays e-Manifest Implementation

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) published Customs Notice 17-15 yesterday, which delays the mandatory implementation date for the e-Manifest program indefinitely. This expected announcement replaces Notice 16-23, under which e-Manifest would have been mandatory for all filings beginning 1 … Continue reading

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Canada lifts Sanctions vs Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Canada is repealing its sanctions against Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia under the United Nations Act. Pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolutions 2283 (Côte d’Ivoire) and 2288 (Liberia), and based on … Continue reading

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Interim Rules Concern Canadian Drone Operators

While anticipated regulations have not yet been published, the Minister has provided an Interim Order restricting the flight of recreational drones in Canada. Continue reading

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