Corner Brook (City) v Bailey: Insurers and Defence Counsel Breathe...

On July 23, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Corner Brook (City) v Bailey, 2021 SCC 29. The Court allowed the appeal and reinstated the stay of the third party claim. Background Bailey suffered injuries when she struck pedestrian worker, Temple, and Temple’s employer’s vehicle. Bailey sued Temple’s employer (the City […]

The Jones Act, Offshore Wind Projects and the Implications for...

A piece of United States federal legislation may provide Nova Scotia’s ports with inadvertent economic benefits. The Jones Act is a piece of protectionist legislation that was enacted by the United States Congress following the First World War. Its purpose is to stimulate the shipping industry in the United States, protect American jobs, and to […]

The Volunteer Protection Act: How to Protect Your Volunteers

In 2002, Nova Scotia established the Volunteer Protection Act (the “Act”). The Act was created to protect volunteers working for non-profit organizations. The Act defines a “volunteer” as an individual performing services for a non-profit organization. This individual must not receive compensation (money or anything else with value) other than compensation for expenses that were […]

Too Big to Fail: Recent Cybersecurity Incidents Highlight Critical Infrastructure...

Click here to view PDF version. As the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout continues to challenge health care systems, supply chains, and essential services around the world, the growing cybersecurity threat of ransomware must be addressed by policy makers given its potential impact on already strained critical infrastructure networks. What is ransomware? Ransomware is a […]

July 20, 2021

Recent Developments in Retroactive Child Support

The recent decisions in Michel v Graydon, 2020 SCC 24 and Colucci v Colucci, 2021 SCC 24 have changed how the courts address applications for retroactive child support and the rescission of child support arrears. The new approach to retroactive child support intertwines the principles of leading cases to create a simplified framework. The framework […]

NL’s Statutory Review of the Access to Information and Protection...

On 9 June 2021 the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador released Statutory Review 2020 of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 (ATIPPA). The Review recommends changes to provisions to ATIPPA that will be of interest to business entities engaged with public bodies in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Review, conducted by former […]

July 16, 2021

Legal Transition: A Guide to Updating Your Legal Identify to...

Legal Transition Transitioning is a process in which an individual transitions their gender presentation – this process looks different for each individual. A key part of this process can include what is known as a “legal transition”. A legal transition involves updating legal documents to reflect an individual’s name and gender marker. Whether or not […]

Wrongful Dismissal Damages – Are CERB, EI, STD, LTD and...

After an employee has been terminated from their employment, there are a variety of benefits they may be eligible to receive, depending upon their circumstances. Benefits that an employee receives during the reasonable notice period need to be taken into consideration by an employer (and employee) when assessing liability for wrongful dismissal. In some circumstances, […]

This Month in NS Family Law – June 2021

Colucci v. Colucci, 2021 SCC 24 Martin J., Wagner C.J. and Abella, Moldaver, Karakatsanis, Côté, Brown, Rowe and Kasirer JJ. Concurring Issues: Retroactive child support | Rescinding child support arrears This Supreme Court of Canada decision created a new approach to retroactive child support and arrears. The parties had a nine-year marriage. The mother has […]

More than Just a Stamp: Proposed Vaccine Passports Raise Privacy...

Click here to view PDF version. As the number of Canadians receiving COVID-19 vaccines continues to rise, vaccine passports are now sparking discussion as a means to return to “normal”.  However, privacy commissioners and ombudspersons across Canada have stressed that these proposed tools raise a host of privacy and data security concerns, many of which […]