Blog relating law to life

Foreclosures in Alberta: The return of the ’80s?

When the pandemic hit, mortgage companies quickly realized the potential for a large upswing in mortgage defaults due to job losses. As a result, many offered homeowners an opportunity to defer their mortgage payments for up to six months. The CBC recently reported that Albertans took lenders up on this offer and deferred more than […]

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Judith Hanebury
Judith Hanebury, QC received an LLB and an LLM from the University of Calgary. She recently retired after 14 years as a Master in Chambers in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary.
 

EMPLOYMENT | Enhanced Job Security for Federal Workers

It is an outcome that is anchored in parliamentary intention, statutory language, arbitral jurisprudence, and labour relations practice. To decide otherwise would fundamentally undermine Parliament’s remedial purpose. – Wilson v Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., 2016 SCC 29 at para 69 Employment security is something every worker is concerned about, especially during a pandemic. It […]

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Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

Curtis Birch-Lucas
Curtis Birch-Lucas is a recent graduate of the Master of Management program at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.
 

LAW & LITERATURE | Richard Wright’s Native Son: Dread in Chicago’s desolate South Side

As I write, impassioned protests in Kenosha and elsewhere attest to the anguish experienced by many Americans at the racialized violence meted out to African Americans. The incomprehensible shooting in the back of Jacob Blake, father of three, by a white police officer is the latest in a string of recent shootings and assaults. Shocking […]

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Rob Normey
Rob Normey is a lawyer who has practised in Edmonton for many years and is a long-standing member of several human rights organizations.
 

Mechanisms for Relief from Contractual Obligations in the Realm of COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has directly impacted society as a whole. But what really is COVID-19? It is a member of the coronavirus family of viruses. When virologists first studied this class of viruses, they used microscopy to view these viruses. The viruses appeared to have a faint halo, which advanced microscopy techniques later determined […]

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James McTague
James McTague
James McTague is an Associate at Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP in Edmonton, Alberta.
 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT | Charity and Non-Profit Law Case Update

The COVID-19 pandemic lead to numerous court proceedings being postponed. So, some important charity and non-profit cases may well remain in limbo as I write this. But, both internationally and domestically, the last few months have also seen some major decisions on a range of sector issues. Aga v Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada […]

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Peter Broder
Peter Broder is Policy Analyst and General Counsel at The Muttart Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation.
 

Lights! Camera! Music!

For over a century, music has been used in film to not only enhance the viewing experience, but it has become very much an integral part of the film. For example, it is hard to imagine watching Star Wars without the score by legendary composer John Williams. Songs, by especially popular artists, can also rise […]

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Gregory Pang
Gregory Pang
Gregory has been practising law since 2009 in the areas of business, trademark and entertainment law. He is also a co-host of the Legal Cut Pro entertainment law podcast and has been a sessional instructor at MacEwan University. Before his law career, Gregory worked in film and television for five years in various roles from being a locations PA to being a business coordinator in marketing/distribution. While Gregory takes his clients' matters seriously, he believes in having fun with the law by running panels and mock trials at the Calgary and Edmonton Comic Expos and participating in Nerd Nite.
 

Aftershocks: COVID-19 and the “new normal” for family lawyers

When the world feels like it is off its axis and everything is changing at an unprecedented pace, sometimes it helps to remember what has NOT changed as we grapple with what has. Things that have not changed: Families continue to require compassionate and thorough assistance to get their lives in order following a separation. […]

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Erika Hagen
Erika Hagen
Erika Hagen is a partner at Crerar Badejo Hagen Family Law Group in Edmonton. Erika practices exclusively in the area of family law and is on the Board of Directors for CPLEA.
 

My Brain Needs a Rating System!

In the past few months, lack of access to my regular activities has “forced” me to make significant behavioural changes to my daily routine. Some people may have taken the opportunity to get in better physical shape or learn a new language. I will be the honest voice and admit that I have mostly increased […]

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Nathalie Tremblay
Nathalie Tremblay
Nathalie Tremblay, MEd, is the Education Design and Evaluation Specialist at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.
 

COVID-19 Tracing Apps: Are they secure enough to protect the right of privacy?

It is almost impossible to know somebody who does not have a smartphone they use for almost every purpose: to send e-mails, to search for a new apartment or to navigate using the map features. The technology seems limitless. If a new problem arrives, technology can present an answer or an effective resolution. For this […]

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Carolina Albuquerque
Carolina Albuquerque
Carolina Albuquerque is a lawyer who graduated in Brazil. She moved to Calgary and is enrolled in the law program at the University of Calgary. She is also involved in volunteer programs that provide support for women.
 

CRIMINAL | Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?

One Ontario Court of Justice judge says accused cannot plead guilty by phone In R. v. Candelaria, 2020 ONCJ 194, Justice Downes ruled, amidst the adjustments the courts have had to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that an accused cannot plead guilty via telephone. This means, according to Justice Downes, an accused can only […]

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Melody Izadi
Melody is a criminal defence lawyer with the firm Caramanna Friedberg LLP, located in Toronto, Ontario.
 


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