43-3: Emergencies and the Law Archives - LawNow Magazine

The Evolution of the War Measures Act

“We are living in extraordinary times,” opined Anglin J in Re Gray (1918) 57 SCR 150, “which necessitate the taking of extraordinary measures.” It was 1918, the final year of the First World War, and the extraordinary measures at issue were powers exercised by the government pursuant to the federal War Measures Act, 1914 (5 […]


Marjun Parcasio
Marjun Parcasio is an associate practicing in international arbitration and business and human rights at Hogan Lovells International LLP in London, England.

Updated Rules Protect Albertans from Disaster

The Emergency Management Amendment Act is now in effect, providing communities with an easy reference as they develop and refine their emergency management plans and programs. “We have all seen the number and severity of disasters increase over the years – and every time a major event happens, we learn from it. By updating our […]


Government of Alberta
This article is reprinted with the permission of the Government of Alberta.

The Emergency Medical Aid Act and Emergency Situations

The New Testament story of the Good Samaritan is familiar to most people with even a basic knowledge of Christian teachings. Briefly, Jesus is reputed to have been asked “who is my neighbour?” In other words, give us an example of what would constitute an act of compassion for a stranger in trouble. So, Jesus […]


Donna L. Gee
Donna L. Gee
Donna L. Gee is the Managing Partner of Guardian Law Group, LLP a Calgary-based law firm. Her preferred areas of practice include Elder Law; Wills, Estates and Estate Law; and Guardianship and Trusteeship matters. She is also past president of the Canadian Bar Association National Elder Law section.

Liability of Volunteers in Natural Disaster Emergencies

 Introduction Alberta has recently suffered several sudden, prominent, ruinous natural calamities: the 2012 wildfires in Slave Lake, the 2013 flood in southern Alberta, and the 2016 wildfire in Fort McMurray.  The 2013 flood affected hundreds of thousands of people and took five lives.  It is the most costly natural disaster in Canadian history with damages […]


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

Lila Swiatylo
Lila Swiatylo recently earned a B.Comm from the University of Calgary.

Kristen Leinweber
Kristen Leinweber is currently a business student at the University of Calgary.

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