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  • Image: "Rep of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Canada apologizes for their role in residential schools" by The United Church of Canada is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Recently, the remains of 215 children were discovered in unmarked mass graves on the site of Kamloops Residential School. There is a sense that there may be more. That sites like this may exist elsewhere in Canada. The school was operated by...

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Some Canadian provinces, including B.C., are implementing travel restrictions amid fears of covid-19. The federal government's mandatory testing and hotel quarantining for travelers entering Canada is currently being challenged in the courts.  In January, 2021, after seeking legal advice, B.C. premier John Horgan...

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She has been called Canada’s Erin Brockovich.  Erin Brockovich, of course, was the single mother whose crusade for justice was depicted in the movie bearing her name, staring Julia Roberts. Ms. Brockovich was a law clerk. Without formal legal training, she put...

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The BC Human Rights Tribunal recently awarded its highest injury to dignity award yet. The recipient was an employee who experienced race-related discrimination at work. The case was heard in two stages. First, the Tribunal decided if discrimination had occurred.  In July,...

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If in the past 18 years you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury at work, you will know what it is like to encounter British Columbia’s Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB or the Board). B.C.’s workers compensation system is...

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Few people wish for their case to make ground breaking law. Few desire fame through a court decision.  I was reminded recently of a tragic example of a famous Canadian case. Up to the late 1970s, women who claimed a beneficial share of...

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Clearly, some members of society are being left behind amid responses to  corona virus. Women, the disabled and the impoverished are particularly affected. Between March and June, schools in B.C. and Alberta abruptly closed. Alberta’s government is closing middle and high schools again...

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In 2002, the provincial government amended the Workers’ Compensation Act. The amendments made it more difficult for injured workers to receive compensation for their workplace injuries. Earlier this year, B.C.’s Workers Compensation Act was amended. Significantly, a legislative provision which had attempted...

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Lately, there is a dichotomy within B.C.’s justice system. As a result of concerns over COVID-19, B.C. courts have largely shut down, allowing only “urgent and essential matters” to proceed. This is a topic unto itself. Though efforts are certainly being made...

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The Supreme Court of Canada recently released a decision that considered whether a clause in Uber’s contracts is legally valid. Mr. David Heller, an Uber driver, challenged a provision in Uber’s contract. To become an Uber driver, Mr. Heller had to accept,...

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