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A recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision illustrates the risks that can be involved in fixed term employment contracts. It also illustrates the value in obtaining legal advice before signing an employment contract. The case involved Mr. Quach.  He landed...

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“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was” (Joseph Hall).   Words, once spoken, can be impossible to ever take back. This includes social media posts. Social...

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Imagine that you have a very good case against a large player. Maybe your case is against the government for something terrible it did. Maybe it is against a large corporation for wrongful dismissal or some other wrong. Maybe it...

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In Greig v Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company, the British Columbia Supreme Court recently chastised another long term disability (LTD) provider for wrongfully denying benefits to an injured employee. Mr. Greig was employed by a British Columbia school district and...

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Last week, we looked at the much anticipated Vavilov decision, in which the Supreme Court of Canada rewrote the analytical framework to be applied in judicial reviews of administrative decisions. The Court applied this new framework in the second decision, Bell...

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The Supreme Court of Canada recently released three much anticipated administrative law decisions. This week we will look at the first decision. Next week we will discuss the other two. All three decisions relate to the “standard of review” applied...

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We couldn't help but share again this adaptation we wrote last year, based on a favorite seasonal song... Do you remember me?I sat upon your kneeI wrote to you with childhood fantasiesA grown-up lawyer now,I still have hope somehow,I'm not a...

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This time of year, many of us are busy preparing for the upcoming holiday season. It is important to remember that the two biggest holidays of the year – Christmas and Easter- arise from one faith tradition. Of course, not everyone shares...

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The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) regulates the practice of law within the province. Recently it identified eight individuals and businesses that were misrepresenting themselves as lawyers. The LSBC required them to sign written commitments stating that they won’t practice...

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What is the “right to be forgotten”? Does it exist in Canada? This right arises from a 2014 decision of the European Union Court of Justice, commonly referred to as the “Google Spain” decision.  Google Spain Decision The case arose from announcements published...

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