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Lawyers top up war chest to face prolonged strike

A general strike by lawyers and notaries who work for the Quebec government shows no signs of abating as the province is remaining firm while the union has received the approval of the overwhelming majority of its members to shore up its war chest and prolong the work stoppage at least until the end of the year

The Supreme Court has given its first guidance on when organizations may disclose an individual’s “less sensitive” personal information to others based on that individual’s “implied consent.”

Disputes about the appointment of a guardian of property and/or personal care for incapable individuals are on the rise. With an aging population, these types of disputes made under the Substitute Decisions Act (SDA) have become much more prevalent, but they are by no means limited to the elderly.

In one of the first decisions to deal with the anti-SLAPP (strategic litigation against public participation) provisions in s. 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act (CJA), a deputy judge has refused to dismiss the defamation claim of a politician in respect of statements posted online by an individual affiliated with a political advocacy group.

Louise Woollcombe remembers once meeting a job candidate at 6 a.m.
Even though the workday technically only began at 9, the candidate was typically in the office by 7, and Woollcombe said, “they didn’t feel it was appropriate to meet during business hours.”
So an early-morning meeting was the best option.