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Supreme Court limits when accused drunk drivers can get breathalyzer logs

October 26, 2018 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada’s top court has set new limits for defendants trying to beat a drunk-driving charge in a ruling that may have consequences for anyone accused of being high behind the wheel. What the Supreme Court of Canada laid

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Waitress who refused sexual advances from boss awarded $52,000

October 23, 2018 Peter Rakobowchuk - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A waitress who was harassed after refusing sexual advances from the owner of a Montreal restaurant has been awarded $52,000 by a Quebec labour relations tribunal. In a decision this month, the tribunal found Anissa Berrad had been

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Aviva considers appeal in $3.4-million sexual abuse claims dispute

October 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Canada is considering whether to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada after the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ruled last week that the insurer must pay a Catholic diocese about $3.4 million towards costs of

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When keeping customer’s car keys is not “custody” of a car

October 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Northbridge has to pay out on a hotel’s liability insurance policy resulting from theft of a guest’s car, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in a decision released Friday. Lombard, now known as Northbridge, provided both property and liability insurance

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Aviva ordered to pay $3.3 million in compensation to Catholic diocese

October 21, 2018 The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Court of Appeal has ordered an insurance company to pay over $3.3 million to the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst to cover the cost of compensation for decades of sexual abuse by priests. In a ruling released

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Supreme Court to decide limits of pollution liability indemnification

October 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Does a pollution liability indemnification agreement made in 1985 by a provincial government apply when the same government tries to force companies to pay environmental remediation costs 26 years later? Ontario judges disagree, so the question is now before the

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Driver ticketed for smoking pot in car one hour after legalization

October 18, 2018 The Canadian Press

Winnipeg police issued a ticket on the first day of cannabis legalization. Police posted a picture of a ticket for consuming cannabis in a motor vehicle on Twitter. The ticket carries a $672 fine. Police say the ticket was issued

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Courts examine how condo corporations recoup common-area repair costs

October 17, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A dispute between a condominium corporation and a unit owner – ultimately arising from frozen water pipes – has landed at the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2015, the condominium board of the Erindale Village complex passed a resolution requiring

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This province to see stiffer penalties for distracted driving

October 17, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Manitoba drivers who use a hand-held cellphone behind the wheel will face stiffer penalties as of Nov. 1. Fines will jump to $672 from $203, and the number of demerit points will increase to five from two. Drivers

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Appeal court nixes $100K awarded for lost income

October 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A plaintiff who was injured in an auto accident has had her award cut by $100,000 because she is not entitled to compensation for loss of income, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled. Yi Gao sued Brian Dietrich

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The lengths to which this lawyer went to represent her auto accident victim

October 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the appeal of a personal injury lawyer who is out of pocket $30,000 after she tried to prevent a hospital from taking a vehicle accident claimant off life support. The lawyer

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Police make arrests in alleged vehicle cloning operation

October 4, 2018 The Canadian Press

Edmonton police say three people face charges in an alleged vehicle identification number cloning operation. Police say they uncovered the scheme last week when they searched a home, where they say they found a stolen BMW and Mercedes, as well