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Many assume that, with the advent of privacy statutes, companies have been required to notify their customers, or the relevant statutory authority, in the case of a data breach or improper accessing of customer data.  However, to date, for the vast majority of provinces and territories in Canada, that has not been the case, and the choice of whether or not to tell even those ...

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Privilege in Canada has, over the last 20 years, been raised by the Canadian courts to quasi-constitutional status. As recently as 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada reaffirmed both the paramountcy of solicitor client privilege and litigation privilege. Given this context, it was surprising that, in 2016, the Federal Court questioned the existence of common interest ...
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The British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) recently released its first decision considering the application of BC's new limitations statute in the context of security enforcement generally and foreclosure practice specifically. The new limitations statute reduced the limitation period for contractual claims and security enforcement from six years to two years, and ...

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The recent Olympic coverage of ski-cross and slope style events in PyeongChang, combined with a cold snap and snow across B.C. (even in Vancouver), will likely inspire skiers and snowboarders to try some extreme moves of their own on the slopes. However, before launching yourself off a cliff to mimic an Olympian, it might be worth considering the legal context of such extreme ...

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Over the years, the courts have sought to protect the public interest in ascertaining the truth in civil litigation proceedings while at the same time affording protection to the privacy interests of the parties involved. The Court of Appeal for British Columbia recently addressed this issue in Duncan v. Lessing, 2018 BCCA 9, when affirming that the statutory tort of ...

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Over the years, the courts have developed various remedies to allow for the recovery of money in circumstances where fairness simply demands it. These remedies arise in situations where there is no legal or contractual relationship between the parties that might otherwise ground such a claim.  Situations like this arise where one person pays another sums of money under the ...

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Can a court bind something that knows no bounds? The Supreme Court of Canada did just that recently when it upheld a British Columbia Court of Appeal decision to grant an interlocutory worldwide injunction against Google, requiring it to de-index certain websites from its global search results, where such websites were being used to sell merchandise in violation of several ...

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Posted in Civil Procedure

On June 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (the "SCC") delivered its decision in Teal Cedar Products Ltd. v. British Columbia, 2017 SCC 32 [“Teal Cedar”]. The decision affirms the SCC's prior ruling that narrowly construes the types of issues which are questions of law for the purpose of an appeal to a court from an arbitration ruling in British Columbia, and mandates a ...

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Posted in Privacy

The Government of Canada has suspended the implementation of the private right of action in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL).

The provisions in connection with CASL’s private right of action were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017.  They would have given people the ability to seek damages against those who contravene certain sections of CASL, including ...

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On May 18, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to hear an appeal in an important case that could further define the nature and extent of the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal people, including the previously unresolved question as to whether the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal people can be triggered by legislative action.

Background – When Does the Crown Duty ...

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