Category Archives: Civil Litigation

Case Comment: Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v British Columbia (AG)

Case Comment: Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v British Columbia (AG) The recent Supreme Court of Canada [“SCC”] decision in Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v. British Columbia (AG)[1] may have far-reaching ramifications for those of us concerned about … Continue reading

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Employment Standards Appeals Are Lengthy and Difficult, Yet Meant to Protect the Vulnerable: Case Comment on 639299 Alberta Ltd v Meganathan

This post comments on a recent Employment Standards Umpire decision, 639299 Alberta Ltd v Meganathan, 2013 CanLII 87001 [Bistro India], which was unusual in that it required seven days of hearing. The employer, a numbered company which operated a restaurant, … Continue reading

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Repost from ABlawg.ca: Constraining a Landlord’s Ability to Terminate a Residential Tenancy by Raising the Rent

Please find below a link to an interesting article published today on ABlawg.ca by Professor Jonnette Watson Hamilton of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. The article comments on Milner’s Aloha Mobile Home Park (1998) Ltd v Jenkins, 2014 ABQB 229 … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

A recent report on the discovery of body lice in Edmonton’s homeless population is a reminder of the daily challenges faced by low-income individuals.  While body lice appears to be primarily a problem for those without homes, even those who … Continue reading

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Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument (OPCA) Litigants

Jonnette Watson Hamilton has posted on ABlawg.ca a very useful summary of and commentary on Justice Rooke’s recent 156 page decision on Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument (OPCA) Litigants.  This issue is relevant to practitioners of poverty law as desperate low-income individuals are … Continue reading

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Class Action Certified and Other TFW News

On March 5, 2012, the British Columbia Supreme Court certified a class action lawsuit involving current and former temporary foreign workers for Denny’s Restaurants in the case of  Dominguez v. Northland Properties Corporation, 2012 BCSC 328 (CanLII). There are approximately … Continue reading

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“Bait and Switch”: Requiring Employers to Pay Temporary Foreign Workers the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Wage Rates

Many of the Clients of the ECLC are Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) who are in “low-skilled” (and therefore low-paying) positions.  Unfortunately, these individuals often find themselves in difficult situations because they are vulnerable on multiple levels: they are low-income, English … Continue reading

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