Monday’s Mix

Date:November 21, 2016

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from seventy recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Canadian Appeals Monitor 2. The Court 3. Eloïse Gratton 4. AvoidAClaim 5. Michael Geist

Canadian Appeals Monitor
Policyholders stay tuned: final word on the LEG 2/96 defective workmanship exclusion yet to come

As we reported here, the BC Court of Appeal in Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc. v. Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company grappled with the proper interpretation of the LEG 2/96 defective workmanship exclusion common in many builder’s risk insurance policies. Applying general principles of contract interpretation the Court held that the exclusion is restricted to denying only those costs that would have been incurred to prevent the damage from happening. Having been unsuccessful on the appeal, the Insurers filed an application for leave to the Supreme Court of Canada. …

The Court
A Search for the Forgotten and Forsaken: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

National inquiries have historically been reserved for the gravest matters of public concern. Since 1980, the RCMP has reported 1,181 homicides and long-term disappearances of Indigenous women in Canada. Some advocates believe the number to be as high as 4,000―that is 4,000 women that have been killed, or lost, or both. This past August, the federal government unveiled their plan to address the ongoing tragedy of violence against Indigenous women in Canada. …

Eloïse Gratton
When is Pseudonymous Data Not Personal Information ?

The 2016 Brussels Privacy Symposium which took place last week (November 8th) is the first annual academic program jointly presented by the Brussels Privacy Hub of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF). The all-day workshop is titled: Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymization and Pseudonymization. Khaled El Emam, Jules Polonetsky, Luk Arbuckle and myself have co-authored and submitted an article entitled The Seven States of Data: When is Pseudonymous Data Not Personal Information? …

The Stresses & Challenges of Being a Lawyer: When Technology Doesn’t Help

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