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Trojan Horse or Existential Threat: The SCC takes on Carbon Charges

October 06, 2020 - For two days in the last week of September 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada was seized with hearings into three related cases in a matter whose outcome is likely to chart an important future course for Canadian jurisprudence, both concerning the global climate crisis and the appropriate calibration of the constitutional division of powers. By any account, it has the potential of culminating into one of most significant Supreme Court rulings to date.

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Faculty Book Recommendations 2020

October 07, 2020 - From historical fiction to judicial memoirs - this list of thought-provoking books recommended by our faculty will inspire, engage and educate.

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Maximizing Virtual Learning

October 15, 2020 - With the move to virtual learning for much of the academic year, a new set of challenges comes with a different form of schooling. Virtual learning takes more effort on the part of the learner. This shift means that students should be reflective on what is or isn’t working in the learning process, and to adapt as needed.

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Not Waiving, but Drowning: Supreme Court of Canada Kills Waiver of Tort as an Independent Cause of Action

July 24, 2020 - After decades of uncertainty in the area of class actions and tort law, waiver of tort is dead. In its decision in Atlantic Lottery Corp Inc v Babstock, released this morning, the Supreme Court of Canada killed off the concept once and for all, holding that, “[t]his novel cause of action does not exist in Canadian law and has no reasonable chance of succeeding at trial.

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Dean Chamberlain's Top 10 Highlights from the 2019-20 Academic Year

June 18, 2020 - The world has changed dramatically over the last few months, and sometimes it’s hard to remember our pre-COVID circumstances. But I’ve been reflecting on the great year we had at Western Law, and wanted to share my top 10 highlights, in no particular order.

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