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Update on Medical Assistance in Dying: Bill C-14

On April 15, 2016, the Liberal government responded to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5  by introducing Bill C-14 into the House of Commons for first reading. While Bill C-14 addresses many of the issues raised by the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, it appears to ignore one of the committee’s key recommendations, namely, that medical assistance in dying be available to patients with non-terminal illnesses who are not near death. It also leaves some matters to be determined by provincial governments, health care institutions and regulatory bodies for physicians and nurse practitioners.

The new IoC: Would you like a consent form with that shirt?

Waves of smart clothing will be hitting the market in the coming years.  A variation on the Internet of Things, the Internet of Clothes (IoC), will have its own unique issues.

Consumers and retailers will not be used to the privacy and security issues that come with the sensitive information that might be collected regarding the location, use, wear, wash and disposal of clothing.

Does the BC Privacy Act trump Facebook's terms of use? The SCC will weigh in

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to entertain arguments in the appeal of Douez v. Facebook, Inc., 2015 BCCA 279. 

At the heart of the case is whether BC residents can rely on the legislative protections in the Privacy Act, or whether Facebook can rely on its terms of use as a contract which trumps BC law and jurisdiction.  The decision may have wide ranging ramifications for privacy rights on the internet: are privacy rights fundamental and inalienable human rights, or can (must) we contract out of them when we agree to use a webpage or web-service?

Local government involvement in spill response - Bill 21

On February 29, 2016, the Province of British Columbia introduced Bill-21 amending the Environmental Management Act, (“EMA”).  Bill 21 sets out a new spill preparedness, response and recovery regime, and - if passed - will repeal sections 79 and 80 of the EMA, which set out the current spill prevention and response regime.  You can read Bill 21 here.  The Province's explanation of Bill 21 can be found

Water Sustainability Act – transition highlights

Most of the British Columbia’s new Water Sustainability Act (the “Act”) came into force on February 29, 2016, accompanied by the following regulations: the Water Sustainability Regulation, the Groundwater Protection Regulation, the Dam Safety Regulation, the Water Sustainability Fees, Rentals and Charges Tariff Regulation and the Water Districts Regulation.  Section 18 of the Act – quick licensing procedure – is not yet in force.


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