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.
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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.
There are obviously some perks that come with power and influence. In most of the democratic world, it also comes with some transparency requirements.
Barack Obama, apparently a Game of Thrones fan, was reportedly provided with an advance copy of the new season.
The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to entertain arguments in the appeal of Douez v. Facebook, Inc., 2015 BCCA 279.
Bill 4 – 2016 Fire Safety Act ( the “new FSA”) progressed through first reading on February 15, 2016. It is intended to modernize the regulatory framework for fire safety in B.C. and and replaces the Fire Services Act, RSBC 1996, c. 144 which had not been substantially updated since 1979.
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
On February 29, 2016, an Alberta woman suffering from amynotrophic lateral sclerolsis (“ALS”), became the first person in Canada to obtain a physician-assisted death.
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.