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December 24, 2009

The Law Society Library will be closing at noon on December 24, and re-opening on January 4th, 2010. Happy Holidays!

Section 12 of the Traffic Safety (Drivers' Licences and Hand-held Electronic Communications Equipment) Amendment Act, 2009, S.S. 2009, c. 35 (Bill 116) is proclaimed into force, effective January 1, 2010.

December 23, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 51, December 18, 2009:

  • SR 111/2009 The Ministerial Assistant Employment Amendment Regulations, 2009

December 18, 2009

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced the appointment of Barbara J. Tomkins, Q.C. as judge of the Provincial Court for Regina. For more information please view the government's news release.

December 17, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a hearing re Albert Angus on March 19, 2010.

The Law Society has recently received a number of enquiries regarding the provision of cheque images in place of original cancelled (cashed) cheques.  Rule 911 (1) states that cheque images must be obtained and retained in a form approved by the Law Society.  Please consult guidelines on cheque images requirements prepared by John Allen, CA.

Sections 1, 2, 3(c), 3(d), 4, 7, 8, 10, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23(2), 23(5), 23(6), 23(7) and 24 of the Land Titles Amendment Act, 2009, S.S. 2009, c. 21, are proclaimed in force December 15, 2009.

S.1 to 64, 68, 69 and 71 of the Trustee Act, 2009, S.S. 2009, c. T-23.01 are proclaimed in force January 1, 2010.

December 16, 2009

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has released its decision in R. v. Flaten, 2009 SKCA 136 and R. v. Akapew, 2009 SKCA 137. (Case summaries for 2009 SKCA 136 and 2009 SKCA 137 provided by the Court of Appeal.)

December 15, 2009

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Identity theft and related misconduct), S.C. 2009, c. 28 is proclaimed into force, effective January 8, 2010 (P.c. 2009-1999).

Five new regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 50, December 11, 2009, including:

  • SR 109/2009 The Water Power Rental Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 110/2009 The Waste Electronic Equipment Amendment Regulations, 2009

December 11, 2009

Saskatchewan Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan is pressing for the Senate to pass Bill C-15 without amendment, which would create minimum penalties for offences related to trafficking in serious drugs when that trafficking is linked to organized crime. A copy of the Justice Minister's open letter can be found at www.justice.gov.sk.ca. For more information, please view the Saskatchewan government news release.

Effective December 11, the Public Prosecutions Division of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General has revised their policy on when jail time would be sought in cases of repeat drunk drivers. For information on the new policy, please view the Government of Saskatchewan news release.

December 8, 2009

The Court of Queen's Bench Rules Committee is presently considering the proposed revision to Queen's Bench Estate Tariff in Rule 745.  Saskatchewan practitioners with any comments may make submissions to the Rules Committee by contacting the Registrar of the Court of Queen's Bench, Melanie Baldwin, at mbaldwin@sasklawlcourts.ca on or before January 15, 2010.

December 7, 2009

Sections 125 and 129 of the Budget Implementation Act, 2008, S.C. 2008, c. 28 are proclaimed into force, effective January 1, 2010 (P.C. 2009-1958).

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 49, December 4, 2009:

  • A-15.21 Reg 10 The Canola Development Plan Regulations
  • SR 105/2009 The Midwifery Amendment Regulations, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part III, Vol. 105, No. 49, December 4, 2009:

  • SR 103/2009 The Mineral Disposition Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 104/2009 The Mineral Disposition Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No. 2)

December 4, 2009

The Saskatchewan Government has introduced new legislation in the Legislative Assembly that will change the procedure for the enforcement of money judgments. (The Enforcement of Money Judgment Act, Bill 129)

December 1, 2009

In recognition of the contribution of lawyers in Saskatchewan to supporting access to justice for persons of limited means, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan and the Law Society of Saskatchewan have established an annual award to recognize outstanding pro bono service.

The Award will be presented on January 29, 2010 during the Lawyer's Charity Gala sponsored by the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Bar Association Saskatchewan Branch, and the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2009.

Using the Nomination Form, please provide a summary of the nominee's pro bono service detailing why the nominee is deserving of this Award. Every nomination must be supported by the signatures of three members in good standing of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Completed Nominations should be submitted to:

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan
1110 - 2002 Victoria Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 0R7
F: (306) 352-2989
E: info@pblsask.ca

November 27, 2009

The Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 143, No. 24 contains eight new regulations and orders including:

Certain Regulations Made Under the Insurance Companies Act - Regulations Amending and Repealing, SOR/2009-296
Employment Insurance Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-297
November 26, 2009

The first Lawyers' Charity Gala will take place on Friday, January 29, 2010 at TCU Place in Saskatoon. This will be an annual event to raise funds for pro bono services, benefitting CLASSIC and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan respectively. The event will alternate between Saskatoon and Regina and the 2010 proceeds will go to CLASSIC. The event is sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association, the College of Law and the Law Society.

For more information, a poster and ticket order form are posted on our website.  Please make cheques or cash payable to CLASSIC. Charitable receipts will be issued.

November 25, 2009

The CBA Saskatchewan will be holding its 2010 Mid-Winter Meeting February 4 to February 5, 2010 in Regina. The 2010 Mid-Winter Meeting has been approved for one Loss Prevention Credit for each day of the meeting attended and 12.5 hours of "Accredited CPD Activities". See brochure for details. (Registration form)

November 23, 2009

The following regulation was published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 47, November 20, 2009:

  • SR 101/2009 The Summary Offences Procedure Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No.3)

The following regulation was published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part III, Vol. 105, No. 47, November 20, 2009:

  • SR 100/2009 The Provincial Lands Amendment Regulations, 2009

November 17, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 46, November 13, 2009:

  • SR 97/2009 The Education Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No. 2)
  • SR 98/2009 The Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Payment Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No.2)
  • SR 99/2009 The Securities Amendment Regulations, 2009

November 12, 2009

The Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 143, No 23 contains 7 new regulations and orders including:

Canadian Aviation Security Regulations and the Designated Provisions Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-292
Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Standard 216 - Roof Crush Resistance and Standard 220 - Rollover Protection) - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-291
>Right of Permanent Residence Fees Remission Order, SI/2009-110
November 10, 2009

Sections 186(1), 257, 263, 271, 275, 276, 278, 285 to 287, 292, 296 to 298, 309(2), 445, 446(1) and 447 of An Act to amend the law governing financial institutions and to provide for related and consequential matters, S.C. 2007, c. 6, are proclaimed into force, effective January 01, 2010 (P.C. 2007-1849).

November 6, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a hearing re John Darren Armitage on Thursday, November 19, 2009.

November 3, 2009

The Innovation Saskatchewan Act, S.S. 2009, c. I-9.02, (whole act) is proclaimed into force, effective November 2, 2009.

October 30, 2009

Since 1974, the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission has provided legal services to persons and organizations for criminal and civil matters where those persons and organizations are financially unable to secure these services from their own resources. The Legal Aid Act provides for the appointment of 10 members - two of which are appointed by the Law Society.  The Law Society is looking for two representatives to serve on the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission. Please submit applications to llynchuk@lawsociety.sk.ca.   Deadline for applications is November 13, 2009.

The Queen's Bench Bar Judicial Council is a forum for members of the Bar to bring forward any concerns to the Bench. A meeting of the committee is scheduled for mid-November and members are invited to bring forward items for the Agenda. Members are not required to participate in the meeting, however, your issues or concerns will be discussed by committee members. Please email your Agenda items by November 4th, 2009 to reception@lawsociety.sk.ca.

October 28, 2009

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Continuing Professional Development Survey. The response rate was very high which is encouraging and will be extremely useful as we plan continuing professional activities for 2010 and beyond. Congratulations to Marusia Kobrynsky who was the winner of the complimentary registration for a Law Society educational activity of her choice!

October 23, 2009

An inquest into the death of Brett Henry will be held October 26 through 30, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Travelodge Hotel and Convention Centre in Regina. Henry, aged 31 years, died December 8, 2008, at the Regina General Hospital. For more information, please view the Government of Saskatchewan news release.

An inquest into the death of Kenneth Chase Wilfred Standingready-McKay will be held November 2 through 6, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Carlyle Town Hall in Carlyle, Saskatchewan. Standingready-McKay, aged 21 years, died June 14, 2008, at a home on the White Bear First Nation. For more information, please view the Government of Saskatchewan news release.

October 20, 2009

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced the appointment of two new judges: James Plemel, Q.C. to the Wynyard Provincial Court, and Jeffery Kalmakoff to the Provincial Court in Estevan. For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan News Release.

October 15, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 41, October 9, 2009:

  • E-0.2 Reg 19 The 2008-2009 School Grant Regulations
  • SR 89/2009 The Late Blight Control Amendment Regulations, 2009

October 14, 2009

The Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 143, No 21 contains 23 new regulations and orders including:

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I, II and IV to VII) - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-280

October 5, 2009

The Supreme Court of Canada October 1, 2009 news release included 10 leave applications dismissed, including the Saskatchewan case Susan Vanderploeg v. Saskatoon Cooperative Association Limited, S.C.C. Case No. 33213.

Ten new regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 40, October 2, 2009, including:

  • N-5.1 Reg 17 The Northern Municipal Operating Grants Regulations
  • SR 81/2009 The Securities Commission (Adoption of National Instruments) Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 82/2009 The Child Care Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No. 2)
  • SR 84/2009 The Pension Benefits Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 87/2009 The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Amendment Regulations, 2009

October 2, 2009

The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) has received a large number of questions over the past few weeks related to legislative and regulatory amendments. Recent amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act include the Wage Earner Protection Program Act (2005, c. 47) and An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (2007, c. 36). The OSB is asking that you contact your local OSB office regarding any questions related to the amendments. For more information please see the OSB news release.

September 30, 2009

The Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 143, No 20 contains 24 new regulations and orders including:

  • Certain Regulations Made Under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (2009) - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-265
  • Cost of Borrowing (Authorized Foreign Banks) Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-259
  • Cost of Borrowing (Banks) Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-258
  • Cost of Borrowing (Canadian Insurance Companies) Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-262
  • Cost of Borrowing (Foreign Insurance Companies) Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-263
  • Cost of Borrowing (Retail Associations) Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-261
  • Cost of Borrowing (Trust and Loan Companies) Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-260
  • Credit Business Practices (Banks, Authorized Foreign Banks, Trust and Loan Companies, Retail Associations, Canadian Insurance Companies and Foreign Insurance Companies) Regulations SOR/2009-257

September 28, 2009

The Securities Amendment Act, 2008, S.S. 2008, c. 35, sections 1 to 3, 5 to 11, 13, that portion of s. 14 that repeals s. 46 to 48 of The Securities Act, 1988, s.16, 17, 19, 21 to 23, 24(3), 31, 32, 34 and 36, was proclaimed into force September 28, 2009.

The Securities Amendment Act, 2007, S.S. 2007, c. 41, sections 15 and 16, was proclaimed into force September 28, 2009.

Missing Persons and Presumption of Death Act, S.S. 2009, c. M-20.01, was proclaimed into force September 28, 2009.

September 24, 2009

Western Attorneys General and Solicitors General have called on federal Members of Parliament and Senators for legislative action on organized crime and gangs. For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan news release.

September 21, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 38, September 18, 2009:

  • E-9.21 Reg 2 / The Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Regulations, 2009 / E-9,21 Règl. 2 Règlement de 2009 sur l'exécution desordonnances alimentaires
    M-20.01 Reg 1 The Missing Persons and Presumption of Death Regulations

September 18, 2009

September 18, 2009 has been fixed as the day on which subsection 1(1), sections 3 and 6, subsection 9(3), sections 12 and 13, subsections 14(2) and (3), 15(2) and (3), 16(2) and (3) and 17(2), sections 19 to 22, 34, 35, 37, 42, 44, 46 to 48 and 50, subsection 51(1), sections 55 to 57, subsection 58(2) and section 67 of An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, the Wage Earner Protection Program Act and chapter 47 of the Statutes of Canada, 2005, S.C. 2007, c. 36, come into force. For more information see the Summary of Legislative Changes by the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada.

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (organized crime and protection of justice system participants), S.C. 2009, c. 22, is proclaimed into force, effective October 02, 2009 (P.C. 2009-1580).

An Act to amend the Energy Efficiency Act, S.C. 2009, c.8, is proclaimed into force, effective September 21, 2009. (P.C. 2009-1582).

September 15, 2009

The Provincial Court Bar Judicial Council is a forum for the Court and the Bar to discuss issues of mutual concern. The next meeting is October 6. Please provide any suggestions for the agenda to reception@lawsociety.sk.ca.

CanLII is looking for user feedback on its point-in-time legislation publication system. For facts and figures on CanLII's efforts or to provide comments, see Frédéric Pelletier's entry on www.slaw.ca. There is also a general feedback form on the CanLII website.

September 14, 2009

Seven new regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 37, September 11, 2009, including:

  • SR 77/2009 The Disability Housing Supplement Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No.2)
  • SR 78/2009 The Rental Housing Supplement Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No.2)
  • SR 79/2009 The Local Government Election Amendment Regulations, 2009

Two new regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part III, Vol. 105, No. 37, September 11, 2009, including:

  • SR 76/2009 The Saskatchewan Assistance Amendment Regulations, 2009

September 10, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a sentencing hearing re Joseph Albert Angus on Friday, December 4, 2009

September 4, 2009

Upgrades to the Weyburn Courthouse will include elevator installation, accessibility upgrades to the washrooms, an upgraded heating and cooling system, and foundation repairs. For more information see the Government Services news release.

September 3, 2009

At the Law Society's Annual General Meeting in June 2009, a Resolution for the election of a New Lawyer Bencher was approved (Rule 32).  We have now amended the Law Society Rules so that the election of a New Lawyer Bencher can be included in this year's election.

The Nomination Form for a New Lawyer Bencher has also been placed on the website on the  "Bencher Elections." page.

The on-line version of the Rules and Forms will always be current and members can rely on the on-line version for reference. If you maintain a printed copy in your office, you may print the amendments on the Law Society Rules page.

September 1, 2009

The Witness Protection Act, S.S. 2009, c. W-14.2 was proclaimed in force September 01, 2009.

Section 10 of The Condominium Property Amendment Act, 2009, S.S. 2009, c. 10, was proclaimed in force September 01, 2009.

An Act respecting the Keeping of Vital Statistics and making consequential amendments to other Acts, S.S. 2009, c. V-7.21, sections 2, 7, 8, Part III, 18 to 27, 29, 30, 62, 63(1), 63(2), 63(3), 63(7), 64, 65, 69, 70, Parts IX, X, XI other than s. 105, 115, 117, and only that portion of s. 110 that repeals s. 4 to 12, 14, 42(1), 42(2), 42(3), 42(11) and 42(12) of the The Vital Statistics Act, 1995, was proclaimed in force August 31, 2009.

 August 31, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a hearing re Pab Channappa Chetty on Wednesday, October 7,  2009.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that passwords for the new Member Profile Login have been mailed out. Your member profile can be accessed at https://secure.alinity.com/lss/webclient/. We recommend that you bookmark this page in your web browser.

August 20, 2009

The Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 143, No 17 contains 36 new regulations and orders including:

  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules - Rules Amending SOR/2009-218
  • Broadcasting Distribution Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-234
  • Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations and the Canada Student Loans Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-212
  • Certain Regulations Administered by the Minister of Veterans Affairs (Miscellaneous Program) - Regulations Amending and Repealing SOR/2009-225
  • Certain Regulations Made Under the Broadcasting Act - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-235
  • Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219
  • Employment Insurance Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-233
  • Income Tax Regulations (Securities Held by Financial Institutions) - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-222

August 18, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is calling for nominations for Queen's Counsel. The designation of Queen's Counsel is made by the Minister of Justice through a selection process that includes consultation with the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Bar Association and the Courts. A nomination form is available on the Law Society website. The deadline for nominations is November 3rd, 2009.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has disbarred Garret Joseph Stanley Oledzki as of August 13, 2009 for conduct unbecoming of a lawyer.

Volume 35, Number 4 of Advocates' Quarterly features Five Pleading Cases Everyone Should Read, by Trevor C.W. Farrow on page 466. For more information or to request a copy contact the Law Society of Saskatchewan Libraries at reference@lawsociety.sk.ca.

August 17, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 33, August 14, 2009:

  • SR 65/2009 The Saskatchewan Student Direct Loans Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 66/2009 The Lender-financed Saskatchewan Student Loans Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 67/2009 The Student Assistance and Student Aid Fund Amendment Regulations, 2009

August 14, 2009

On June 11, 2009 amendments to the Child Support Guidelines came into effect changing how Pension Income Splitting affects the calculation of gross income. The amending guidelines (SOR/2009-181) can be viewed in The Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 143, No. 13.

August 13, 2009

TRANSITION FROM LOSS PREVENTION CREDITS TO NEW MANDATORY CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY:

As most Saskatchewan lawyers know, the Law Society has introduced a Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Policy (the "MCPD Policy") which will take effect January 1, 2010. Under the MCPD Policy, all members are required to complete thirty-six (36) hours of "Approved Educational Activities" in the three-year term commencing January 1, 2010 and ending December 31, 2012.

The existing Loss Prevention Credit Program is an Insurance based initiative that requires members to accumulate three (3) CLE credits over a three-year period, the last of which ends June 30, 2010.

Despite the MCPD Policy coming into effect January 1, 2010, members are still required to complete the requirements of the Loss Prevention Credit Program to its expiry on June 30, 2010. This means that members are required to accumulate three (3) CLE credits during the period July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010.

CLE credits earned from now until December 31, 2009 will count towards the Loss Prevention Credit Program.

Credits earned between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2010 will be credited both to the Loss Prevention Credit Program and also be converted into credit hours under the MCPD Policy.

August 10, 2009

The Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 143, No 16 contains the following new regulations:

  • Air Canada Pension Plan Funding Regulations, 2009 SOR/2009-211
  • Canada Grain Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-209
  • Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Czech Republic) - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-208
  • Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Mexico) - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-207
  • Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations - Regulations Amending SOR/2009-210

August 7, 2009

Due to staff training throughout the day, please contact the Regina library for reference assistance on Friday (1-877-989-4999 or reference@lawsociety.sk.ca). The Saskatoon staff will be back in service as of Monday morning. Thank you for your patience.

August 4, 2009

The Budget Implementation Act, 2008, S.C. 2008, c. 28, s. 101(1), 106 and 112 is proclaimed into force, effective August 1, 2009 (P.C. 2009-1199).

The Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, S.C. 2009, c. 16 is proclaimed into force, effective August 1, 2009 (P.C. 2009-1202)

Sections 2 to 42, 44 to 54, 56, 58, 59, 63 to 66, 68 to 87, 89 to 105, 108 to 131 and 136 to 139 of An Act to establish the Wage Earner Protection Program Act, to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, S.C. 2005, c. 47 are proclaimed into force, effective September 18, 2009 (P.C. 2009-1207)

Sections 1(1), 3, 6, 9(3), 12, 13, 14(2), 14(3), 15(2), 15(3), 16(2), 16(3), 17(2), 19 to 22, 34, 35, 37, 42, 44, 46 to 48, 50, 51(1), 55 to 57, 58(2) and 67 of An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, the Wage Earner Protection Program Act and chapter 47 of the Statutes of Canada, 2005, S.C. 2007, c. 36, are proclaimed into force, effective September 18, 2009 (P.C. 2009-1207)

An Act to amend the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, S.C. 2009, c. 11, is proclaimed into force, effective August 1, 2009 (P.C. 2009-1229)

 July 30, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has activated a new and improved website feature "Find a Lawyer".

The Law Society libraries will be closed for the civic holiday on Friday, July 31 and Saskatchewan Day on Monday, August 3. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

July 28, 2009

Please be advised that the SKLESI Office in Saskatoon was closed mid-July. All legal education and continuing professional development functions will now be carried out by the Law Society of Saskatchewan's recently established internal Education Department. For further information please see the Law Society's official announcement.

July 27, 2009

Seven new regulations including the following were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 30, July 24, 2009:

  • G-8.1 Reg 1 The Growth and Financial Security Regulations
  • M-28.1 Reg 1 The Municipal Grants Regulations
  • P-42.2 Reg 1 The Public Service Essential Services Regulations
  • SR 62/2009 The Summary Offences Procedure Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No.2)
  • SR 64/2009 The Minimum Wage Amendment Regulations, 2009

July 23, 2009

The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench upheld the decision of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission tribunal in Nichols v. M.J. & Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, 2009 SKQB 299.

July 17, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a sentencing hearing re Garret Joseph Stanley Oledzki on Thursday, August 13, 2009.

July 15, 2009

The Saskatchewan statute, Labour Market Commission Amendment Act, 2009, S.S. 2009, c. 19, was proclaimed in force July 15, 2009.

July 13, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan issued a suspension notice in the discipline matter of  Krishan Kumar effective July 9, 2009.

July 8, 2009

The Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 143, No 14 contains 28 amended regulations and statutory instruments including the following:

  • Regulations Amending the Canada Labour Standards Regulations SOR/2009-205
  • Regulations Amending the Employment Insurance Regulations SOR/2009-187
  • Regulations Amending the Seeds Regulations (part III and Schedule III) SOR/2009-186

July 7, 2009

Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (organized crime and protection of justice system participants) received royal assent on June 23, 2009 and will be proclaimed in force at a later date to give the provinces and territories time to prepare for the changes

July 6, 2009

The following regulations were published in the Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 26, July 3, 2009:

  • Correcting Notice The Seizure of Criminal Property Regulations, 2009

July 3, 2009

Sterling Gilbert McLean has filed a notice of appeal with the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, appealing the sentence of the Law Society Discipline Committee on June 15, 2009. The 4 month suspension of Sterling McLean from the practice of law has been stayed pending an Appeal.  While Mr. McLean's Appeal is pending, he will be allowed to practice law under the supervision of a practice advisor approved by the Director of Discipline. (Consent Order)

The following two Saskatchewan statutes proclaimed in force on July 1, 2009:

  • Seizure of Criminal Property Act, 2009, S.S. 2009, c. S-46.002
  • Saskatchewan financial Services Commission amendment Act, 2009, S.S. 2009, c. 27

July 2, 2009

An Act respecting Trespass to Property, S.S. 2009, c. T-20.2 was proclaimed in force July 1, 2009.

The following regulations were published in the Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 26, June 26, 2009:

  • SR-59/2009 The Pests Declaration Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • R-60/2009 The Milk Control Amendment Regulations, 2009
    June 24, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 25, June 19, 2009:

  • SR 58/2009 The Attending Health Professionals Amendment Regulations, 2009

The Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 143, No 13 contains 40 amended regulations and statutory instruments including the following:

  • Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Joint and Trust Account Disclosure By-law - By-law Amending, SOR/2009-160
  • Federal Child Support Guidelines - Guidelines Amending, SOR/2009-181
  • Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Miscellaneous Program) - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-163
  • Solvency Funding Relief Regulations, 2009, SOR/2009-182

June 23, 2009

The following sections of the Budget Implementation Act, 2009, S.C. 2009, c. 2 are proclaimed into force, effective July 1, 2009: s. 233, 234, 236 to 244, 245(1) to (6), 246 to 253, 255, 256, 257(2) and 258 (P.C. 2009-1002). Section 297 of the act is proclaimed into force July 13, 2009 (P.C. 2009-1059).

Section 104 of the Budget Implementation Act, 2008, S.C. 2008, c. 28, is proclaimed into force, effective August 1, 2009 (P.C. 2009-1040).

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announced the appointment of The Honourable Ralph Ottenbreit to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal   and The Honourable Ysanne Wilkinson to the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan.

June 15, 2009

An Act to Amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, S.C. 2008, c. 31 is proclaimed into force, effective September 28, 2009. (P.C. 2009-952).

An Act to Amend the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992, S.C. 2009, c.9 is proclaimed into force, effective June 16, 2009. (P.C. 2009-953).

June 12, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan issued a suspension notice in the discipline matter of Sterling Gilbert McLean effective June 15, 2009.

June 11, 2009

The Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 143, No 12 contains a number of amended regulations including the following:

  • Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-147
  • Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I and VII) - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-152
  • Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-157
  • Income Tax Regulations (Capital Cost Allowance - 2009 Budget Measure, Miscellaneous Program) - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-155

As of June 1, 2009, every copy of a consolidated statute or consolidated regulation published by the federal Minister of Justice in either print or electronic form is "official" meaning that they can be used for evidentiary purposes.

Federal Orders-in-Council are now available for the years 1867 to 1910 with more records being added over time.  More recent Orders-in-Council may be located using the Privy Council Office database for the years 1990 on with the full text of the order available beginning November 1, 2002.

June 8, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 23, June 5, 2009:

  • S-46.0002 Reg 1 The Seizure of Criminal Property Regulations, 2009
  • SR 55/2009 The Education Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 56/2009 The Coal Disposition Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 57/2009 The Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs Repeal Regulations

June 3, 2009

Part 5 of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, S.C. 2000, c. 5 is proclaimed into force, effective June 1, 2009. (P.C. 2009-828).

June 2, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has announced the interim suspension of Miles Baumgartner effective June 2, 2009.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a sentencing hearing re Sterling Gilbert McLean on Friday, June 12, 2009.

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act, 2008 S.S. 20008, c. 34, s. 1 to 4 and s. 7 to 13 was proclaimed in force on June 1, 2009.

June 1, 2009

Four new regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 22, May 29, 2009, including the following:

  • SR 52/2009 The Ambulance Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 53/2009 The Residential Tenancies Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 54/2009 The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No. 2)

May 29, 2009

The 6th annual Stuart Eisner Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on July 24, 2009 at the Willows Golf & Country Club in Saskatoon.  Register for this fund raiser now.

May 27, 2009

Because of technical problems, the library catalogue may not be available over the next few days.  Please contact the library staff for assistance in Regina at 569-8020 or 1-877-989-4999 or in Saskatoon at  933-5141 or 1-888-989-7499.

The  Annual General Meeting  of Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan Inc. will be held in the Cannington Room at the Regina Inn in Regina, Saskatchewan at 6:30 PM on Thursday June 11, 2009.

May 26, 2009

Congratulations to Peta Bates on receiving the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship for 2008. Peta is the librarian at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Libraries branch in Saskatoon.

The Federal government has introduced a bill, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and the Identification of Criminals Act, that makes a number of amendments to the Criminal Code.

May 25, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 21, May 22, 2009:

  • P-13.1 Reg 3 The Dedicated Lands Regulations, 2009
  • SR 50/2009 The Coroners Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No. 2)

May 22, 2009

The Wynyard courthouse will be closed for renovations beginning June 1, 2009 and will reopen in 2010. For more information, please see view the Law Society of Saskatchewan notice.

May 21, 2009

Members of the bar and the public are invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Judge Marylynne T. Beaton to the Saskatchewan Provincial Court. The ceremony will take place Friday, May 22, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at the Regina Provincial Courthouse.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a hearing re Garret Joseph Stanley Oledzki on May 27, 2009.

May 19, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 20, May 15, 2009:

P-37.1 Reg 12 The Food Safety Regulations

SR 48/2009 The Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Payment Amendment Regulations, 2009

SR 49/2009 The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority Amendment Regulations, 2009

May 15, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is now selling Centennial greeting cards in packs of 12 for $5 or three 12-packs for $10. The cards commemorate such Saskatchewan legal landmarks as the Barristers' Roll of Honour, historic Law Stamps, Bills of Lading, the F.R. Conroy Law Office, the office of James Alexander Calder, and the historical Certificate of Admission of J.D. Ferguson. To purchase one or more packs, please contact the Law Society Library in Regina at 1-877-989-4999 or 569-8020.

May 14, 2009

An amendment to the Occupational Health & Safety Regulations will put into effect a province-wide workplace smoking ban as of May 31, 2009. For more information, please view the Government of Saskatchewan's news release and Frequently Asked Questions document.

The Honourable Timothy Keene from Swift Current, Saskatchewan was appointed a Judge of Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan.

May 11, 2009

The Law Society's Saskatchewan Bills database now has a new feature. Database records for bills that were amended while moving through the legislative process now include a link to the amendments. For example, the record for the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act, 2006, under Progress of Bills, now indicates that the bill was amended during committee stage, and links to the minutes of the meeting where the amendments were passed.

May 8, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee issued a suspension order in the discipline matter of Ronald Price-Jones on May 7, 2009.

The Canada-EFTA Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, S.C. 2009, c. 6 is proclaimed into force, effective April 30, 2009. (P.C. 2009-678).

May 7, 2009

On May 6, 2009, the Government of Saskatchewan introduced the Profits for Criminal Notoriety Act, Bill No. 94, to prevent people from making money by recounting their crimes. For more information, see the government news release or contact Laur'Lei Silzer at 306-787-0775 or laurlei.silzer@gov.sk.ca.

May 5, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is inviting applications for appointment to the Queen's Counsel Selection Committee.

The Federal Court of Canada issued a notice to the profession on streamlining complex litigation.

April 30, 2009

Members of the bar and the public are invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Judge Daryl E. Labach to the Saskatchewan Provincial Court. The ceremony will take place Friday, May 1, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House.

April 27, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 17, April 24, 2009:

  • SR 36/2009 The Information Technology Office Service Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 37/2009 The Automobile Accident Insurance (General) Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No. 2)
  • SR 38/2009 The Traffic Safety Act Fees Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 39/2009 The Municipalities Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 40/2009 The Northern Municipality Assessment and Taxation Amendment Regulations, 2009

April 22, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a sentencing hearing re Ronald Price-Jones on Friday, May 1, 2009.

Samples of precedent documents and retainers are available on PracticePRO, an Ontario risk management web site.

April 21, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is seeking two qualified candidates to serve as representatives on a standing committee created for the purpose of consultation on ongoing rule revisions to the Court of Queen's Bench Rules.

The deadline date for receipt of applications for the E.M. Culliton Scholarship Endowment is May 11, 2009.

April 20, 2009

The Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 143, No 8 contains 22 amended regulations including the following:

  • Canada Small Business Financing Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-102
  • Citizenship Regulations, 1993 - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-108
  • Pension Benefits Standards Regulations, 1985 - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-100

April 17, 2009

The Consumer Price Index is released from March 2009. Consumer prices rose 1.2% in the 12 months to March 2009, down from the 1.4% increase in February.

April 15, 2009

The following sections of the Securities Amendment Act, 2008, S.S. 2008, c. 35 came into force April 13, 2009:

  • Section 1, 2, 3(a), 3(d), that portion of s. 3(f) that enacts s. 2(1)(qq.2), 4, 15, 18, 20, 24, to 30 and 35

April 13, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a hearing re Sterling McLean April 28, 2009.

The Federal government announced amendments to the Citizenship Act R.C.S. 1985, c. C-29 that will give Canadian citizenship to certain people who lost it and to others who will be recognized as citizens for the first time. The amendments will come into force April 17, 2009. (LEGISinfo)

The following regulation was published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 15, April 9, 2009:

  • SR 35/2009 The Wildlife Amendment Regulations, 2009

April 9, 2009

An exciting new CLE opportunity is coming to your community on Friday, April 17! SKLESI is partnering with Legal Aid Saskatchewan to present Where's the Proof? an SCN Broadcast on current issues in family and criminal law. A Queen's Bench Justice will join experienced practitioners to present on vital topics applicable to your daily practice, including: Determining the Payor's Income - A Child Support Perspective, Imputing Income and Self-Employed Payors, Admissibility of Statements under Section 146 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and DNA Evidence Issues in Criminal and Family Law. Materials for this seminar will be provided on CD to those attending. If you practice in the areas of family or criminal law, don't wait, register now! Call 653-7580 or visit the SKLESI website for more information.

April 8, 2009

The Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 143, No 7 contains 11 amended regulations including the following:

  • Employment Insurance Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-96
  • Restrictive Trade Practices Commission Rules - Regulations Repealing, SOR/2009-95

April 7, 2009

The Client Identification and Verification Rules will come into effect on July 1, 2009. Although there are no shortcuts for either lawyers or key office personnel to reading the Rules and understanding the Rules, the Law Society has developed some aids and resources. Lawyers should visit the Client Identification and Verification section located on the homepage of the Law Society website at www.lawsociety.sk.ca.

The Provincial Court of Saskatchewan's Youth Justice Court has rendered its sentence in R v D.W, 2009 SKPC 49.

April 6, 2009

Eleven new regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 14, April 3, 2009, including the following:

  • SR 28/2009 The Revenue Collection Administration Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 31/2009 The Regional Health Services Administration Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 33/2009 The Summary Offences Procedure Amendment Regulations, 2009

April 1, 2009

The following two Saskatchewan Statutes or sections of were proclaimed in force April 1, 2009:

  • Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Amendment Act, 2008, S.S. 2008, c. 8, s. 3(b), 3(c), 9(2), 11(2), 12(1)(a), 12(2), 15, 17 to 22, 23(2) and 24(2)
  • Respiratory Therapists Act, S.S. 2006, c. R-22.0002

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal released its decision in the class action case, Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. v. Wuttunee, 2009 SKCA 43.

Judge Harradence of the Saskatchewan Provincial Court  handed down his decision in the murder case, R. v. Lafaver, 2009 SKPC 42.

March 31, 2009

The Federal Government introduced amendments to the Criminal Code restricting credit for time served. (Bill C-25)

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 13, March 27, 2009:

  • SR 20/2009 The Alcohol Control Amendment Regulations, 2009 / Règlement de 2009 modifiant le Règlement de 2002 portant réglementation des boissons alcoolisées
  • SR 21/2009 The Crop Insurance Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 22/2009 The Facility Designation Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 23/2009 The Surgical Registry Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 24/2009 The Reservoir Development Area Amendment Regulations, 2009

March 30, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a hearing re Garret Joseph Stanley Oledzki May 27 to 29, 2009.

March 27, 2009

The Weyburn courthouse will be closed for renovations beginning March 30, 2009, and will reopen in 2010. For more information, please see view the Law Society of Saskatchewan notice.

March 25, 2009

The Ontario Superior Court, in Leduc v. Roman, has allowed information from the social networking website Facebook to be used as evidence. The judge also hinted (in paragraph 28) that the pervasiveness of Facebook creates a new standard of care for lawyers during the discovery process. For more information, please see coverage at slaw.ca, CTV.ca, and Law is Cool.

March 24, 2009

Section 26(2) of the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Amendment Act, 2005, S.S. 2005, c. 3 is proclaimed into force, effective March 23, 2009.

March 23, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a hearing re Ronald Price-Jones on Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

Two new judges have been appointed to the Saskatchewan Provincial Court: Daryl Edward Labach in Saskatoon and Marylynne Thomas Beaton in Regina. For more information, please view the government news release.

March 19, 2009

The Canada Gazette, Part II, March 19, 2009, Vol. 143, Extra No. 2 contains:

  • Regulations Amending the Exclusion List Regulations, 2007, SOR/2009-88
    Infrastructure Projects Environmental Assessment Adaptation Regulations, SOR/2009-89

March 18, 2009

The Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 143, No 6 contains 21 amended regulations including the following:

  • Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-84
  • Canadian Broiler Hatching Egg Marketing Levies Order - Order Amending, SOR/2009-72
  • Canadian Chicken Marketing Quota Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-73
  • Canadian Chicken Marketing Quota Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-74
  • Canadian Egg Marketing Agency Quota Regulations, 1986 - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-81
  • Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-76
  • Moose Jaw Airport Zoning Regulations (Miscellaneous Program) - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-77
  • Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (sections 105, 121, 131, 135 and 301) - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-79

March 17, 2009

An inquest into the death of Emile William Dubois will be held March 24 through 27, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Court of Queen's Bench in Regina, Saskatchewan. For more information please see the government news release.

March 16, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee issued a suspension notice in the discipline matter of Evatt Francis Anthony Merchant, Q.C. of Regina on March 14, 2009.

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 11, March 13, 2009:

  • A-15.21 Reg 9 The Alfalfa Seed Development Plan Regulations
  • SR 19/2009 The Wildlife Damage Compensation Program Amendment Regulations, 2009

March 12, 2009

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has released its decision in Merchant v. Law Society of Saskatchewan, 2009 SKCA 33.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee released a decision in the discipline matter of Dwayne Zachary Braun on March 11, 2009.

March 11, 2009

The Government of Saskatchewan has introduced amendments to The Construction Industry Labour Relations Act, 1992 (CILRA) intended to add flexibility to the legislation. For more information, view the Government of Saskatchewan news release, or comments at cbc.ca.

March 9, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee has adjourned the hearing regarding Pab Chetty  scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2009.  Notice will be posted when a new date has been set. (Formal Complaint)

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 10, March 6, 2009:

  • F-8.001 Reg 37 The Saskatchewan Cattle and Hog Support Program Regulations
  • SR 15/2009 The Milk Control Amendment Regulations, 2009 (No.2)
  • SR 16/2009 The Medical Care Insurance Beneficiary and Administration Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 17/2009 The Business Corporations Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 18/2009 The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Regulations, 2009

March 6, 2009

The Saskatchewan Provincial Court has delivered its sentence in R. v. Pauchay, 2009 SKPC 35.

March 5, 2009

The Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 143, No 5 contains 34 amended regulations including the following:

  • Access to Basic Banking Services Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-49
  • Canadian Turkey Marketing Quota Regulations, 1990 - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-69
  • Canadian Turkey Marketing Quota Regulations, 1990 - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-70
  • Canadian Wheat Board Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-65

March 4, 2009

On February 12, 2009 a number of changes to The Land Titles Regulations, 2001 were passed by Cabinet to align legislation with current Information Services Corporation (ISC) policies and processes. Highlights of the changes include the addition of new interest types and the ability to lapse leases. For more information, please review the ISC's news document.

March 3, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a hearing re Dwayne Zachary Braun on Friday, March 6, 2009. The location of the hearing has been changed from Regina to Saskatoon as noted in the Notice of Hearing.

March 2, 2009

The Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner has published an Annotated Section Index for each of the three statutes overseen by the Commissioner - The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and The Health Information Protection Act. Each Annotated Section Index can be found at the Reports tab on the Office of the Commissioner's website.

February 27, 2009

The Federal Government introduced new legislation to help combat organized crime. (Bill C-14)

An inquest into the death of Maurice Toulejour will be held March 3 and 4, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Court of Queen's Bench in Regina, Sask.  Mr. Toulejour died while in custody in Regina.

February 24, 2009

Judge Tucker of the Saskatchewan Provincial Court released his judgment in the case, R. v. Ahenakew. Mr. Ahenakew had been found guilty of willfully promoting hatred against an identifiable group. After a trial, on appeal, a new trial was ordered and this is the judgment resulting from the new trial. ( R. v. Ahenakew, 2009 SKPC 10)

February 23, 2009

The following regulations were published in the Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 8, February 20, 2009:

  • E-6.2 Reg 12 The Canadian Electrical Code (Adoption)Regulations, 2009
  • SR 10/2009 The Child Care Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 11/2009 The Provincial Secretary's Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 12/2009 The Land Titles Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 13/2009 The Building and Accessibility Standards Administration Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 14/2009 The Saskatchewan Infrastructure Growth Initiative Program Amendment Regulations, 2009

February 20, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a hearing re Dwayne Zachary Braun on Friday, March 6, 2009.

February 19, 2009

The Canada Gazette, Vol. 143, No. 4 contains a number of amended regulations including the following:

  • Canadian Wheat Board Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-26
  • Certain Regulations Administered and Enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-18
  • Air Transportation Regulations and the Canadian Transportation Agency
  • Designated Provisions Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-28
  • Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Door Locks and Door Retention Components) - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-34
  • Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Vehicle Identification Number) - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-33
  • Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-20

February 18, 2009

An Act to amend the law governing financial institutions and to provide for related and consequential matters, S.C. 2007, c. 6, is proclaimed into force, effective February 19, 2009 (P.C. 2009-236).

February 17, 2009

CBA Saskatchewan Branch has hosted Law Day Luncheons in Regina and Saskatoon for the past two years, featuring Maher Arar and Edward Greenspan, Q.C. CBA Saskatchewan is continuing the tradition this year with Mr. Justice John Gomery. He will be speaking on the topic "Integrity in Government: Is it as important as other rights enumerated in the Charter?"  Tickets for the luncheon are $35 each or $280 for a table of eight. The ticket order forms can be found on the CBA Saskatchewan website.  The theme for Law Day is "Access to Justice." The purpose of Law Day is to promote amongst Canadians an increased awareness of their legal rights and obligations. It is a national event with legal oriented activities being held across the nation. Law Day this year is April 16.

The following regulations were published in the Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 7, February 13, 2009:

  • E-63. Reg. 13 The Canadian Electrical Code (Saskatchewan Amendments) Regulations, 2009
  • Errata Notice The Disability Housing Supplement Amendment Regulations, 2009

February 12, 2009

CanLII has recently added Saskatchewan Labour Arbitrations to their list of searchable Saskatchewan databases. Arbitrators, lawyers and other parties may submit their arbitration awards for publication to CanLII via their online Feedback form as outlined in FAQ no.2.5.

February 10, 2009

The Supreme Court of Canada has announced a new policy for access to court records effective February 9, 2009. Highlights of the new policy include webcasts of court proceedings and remote public access to electronic records including appeal factums. For more information, read the SCC Notice to the Profession, the Guidelines for Printed and Electronic Versions of Appeal Documents, or view Shaunna Mireau's comments on slaw.ca.

February 9, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 6, February 6, 2009:

  • A-15.21 Reg 8 The Cattle Development Plan Regulations
  • SR 8/2009 The Municipal Employees' Pension Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 9/2009 The Training Allowance Amendment Regulations, 2009

February 6, 2009

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee will conduct a hearing re Pab Chinnappa Chetty on Friday, March 13, 2009.  (Formal Complaint)

For a daily dose of legal humour visit David Mills' Courtoons blog.

February 2, 2009

CanLII has launched the new beta version of their legislative resources. Among other new features, the beta version features point-in-time access and searching for the statues and regulations of Canada, Saskatchewan and other provinces. See also CanLII's explanation page for point-in-time searching, and Simon Fodden's comments on slaw.ca.

January 30, 2009

The Queen's Bench Bar Judicial Council provides an opportunity for members of the Bar and members of the Bench to meet and discuss common issues of concern. The next meeting is on February 11, 2009. Members of the Bar are invited to provide suggestions for Agenda items and any suggestions can be emailed to reception@lawsociety.sk.ca.

The Supreme Court of Canada has answered no to the question of whether s.3 of The Limitation of Actions Act, R.S.S. 1978, c. L-15 is constitutionally inapplicable to the appellant's claims for personal relief, including damages, reinstatement and other monetary remedies, in an action alleging that s. 98.1(5) of The Workers' Compensation Act, 1979, S.S. 1979, c. W-17.1, and related legislation is of no force or effect to the extent that it breaches her rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan, Number 978, 2007 SKCA 66, dated June 14, 2007, heard on December 17, 2008, was dismissed and the order of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal affirmed. (Laura Ravndahl v. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Saskatchewan as represented by the Government of Saskatchewan and Workers' Compensation Board - and - Attorney General of Canada, Attorney General of Ontario, Attorney General of Quebec, Attorney General of New Brunswick, Attorney General of Manitoba, Attorney General of British Columbia, Attorney General of Alberta and Attorney General of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2009 SCC 7)


January 29, 2009

The American Legal Information Institute (LII) has announced a new free online directory for lawyers in the U.S., searchable by state, city, and practice area, and augmented with Google Maps. For more information, please see the LII news release.

January 26, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 4, January 23, 2009:

  • C-1.1 Reg 1 The Cancer Agency Regulations
  • W-13.12 Reg 2 The Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Regulations, 2009
  • SR 1/2009 The Provincial Court Compensation Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 2/2009 The Provincial Court Pension Plan Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 3/2009 The Disability Housing Supplement Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 4/2009 The Rental Housing Supplement Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 5/2009 The Professional Corporations Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 6/2009 The Automobile Accident Insurance (General)Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 7/2009 The Milk Control Amendment Regulations, 2009

January 21, 2009

The Canada Gazette, Vol. 143, No 2 contains a number of amended regulations including the following:

  • Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Differential Premiums By-law - By-law Amending, SOR/2009-12
  • Letter Mail Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-13
  • Proclamation Designating the Republic of Croatia as a Designated State for Purposes of the Visiting Forces Act, SOR/2009-14
  • Rule 91 - Criminal Appeal, SI/2009-3

January 19, 2009

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice and Attorney General have announced the implementation of perimeter screening in the Saskatoon Provincial Court on Monday, January 19, and in the Queen's Bench and Family Court over the next several weeks. For more information, please see the official news release.

January 13, 2009

The Provincial Court of Saskatchewan has sought the assistance of a sentencing circle in the matter of Her Majesty the Queen v. Christopher Charles Pauchay, 2009 SKPC 4. The sentencing circle is to be held at the Provincial Court in Rose Valley.

A program that helps parents understand the effects of family legal disputes on their children is now mandatory in all Queen's Bench Court locations in Saskatchewan. The Parenting after Separation and Divorce program has been well-received by judges, lawyers and clients. A survey of parents who attended the program shows a 90 per cent approval rate. Many family law lawyers indicate that settlements are often achieved after their clients have participated in the program.

January 12, 2009

Quentin Douglas Agnew has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Saskatoon.

Fifteen Saskatchewan lawyers were honoured with Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) appointments on Dec. 31, 2008.

January 8, 2009

The Supreme Court of Canada December 23, 2008 news release included the following announcement:

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, announced today that The Honourable Thomas Cromwell will be sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada on January 5, 2009 at a private ceremony. The official welcome ceremony for Justice Cromwell will take place at 10:30 a.m., on February 16, 2009, in the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court of Canada. On this occasion, it is expected that there will be remarks by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, and representatives of the Government of Canada, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Nova Scotia. Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on December 22, 2008. For further information contact Jill Copeland at (613) 996-9296 or copelandj@scc-csc.gc.ca

January 7, 2009

The Canada Gazette, Vol. 143, No 1 contains a number of amended regulations including the following:

  • Allocation Method Order (2009) - Softwood Lumber Products, SOR/2009-10
  • Canadian Chicken Marketing Quota Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-4
  • Canadian Egg Marketing Levies Order - Order Amending, SOR/2009-11
  • Canadian Hatching Egg Producers Quota Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2009-8

The Canada Gazette, Vol. 142, No 26 contains a number of amended regulations including the following:

  • Canada Grain Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2008-314
  • Canada Health Transfer and Canada Social Transfer Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2008-312
  • Certain Department of Industry Regulations - Regulations Amending Canada Business Corporations Act, SOR/2008-315
  • Certain Ruminants and Their Products Importation Prohibition Regulations, No. 2 - Regulations Amending, SOR/2008-325
  • Energy Efficiency Regulations - Regulations Amending, SOR/2008-323
  • Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act and the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Regulations, 2007 - Regulations Amending, SOR/2008-318
  • Schedule to the Customs Tariff, 2008-2 - Order Amending, SOR/2008-321
  • Schedule to the Customs Tariff (Wine and Beer) - Order Amending Customs Tariff, SOR/2008-313

January 5, 2009

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 105, No. 1, January 2, 2009:

  • SR 123/2008 The Northern Municipalities Tax Discount and Penalty Amendment Regulations, 2008
  • SR 124/2008 The Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission Amendment Regulations, 2009
  • SR 125/2008 The Securities Commission (Adoption of National Instruments) Amendment Regulations, 2008 (No. 9)
  • SR 126/2008 The Labour-sponsored Venture Capital Corporations Amendment Regulations, 2008
  • SR 127/2008 The Queen's Bench Amendment Regulations, 2008 (No.2) 
    RS 127/2008 Règlement no 2 de 2008 modifiant le Règlement sur la Cour du Banc de la Reine
  • SR 128/2008 The Residential Tenancies Amendment Regulations, 2008
  • SR 129/2008 The Wildlife Amendment Regulations, 2008 
  • SR 130/2008 The Wildlife Management Zones and Special Areas Boundaries Amendment Regulations, 2008
  • SR 131/2008 The Cities Amendment Regulations, 2008
  • SR 132/2008 The Municipalities Amendment Regulations, 2008 (No. 2)
  • SR 133/2008 The Northern Municipality Assessment and Taxation Amendment Regulations, 2008
  • SR 134/2008 The Northern Municipalities General Regulations (No. 1) Amendment Regulations, 2008 (No. 2)
  • SR 135/2008 The Northern Municipalities Tax Exemption Amendment Regulations, 2008
  • SR 136/2008 The Minimum Wage Amendment Regulations, 2008
  • SR 137/2008 The Milk Control Amendment Regulations (No. 12)