Day: June 16, 2016

Amendments to The Automobile Accident Insurance Act

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

On June 14th, the Minster responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance Don McMorris introduced amendments to The Automobile Accident Insurance Act in the Legislative Assembly. The legislation is anticipated to be passed during the fall 2016 sitting of the Legislature and the changes will take effect January 1, 2017. Changes include:

  • When an impaired driver causes a collision and is killed, allow an innocent party or the family impacted to sue for pain and suffering or bereavement damages (No Fault, Reduced No Fault and Tort coverage).
  • The list of offences that trigger the ability for an innocent party to sue for pain and suffering or bereavement damages will expand to include: criminal negligence causing death or bodily harm, criminal negligence causing bodily injury, flight from a peace officer and dangerous operation while street racing (No Fault, Reduced No Fault and Tort coverage).
  • Ensuring income benefits maintain pace with minimum wage (Tort and Reduced No Fault coverage).

For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan news page.

 

Lawyers Weekly

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lawyersweeklyBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The June 17th edition of Lawyers Weekly digital edition is now available via the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Articles in this issue include:

  • Sweeping power of CRA rolled back by Supreme Court Ruling
  • Minister pledges to reveal risks in some legislation
  • ADR: Huge Russian award reversal
  • Environmental Law: Alberta going greener now
  • Business & Careers: Convenience causes concern