LawPRO Fraud Fact Sheet for Cybercrime and Bad Cheque Scams

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Our colleagues at Avoid A Claim recently posted an announcement about the new LawPRO Fact Sheet for Cybercrime and Bad Cheque Scams. As they note:

There has been a huge growth in cybercrime attempts against lawyers and firms, who must now be on guard against bad cheque frauds, phishing, funds transfer frauds and attempts to hack firm information.

The fact sheet is intended to help lawyers spot the red flags of common online frauds.

And stay tuned for an updated real estate fraud fact sheet coming soon from LawPRO. In the meantime, check out the original Fraud Fact Sheet which contains useful information on real estate fraud.

Federal Proclamations

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Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1

Sections 68, 69, 74, 75, 84 to 91, 97(2), 98 to 101 of the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1, SC 2017, c 20, are proclaimed into force April 26, 2018 (PC 2018-0458).

According to the bill summary, the proclamation affects Division 1 of Part 4, amending the Special Import Measures Act “to provide for binding and appealable rulings as to whether a particular good falls within the scope of a trade remedy measure, authorities to investigate and address the circumvention of trade remedy measures, consideration of whether a particular market situation is rendering selling prices in an exporting country unreliable for the purposes of determining normal values and the termination of a trade remedy investigation in respect of an exporter found to have an insignificant margin of dumping or amount of subsidy.”

Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law)

Sections 4, 6(2), 10 and 11 of the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law), SC 2014, c 24, are proclaimed into force April 20, 2018 (PC 2018-0442).

According to the bill summary, “This enactment amends the Food and Drugs Act regarding therapeutic products in order to improve safety by introducing measures to, among other things,

(a) strengthen safety oversight of therapeutic products throughout their life cycle;
(b) improve reporting by certain health care institutions of serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents that involve therapeutic products; and
(c) promote greater confidence in the oversight of therapeutic products by increasing transparency.

Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

Sections 14, 16, 20, 22(1), 23, 24, 27, 28, 31 to 37, 39, 40, 47, 50, 51, 52(1), 53, 54, 56 to 59, 61 to 67, 69, 70, 74, 75, 99, 103 and 105 of the Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act, SC 2013, c 24, are proclaimed into force September 1, 2018 (PC 2018-0441).

According to the bill summary, “This enactment amends provisions of the National Defence Act governing the military justice system. The amendments, among other things,

(a) provide for security of tenure for military judges until their retirement;
(b) permit the appointment of part-time military judges;
(c) specify the purposes, objectives and principles of the sentencing process;
(d) provide for additional sentencing options, including absolute discharges, intermittent sentences and restitution;
(e) modify the composition of a court martial panel according to the rank of the accused person; and
(f) modify the limitation period applicable to summary trials and allow an accused person to waive the limitation periods.


Free Family Law Assistance in Saskatoon – May 2018

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FamilyLawbannerDo you need information about child support, custody/access or divorce?

Do you need help with court forms and processes?

Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?

Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA) can help answer your questions, and use the court forms available on their website.

These sessions are available in Saskatoon in May:

Thursday, May 17

Saskatoon Public Library
Frances Morrison Central Branch
311 – 23rd St. E.
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Friday, May 18

Law Society Library
520 Spadina Crescent East
9:30 am -11:30 am

There is no cost to attend.  No registration is required. For more information, contact or call 1-888-218-2822 (ext. 2)

Province Providing Alternative for Updating Child Support

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

On May 3, 2018, the Province announced it will be providing parents with an alternative way to update their child support amounts through the recently-launched Saskatchewan Child Support Recalculation Service. This pilot project will provide eligible parents who apply with a faster and less costly way to update their income information for child support payments.  Rather than going through the courts, parents who apply to the Saskatchewan Child Support Recalculation Service will have their payments calculated by program staff based on their most recent income information.  Either parent can apply to the program. For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan news page.

Mental Health Week #5

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Did you know that Saskatchewan Lawyers’ Insurance Association (SLIA) provides numerous links to helpful articles concerning mental health on the SLIA webpage? Check them out:

Homewood Health Articles

Life Lines Articles

Vitality Articles


Mental Health Week 2018 #4

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatchewan Division website has numerous resources to help people stay mentally fit and healthy. Topics include:

The website also contains information on Mental Health in the Workplace – a topic of particular interest to our members. This page includes information on How do mental illnesses impact workers and workplaces? and How can I help a co-worker?

Please check out these resources or any of the resources we’ve highlighted this week if you have any mental health concerns about yourself or a co-worker.

[Originally posted on May 4, 2017]