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Click on the links above to view recent decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada and summaries for noteworthy cases from across the country.

Privacy watchdog wants to see new office enforcement muscle

Canada’s privacy watchdog says “the time has come” to change his role under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) from that of an ombudsman, who can only make non-binding recommendations, to a regulator with authority to make binding orders, and even impose fines on recalcitrant organizations.

Justice Harry Slade has called out the federal government and its lawyers for their role in creating delays, and the burgeoning backlog of claims, at the Specific Claims Tribunal Canada.

In family law, we are seeing an increasing number of clients with multiple ex-spouses and children from past relationships. These clients bring with them new challenges for family lawyers.

Smart phones are ubiquitous these days, but how are civil courts in Canada dealing with the issues relating to the production of text messages?

Nathalie Boutet, a family lawyer in Toronto, was working with opposing counsel to draft a separation agreement when she began feeling flustered.