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Not So Common Law

Online ** CALL members only!** 


We are going to explore the historical and social background of some of the intriguing, interesting and important legal cases which have had lasting

impact on our society and affect our lives today. We also consider and discuss the legal implications of new developments in the world around us.

Each month we will have a presentation about some of these famous and fascinating cases, plus the opportunity to discuss legal current issues. Legal issues and law cases will be based on current events and participants’ interests.

Some of our future topics are:

• Planes Trains and Automobiles - Law of Transportation

• Sentencing in Criminal Law: How Judges decide what is a “fit and proper sentence” for criminal acts.

• Land Law - “What you don’t know about being a tenant or being a landlord”.

Our upcoming topic in February is:


In the Reference re Greenhouse Gases (“Carbon tax”) case, the Supreme Court of Canada stated that climate change presents “an existential challenge, a threat of the highest order to the country, and to the future of humanity which cannot be ignored”.

And yet, governments are often reluctant to take stringent measures to combat climate changes where the burden falls on the current generation of voters. It is far easier to pass the issue onto future generations.

The question at the heart of climate change litigation is whether it is lawful for governments to sit on their hands and do nothing, or prescribe half-hearted measures, in response to climate change.

Over the past decade there has been an explosion of climate change litigation initiated by indigenous peoples, youth and environmental action groups around the world seeking to force governments to take effective action.

Climate change litigation has been occurring in Canada too - with mixed results. However with the recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in La Rose v. Canada, 2023 FCA 241 (CanLII) we may be seeing a significant change in the law.

This program is facilitated and presented by Jim Conway, CALL member & retired lawyer.

To join the group, or to attend a session you are interested in, please register with the facilitator. Drop–ins are also welcome.

For more information contact Facilitator  If no response: right click, copy email address & send manual email to register.

When: 4th Monday of the month (with exceptions)
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

2023: Sep 25, Oct 23, Nov 27, (No meeting in December)

2024: Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27, Jun 24

Where: Online Zoom meetings. Zoom link will be sent out to registrants via email.
Facilitator: Jim Conway, lawyer

It is not necessary for you to register for this meeting or future meetings if you are on the emailing list for NSCL. Everyone who is on the email list receives an email notice of each meeting with the Zoom link.

** You must be a member of CALL to register

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