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For Harper-appointed judges, ‘originalism’ can be another form of activism

Adrian Myers

Adrian Myers is a lawyer at Torkin Manes LLP.

Generally, the addition of diversity to Canada’s bench is something to be praised, not feared. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s appointments of Bradley Miller and Grant Huscroft to the Ontario Court of Appeals represent a much more controversial form of diversity. Namely, ideological diversity in the form of judges, particularly Justice Miller, who adhere to the U.S. judicial philosophy of “originalism,” a controversial ideology hitherto mostly absent from Canadian jurisprudence.

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Battle for Trans Mountain pipeline bleeds into proposed marine terminal


The battle for Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain pipeline is bleeding into lobbying over another major infrastructure project in British Columbia – a proposal for a new shipping terminal near Vancouver’s Fraser River Estuary.

Advocacy groups campaigning against the proposed marine terminal, called Roberts Bank Terminal 2, have said they are concerned it could serve as a contingency port for the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline, even as the port authority and Kinder Morgan say using the expanded port for shipping oil is not in the cards.

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This report is a must-read to diagnose ills of Canada’s health care

André Picard

Just over a year ago, Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced, with some fanfare, the creation of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation.

The blue-ribbon group, led by Dr. David Naylor, former president of the University of Toronto, was asked to recommend the five most promising ways the federal government could support innovation in a manner that would both improve accessibility and reduce costs.

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Uber’s advocacy strategy, scrappy lobbying and rapid growth


Uber Technology Inc.’s testy relationship with municipalities isn’t expected to ease up anytime soon, as the company needs more users to support its rapid growth and rising valuation.

While city councillors, car-service companies and municipal officials across Canada fight over Uber’s encroachment into regulated taxi industries, the global company’s scrappy government relations style is being driven by unrelenting growth objectives. With an expand-first, ask-questions-later approach, it’s aiming to justify a $50-billion (U.S.) valuation to financial backers.

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Titles, designations for finance professionals in Ontario are up in the air


Financial services professional groups have launched into a year-long lobby over the Ontario government’s look at new oversight bodies, regulations and standards to govern financial planners and advisers.

The Ontario Ministry of Finance has circulated a new consultation document that proposes to overhaul the province’s system of oversight for financial advisers and planners as investors and people saving for retirement trade in a more risky, complex financial system.

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Zurich Insurance to lobby Ottawa on information breaches


One of the world’s biggest insurance companies has registered to lobby the federal government on information breaches, as anti-terrorism Bill C-51 creates more risk by allowing for the sharing of sensitive information across departments and agencies.

Zurich Insurance Group Ltd., a global insurance company based in Switzerland that collects $1.3-billion annually in gross insurance premiums in Canada, registered in late June to lobby federally and identify “concerns for information breaches and mitigating such risks,” according to the lobbyist registry.

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