Have your say on accessing digital assets! Canadians Data on US Servers More than ever, people are storing their important personal information and other digital property online within the servers of large American companies such as Google, Facebook, and Apple. These "digital assets" can be anything from precious family photos and records to sensitive financial and legal information. Uncertainty Around Access to Data What Canadians don't realize is that outdated laws govern who can access [...]
Let us know how the Dower Act has affected your work at bit.ly/dowersurvey. The Dower Act in Alberta is a law that protects the property interests of a married person if the couple’s home is legally owned solely by the other spouse. It applies to the “homestead”, which means the house and some attached land where the owner spouse lived during the marriage. The Dower Act hasn't been updated significantly since 1948 and is not serving [...]
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ALRI welcomes its new summer student researcher Briggs Larguinho. Take a few minutes and get to know Briggs. Why did you pursue a career in law? I chose to pursue law because I wanted a job that constantly challenged me. The law is constantly changing and requires you to constantly challenge what you believe in. That aspect appeals to me and always keeps me on my toes. What is your favourite food? Sushi not even [...]
ALRI welcomes its new summer student researcher Serena Eshaghurshan. Take a few minutes and get to know Serena. Why did you pursue a career in law? I decided to pursue a career in law as I love working with people. I come from a psychology background so I always knew I wanted to work with clients. I have always been interested in law, so the opportunity to work with clients and help them with navigating the [...]
The Alberta Law Reform Institute proposed the legislation that became the Matrimonial Property Act (MPA) more than 30 years ago and there has been no substantive amendment to the MPA since then. ALRI has received suggestions that the legislation is in need of revision but there was little consensus as to which areas were in need of review. In order to advance the research, ALRI financed the work of Annie Voss-Altman, a student at the [...]
In 2010, the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) considered whether to undertake a project regarding the diversity of statutory review mechanisms available in Alberta for reviewing or appealing adjudicative decisions made by administrative tribunals. These tribunals include any administrative board, commission, agency or other body which exercises adjudicative decision-making power under provincial legislation. For the purpose of its deliberations, ALRI dedicated research time to prepare a detailed inventory of such tribunals and their statutory review [...]
In April 2013, The Muttart Foundation hosted a consultation conference in Banff, Alberta. The Alberta Law Reform Institute had the opportunity to meet with more than thirty experts from Non-Profit sectors across Canada, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom to exchange information and discuss the issues that Alberta Non-Profits face. This report summarizes the consultation and will be invaluable in guiding our recommendations in reforming the primary non-profit corporate legislation in Alberta, the Societies [...]