A Commentary on Recent Legal Developments by the Opinions Group of McCarthy Tétrault LLP

This was a busy week at the Court, with the release of one oral decision, and eight leave-to-appeal rulings, all likely to be of interest to Canadian businesses and professionals.

The Court granted an oral decision in British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association, 2014 SCC 70.  The SCC reversed the ruling of the BCCA on the grounds that the lower court had failed to give adequate deference to an arbitrator’s interpretation of a collective agreement, and had failed to recognize the differences between the purposes underlying pregnancy benefits and parental benefits.

The Supreme Court granted leave to appeal from the well-publicized decision of the Federal Court of Appeal, in Canada v. Daniels, 2014 FCA 101, which had ruled that Métis (but not non-status Indians) were “Indians” for purposes of s. 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867.

The Supreme Court refused leave in eight additional rulings likely to be of interest: