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Event focuses on life, legacy of former Supreme Court justice Abella
May 12 and 13 marked a celebration of the career and legacy of retired Supreme Court of Canada justice Rosalie Silberman Abella. The event featured dozens of speakers who discussed Abella’s legal skills, as well as her warmth and commitment to social justice and protecting the vulnerable.
May 12 and 13 marked a celebration of the career and legacy of retired Supreme Court of Canada justice Rosalie Silberman Abella. The event featured dozens of speakers who discussed Abella’s legal skills, as well as her warmth and commitment to social justice and protecting the vulnerable.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

It was a celebration of all things Rosie. This was the unusually colloquial mononym used for retired Supreme Court of Canada justice Rosalie Silberman Abella during a two-day tribute to the iconic judge and her storied 50-year legal career — including the 17 years she spent sitting on the high court until retiring last summer. ... [read more]

Petition launched in support of Senate bill on domestic violence Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 2:53 PM

A petition has been launched to support a Quebec senator’s bill to combat domestic violence and violence against women. Bill S-205, which was introduced by Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu last November, would amend the Criminal Code’s provisions on interim release to allow for the use of electronic monitoring devices and court-mandated therapy sessions for alleged abusers, among other changes. ... [read more]

Public Prosecution Service develops specialized team for sexual assault cases in N.W.T.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 11:10 AM

On May 18, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) announced the creation of “a team in the Northwest Territories (N.W.T.) office to develop approaches to sexual assault prosecutions.” ... [read more]

Alberta teacher discipline bill raises issues of administrative independence, law prof says Subscriber only content Shaun Fluker, University of Calgary faculty of law

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 2:09 PM

A University of Calgary law professor is raising alarm bells about Alberta’s newly adopted system for discipline of teachers, saying it could be a candidate for a revisiting the issue of administrative independence at the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

‘Employee rights have not changed,’ says counsel of court overturning decision on ESA amendments Lluc Cerda, a senior associate at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 9:31 AM

The “entire employment bar was waiting for this decision with bated breath” said counsel for the appellant in a case regarding COVID-19 amendments to the Employment Standards Act 2000 (ESA) and related regulation. Although the lower court decision was overturned on a procedural issue instead of a substantive one, counsel said the Court of Appeal was “ultimately correct” in its decision not to “throw aside the rules of evidence and the rules of procedure.” ... [read more]