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Feds table bill delaying by a year MAiD eligibility for those suffering solely from mental illness
David Lametti
Explaining the Liberal government’s proposal to further delay MAiD eligibility for individuals suffering solely from mental illness, Justice Minister David said ‘it is clear that more time is needed to get this right ... to help provincial and territorial partners and the medical and nursing communities to prepare to deliver MAiD in these circumstances.’

Thursday, February 02, 2023 @ 3:49 PM

Citing the need for more time to enable provinces, health regulators and MAiD providers to “get this right,” Justice Minister David Lametti has proposed legislation to delay to March 17, 2024, eligibility for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for those whose sole underlying medical condition is mental illness. ... [read more]

Alberta lawyers to vote on resolution calling for repeal of professional development rule

Thursday, February 02, 2023 @ 12:01 PM

Last Updated: Thursday, February 02, 2023 @ 1:43 PM

Active lawyers in Alberta will soon have the chance to express their opinion on the provincial law society’s rule on mandating continuing professional development (CPD) requirements such as its mandatory course for Indigenous cultural competency training. ... [read more]

Recent amendment to Ontario labour law did not violate Charter, court rules

Thursday, February 02, 2023 @ 11:59 AM

An Ontario court has batted back a constitutional challenge of a recent amendment to provincial labour relations legislation, with a legal expert saying the decision shows that there is reasonable scope for government to reconfigure bargaining structures without violating the Charter. ... [read more]

FOLA, Criminal Lawyers’ Association stress ‘presumption of innocence’ in bail reform submission Douglas Judson, FOLA chair

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 @ 4:19 PM

Both the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) made submissions to Ontario’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy’s review of the bail system, stressing respect for the “presumption of innocence” and the “right to reasonable bail.” The review, which is being held after five police officers were killed at the end of 2022, also received submissions from the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) and the Toronto Police Service (TPS).  ... [read more]

Court won’t decide if Canada flouts Genocide Convention by inaction on China’s treatment of Uyghurs Alan Diner

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 @ 1:18 PM

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2023 @ 4:33 PM

The Federal Court has ruled it does not have jurisdiction to grant an application by a Uyghur advocacy group seeking declarations recognizing alleged “acts and omissions” by the government of Canada in relation to what the group contends is the “ongoing genocide” against members of the Uyghur population in the People’s Republic of China — an accusation China flatly denies. ... [read more]