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Federal government drops controversial measures to expand firearms ban in proposed Bill C-21
Marco Mendicino
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said ‘legitimate concerns’ were raised about the need for more consultation and debate on the now-withdrawn amendments to proposed Bill C-21; he pledged to work with MPs to craft a ‘clear solution that will keep assault-style weapons off our streets.’

Friday, February 03, 2023 @ 3:25 PM

Last Updated: Friday, February 03, 2023 @ 4:37 PM

Bowing to pressure from opposition parties, Indigenous leaders, hunters and gun advocates, the minority Liberal government has scrapped controversial changes it planned to make to its proposed firearms bill (C-21) that banned assault-style weapons but were said by critics to also aim at hunting rifles and shotguns. ... [read more]

Canada sanctions Russian propagandists for lying about Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine Melanie Joly

Friday, February 03, 2023 @ 4:31 PM

Citing their part in Russia’s “lies and deception” about its illegal invasion of Ukraine, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announced sanctions against 38 Russian individuals and 16 entities that Canada says “are complicit in peddling Russian disinformation and propaganda.” ... [read more]

‘Important precedent’ set in ruling on s. 7 Charter rights of encampment residents, amicus says Mercedes Perez

Friday, February 03, 2023 @ 12:51 PM

In a precedent setting decision, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that a Regional Municipality of Waterloo bylaw which prohibits “erecting any type of structure, including a tent,” on region-owned property violates the s. 7 Charter rights of unhoused individuals who built an encampment on the property. ... [read more]

Ontario releases Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan

Friday, February 03, 2023 @ 12:48 PM

The Ontario government has released its first Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan to help ensure citizens are “prepared for, and safe, during future emergencies like cyber security threats, pandemics or natural disasters.” ... [read more]

Life at all costs not absolute, holds Quebec Appeal Court in case involving boy in coma

Friday, February 03, 2023 @ 9:39 AM

The principle of preserving life at all costs is not absolute when the conditions for maintaining life are unacceptable, ruled the Quebec Court of Appeal in a heartbreaking case that granted permission to a Montreal children’s hospital to permanently remove a breathing apparatus from a 5-year-old boy in coma in a decision that is in line with jurisprudence, according to health law experts. ... [read more]