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Top judge suggests Ottawa should publicly explain when it rejects courts’ reasonable budget requests
Paul Crampton
Federal Court Chief Justice Paul Crampton is asking Ottawa to consider creating an independent body to advise the government on the four national courts’ funding requests.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 9:17 AM

Federal Court Chief Justice Paul Crampton says the federal government should be obliged to account to the public why it turns down budgetary requests from Canada’s four national courts that are deemed reasonable by an independent advisory body. Since budget freezes nearly shuttered some of his courtrooms last year, the Federal Court’s leader has been striving to come up with a way to boost the operational funding of the itinerant national trial court that has seen successive governments turn down budget requests from the Courts Administration Service (CAS) — the registry for the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Tax Court and Court Martial Appeal Court. ... [read more]

Ottawa says it’s replacing ‘administrative segregation’ with ‘structured interventions’ for certain inmates Ralph Goodale

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 3:24 PM

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 5:11 PM

Prisoners’ rights advocates say the devil is in the details of proposed Liberal government reforms that would replace the constitutionally dubious practice of “administrative segregation” with “a new correctional interventions model” that would divert offenders who cannot be managed in the general population to newly created “structured intervention units” (SIUs) that offer inmates “an opportunity” for a minimum of four hours per day outside their cells and a minimum of two hours a day “of meaningful human contact.” ... [read more]

SCC precedent key in rescue group’s appeal against ousted volunteer, lawyer says

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 9:51 AM

Courts will not interfere with a volunteer organization’s expulsion of a member unless the latter has a “proprietary interest” via that membership, a lawyer says of an appeal involving a Manitoban who was booted from a search and rescue team. Leaning heavily on precedent set by the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal of Manitoba ruled on Oct. 1 that a lower court was wrong to reinstate the membership of one Jim Bell as a volunteer with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association of Manitoba (CASARA Manitoba).   ... [read more]