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Conservatives join with Liberals to vote down Senate’s amendments to sexual assault bill
Kim Pate
The sponsor of the Senates’ amendments, lawyer Kim Pate, points out that yet another trial judge was recently overturned for ‘the very error, fed by harmful stereotypes about victims of sexual assault, that ... the original wording of Bill C-51 risks encouraging.’

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

The Liberal government, joined by the Conservatives, voted down two controversial Senate Criminal Code amendments supported by women’s advocates who argue trial judges desperately need Parliament’s specific guidance in sexual assault prosecutions involving complainants who were incapable of consenting due to intoxication, disability or other factors. ... [read more]

Money may be seen as motivation for new Manitoba drunk driving fines, prof says Michael_Weinrath_sm

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

Manitoba’s push toward tougher fines for impaired driving may be seen by some as a “cash grab,” given that rates of drunk driving have generally been in decline, says a scholar. ... [read more]

First Nations hope new accord with B.C., Ottawa may ‘turn the page’ on denial of rights Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

The federal and B.C. governments have signed a new agreement with First Nations representatives in the province aimed at changing treaty negotiations, but an Indigenous rights lawyer says a lot remains to be seen if the language of respecting rights will bear fruit. ... [read more]