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Judges must give notice if banishment is part of sentence, say legal experts
Toby Goldbach
Sentencing judges cannot simply tack something like banishment onto a sentence without providing prior notice to the lawyers involved, said Toby Goldbach, an assistant professor with the University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law.  

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 1:26 PM

Trial judges considering banishment as part of one’s sentence must ensure the offender has had the chance to make submissions about the “extreme and unusual” punishment of having to leave their community, says a lawyer of a Nunavut appeal involving domestic sex assault. ... [read more]

Quebec court’s decision to uphold municipal billboard ban called ‘surprising’ Guillaume Rousseau

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 1:47 PM

Three of Canada’s biggest outdoor sign companies have six months to demolish dozens of billboards in a trendy Montreal borough after the Quebec Court of Appeal held that a municipal bylaw banning outdoor advertising panels represents a minimal infringement on freedom of expression. ... [read more]

Alberta should tread lightly on farm protest legislation, legal observers say Peter Sankoff, University of Alberta faculty of law

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

The Alberta government has vowed to move forward with legislation aimed at protesters who trespass on farms, but legal experts are saying the government should be cautious in its approach as it may not withstand constitutional scrutiny. ... [read more]

First class action clinic seeks to address ‘unmet need,’ director says Jasminka Kalajdzic sm

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 2:24 PM

The University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law is now home to Canada’s only class action legal clinic. The clinic’s director and Windsor law professor, Jasminka Kalajdzic, said the goal is to “build public confidence in the class action regime and better fulfil the access to justice of class actions.” ... [read more]

Nova Scotia Wellness Court hits 10 years Pamela_Williams_sm

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Nova Scotia’s Wellness Court is now a decade old, and the judge presiding behind its flagship bench sees its success as helping pave the way for an increase in co-operative justice as an alternative to traditional forms of punishment. ... [read more]