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Top judge urges bar to vigilantly defend judicial independence
Richard Wagner
Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner urged Canadians to avoid ‘complacency’ and other actions that could threaten judicial independence at home, noting that even ‘just a little’ erosion endangers the rule of law on which democracy depends.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 12:23 PM

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner is warning the bar and all Canadians to be vigilant to preserve the judiciary’s independence. In his first address to the Canadian Bar Association’s annual meeting, the top judge stressed that judicial independence exists not for the benefit of individual judges, but to preserve the public’s confidence that judges decide cases independently and impartially, and without regard to the political ideology of the government that appointed them. ... [read more]

Dealing with orphan oil and gas wells both a political and legal problem, experts say Alastair Lucas, University of Calgary

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 3:28 PM

A potential crisis looms over Alberta’s energy sector, which is largely separate from the fallout if major projects such as Trans Mountain expansion do not go forward. ... [read more]

Judge’s reasoning ‘tainted by his erroneous view’ of required notice, court rules

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 9:18 AM

In a dispute over the breach of a settlement agreement, the Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of an insurance company regarding notice of forfeiture and has declined to grant relief from forfeiture to the respondent company. ... [read more]

‘Justice has not yet been achieved,’ says director of N.S. Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative Michelle Williams

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

The Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq (IB&M) Initiative at the Schulich School of Law in Halifax has reached a new milestone. The landmark law school program has now completed its 30th year in operation. ... [read more]

Ottawa wants new citizens to pledge to observe Aboriginal and treaty rights Subscriber only content Murray Sinclair

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 9:43 AM

The federal government has introduced amendments to the Citizenship Act that would require new citizens to commit that they will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, “including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.” ... [read more]