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Government rejects Senate’s bid to change consent provisions in sexual assault bill
Kim Pate
Senator Kim Pate warns that dropping the Senate’s amendment risks not protecting women who have been sexually assaulted while conscious, but who are severely intoxicated or otherwise incapable of consent.

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 4:03 PM

The Trudeau government has rejected two controversial Senate amendments strongly supported by women’s advocates that some experts say clarify — and others say muddy — the vexed law of consent in sexual assault cases. ... [read more]

Toronto Lawyers Association panel addresses issues, concerns with real estate law

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

Be vigilant — that was the key message from a conference on real estate law held by the Toronto Lawyers Association Nov. 13. The “Avoiding Liability: What Every Real Estate Lawyer Should Know” panel gave experts in real estate a chance to share some of their concerns and strategies to ensure transactions go smoothly. Panelist Raymond Leclair, vice-president of public affairs with LawPRO, noted real estate issues comprised 34 per cent of total insurance claims from 2007 to 2017, with $238 million in costs. ... [read more]

New cannabis retail regulations ‘step in right direction’ if enforcement has teeth, lawyers say Joe Hoffer sm

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

The Ontario government has announced new regulations for the licensing and operation of private cannabis stores, which include a zero-tolerance approach for any retailer serving youth under 19 and a prohibition on licensing anyone associated with organized crime. The announcement seems to follow standard licensing procedure for alcohol and tobacco, lawyers say, but how the government goes about handling enforcement will be something to watch out for. ... [read more]