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Bill ‘pardoning’ pot possession coming by year’s end but will reform be part of larger record suspension overhaul?
Ralph Goodale
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the Liberal government wants to pass legislation to enable the pardoning of those convicted of simple possession of cannabis ‘as quickly as possible.’

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has announced he expects to introduce legislation by year’s end that will enable people who have completed their sentences for simple cannabis possession to apply for “pardons” — without them having to endure the usual years-long waiting period, or having to pay Ottawa the normal $631 application fee. ... [read more]

Family sponsorship income requirement does not violate Charter: Federal Court of Appeal Avvy Go, Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against a woman who claimed the federal minimum income requirements for sponsoring family members to come to Canada were a violation of her rights under the Charter, saying she was unable to prove the provisions had an adverse impact on her. ... [read more]

B.C. bar association urging action on ‘acute’ issues with legal aid, auto insurance Subscriber only content CBABC president Margaret Mereigh

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 11:18 AM

The Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) is asking the B.C. government to increase funding for legal aid and to make changes to the recently transformed auto insurance system in the province as part of a number of recommendations it says will help to serve modern needs and lead to the efficient resolution of legal conflicts in B.C. ... [read more]