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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 11:46 AM

When the prosecutor hires the judge | Murray Fallis

“It is difficult for an individual to understand something when their salary depends on them not understanding it.”    Upton Sinclair ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 8:38 AM

Thunderous step: High court to hear Happy the elephant’s habeas corpus case Shackled elephant leg

Thunderous animal law news out of the U.S. For the first time in history in an English-speaking jurisdiction, an animal is going to have her day in high court. That’s correct. A non-human being named Happy is going to have her elephantine habeas corpus case in court. The hugely influential New York Court of Appeals agreed on May 4, 2021, that they will hear Happy the zoo elephant’s habeas corpus case. ... [read more]

Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 1:24 PM

Supreme Court, leave to appeal for youth in face of dissent Young man behind bars

Young people are different. They think differently, they act differently, and they are treated differently in the criminal law. The Youth Criminal Justice Act offers a number of protections for young people. It limits the availability of jail as a sentencing option. It encourages rehabilitation. It recognizes the different decision-making qualities of a young person. The Youth Criminal Justice Act is a codification of Canada’s commitments to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (the “Beijing Rules”). ... [read more]

Friday, May 07, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Windows 2021: A divorce odyssey | Marcel Strigberger

As the Beatles song goes, “money can’t buy me love.” Bill and Melinda Gates have somewhat validated this thesis announcing their divorce intentions of ending a 27-year marriage. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

COVID, parties, manslaughter | Kyla Lee

 A recent case in British Columbia has attracted a lot of attention as a result of comments made by the sentencing judge. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 @ 1:22 PM

Fond farewell to Canadian legal legend Berger | H.B. Shroff and Victoria Shroff

We have lost many luminaries in the legal profession over the past past few years. With the passing of the former leader of the New Democratic Party of B.C., member of B.C. parliament, retired former B.C. Supreme Court justice, and lawyer Thomas Berger, OC, on April 28, 2021, we have lost an 88-year-old Canadian legend. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

All creatures starved and mauled | Ken Hill

I have always liked animals so I enjoyed reading the James Herriot novels with their stories of the quirky but lovable country folk of the Yorkshire Dales and the amusing scrapes their pets and livestock got into. So, it was my great good fortune to have had the Ontario SPCA as a client for many years. However, due to the nature of the work, the stories I was party to skewed more to the horrific than the heart-warming. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

Budget cuts: Access to justice NOT just about lawyers | Jorgen Wong and Vivian Leung

In 2019, Doug Ford decreased Legal Aid Ontario’s budget by 30 per cent, effectively lowering its funding by an amount of $60 million to $70 million. In the meantime, the pandemic put additional pressure on Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) as the province experienced a sudden strong demand for legal services. As noted by the clinic’s then executive director Jack de Klerk, “the elimination of positions [within legal clinics] will be inevitable.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 12:40 PM

Why is West not renouncing Chad’s new illegal government? | Franck Bakasse

On April 20, 2021, the spokesperson for the Chadian national army, Gen. Azem Bermandoa, announced on Chadian national television the death of Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno, who died as a result of his wounds fighting against the rebel group FACT (Front for Change and Concord in Chad). ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 8:53 AM

Report calls for proactive regulation to address government AI accountability gap Nye Thomas, Executive Director, Law Commission of Ontario

The warning is loud and clear: if governments at all levels in Canada don’t act now to regulate their own use of artificial intelligence, it could end up hurting vulnerable citizens, damaging public services and undermining public trust, according to a recent report by the Law Commission of Ontario. ... [read more]