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Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Government inaction on saliva test data risks wrongful convictions | Kyla Lee

There’s something inherently insulting in the fact that as Canadian citizens we are not permitted to have access to the data, research and information about saliva testers that has been collected by the government. After the approval of the Abbot SoToxa device, a saliva testing device designed to measure tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrations in the blood, earlier this month, one would expect that government would release the basis of its approval. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 1:58 PM

More outreach, less paper to be focus of Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench: annual report

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench is looking to increase accountability, harness new technologies and reduce its reliance on paper as it looks to its future. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

Manitoba law school hopes certificate in French will mean more bilingual lawyers Gerald_Heckman_sm

Manitoba’s law school is looking to improve access to justice for the province’s French population by producing more bilingual lawyers with a common law certificate in that language, says a legal mind behind the project. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:36 AM

Score one in major junior hockey league class action Hockeyplayersilhouette.jpg

The hockey playing plaintiffs in the major junior hockey league class action scored their first goal in the Quebec Superior Court when the court authorized the class action to proceed. The court released its decision in Walter c. Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Inc. 2019 QCCS 2334, on June 13. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 10:34 AM

Knowledge of technology requirement in Federation of Law Societies’ Model Code of Conduct | Ken Chasse

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 9:32 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:42 AM

Canada investing almost $2 million in two women’s legal organizations Maryam Monsef sm

The government of Canada will be dedicating almost $2 million to national women’s legal organizations in an effort to “help women receive greater support from, and fair and equal treatment by, Canada’s justice system.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

HIV decriminalization changes welcome but not enough | Ryan Peck

For many years, Canada has had the very unfortunate distinction of being a world leader in criminalizing people living with HIV. However, the law is finally, albeit slowly, being brought in line with science and human rights in a manner that is supportive of HIV-related care, treatment, and prevention. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Lawyer tries to do more than just pay ‘lip service’ to prisoners’ rights Hanna Garson

Hanna Garson has always been interested in how society is structured and its ability — or inability — to put in place systems that work fairly and effectively for everyone. With this philosophy well entrenched, Garson entered law school at Dalhousie University four years ago knowing she would inevitably gravitate to criminal law and sentencing. What she didn’t know was that the issue of prisoner rights would become a driving force in her personal and professional life. ... [read more]

Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 2:35 PM

Law commission seeks proposals for new law reform projects

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is seeking public proposals for new law reform projects. ... [read more]

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 10:26 AM

Why animals earned rightful place at humanities congress | Victoria Shroff

In part one of this series Animals: Family at home, property at court, I was explaining how interesting it was to be part of the global Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences taking place at UBC in early June and to have had the privilege to be invited to present on animal law. Great to see animal law taking its rightful place at the table as bona fide study and practice area. ... [read more]