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Monday, September 09, 2019 @ 3:34 PM

Things I’ve learned since law school | Kurt Sandstrom

As we enter the “back to school” season, it has given me pause to ruminate on my own journey through the practice of law, especially having just celebrated my 30-year anniversary in the profession. ... [read more]

Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

It’s election time: Why we run | Peggy Nash

Heading into this fall’s federal election, hundreds of Canadians will once again offer themselves as candidates. Most run with political parties, but a few such as Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, will be independent candidates. While most of us complain from the sidelines, this group of Canadians is standing behind their words, speaking out in public and taking the blowback that inevitably comes with sticking your head above the parapet. ... [read more]

Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 9:03 AM

B.C. eliminates self-help kit for employment standards complaints B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains

The B.C. government has eliminated the “self-help kit” for making employment standards complaints it says has hampered workers’ abilities to voice their concerns, a step observers are viewing as a positive one. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 11:21 AM

New online tool for parenting plans avoids cost, conflict: B.C. legal services society Jamie Gillespie, Tyler Technologies

Putting together a parenting plan in B.C. has gotten a bit easier. The provincial Legal Services Society's (LSS) MyLawBC Family Resolution Centre is now allowing parents to craft their plan online. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

Ha-Redeye named Durham legal clinic’s executive director

Fleet Street Law announced that Omar Ha-Redeye has joined the Durham Community Legal Clinic (DCLC) as its executive director, effective Sept. 3.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 3:04 PM

Teacher spy pen case: When do victims’ voices count? | Karen Bellehumeur

Ryan Jarvis, the high school teacher who secretly used a spy pen to record the breasts and cleavages of female students at school, was sentenced to six months in jail last week. It was a heavy penalty and was meant to send a strong message about the exploitative use of digital technology to violate individuals’ sexual integrity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 12:12 PM

B.C.’s Access Pro Bono holding free outdoor legal clinics

Starting on Sept. 4, 2019, Access Pro Bono will begin its 12th annual series of free outdoor legal advice clinics for low-income British Columbians. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 11:34 AM

Incoming CBA vice-president passionate about organization’s advocacy work Brad Regehr sm

The Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) incoming vice-president, Brad Regehr, will be the first Indigenous person to hold the position of president when Vivene Salmon’s term ends in 2020. His goal as VP is to support Salmon’s goals for the organization, but looking ahead, Regehr would like to increase continuing professional development and focus on reconciliation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 8:46 AM

Need for legislated independent oversight in Nova Scotia jails Silhouettte.jpg

Starting this September, a group consisting of members of a civil society, a committee of East Coast Prison Justice Society, is set to enter the mens’ side of a Nova Scotian correctional facility to begin the process of information collection through meeting with detainees and staff. ... [read more]

Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

‘Deeply problematic’ individual citizenship informs interpretation of Charter rights: law prof Sharry Aiken, Queen’s University Faculty of Law

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against a number of refugee claimants who argued an inability to be heard before a government appeal body violated their constitutional rights. ... [read more]