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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 9:56 AM

New Indigenous law institute at Lakehead University meets growing need, says law dean Jula Hughes, Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay

The launch of a new Indigenous law and justice institute at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law will help meet the increasing demand for skills in Indigenous law in Northern Ontario and beyond, says dean of law Jula Hughes. The Thunder Bay, Ont.-based institute, which has been named Maamawi Bimosewag — They Walk Together, officially started operations April 1 thanks, in part, to $437,000 in funding from the federal Department of Justice’s Justice Partnership and Innovation Program. ... [read more]

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

The veil has lifted | Veena Kumar

I am a current 1L at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) and while I could wax poetic about attending law school via Zoom in the middle of a pandemic, this specific piece is not about those trials and tribulations. Instead, this pertains to a culmination of events which compelled me to write the poem titled The Veil Has Lifted. Last year, the BLM movement began to stir up long held beliefs and feelings that had been brushed aside or buried. Still, I did not find I had enough clarity to give the inner turmoil a voice. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 12:48 PM

Live animal export en route to slaughter inhumane Boats in the suez canal

Inhumane live animal export en route to slaughter over long distances is a global issue of concern. Over the past half century, global trade in live animal export has grown in leaps and bounds. Animals are exported exhaustingly long distances in various live states, often enduring hardship or death along the way. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 9:03 AM

Appeal Court ruling on video hearings could impact courts during pandemic, says lawyer Amy Ohler, founding partner, AJO Law, Toronto

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision endorsing a lower court’s finding that a not criminally responsible (NCR) accused woman cannot be forced to attend a video hearing against her will could have wider implications for courts during the COVID-19 pandemic, says a Toronto lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 2:38 PM

Test for the justice minister | John L. Hill

David Lametti, Canada’s minister of justice and attorney general, since taking over from Jody Wilson-Raybould, has become one of the most progressive justice ministers in recent memory and to an extent, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “fixer.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 2:12 PM

In defence of for-profit nursing homes | Heather Campbell Pope

Eight years ago, at age 71, Jane Devji climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with her sons to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. It was her third ascent up Africa’s highest mountain, having first made the trek decades earlier in her 20s, and then for a second time at age 67, also in support of the Vancouver-based dementia charity. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 1:11 PM

Nova Scotia opens COVID-19 compliant courthouse

A high-tech, COVID-19 compliant “criminal jury courthouse” has opened its doors in Atlantic Canada. The courthouse, in Dartmouth, N.S., opened March 31 and has been specially designed for the physical distancing of those inside. According to a news release, it is the first of its kind to be opened in Atlantic Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 1:46 PM

Former judge to lead consultations on conviction review commission

Canada’s government has tapped a former Ontario judge to lead consultations on forming an independent commission to review cases of possible wrongful criminal conviction. According to a March 31 news release from Justice Canada, former Ontario Appeal Court Justice Harry LaForme has been appointed to lead “public-facing consultations” on the creation of the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

Access to justice: Who needs it, how you can help | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: I seem to be getting more calls these days from people who have cases that require legal services, but who have had a bad experience working with law firms in the past. They are often left with ongoing legal matters and a large bill to pay — with no funds to retain a new lawyer to help them. As a legal professional, I want to help these people — but how can I assist them at a price that they can afford? ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 8:57 AM

Riparian rights no clear-cut exemption from municipal regulations River running through a farm

We often hear about erosion and flooding as a side effect of climate change. Owners of waterfront properties may be required to or want to undertake flood and erosion control work to mitigate the impacts of high water levels and shoreline flooding. This type of work is usually subject to land use planning controls and conservation authority regulations. These governmental regulations can restrict or prevent property owners from undertaking certain erosion controls to protect their property. Understandably, property owners may object to these restrictions and want to assert their riparian right to protect their property. ... [read more]