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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]

Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Constitutional challenge to B.C. family law legal aid moving forward Raji Mangat, West Coast LEAF

A lawsuit arguing British Columbia has a constitutional responsibility to ensure access to the justice system for women who are fleeing violent relationships or face ongoing abuse from ex-spouses will soon have its day in court. On Aug. 23, B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson ruled against the B.C. government and the provincial Legal Services Society (LSS) in their attempts to dismiss the suit as having no reasonable claim ... [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]

Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

Law society aims to save role of paralegals, law students and articling students post-Bill C-75 Malcolm_Mercer_sm

At its next Convocation, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will vote on regulatory changes for paralegals, law students and articling students in a bid to keep non-lawyer agents in play when new federal rules come into force barring them from acting in summary offence cases. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 11:13 AM

‘Stripping away’ Charter rights: Ontario’s problem with strip searches Womanincell

Almost two decades after the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its landmark ruling in R. v. Golden [2001] 3 S.C.R. 679 in which the court set out the legal parameters surrounding justifiable strip searches, police forces across Ontario are continuing to have difficulty with adhering to these legal precepts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 1:23 PM

Legal aid ping pong harms vulnerable refugee claimants | Stephen Kaduuli

In its spring budget, the Ontario government cut Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding by $133 million and said it will no longer provide provincial funds for refugee and immigration cases. LAO is mandated to promote access to justice for refugee claimants among other vulnerable Ontarians. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 10:58 AM

Why Ontario’s victim compensation bill will hurt those it’s designed to help Child,woman,first_sm.jpg

In April, the Conservative government of Ontario announced its plans to repeal the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act in the 194-page bill tabled as part of the Finance minister’s budget measures. Bill 100, titled Protecting What Matters Most Act, would also dissolve Ontario’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the tribunal that has awarded financial assistance to victims of crime since 1971. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 10:19 AM

Retirement from SCC should not be a life sentence | Kyla Lee

Since the Trudeau ethics report was released last week, a small commotion has erupted in the legal community. The commotion centres around whether retired Supreme Court of Canada judges should be permitted to return to private practice and whether in doing so they can be weaponized against one another. ... [read more]