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Monday, March 28, 2022 @ 12:52 PM

Crown ‘handed its gown trying to reduce the consequences of Jordan,’ CLA president says of decision John Struthers, Criminal Lawyers' Association

In allowing a stay for a fraud conviction, the Ontario Court of Appeal has soundly dismissed the Crown’s suggestion that the court should “revisit the remedies” for s. 11(b) violations. While upholding the framework set out in R. v. Jordan, 2016 SCC 27, the court felt “compelled” to address the language in the Crown’s factum, calling its description of stays “extreme and inappropriate.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 28, 2022 @ 12:35 PM

Corrections Canada quick to respond to criticism not grievances | Jeffrey Hartman

On March 18, 2022, The Lawyer’s Daily published a piece by John Hill titled “Delays in prison justice,” available here. Hill is a retired prison lawyer who developed familiarity with Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) over three-plus decades in practice. ... [read more]

Friday, March 25, 2022 @ 10:11 AM

Lawyers who offer limited legal services | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: ... [read more]

Friday, March 25, 2022 @ 9:31 AM

Delays in prison justice, revisited | John L. Hill

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has taken issue with an opinion I authored published here on March 18. My concern was there was inordinate delay in resolving inmate grievances in a timely manner and concluded that such delay was a denial of justice. Reforms such as the creation of an internal grievance system was to prevent violence such as occurred in the 1971 Kingston Penitentiary riot. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 2:38 PM

UOttawa first Canadian university to hold moot trial in metaverse Metaverse courtroom

The University of Ottawa’s (uOttawa) Common Law Section is taking mooting to the next level by holding a trial in the metaverse on March 26. According to the school’s website, it will be the first Canadian university to “harness the power of virtual reality [VR] to simulate a trial, giving students technical competence that will be required in the future as the courtroom moves online.” ... [read more]

Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 1:14 PM

Examining Ontario’s Working for Workers Act, part two  Map of Ontario

Employment law in Ontario has always been on a bit of a wild ride in an election year, with innovative new rules being introduced and passed by one government shortly before an election, just to be repealed shortly after by the next government (do Bills 148 and 47 ring a bell, anyone?). This election year is no different. In recent months, the Ontario government introduced a number of legislative changes to create new rules for various workplace conduct including non-competition clauses in employment agreements, policies on the right to disconnect from work and electronic monitoring of employees, and the introduction of minimum wage for gig economy workers. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 9:20 AM

B.C. providing over $8M in new funding for legal aid Legal Aid B.C. CEO Michael Bryant

British Columbia is providing an additional $8.16 million in funding for legal aid, an investment aimed at filling what the province characterizes as gaps in service. The new funding was set aside as part of the province’s recent budget and includes a $7.47-million increase to Legal Aid B.C.’s budget and $730,000 for the Society for Children and Youth to fund the expansion of a legal clinic. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 8:57 AM

On gowns | Gabriel Latner

Let’s dispense with conspiracy theories: I do not believe our judiciary is in the (undoubtedly voluminous and exquisitely lined) pocket of Big Gown. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 @ 12:37 PM

Nunavut Legal Aid intervening at Supreme Court for first time Madeleine Redfern, Chair, Nunavut Legal Services Board.

Nunavut Legal Aid is making its debut as an intervener at the Supreme Court of Canada in a constitutional case involving an Indigenous offender given jail time instead of a community-based conditional sentence. The case, being heard on March 23, involves Cheyenne Sharma, a woman of Ojibwa ancestry and member of the Saugeen First Nation who, according to court documents, pleaded guilty to illegally importing cocaine into Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 @ 11:11 AM

Ontario’s Working for Workers Act: A summary  Map of Ontario

Employment law in Ontario has always been on a bit of a wild ride in an election year, with innovative new rules being introduced and passed by one government shortly before an election, just to be repealed shortly after by the next government (do Bills 148 and 47 ring a bell, anyone?). This election year is no different. In recent months, the Ontario government introduced a number of legislative changes to create new rules for various workplace conduct including non-competition clauses in employment agreements, policies on the right to disconnect from work and electronic monitoring of employees, and the introduction of minimum wage for gig economy workers. ... [read more]