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Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

The man with the newspaper | Ron Dalton

One day a man gave me his used newspaper to read, he did the same for each of the next five days, hardly a monumental act of kindness but one which had an immediate and lasting impact on my life. It was the summer of 1988 and I had just been arrested for the murder of my wife, the mother of our three young children. I was sitting in a holding cell of the local RCMP detachment in a small rural Newfoundland town. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

Quebec lawyers struggling with mental health issues: study Nathalie Cadieux

More than 40 per cent of Quebec lawyers suffer from psychological distress, with lawyers with less than 10 years of experience more prone to experiencing mental health issues, according to a new study by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 06, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Big Tech complicit in silencing western voices against oppression abroad | Gurpatwant S. Pannun

We have been hearing about more and more individuals and small companies getting deplatformed, demonetized and shadow banned by Big Tech and social media. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 10:25 AM

Of mice and mens rea | Marcel Strigberger

An interesting story surfaced from our courts recently. Giant retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot are apparently selling mouse and rat traps that contain glue. Toronto lawyer Sandra Schnurr, founder of a group known as Canadians for Animal Protection, filed a notice of application to ban these retailers and others, such as Canadian Tire, from selling these traps, arguing they are abusive in that they result in an agonizing and prolonged death to the animals. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 8:27 AM

In-house counsel should lead charge against legal aid cuts | Julius Melnitzer

The deafening silence from in-house counsel and their professional associations about the Ford government’s $130 million in cuts to Legal Aid Ontario is nothing less than shameful. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 12:51 PM

Gladue role in impaired driving case Unchainedwoman.jpg

The Criminal Code contains certain provisions that apply differently in separate provinces as a result of certain provinces opting in, or not, to a particular program. An example of this was the availability of conditional discharges in matters of impaired driving. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

Protesters urge new Ontario AG to reverse cuts to legal aid Legal_Aid_Protest_1_sm

Ontario’s new attorney general must “stand up” to Premier Doug Ford and recommend that cuts to legal aid in the province be reversed, says an organizer of a recent protest by clinics serving racialized communities. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 1:26 PM

Staunching RCMP harassment culture Woman pushing back

Despite the fact that a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, Merrifield v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 ONCA 205, found that there is currently no tort of harassment at common law, mounting societal pressure and changing cultural attitudes have catalyzed numerous lawsuits relating to workplace harassment in Canada and beyond. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Summer prep time for animal law teacher teaching owl

Summertime. The word evokes bucolic carefree days of feeling the sand under your toes, capped off with warm nights under twinkly stars gathering to socialize with friends and family. ... [read more]

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 12:58 PM

Three Nunavut initiatives to aid access to justice, families get $1.8 million in funding

Federal Minister of Justice David Lametti on July 29 announced a total of $1.8 million in new funding for three Nunavut initiatives to increase access to justice and support the well-being of women and children. ... [read more]