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B.C. law society says lawyers' devices should be free from border searches

Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 3:59 PM | By Amanda Jerome

Herman Van Ommen, president of the Law Society of British Columbia, sent a letter to federal ministers this week voicing his concern about lawyers’ electronic devices being searched at the Canadian border.

Herman Van OmmenThe letter, addressed to Jody Wilson-Raybould, minister of Justice and attorney general of Canada, and Ralph Goodale, minister of Public Safety, said the law society understands the authority on which electronic device searches is based is in s. 99 of the Customs Act. However, the law society points out, that “section does...