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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

Justice delayed is justice denied for accident victims | Patrick Brown

Victims of road violence and other forms of negligence tell horror stories of being victimized twice — first by insurance companies and then by the costly and time-consuming jury system. But it doesn't have to be this way. ... [read more]

Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

Decision highlights CRA’s overzealous tax litigation policy | Julius Melnitzer

Sometimes, litigants get so caught up in zealotry that they lose sight of basic underlying factors. That, perhaps, is part of the cost of the adversarial system. But when the zealot is the Crown in a country that faces vexing issues of delays in the court system and access to justice in general, some questions should be asked. ... [read more]

Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

The Coach: Why invest in your people? | Gary Mitchell

So often I come across gatekeepers and “bean counters.” They have one job and that is to keep track of the bottom line. They lack vision. They don’t understand marketing. And they don’t get that investing; yes investing in your people will pay dividends for years to come. If you’re just going to continue to “count the beans,” then don’t bother reading the rest of this article. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 9:48 AM

Quebec’s niqab ban risks redefining Canada as we know it | Colin Singer

Bill 62, passed in October, is stirring controversy by restricting face covering, a practice largely followed by Muslim women, many of whom are immigrants. Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of religion and ensures equality before the law. It also affirms the country's commitment to the preservation and enhancement of the multicultural heritage of all Canadians. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

Hi-Tech: Security video only as good as the policy you have for its use | Luigi Benetton

Your company installed video surveillance equipment. You’re the boss. One day, you see an employee knocking off early. You intend to discipline that employee using video evidence.Lawyer Mark Hayes thinks that’s a bad move. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 9:43 AM

Greening federal environmental law: Canada at a crossroads | Richard Lindgren

As the government enters the third year of its electoral mandate, many observers agree that Parliament has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to hit the reset button and substantially improve the laws that constitute Canada’s environmental safety net. Unfortunately, it seems that Ottawa's law reform efforts have slowed down in recent months. ... [read more]

Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 8:59 AM

Public inquiry needed to address sexualized violence in policing and corrections system | Pamela Palmater

The integrity of Canada’s justice and corrections system has been called into disrepute from the sexualized violence committed by its police and corrections officers against Indigenous women and girls, female prisoners and even their own female colleagues. This week, officials at Edmonton’s maximum-security prison suspended seven employees – including managers - for allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 12:48 PM

Ottawa announces its groundbreaking multi-year immigration plan | Colin Singer

Canada plans to welcome 980,000 new immigrants over the next three years under an ambitious three-year immigration plan announced by the federal government on Nov. 1. Annual immigration levels could rise to as high as 360,000 by 2020 under the multi-year plan. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 8:26 AM

Bill 62 neither rationally connected to its objective nor proportionate to negative effects | Leenat Jilani

If there is one thing that can be extrapolated from the Supreme Court of Canada case of Canada v. Bedford 2013 SCC 72, it is that the voices and choices of women deserve to be heard. Bill 62 banning face coverings, including the niqab worn by some Muslim women, for those providing and receiving a public service, is unconstitutional and a direct violation to freedom of conscience and religion. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 9:46 AM

UNDRIP has implications for fresh water governance in Canada | Hannah Askew

Canada’s plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will necessitate substantial changes to how we make decisions affecting water. In particular, the requirement for the Crown to seek the “free, prior and informed consent” of First Nations prior to undertaking new development projects on their territories has the potential to catalyze a new approach to water governance. ... [read more]