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Tuesday, October 01, 2019 @ 1:39 PM

Message to Wilson-Raybould still applicable today | David Milgaard

Two years ago, I wrote the following letter to the-then Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

McLachlin memoir a great read but needs more on SCC decision making | Heather MacIvor

A good memoir inspires its readers to reflect on their own lives — those actually lived, and those that might have been. Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law, the new memoir by former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin, does just that. ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 11:44 AM

Worth the risk: Cost-benefit analysis of opioid crisis | Jordana Goldlist

In a 2017 decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that “offenders, even first offenders, who traffic significant amounts of fentanyl should expect to receive significant penitentiary sentences” (R. v. Loor 2017 ONCA 696). Fast forward two years and I now tell my clients charged with trafficking fentanyl that they, if found guilty, can expect to serve more time in jail than someone convicted of manslaughter.   ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 8:58 AM

Federal Court reins in Immigration and Refugee Board | Julius Melnitzer

The Federal Court has limited the power of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s (IRB) chairperson to issue jurisprudential guides (JGs) on issues of fact, where the JGs create an “expectation” that board members were bound to follow the directives. ... [read more]

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 10:35 AM

Welcoming Costa Rica’s work from home bill | Tara Vasdani

As a remote-first law firm, and passionate advocate for remote-work arrangements, I am thrilled to account on President Carlos Alvarado’s official signing into law of the work-from-home bill. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Getting creative with dispute resolution | Stuart Rudner

When it comes to how we handle disputes, there are many options. And yet the reality is that most of us tend to do things the same way every time. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

First Nations and the business of cannabis | Pamela Palmater

Justin Trudeau’s 2015 election platform promise to immediately legalize marijuana if elected spurred a frenzy of activity behind the scenes. There were police officers, politicians and other former leaders, previously against the sale of the drug, making plans for their own cannabis boutiques. The very same people that had previously outlawed, arrested and jailed people for growing, possessing and/or selling cannabis would now have the unfair insider advantage about where to sell and to whom. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

Without a warrant: Police use popular family tree genealogy sites to solve murder cases | Laurelly Dale

Collect evidence now, ask questions later. That is the approach of police and FBI in the U.S. using GEDmatch, a DNA data collection site that combines results from the popular 23andMe and Ancestry sites. The site was praised for helping solve the mystery of the Golden State serial killer. Before any courts can weigh in, the police have used GEDmatch in 60 cold cases. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

Wellness: The ‘post-racist’ delusion | Darryl Singer

On Sept. 11, Law Society of Ontario benchers voted to repeal the Statement of Principles (SOP). This follows the bencher election several months ago which galvanized the StopSOP contingent and allowed them to elect enough benchers to ensure that the SOP would be destroyed. They were singularly focused on what they deemed as an unnecessary intrusion on their freedom of speech (it wasn’t) and their freedom of thought (also, no). ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Law society does not have ‘Label Town’ address | Ian Wilkinson

What a strange sensation creeping over me. I remember a fleeting feeling something like it when I heard family law was going to be put in scope for paralegals. It came back again when, excluding myself, the Stop the Statement of Principles (StopSOP) slate was elected. I felt it again when I watched Convocation approve criminal scope for paralegals and rescind the Statement of Principles (SOP). Could it be? No? Is this what it feels like to be proud to be part of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO)? Well that’s new, at least for me. ... [read more]