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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

Cannabis legalization ignores First Nations | Pamela Palmater

For decades, federal and provincial governments, through their local, regional and national police agencies and court systems, have arrested, charged and imprisoned thousands of First Nations people for engaging in the cannabis trade. Many had hoped that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s stated commitment to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples and his desire to legalize cannabis would help address many issues, one of which being the crisis-level over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 @ 12:55 PM

#BellLetsTalk about practical mental health help for lawyers | Sarah Molyneaux

Talking about mental health issues in the legal profession is important. Lawyers still feel ashamed about admitting to any weakness. We still hesitate to ask for help or take time for real self-care. But, as we talk more about mental health, it’s becoming clearer that just talking about these issues isn’t enough. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 3:23 PM

How McCallum might help get Meng back to China | Sam Goldstein

Editor's note: This article was written two days before John McCallum was removed from his post of Ambassador to China. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Wellness: Five things to do while under suspension | Darryl Singer

The Law Society of Ontario has published something called Guideline for Lawyers Who Have Been Suspended or Given an Undertaking Not to Practice. This document is a near-exhaustive list of all the things you cannot do while under suspension. Sadly, the LSO does not publish anything which tells suspended lawyers the things they could, should, or might want to do while serving their suspension. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 1:09 PM

Class action lawsuit raises questions for Ford, insurance regulator | Jasmine Daya

Eleven auto insurance companies that have allegedly withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in HST payments from Ontario car accident victims since 2010 have been named in 11 class action lawsuits that now total $1.1 billion in damages. None of the 11 class actions has been certified or tested in court. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

How B.C. aims to protect temporary foreign workers | Colin Singer

British Columbia has recently announced plans to boost protection of its nearly 50,000 temporary foreign workers in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

Yes we have no insurance | Marcel Strigberger

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has launched public consultations on amending our motor vehicle insurance laws. The issues if you are an insurer are fraudulent claims and if you are a consumer or accident victim, ever increasing premiums and converse attrition of accident benefits and tort award entitlement. ... [read more]

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 8:21 AM

The OSPCA case: Property rights and fundamental justice | Heather MacIvor

On Jan. 2 the Ontario Superior Court struck down three sections of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (OSPCA Act). In Bogaerts v. Attorney General of Ontario 2019 ONSC 41, Justice Timothy Minnema found that the impugned provisions infringed s. 7 of the Charter. He further concluded, without hearing submissions on this issue, that the Attorney General of Ontario could not justify the infringements under s. 1 of the Charter. He suspended the declaration of invalidity for 12 months. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

Hi-Tech: More women tech entrepreneurs just what industry needs | Luigi Benetton

Software development has long been known as a “boys’ club” but women leaders are making their mark on the industry too. Their perspectives may be what the field needs to build more sustainable successes. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 12:11 PM

Relationship between police and forensics impedes independence | Laurelly Dale

We are loyal to those that retain us. Biologists at the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) are assigned case files to process exhibits submitted to them from the police. These cases are almost always of a serious nature, involving dozens to hundreds of exhibits. What ensues are ongoing teleconferences, meetings and e-mail correspondence between the biologist and Ident officer. ... [read more]