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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]

Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

Unanimous top court decision on Truth and Reconciliation records retention will reduce tension | Richard Pound

Residential schools were already traumatic enough, with the forced separation of some 150,000 children from their families and cultural matrix, in pursuit of a misguided policy apparently intended to encourage more meaningful aboriginal participation in the Canadian “mainstream.”  It has taken Canada, collectively, far too long to address the problem, to end the program and to assess the short- and long-term implication ... [read more]

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

Legal teams spearheading the movement toward open office design | Julius Melnitzer

It’s a rare occasion when a company points to its legal team as its most forward-thinking department. But don’t tell that to the people in Sun Life Financial’s new offices at One York in Toronto. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 9:09 AM

Study explores views of judges, lawyers on family law issues | John-Paul Boyd

A wide-ranging study by the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family touched on a number of important issues — including parenting arrangements after separation, presenting children's views and support disputes — and made some interesting findings. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Access to Justice: Second interview with Justice George Czutrin | Thomas Cromwell

This is the second of a two-part interview with the Honourable Justice George Czutrin by Thomas Cromwell. ... [read more]

Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 8:49 AM

Tax Views: How fair is progressive taxation? | Vern Krishna

The public debate on “fair taxation” has escalated since the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, started his political campaign against professional corporations that pay tax at lower tax rates. The general consensus amongst Canadians is that individuals with higher incomes should pay more tax than individuals who earn less. But how much more is “fair”? ... [read more]

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

Along with the name change, law society should also look at title insurance | Julius Melnitzer

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) will be changing its name. Let’s hope it doesn’t use the occasion to toss its sticky if not seamy underside into the compost bin. ... [read more]