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Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

We can’t police our way out of pandemic | Kyla Lee

In British Columbia, measures have been put in place, as they have across the country, to flatten the curve in the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

The Charter, freedom and a drugstore | Brian Bird and Derek Ross

Last Friday, April 17, was the 38th birthday of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter’s adoption in 1982 was a transformative moment for Canada. In that regard, another important anniversary occurs Friday April 24 — the 35th birthday of R v. Big M Drug Mart Ltd. [1985] 1 S.C.R. 295 the first decision of the court to interpret one of the Charter’s “fundamental freedoms.” ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

Under cover of COVID-19, rule of law falters | Pamela Palmater

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada, Indigenous peoples and allies were engaged in nationwide solidarity actions in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, its traditional leaders and clan members. Their actions were in response to RCMP removing Wet’suwet’en peoples from their homes to allow construction of Coastal Gaslink pipeline on their territory without their consent. Solidarity actions included peaceful occupations of railways, ports, bridges, highways, legislatures and minister’s offices supporting Wet’suwet’en calls for RCMP and Coastal Gaslink off Wet’suwet’en lands. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 1:14 PM

How to sentence during pandemic | Laurelly Dale

Generally, people don’t sign up to go to jail. Sentencing is not an optional exercise. Society has made peace with the basic punishments of prison life: deprivation of liberty, personal security, goods, privacy. COVID-19 has skipped the line. The virus has added to the list of punishments without going through the proper channels (i.e. the legislature). ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 1:04 PM

Lawyers of the future: Virtual mooting in COVID-19 era | Sigma Samanta Khan

Whether a law student is an eager litigator-to-be or a shy public speaker breaking out of their shell, mooting is a traditional and universal rite of passage for all law students, and practising lawyers often fondly reminisce about their law school mooting experiences. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 8:14 AM

Government censorship and pandemic misinformation | Cara Zwibel

Canada can flatten the curve without flattening free speech. Government censorship is hardly a public health tool for fighting a pandemic. It’s a political tool, or at least an effort, however well meaning, to narrow the marketplace of ideas, when wielded by governments. Information about COVID-19 — good and bad, proven and speculative, true, false and unverifiable — has been coming at us at warp speed over the last few weeks. Now there are reports that the federal government is considering a law aimed at criminalizing harmful pandemic misinformation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

Rabbit reality far from eggcellent | Victoria Shroff

As a long-term animal law lawyer and adjunct professor of animal law, I’ve been asked by various media in the past few weeks about COVID-19 and the impact on animals (Where your pets fit into COVID-19 crisis).  ... [read more]

Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 9:01 AM

Technology and the courts: Now or never | Neil Wilson

The COVID-19 pandemic has ground justice to a halt together with the rest of society. The only way to keep going will be to finally embrace what the justice system has resisted for so long: the use of technology. As the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention” — or, in our case, necessity may be the mother of finally applying long-available inventions to the trade of lawyering. ... [read more]

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 2:18 PM

Canada’s flexible immigration system pivots for COVID-19 | Colin Singer

Canada’s immigration system remains operational despite the impact of the unprecedented global battle against the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 9:05 AM

Tips for dealing with Justice Sudoku during COVID-19 | Marcel Strigberger

As I was sitting in my study this morning, I saw that lady pass by again in front of my house. She comes around now and then walking her black and white Scottish terriers. They look like poster dogs for that Black & White scotch whisky. Unfortunately for some reason these dogs find it convenient to dump their calling cards as they pass. And for some reason this lady does not always scoop up. ... [read more]