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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 10:19 AM

Retirement from SCC should not be a life sentence | Kyla Lee

Since the Trudeau ethics report was released last week, a small commotion has erupted in the legal community. The commotion centres around whether retired Supreme Court of Canada judges should be permitted to return to private practice and whether in doing so they can be weaponized against one another. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 1:59 PM

For the PM, ‘sorry’ is the hardest word | Heather MacIvor

On Aug. 14 the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, released his report (Trudeau II Report) on the Trudeau government’s efforts to interfere with the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin (SNC). Dion concluded that the prime minister violated s. 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act (the Act) when he and his staff pressed former Attorney General (AG) Jody Wilson-Raybould to overrule the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and offer SNC a remediation agreement (Ethics commissioner finds PM improperly sought to influence AG re SNC-Lavalin prosecution). ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 11:32 AM

Helping prisoners’ kids avoid jail | Derek Reid and Jessica Reid

Every year over 300,000 children in Canada are separated from their parent because of their involvement with the criminal justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Happy birthday, law society | Sam Goldstein

A belated happy 222nd birthday to the Law Society of Upper Canada. On July 17, 1797, 10 lawyers gathered at the Wilson Hotel in Newark, Upper Canada, now Niagara-on-the-Lake to discuss how to better regulate the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Structured settlements: Hopes and dreams or real and certain | Julius Melnitzer

Personal injury lawyers should examine the feasibility of structured settlements (a settlement paid out as an annuity, not all in one lump sum) more closely in today’s low interest environment, a veteran plaintiff’s counsel maintains. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 1:50 PM

Using electronic records as evidence | Ken Chasse

Records are now the most frequently used kind of evidence in legal proceedings and for legal services. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Privacy concerns ramped up over border security agreement | Colin Singer

Canada and the U.S. have begun implementation of the third phase of the “Beyond the Border” security agreement finalized by the two countries in 2011. Aimed at facilitating easier trade and travel, the agreement provides for sharing of information about individuals crossing the border between the countries. ... [read more]

Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 11:53 AM

Manhunt case important lesson on presumption of innocence | Kyla Lee

In what was the most interesting news story of the summer, all of Canada watched as police descended on Gillam, Man., to carry out a days-long manhunt for two young men from Port Alberni, B.C., believed to have committed up to three murders in northern B.C. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Wellness: Law Society of Ontario doesn’t ‘get’ mental health | Darryl Singer

The recent Law Society Tribunal decisions in the cases of Brown, Stewart and Bagnall reveal that despite all of the LSO’s talk about mental health, they simply still don’t get it. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

The man with the newspaper | Ron Dalton

One day a man gave me his used newspaper to read, he did the same for each of the next five days, hardly a monumental act of kindness but one which had an immediate and lasting impact on my life. It was the summer of 1988 and I had just been arrested for the murder of my wife, the mother of our three young children. I was sitting in a holding cell of the local RCMP detachment in a small rural Newfoundland town. ... [read more]