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Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 9:20 AM

Polyamorous relationships might be the next frontier for family lawyers | John-Paul Boyd

With a recent study by the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family finding that the number of people involved in more than one intimate relationship at a time is likely growing, understanding the applicable legislation is becoming more important. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 @ 8:58 AM

Safe injection site exemption should be expanded to marijuana dispensaries | Aaron Harnett

On August 21, Toronto welcomed its first “legal” safe injection site, The Works, located near Yonge Street and Dundas. Given that the drugs being injected by the patients are still highly illegal, there is often confusion about the legal status of these safe injection sites. Are the health workers a party to the possession of the controlled substance by aiding or abetting their use? Are the patients themselves liable to arrest for possession? ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 @ 8:38 AM

Limited sentencing: How judges can affect crime rates | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

Canadian criminal justice policy documents from groups of various political persuasions have, for many decades, expressed concern about unnecessary use of imprisonment. One of the reasons that these views of imprisonment make sense is that prisons, though undoubtedly necessary for some who have offended, cause problems for those who have never committed offences: the children of those who are imprisoned. ... [read more]

Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 9:17 AM

Daimler’s innovative blockchain bond issue good and bad news for lawyers | Julius Melnitzer

Kiss the trusted adviser goodbye: that, it appears, is the message for the profession from Daimler AG’s recent US$115 million bond issue, all of which was done digitally using blockchain technology. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Access to Justice: The action-oriented, result-driven views of John Sims | Thomas Cromwell

John Sims was recently named a Member of the Order of Canada for his commitment to access to justice and for his principled and respected leadership as a senior public servant. He agreed to respond to some questions from me to help mark this important recognition. ... [read more]

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 8:43 AM

A matter of life and death: Urgent call for a new wrongful death statute in B.C. | Sandra Kovacs

Despite repeated calls for change from grieving families, the province's fatal accidents legislation has yet to be amended to allow bereavement damages. The new NDP government has a chance to follow other jurisdictions and set things right. ... [read more]

Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

Hi Tech: Live vs. video presentations | Luigi Benetton

Chuck Rothman participated in a panel discussion at Osgoode Hall late last year. Video of the event later made its way online. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

The case for legislating police mental health training | Robert Karrass

The question often arises of where we draw the line between justifiable and unjustifiable use of force in police interactions. The answer is not a simple one but is generally summed up in two words… “Police Safety”. The idea is that officers who are charged with upholding the law and protecting members of our society, need to be able to protect themselves (and others) from actual or perceived harm. However, when officers are dealing with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, the line becomes skewed. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Ontario ruling provides a look at Canada's Kafkaesque world of immigration detention | Guidy Mamann

When a judge’s reasons begin by quoting Kafka to describe the immigration detention history of Ricardo Scotland of Barbados, you know that the rest of the decision simply can’t bode well for the government’s position. ... [read more]

Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

Wellness: Crisis brewing over unique challenges facing racialized lawyers | Darryl Singer

That racialized lawyers experience the same challenges in the legal profession as all lawyers is obvious. Less obvious to many is that racialized lawyers also experience challenges that are additional to and/or markedly different than those of non-racialized members of the profession. ... [read more]