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Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 2:13 PM

Crowning achievement | Kurt Sandstrom

In May, the B.C. government announced the establishment of a new Crown agency for the delivery of support enforcement services. For the past 30 years, government delivered the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) under contract with a private company. During this time, government remained responsible for the legislation that directed enforcement services, and for the policies under which the program was delivered. The recent change moves the services closer to government. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Government inaction on saliva test data risks wrongful convictions | Kyla Lee

There’s something inherently insulting in the fact that as Canadian citizens we are not permitted to have access to the data, research and information about saliva testers that has been collected by the government. After the approval of the Abbot SoToxa device, a saliva testing device designed to measure tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrations in the blood, earlier this month, one would expect that government would release the basis of its approval. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Access to Justice: Legal aid critically important part of justice system | Beverley McLachlin

This spring, the Ontario government announced drastic cuts to legal aid in Ontario. The Legal Aid Ontario budget was cut by almost 30 per cent and funding was eliminated for refugee and immigration cases. This meant deep cuts to clinics and services, striking hard at the province’s most vulnerable inhabitants. These cuts were felt especially strongly in the larger centres, including Toronto. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 10:34 AM

Knowledge of technology requirement in Federation of Law Societies’ Model Code of Conduct | Ken Chasse

What follows is a message I recently sent to: ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

HIV decriminalization changes welcome but not enough | Ryan Peck

For many years, Canada has had the very unfortunate distinction of being a world leader in criminalizing people living with HIV. However, the law is finally, albeit slowly, being brought in line with science and human rights in a manner that is supportive of HIV-related care, treatment, and prevention. ... [read more]

Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 9:48 AM

Legal and communication teams: All together now | Wojtek Dabrowski

Every day inside large corporations, the legal and communications teams get in each other’s way. ... [read more]

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 10:26 AM

Why animals earned rightful place at humanities congress | Victoria Shroff

In part one of this series Animals: Family at home, property at court, I was explaining how interesting it was to be part of the global Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences taking place at UBC in early June and to have had the privilege to be invited to present on animal law. Great to see animal law taking its rightful place at the table as bona fide study and practice area. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 11:52 AM - Last Updated: Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

Upside to Legal Aid Ontario changes | Sam Goldstein

Changes to how Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) pays for bail hearings is an improvement to access to justice in Ontario. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 11:46 AM

Why sometimes, Latin is your only choice | Lawrence David

Legal practitioners, their clients and casual observers often find humour in the legal profession’s habit of invoking Latin expressions and doctrines in everything from contracts to wills and legislation. Expressions like de minimis non curat lex, quantum meruit, ab initio and res ipsa loquitur are only a few chuckle-inducing examples. Another is mutatis mutandis, which invokes the notion of mutation — a notion the modern mind is more likely to associate with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles than with the legal profession. ... [read more]

Monday, July 08, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Quebec to increase immigration levels after promised cuts | Colin Singer

Quebec’s provincial government has announced plans for immigration levels to increase every year for the next three years. By 2022, the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) plans to increase annual Quebec immigration to above 50,000 under all categories. ... [read more]