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Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

A victory for democracy, and common sense | Heather MacIvor

On Jan. 11, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada finally issued its ruling in Frank v. Canada (Attorney General) 2019 SCC 1. Gillian Frank and Jamie Duong, both Canadians living and working in the United States, argued that the statutory ban on voting by long-term expatriates violated the Charter. A 5-2 majority agreed, overturning a 2015 decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

Feds toughen, expand list of integrity regime offences | Julius Melnitzer

The federal government’s changes to the integrity regime, which came into force on Jan. 1, 2019 to help ensure it does business with ethical suppliers in Canada and abroad, could well be a wake-up call for business. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 1:04 PM

Cases that will make a difference | Sam Goldstein

Here are my three most important legal cases that I think we will be seeing the political and legal ramifications from for years ahead. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

Hi-Tech: Legal translation technology a matter of trust | Luigi Benetton

Companies that file documents with the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) often need to ensure they are in both of Canada’s official languages. Document translation is expensive. Can businesses avoid this expense? After all, it’s 2019. Free translation services abound online. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Professional regulation has never been so complicated, or important | Darrel Pink

In Canada, professional regulation ensures a public well served by competent and ethical practitioners. Regulators exist to protect the public interest. How that mandate is fulfilled by a regulator’s board of directors is the issue discussed in this column. ... [read more]

Monday, January 07, 2019 @ 8:44 AM

Wellness: Second thoughts about cannabis | Darryl Singer

Given the legalization of cannabis and my profile in speaking about addiction, I have been asked frequently in the last few months how I feel about marijuana. Of course, cannabis is typically not part of the discussion when talking about drug addiction. Indeed, many cannabis activists try to sell the line that it is not addictive, that it’s better than alcohol, even better than many prescription drugs. Quite frankly, until last month, I believed all of those things. ... [read more]

Friday, January 04, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

Addressing systemic racism in legal profession | Angelique EagleWoman

In the legal profession, we are often concerned about access to justice and ensuring equal justice for all. For Indigenous peoples, a variety of past policies and attitudes impact what is experienced today in legal actions and processes. One of the challenges facing the legal profession today is understanding what is systemic racism and how to bring about positive change to realize true justice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 11:19 AM

Website message signals serious access to justice problem | Rachel Goldenberg

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) has recently posted a notice on its website advising that it is undergoing challenges which are affecting the HRTO’s ability to “meet its service standards.” Despite the HRTO’s mandate to provide timely resolution services, mediations and hearings are being booked months in advance, and mediations and hearings that were scheduled months ago are now being rescheduled to a later date. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

System failing workers with chronic mental stress | Stuart Rudner

In theory, employees experiencing long-term trauma or harassment on the job have been entitled to workers’ compensation (WSIB) benefits for the past two years. In reality, the odds of an employee in such circumstances receiving benefits are minimal. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 2:48 PM

Access to Justice: Next year a big one for Action Committee | Thomas Cromwell and Beverley McLachlin

There are big transitions occurring at the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin has this month assumed the chair of the committee which she had convened a decade ago. ... [read more]