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Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 12:45 PM

Time to reconsider computers in prison? | John L. Hill

During the school closings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I watched my niece and nephew, Ben and Abbie, continue their education sitting in front of a computer screen. Education is a key component in rehabilitation. How were inmates of Canada’s federal penitentiaries faring while lockdowns continue? ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 4:17 PM

Civil liberties boss behind surveillance of Manitoba judge leaves job John Carpay, former president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

The head of a national civil liberties group is taking an “indefinite period of leave” from his job after it came to light that he hired a private investigator to surveil Manitoba’s top judge, the organization’s board has confirmed. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 @ 12:35 PM

One person’s trash: Interaction between intellectual property, right to repair Computer Screen with tools

We have all had passing thoughts of regret before tossing a household item or appliance in the garbage. We wanted to fix it but could not find a replacement part or instructions online to fix the problem. We would be happy to pay someone to fix it, if we could even find a repairperson, but the cost of the part and repair labour are likely to be comparable to the cost of buying a replacement item. The rest is history — and landfill.  ... [read more]

Monday, July 12, 2021 @ 4:39 PM

I was followed by private investigator: Manitoba chief justice Justice Glenn Joyal, Chief Justice of Manitoba

Manitoba’s chief justice has revealed he was recently tailed by a private investigator in what he figures was an attempt to catch him breaking COVID-19 rules and embarrass him as he presides over a dispute involving public health restrictions. ... [read more]

Friday, July 09, 2021 @ 2:32 PM

The $50 billion no-account Baton Rouge bank error | Marcel Strigberger

What would you do if you thought you just magically received $50 billion? Conversely what would you do if you found out you just lost $50 billion? Ask Daren James of Baton Rouge, La., whose bank mistakenly deposited this amount to his account.  ... [read more]

Friday, July 09, 2021 @ 1:53 PM

Access to justice in estate law: Are we moving fast enough? Hand coming out computer screen signing document

The Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 (AAJA) received royal assent on April 19. The changes implemented through this legislation touch on a wide range of sectors — from judicial appointments, to the organization of Ontario’s land tribunals, to estates law. The overarching goals of the legislation are to modernize processes and remove barriers in Ontario’s justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, July 09, 2021 @ 12:23 PM

Ontario advancing to Step Three of reopening plan on July 16

On July 9, the Ontario government announced the province will be moving “into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 09, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Running back to happiness | Evert Akkerman

One of the lessons from the pandemic is the importance of fresh air and physical exercise for our well-being. Case in point, I recently read an article in Life magazine of Feb. 22, 1963, which featured the famous 50-mile hike that President John F. Kennedy reintroduced as a fitness challenge for the military. Life interviewed a Capt. C.D. Laaksonen, who had been an infantry company commander at age 29. Laaksonen’s rules for good health were simple: “I smoke about a pack a day, and a few cigars, and I drink an average of 15 10-ounce glasses of beer every evening except weekends, when it’s more. Also, I do a hell of a lot of marching.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 08, 2021 @ 3:04 PM

COVID-19 cases dropping, Tam urges Canadians to ‘keep the momentum up’

On July 8, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, announced that nationally “COVID-19 disease activity is at low levels” with the total active cases and average daily cases at around 95 per cent “lower than the peak of the third wave …” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 08, 2021 @ 12:41 PM

Bankrupt permitted to sue trustee in personal capacity in precedent-setting decision Gold coins on weigh scales

Licensed Insolvency Trustees (LITs) in Ontario are a lot like lawyers. They hold a de facto monopoly on their profession, they are self-governed, and they owe their clients a fiduciary duty. One major difference LITs enjoy over lawyers, however, is statutory protection from liability. ... [read more]