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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Nova Scotia Wellness Court hits 10 years Pamela_Williams_sm

Nova Scotia’s Wellness Court is now a decade old, and the judge presiding behind its flagship bench sees its success as helping pave the way for an increase in co-operative justice as an alternative to traditional forms of punishment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 12:35 PM

Scheer’s call for SNC Lavalin inquiry during election dangerous precedent | Julius Melnitzer

It may just be the brouhaha over Andrew Scheer’s dual citizenship that made me link Donald Trump’s vow to “jail Hillary” and “lock her up” with the Conservative leader’s pledge — in the middle of an election campaign, no less — to launch a judicial inquiry into Justin Trudeau’s conduct in the SNC Lavalin scandal. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

Indigenous issues slowly disappear from election 2019 | Pamela Palmater

The unofficial slogan for the 2015 Liberal election campaign was “there is no relationship more important to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples.” It was a mantra shared repeatedly by Justin Trudeau pre- and post-election and stood in stark contrast to former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s adversarial relationship with First Nations. In fact, it was Trudeau’s election promise to make Indigenous issues a political priority, together with his commitment to a nation-to-nation relationship grounded in respect for Indigenous rights, that helped his party win the Indigenous vote. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 9:24 AM

PRISON ADMINISTRATION - Duty of fairness - Rights of prisoners

Appeal by a provincial prison inmate from a decision dismissing his habeas corpus application. ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 3:36 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 8:51 AM

SCC endorses new restrictive view of Charter right ‘to the lesser punishment’ Sheilah_Martin

The Supreme Court of Canada has split 4-3 to endorse a narrower interpretation of an offender’s s. 11(i) Charter right to be sentenced to “the lesser punishment” in cases where penalties change between the offence and sentencing — an approach that will lead to harsher sentences for some who have committed historic crimes. ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 2:44 PM

CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS - Legal rights - On being charged with an offence - To benefit of lesser punishment

Appeal from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal affirming the decision sentencing Poulin to a conditional sentence of two years less a day on charges of gross indecency committed between 1979 and 1983. ... [read more]

Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 1:15 PM

Sentencing of woman as dangerous offender overturned by Ontario Court of Appeal

An Ontario judge committed a miscarriage of justice in 2012 when she deemed that a woman with mental, behavioural and cognitive challenges was a dangerous offender and should be imprisoned indefinitely, according to a recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling.   ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 9:54 AM

Canada’s courts inconsistent with new jury rules, lawyer says Breana_Vandebeek_sm

A recent decision around process in a New Brunswick murder case shows how Canada’s courts are divided over new rules for jury selection and applying them inconsistently as a result, says a lawyer involved. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

How major political parties address important issue of dementia electionflag

The federal election is only days away. As of Oct. 3, the latest Ipsos poll for Global News finds that health care is the most important issue for Canadians when they go into the ballot box. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Delay: Jordan’s big effect on civil litigation spiral_clock_sm

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Jordan 2016 1 SCC 27 has had a big impact, not only in the context of criminal law, but also in civil actions. ... [read more]