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Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 12:42 PM

Police chiefs launch framework for collaborative police response to sexual violence

Coinciding with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has launched the Canadian Framework for Collaborative Police Response on Sexual Violence, designed to provide police services across Canada with leading practices that support evidence-based, trauma-informed, and victim-centred investigations. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

Drink, drive and be deported: A warning to permanent residents drinking_driving_sm

As the holidays approach, you can feel the change in the air. While the temperature drops, people’s spirits are generally lifted. Merriment abounds, as many of us rush from party to party, celebrating the season with friends and family. However, in all of the hustle and bustle, we can sometimes forget to be vigilant about our alcohol consumption. Many make the unfortunate decision to get behind the wheel as they eagerly head to their next gathering, without recognizing that they are driving impaired. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 9:17 AM

Ontario, federal-provincial-territorial counterparts discuss ways to fight human trafficking

The Ontario government announced that this week, Jill Dunlop, the province’s associate minister for Children and Women’s Issues, met with Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) counterparts in Victoria, B.C., to advance Ontario’s commitment to combat human trafficking and protect women and children. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

NL survivors of sexual violence get help on legal journey Kevin O’Shea

Funding for The Journey Project, a legal support program for survivors of sexual violence, is coming to an end. However, Kevin O’Shea, executive director of the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN), is optimistic the three-year pilot program is sustainable. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 6:24 AM

DEFENCES - Self-defence

Appeal by RS, a young person, from convictions for manslaughter, aggravated assault, and careless use of a firearm. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

B.C. aiming to make appellate court rules and procedures clearer, easier to navigate

B.C. is looking for the public’s input on proposed changes to the rules and procedures of the provincial Court of Appeal, saying the current rules are out of date and confusing to both litigants and lawyers alike. The Ministry of the Attorney General is proposing amendments to the Court of Appeal Act and the Court of Appeal Rules. The most recent revision of the Act and rules occurred in 1996 and, as a result, the government says modernization is needed. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:47 AM

Liability for unlawful arrest and right to refuse to comply | Sylvie Rodrigue

On Nov. 29, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered its decision in Kosoian v. Société de transport de Montréal, 2019 SCC 59 and unanimously ruled in favour of Bela Kosoian, overturning the decisions of the Quebec courts below and ordering the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) (the authority responsible for the subway system), the City of Laval and constable Fabio Camacho to pay her $20,000 in relation with her detention and arrest 10 years ago. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Serving legal papers via social media

As many lawyers know, locating and personally serving a defendant with a statement of claim can at times be an onerous process and it can especially be troubling if you are having difficulties locating the defendant. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 8:02 AM

EVIDENCE - Hearsay rule - Foreign evidence assistance agreements and legislation

Appeal by the accused from convictions arising from a failed conspiracy to import cocaine from Costa Rica to Toronto. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

Why death row dog Punky should head to Supreme Court Punky3

We the lawyers for Team Punky, Canada’s death row dog, are working hard to try to get this unprecedented case about a “dangerous dog” heard at the Supreme Court of Canada. I wrote two earlier articles about the important animal law case of Punky Santics: Getting Punky off death row and How Punky the dog got to Supreme Court. ... [read more]