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Monday, May 04, 2020 @ 9:31 AM


Appeals by Canada from summary judgment in two class actions awarding damages for breach of Charter rights to inmates in federal penitentiaries who were held in administrative segregation. ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 4:51 PM

Ottawa bans assault-style firearms, commits to stricter gun control and ‘red flag’ law Bill Blair

The Trudeau government has announced, in broad strokes with few details, its intention to introduce “red flag” gun control legislation — a U.S.-style law that typically empowers courts to remove legally possessed firearms from potentially dangerous people. ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 10:44 AM

Employment sector Trudeau forgot Dadworkingfromhome

The federal and provincial governments have introduced various new assistance programs aimed at helping employers and employees sustain their businesses and at improving our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are critical to surviving the pandemic. Some of the most popular and valuable programs include: ... [read more]

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 9:33 AM

DEFENCES - Entrapment

Appeal by the accused from convictions for breach of trust relating to a witness record incident and a drug investigation file incident. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 3:58 PM

B.C. provincial court begins recovery of some court operations

The B.C. provincial court is beginning to take steps to move towards a full reopening after suspending operations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

SCC to launch virtual hearings in June; carbon tax challenges moved to special fall session Renée Thériault

The Supreme Court of Canada is launching virtual hearings in June to catch up on some of the 11 cases it postponed in March, April and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it plans to go ahead with hearing provincial challenges to the federal carbon pricing regime at a special session in September. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 12:52 PM

B.C. courts release notices on appeal procedures, pretrial conferences

The B.C. Court of Appeal has released additional information for lawyers and the public as it prepares to hear appeals by videoconference starting next week. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

Ailing parrot case speaks to commodification of animals Parrots

I have found in my 20-year practice as an animal lawyer that sometimes it’s two steps forward and three steps back. Here’s a recent case that highlights this proposition as it turns on the principle that animals are commodities under the law. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Red flags raised over government sharing personal data of COVID-19 cases with first responders Abby_Deshman_sm

Legal organizations have issued an open letter to Ontario’s Solicitor General, Sylvia Jones, addressing concerns they’ve raised over the government’s decision to “provide a range of first responders, including police services, with the names, addresses and dates of birth of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 11:26 AM

Examining ‘irreplaceability’ of courtroom advocacy, testimony | David W.L. Wu

Many in the legal community have for years advocated for the increased use of electronic technologies in courtroom proceedings. The hesitancy of the courts in Canada to adopt and make routine use of basic technologies such as e-filings and video/teleconferencing is, frankly, baffling to many. ... [read more]