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Tuesday, December 13, 2022 @ 11:47 AM

Ontario education: Monopoly money, part four | Marvin Zuker

Results for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the largest school board in Canada, show that the percentage of children in grade three who scored at or above the provincial standard — equivalent to an A or B — was 61 per cent in math, 74 per cent in reading and 68 per cent in writing. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 @ 9:55 AM

Wellness: Tips for a happy holiday | Darryl Singer

The holiday season is upon us. For those with addiction or mental health issues, or those recovering from those issues, it is indeed a difficult time. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 @ 8:15 AM

Modernization of signatures: Collateral for safety and security Digital solutions

With the wide acceptance of digital signatures, the usage of ink signatures is declining day by day. From individual businesses to government offices, people have become more accustomed to digital signatures. ... [read more]

Monday, December 12, 2022 @ 4:44 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Financial Crimes Coordination Centre co-leads first report on money laundering involving opioids

In its first-ever report on money laundering from synthetic opioids such as illegal fentanyl, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) describes “a range of methods that organized crime groups use to launder proceeds from the illegal drug trade and clandestine production and the global supply chains that enable it.” ... [read more]

Monday, December 12, 2022 @ 3:20 PM

Quebec justice system in midst of crumbling, say leading legal actors Catherine Claveau

The Quebec justice system is in the midst of “collapsing,” sagging under the weight of underfinancing and bedevilled by a “catastrophic” shortage of court personnel, with more than 20 per cent of employees resigning in a year, prompting leading legal actors to describe the situation as “embarrassing” and even more alarmingly, kindling a public lack of confidence in the province’s justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, December 12, 2022 @ 1:57 PM

Case addresses possibility of kids lying in court Fam

The ends of justice require decision makers, from time to time, to rely upon certain myths to fill in the blanks. These myths are presumptions that seem to stand for absolute truisms that can be relied upon to reach a decision of guilt or innocence. Some of these “truths” have been debunked especially when it comes to how women act in various sexual scenarios. ... [read more]

Monday, December 12, 2022 @ 12:56 PM

Court makes it ‘clear that Crowns cannot buttress their own witnesses’ through oath-helping: counsel James Lockyer, Lockyer Zaduk Zeeh

A new trial has been ordered for a man convicted of sexual assault due to the “trial judge’s failure to give the jury a limiting instruction regarding the use of significant evidence tendered at trial of the appellant’s prior discreditable conduct,” the Court of Appeal for Ontario has ruled. Although the appeal was allowed on this ground alone, the court also found that “Crown counsel’s examination-in-chief of the complainant constituted oath-helping” and was on “the wrong side of the line.”    ... [read more]

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 5:00 PM - Last Updated: Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 5:04 PM

SCC rules confession after illegal detention was admissible due to ‘fresh start’ by police Mahmud Jamal

In upholding 5-4 the manslaughter convictions of two Albertans who confessed after they were illegally detained by police, the Supreme Court of Canada has divided over the question of when inculpatory evidence obtained by police following a breach of the accused’s Charter rights would bring the administration of justice into disrepute, and therefore must be excluded under s. 24(2) of the Charter. ... [read more]

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 2:54 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - CBA releases guide for corporations on investigating white-collar crime

The Canadian Bar Association has published a guide to help corporations and their lawyers with internal investigations of corruption, bribery and “other white-collar crimes.” ... [read more]

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 12:48 PM

Ottawa sanctions Russian, Iranian, Myanmar regimes for ‘gross and systematic’ human rights violations Melanie Joly

Canada is imposing dealings bans against 67 individuals and nine entities, who hail variously from Russia, Iran and Myanmar, and who the federal government accuses of complicity in “gross and systematic human rights violations” in those countries. ... [read more]