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Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

End of opioid treatment program in Alberta violates Charter, patients argue

A group of patients participating in an Alberta drug therapy program aimed at treating people with serious opioid addiction issues are alleging the government has violated their constitutional rights by choosing not to continue funding their treatment, and is seeking the courts’ assistance to keep it going. ... [read more]

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 2:08 PM

Lawyers, students urge Parliament to protect rights of marginalized | Derek Ross

On Oct. 5, the federal government re-introduced Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying). Among other things, this bill would remove the requirement that a person’s death be “reasonably foreseeable” in order to obtain a physician's assistance to end their life. ... [read more]

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Victims of violence petition headed to Ottawa; could help unmuzzle Mounties Jo_Anne_Dusel_sm

A petition in Saskatchewan to have federal privacy laws changed to allow the Mounties in that province to participate in alerting people of possible risk of violence at the hands of a romantic partner is on its way to the House of Commons. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 2:28 PM

Closure of Milton courthouse due to mould will have ‘serious impact,’ says local law association head Ken Kelertas sm

Milton’s beleaguered courthouse was surviving the pandemic. It couldn’t survive mould. In an Oct. 15 notice, the Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) and the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) announced the immediate suspension of all in-person proceedings due to a recurrence of mould, which has been a longstanding problem in the building. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Juries: Trick or treat? | Marcel Strigberger

Juries first scared me at the age of 9. How? I grew up in Montreal, the son of immigrants from Belgium. One day my late father, a humble tailor, received a letter with an impressive-looking logo of the scales of justice. My dad, whose literary skills did not approximate his ability to alter a fine pair of trousers, asked me to read and translate it. I noticed the word “jury,” whatever that meant. I suspected it had nothing to do with hockey. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

In-person Ontario Provincial Offences Act proceedings adjourned until January

The Ontario Court of Justice is adjourning all in-person Provincial Offences Act proceedings held in municipally administered provincial offences courts until Jan. 22, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Legal aid agreement reached with Quebec government Mylene_Lemieux

After three years of negotiations, the Quebec government and the provincial bar association reached an agreement to raise legal fees and to establish an independent working group that will conduct an exhaustive review of the tariff structure. The agreement, widely perceived to be a “step in the right direction” by the Quebec legal community, calls for a five per cent retroactive increase in legal aid fees for the period of October 2017 to May 2019, and a 14.7 per cent increase in fees from June 2019 to September 2022. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Jessop file: It is never too late to correct a wrong | Bhavan Sodhi

Two hundred and 10 years is a long time. Comparatively, 210 years ago was 57 years before the confederation of what is now Canada; it was more than a century before both world wars; 172 years before the introduction of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and it is a duration spanning over 28 different Canadian prime ministers. Two hundred and 10 is also the total number of years that 23 Canadians have collectively spent in prison for crimes they did not commit. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 8:55 AM

The Sherman estate case reaches the Supreme Court: Part two sealed_document_sm

On Oct. 6, 2020, the case of Donovan v. Sherman Estate 2019 ONCA 376 reached the Supreme Court of Canada where arguments were heard on whether or not to unseal the probate applications. In this, the second article in a two-part series, I will continue the discussion of select cases dealing with sealing orders in estates and trusts context. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 7:27 AM

REVIEW BOARDS - Dispositions - Conditional discharge

Appeal by a detainee, Sim, from an Ontario Review Board disposition decision. ... [read more]