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Tuesday, August 06, 2019 @ 10:52 AM

Feds announce $1.8 million in funding to fight gun, gang violence in Newfoundland and Labrador

Bill Blair, federal minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, on Aug. 2 announced more than $1.8 million in funding over five years to support the Guns and Gang Violence Action Fund-Newfoundland and Labrador. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 06, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Armed Forces prosecutors seek to compel deputy chief military judge to assign judge to try top military judge Philippe-Luc Boutin

The prosecution of Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil took another unusual turn recently as military prosecutors asked the Federal Court to compel Deputy Chief Military Judge Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil to assign a military judge to preside over the court martial — notwithstanding d’Auteuil’s ruling in June that he and his three fellow military judges are all conflicted out, or otherwise unable to preside, over the unprecedented case. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 11:27 AM

Quebec’s top judge says outreach needed to boost female representation at highest judicial levels TLD Exclusive

Quebec’s top judge tells The Lawyer’s Daily that, in her experience, even the most accomplished female jurists are, generally speaking, more apt than their male counterparts to need encouragement to apply for senior roles in the judiciary. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 10:25 AM

Of mice and mens rea | Marcel Strigberger

An interesting story surfaced from our courts recently. Giant retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot are apparently selling mouse and rat traps that contain glue. Toronto lawyer Sandra Schnurr, founder of a group known as Canadians for Animal Protection, filed a notice of application to ban these retailers and others, such as Canadian Tire, from selling these traps, arguing they are abusive in that they result in an agonizing and prolonged death to the animals. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

Court of Appeal decision reminder that ‘civility starts with the bench,’ lawyers say Michael Lacy sm

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision regarding a manslaughter conviction is being noted by lawyers as an important reminder on civility in the courtroom. The court provided a lengthy analysis on the trial judge’s decorum after the appellant argued that the judge’s conduct created a “reasonable apprehension of bias.” ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 8:27 AM

In-house counsel should lead charge against legal aid cuts | Julius Melnitzer

The deafening silence from in-house counsel and their professional associations about the Ford government’s $130 million in cuts to Legal Aid Ontario is nothing less than shameful. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 3:06 PM

Ottawa now accepting no-fee expedited pardon applications for simple cannabis possession David Lametti

Tens of thousands of people with convictions for simple cannabis possession became eligible Aug. 1 to apply for no-fee expedited pardons from the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) (so long as they have no other kinds of convictions). ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 1:41 PM

Oland trial highlights presumption of innocence notguilty

On July 19, 2019, Dennis Oland was found not guilty in the bloody, bludgeoning death of his father, New Brunswick multimillionaire Richard Oland. Proceedings spanned eight years — including a conviction, successful appeal, retrial, mistrial, and ultimately, an acquittal. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 12:51 PM

Gladue role in impaired driving case Unchainedwoman.jpg

The Criminal Code contains certain provisions that apply differently in separate provinces as a result of certain provinces opting in, or not, to a particular program. An example of this was the availability of conditional discharges in matters of impaired driving. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 6:18 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Remedies for denial of rights - Exclusion of evidence

Application by the accused, charged with possession of child pornography, to exclude evidence of child pornography found on his cell phone. ... [read more]