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Monday, December 02, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Gender diversity in legislative drafting act | Lawrence David

One never truly knows to where a simple cup of vanilla chai can possibly lead. Case in point: I went to an unnamed, yet well-known coffee shop around the block after a day of writing. Aside from placing my order, I had an incredibly insightful conversation with a barista. Their name is Jaclyn, and they are an exemplar of human warmth, decency and going above and beyond preparing a customer a cup of vanilla chai. Jaclyn inspired this column and I am privileged to dedicate it to them. ... [read more]

Monday, December 02, 2019 @ 9:20 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Legal rights - Specific remedies - Variation of sentence

Sentencing of the 23-year-old offender who pled guilty to luring and child pornography. ... [read more]

Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - Last Updated: Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 4:38 PM

SCC awards $20,000 for unlawful arrest, says police must know law, respect civil liberties Justice Suzanne Côté

A university student who fought her illegal arrest up to the highest court has been vindicated by the Supreme Court of Canada, which unanimously awarded her $20,000 for the mistreatment she suffered after she exercised her right not to comply with a subway inspector’s unlawful order to hold the handrail on a down escalator in Montreal’s subway system. ... [read more]

Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Ford announces new laundromat for crime proceeds Money&contractchanginghands_sm.jpg

In October, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that he would be diverting money seized from criminals and using it to fund police initiatives. Individuals arrested for certain offences related to drug trafficking, human trafficking, fraud and/or property offences often have their cash seized by the police. ... [read more]

Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

Toto, I have a feeling we’re in Iowa | Marcel Strigberger

Dead or alive? That is the question. An interesting decision came out of the Iowa Court of Appeal recently. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 28, 2019 @ 11:40 AM

Ontario commits to $20M in annual funding to fight human trafficking

The government of Ontario announced on Nov. 28 that it is developing a new strategy to combat human trafficking that will be co-led by Sylvia Jones, solicitor general and Jill Dunlop, associate minister of Children and Women's Issues. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 28, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

More economic injustice for Indigenous people as result of Van der Peet | Angelique EagleWoman

Author’s note: In the first part of this two-part series, I discussed how courts have exacerbated Indigenous poverty by falsely redefining pre-contact economic activity and thereby limiting economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples. It is important to note that all of the decisions discussed involved criminal charges brought against Indigenous peoples engaged in commercial activity which was the primary point of contact with Europeans who entered North America. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 4:08 PM

What you don’t know can hurt you Woman entangled in rope

Not every survivor of family violence walks into her lawyer’s office with a broken arm or black eye. Identifying the subtler forms of abuse is challenging. Coercive controlling behaviours, including emotional and psychological abuse and financial control, don’t leave visible injuries. As a result, the victim may be unaware of the extent of the abuser’s control over her or, indeed, that his treatment of her is a form of abuse. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 1:56 PM

Alberta adds eight Crown articling students in bid to boost access to justice in rural areas

The government of Alberta announced that it is doubling the number of Crown articling students, ensuring homegrown talent stays in Alberta. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 1:38 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal cuts sentence to prevent sex offender’s ‘almost certain’ deportation to Taiwan

Sentencing judges’ reasons should address the collateral immigration consequences of the penalties they impose, the Ontario Court of Appeal has underscored in a judgment which reduces from eight months to six-months-less-a-day, a sentence that “almost certainly” would have led to the deportation of a permanent resident who tried to buy sex from an underage girl. ... [read more]