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Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 12:32 PM

Judge’s reliance on witness’ ‘out of box’ demeanour results in new sex abuse trial

A recent Appeal Court ruling is a reminder that judges’ assessment of “out of box” demeanour should be used cautiously when gauging one’s credibility, says a lawyer after a new trial was ordered for a Nova Scotia man convicted of sexually abusing his daughter.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 11:31 AM

Alberta legal aid strategic plan emphasizes outreach, reducing barriers to access Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) president and CEO John Panusa

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) has released a three-year strategic plan that highlights changing workplace culture, better communication of the organization’s mission and streamlining client service to better serve the needs of Albertans. LAA president and CEO John Panusa noted legal aid signed a new four-year governance agreement and funding model with the provincial government and the law society in October, and the strategic plan emanated from that. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

Cannabis legalization ignores First Nations | Pamela Palmater

For decades, federal and provincial governments, through their local, regional and national police agencies and court systems, have arrested, charged and imprisoned thousands of First Nations people for engaging in the cannabis trade. Many had hoped that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s stated commitment to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples and his desire to legalize cannabis would help address many issues, one of which being the crisis-level over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

B.C. criminal law boot camp ‘like no other training for judges in Canada’: provincial court justice Justice Gregory Koturbash, B.C. Provincial Court

Making the transition from lawyer to judge can be a daunting task, especially with the prospect of hearing cases that may not necessarily be in one’s area of expertise. But since spring 2018, the B.C. provincial court has been offering a program to allow incoming justices a chance to be immersed in the world of criminal law as they take their seats on the bench. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Harper Grey adds two partners

Scott Marcinkow and Joel Morris have joined the partnership of Harper Grey LLP. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 1:03 PM

Counsel praises Crown for ‘holistic’ approach using Indigenous mediation circle in Manitoba John Corona

Legal minds are hoping for more restorative justice similar to that of an Indigenous mediation circle taking place for two Manitoba women suspected of spewing online hatred toward local Aboriginals. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal orders new murder trial on defence of provocation

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of killing his roommate in a decision, counsel says, shows provocation as a partial defence to murder is still alive and well in Canada. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 3:23 PM

How McCallum might help get Meng back to China | Sam Goldstein

Editor's note: This article was written two days before John McCallum was removed from his post of Ambassador to China. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 2:43 PM

Seeking justice for the sake of Justice Horse

One hundred thousand dollars in U.S. funds. That is the amount of money that an 8-year-old horse and his new guardian have sued for in Oregon. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Proposed assisted reproduction regulations unfair to surrogates, say experts Lisa Feldstein

The federal government’s proposed regulations to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act are unfair, unrealistic and unconstitutional, according to health law experts who fear that they may end up dissuading donors from participating in the altruistic undertaking. ... [read more]