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Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 1:45 PM

Focus on dignified lives, not facilitated deaths | Isabel Grant and Elizabeth Sheehy

Just as Bill C-7 became law last week, Minister of Justice David Lametti tweeted that this new law supports “the building of the Canada we are fighting for,” one with dignity and autonomy for all. One could be forgiven for not recognizing that what Lametti was tweeting about was offering medically assisted suicide to people with disabilities who experience intolerable suffering. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Troublesome advice from solicitor general on criminal obstruction Silhoutte of cop in doorway

In September 2020, an assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of the Solicitor General sent a memorandum to municipalities across the province of Ontario providing information and advice on the enforcement of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 (ROA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 1:23 PM

Access to (In)justice: A critical race reflection | Joshua Sealy-Harrington

It is a privilege to be invited by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to write the second guest column in her The Lawyer’s Daily series on access to justice. In the first guest column (by Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin), the former chief justice of Canada indicated that her hope for such columns was to widen perspectives on access to justice. With that in mind, I want to briefly explore how the dominant individualistic paradigm of access to justice is flawed, and how we must shift to a systemic paradigm for meaningful access to justice in Canada to be realized. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 9:51 AM

Ghost of Ghomeshi past haunts Governor Cuomo | Laurelly Dale

As of March 12, three-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been accused of seven instances of sexual harassment/inappropriate behaviour and one sexual assault allegation. President Joe Biden reserved judgment on whether Cuomo should resign, opting to wait for the results of the investigation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 7:59 AM

Attorney general says Ontario moving forward with modernization agenda for justice system Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey

Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey says increasing the number of judicial candidates the attorney general can choose from will help modernize the province’s judicial selection process and is the reason why the government is legislating that change. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 6:20 AM

BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS - Disqualification or removal

Application by the Crown for an order removing Goldlist as counsel for NC. NC was jointly charged with two other young persons, SB and YF, with the second-degree murder of another young person, AH, who was shot to death on April 15, 2019. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 11:50 AM

Responding to improved pandemic scams Phone with COVID scam symbol

Recently, we published a piece about common COVID-19 scams and how to reduce one’s risk of being a victim of fraudsters. In the below article, we list and describe some other scams. We also provide useful advice about how to combat fraud. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 11:49 AM

‘Eyes of the world’ on Kovrig, Spavor trials, foreign minister says

Canada’s foreign minister is saying “the eyes of the world” are on the closed-door trials of two Canadians who have been held in China on espionage charges for more than two years. The trial of Michael Kovrig finished March 22, with a verdict to be announced at a future date. The trial for the second detained Canadian, Michael Spavor, ended under similar circumstances March 19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 9:17 AM

Gavel game: Small but real differences between Canadian, U.S. legal systems Gavel on red law book

We call it the “Gavel Game.” Try this at home, or wherever else COVID-19 allows you to roam with others. Ask any Canadian whether they believe our judges use gavels in their courtrooms. Litigators know that the answer is no, but almost everyone else will get it wrong, including non-litigator lawyers (as we learned when we recently gavel gamed a veteran Toronto securities lawyer). ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 6:22 AM

SEARCH WARRANTS - Reasonable grounds - Informer’s tip - Setting aside

Appeal by the accused from conviction for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime. ... [read more]