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Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 3:10 PM

Constitutional challenge to MAiD regime likely as Parliament endorses change Trudo Lemmens, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Toronto

One battle is done but the larger conflict over medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in Canada looks far from over, with legal observers saying recently enacted changes to the regime are discriminatory against people with disabilities and an advocacy group pledging to take the government to court. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 2:42 PM

Swearing in court: The upside | Marcel Strigberger

Here’s why you should swear at work, according to science. And here’s an Ontario judge who recently did just this. More about that to follow. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 12:17 PM

What Leafs rebuild can teach courts | Michael Lesage

Few hockey teams are as storied, and yet have boasted less success over the last half century than the Toronto Maple Leafs. Long beset by poor management, they have objectively underperformed their competitors for generations. In that time, they have struggled to make the playoffs, generally failed to advance far into the playoffs when they have qualified and completely failed to reach the finals. At various points, they have effectively fielded a team of amateurs or has-beens. In many respects, their underperformance is emblematic of that of the Ontario court system. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 12:06 PM

Nova Scotia court to up its use of livestreaming Chief Justice Michael Wood, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

In the name of maintaining the open court principle, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal is increasing its use of webcasting for the next several months. For the last year, like their counterparts across the country, Nova Scotia’s courts have either shut down, reduced operations or altered procedures as part of extensive efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 11:17 AM

New, improved pandemic scams Phone with COVID scam symbol

While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes, it, unfortunately, has not changed some things. One such thing is the presence of fraud and scams. Fraudsters and scam artists do not take a vacation during economic downturns. They actually become more active. Since March 2020, there have been more than 10,000 Canadian reports of fraud and Canadians have lost $7 million to fraud. Some scam artists have “cashed in” on COVID-19 and created scams specific to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 8:34 AM

Power of pixie dust: Accessing justice one year later | Bo Kruk

Just over a year ago, the world fundamentally changed. Overnight, bustling downtowns resembled scenes from films like 28 Days Later. Schools closed as learning shifted online, working from home became commonplace, and the courts restricted matters to only those that were urgent. Gradually, we started to adapt to this new reality and its increased digital presence. These adjustments have spurred positive changes while others have created new challenges. Throughout this shift in our collective lifestyles, the wheels of the legal machine never stopped. ... [read more]

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 6:22 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Legal rights - Protection against unreasonable search and seizure

Appeal by Paterson from a decision that set aside the stay of impaired driving charges against her. Police officers found the appellant slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of a liquor store. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 2:20 PM

Federal funding to help support Indigenous justice project Justice Minister David Lametti

The federal government has announced financial support for a Manitoba-based project supporting Indigenous young women who are involved in the justice system and diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 11:44 AM

Women in law: Where are we now? | Jasmine Daya

On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day to commemorate women’s achievements. Over the years, I have become more appreciative of this day, perhaps as I gain a better understanding of what it means to be a lawyer, wife and mother, among my many other roles. This year, I fear my gender has regressed within the practice of law. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 9:17 AM

Ontario ‘ag-gag’ law unconstitutionally restricts political expression, peaceful protest: lawsuit Kaitlyn Mitchell, Animal Justice

Ontario’s so-called “ag-gag” law will soon find itself before the courts as an animal rights group has sued the province, saying the law violates the constitutional right to freedom of expression. Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, passed the Ontario legislature last June and prohibits anyone from entering farms or slaughterhouses under “false pretenses,” making it illegal for an individual to get hired at a farm or slaughterhouse to document and publicly expose animal abuse and makes it an offence to “interfere” or “interact” with animals inside trucks. ... [read more]