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Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 12:25 PM

NS Crown attorneys walk out, premier deems action illegal

Crown attorneys in Nova Scotia have walked off the job. Now the provincial government is striking back. The Oct. 23 walkout, which Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is calling an “illegal strike action,” came swiftly in response to the government bringing forward new legislation that takes away Crown attorneys right to arbitration and gives them the right to strike instead. ... [read more]

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

Beneath the ‘skin’: Money laundering in eSports onlinegaming_avatars_sm

We are in an era of digital transformation. Advancements in the global reach of online gaming are taking the seemingly established sports and entertainment industry and redefining it. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 2:35 PM

What your clients should know about new impaired laws copatcar.jpg

At the end of 2018 there were a few significant changes introduced to impaired driving laws in the Criminal Code of Canada. It’s important to understand these changes if your clients are facing criminal charges related to driving under the influence. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 1:39 PM

Committee recommends raising Quebec Crowns’ salary by nearly 14 per cent over four years Sonia LeBel

The Quebec government’s resolve to establish harmonious labour relations with its Crown prosecutors will be put to the test after the National Assembly received a report by a special committee that made a slew of recommendations to improve their labour conditions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 1:30 PM

Animal law teaching, conferences growing around globe | Victoria Shroff

Interest in animal law along with access to justice for animals is a growing concept. I’ve been appending my hashtag #A2JForAnimals on correspondence where I can. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

Alberta legislation aimed at combating domestic violence problematic, say legal experts Jennifer Koshan, University of Calgary faculty of law

A bill that would allow individuals to obtain the criminal records of their romantic partner is currently winding its way through the Alberta legislature, but some legal observers are raising concerns that it may lead to “victim blaming” and perhaps even run afoul of the Charter. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 7:52 AM

APPEALS - Grounds - Bias - Miscarriage of justice

Appeal by the accused, Chambers, from a conviction for sexual assault. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

Ethical obligations on lawyers after Poulin Guy in Cuffs

Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered reasons in the case of R. v. Poulin [2019] S.C.J. No. 47. This case dealt with the interpretation of s. 11(i) of the Charter, which provides that an accused person is entitled to seek the lowest punishment available, if the punishment for an offence changes between the time of the offence and the time of sentencing. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 12:58 PM

SCC leaves open question about jury unanimity in B.C. sexual assault case Andromache Karakatsanis

The Supreme Court of Canada has reinstated the conviction of a B.C. man charged with sexual offences against his niece but said it would “leave for another day” whether the issue of prosecutors drafting a single count to capture multiple incidents passes constitutional muster. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

SCC’s Gascon encourages lawyers and judges to talk openly about anxiety, depression Exclusive

Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada are legal icons, so it’s easy to forget that they are human beings and struggle with the same afflictions as the rest of us. That’s why retired Justice Clément Gascon’s decision to reveal that he lives with anxiety and depression has been so salutary for the legal profession’s awareness of, and efforts to destigmatize, the mental health challenges so many lawyers and judges face. ... [read more]