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Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

Panel on feminist advocacy stresses need for diverse voices, education on sexual assault (L-R) Ashley_Major_Gillian_Hnatiw_Deepa_Mattoo_Megan_Stephens_sm

A panel of lawyers who have incorporated feminist advocacy into their practices has highlighted the need for diverse voices to be heard in the legal system, education on sexual assault and pushing back on social norms as key aspects of advancing feminism in law. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Traffic tech reporting long way from radio station eyes-in-the-sky car at light

Technology continues to have an impact on the prosecution of criminal and regulatory offences as well as their detection. Some radio stations used to make reports on where photo radar or traffic enforcement locations were being held; drivers commonly flash their lights to warn people of upcoming police speed enforcement. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

New Year’s resolutions for criminal justice in Canada | Kyla Lee

With mandate letters going out to ministers in mid-December, it got me thinking about what 2020 would bring for our criminal justice system. If a mandate is like a direction to ministers, could it be considered like a New Year’s resolution? ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 8:28 AM

SENTENCING - Possession of prohibited or restricted weapon or ammunition

Appeal by 39-year-old Holdsworth from his conviction and sentence in relation to 13 firearms offences, including storing firearms in an unsafe manner and possession of firearms without a licence. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 5:53 AM

Université de Montréal AI initiative seeks to improve access to justice Karim Benyekhlef

Nearly a decade after co-founding Cyberjustice Laboratory, a hub that analyzes the impact of technologies on justice while developing concrete technological tools that are adapted to the reality of justice systems, Karim Benyekhlef and Fabien Gélinas have set their sights on artificial intelligence (AI). ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 9:58 AM

Crown held to standard of ‘reasonableness, not perfection’ in establishing delay exception, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered charges against gold mine managers and a superintendent proceed to trial after the death of a millwright resulted in a lengthy and complex case. Although the trial surpassed the 18-month ceiling established in Jordan, the court determined that the trial met the “particularly complex case” exception. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Decline of press freedom in information age fistholdingpencil.jpg

When two Reuters journalists were freed from Myanmar earlier this year, like many leaders and influencers around the globe, Justin Trudeau tweeted his support for press freedom. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 6:19 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Dangerous operation of motor vehicle - Causing death

Appeal by the accused, Singh, from a conviction and sentence for dangerous driving causing death. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 4:13 PM

Dismissal of all charges in Boyle criminal trial included numerous ‘first-time-in-Canada rulings’ Lawrence Greenspon

The latest chapter in the extraordinary story of former hostages Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman ended in an Ottawa courtroom when a  judge dismissed all 19 charges 36-year-old Boyle faced — mainly against his 33-year-old, now estranged wife, Coleman — after outlining the scope of the so-called Ghomeshi rules during the proceedings in what is believed to be the first such pronouncement from the bench since the Criminal Code was amended last year to require reverse disclosure in sexual assault cases.  ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 1:32 PM

My letter to Santa Claws | Victoria Shroff

Dear Animal Santy or equivalent for St. Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Solstice, Yalda, Christmas, Omisoka: ... [read more]