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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 6:09 AM

JURISDICTION - Courts - Superior courts

Appeal by Zreik from an order dismissing her application for an order in the nature of mandamus with certiorari in aid on the basis that the application ought properly to be heard in the Divisional Court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 2:08 PM

Dear federal government: Ignorance of law is no excuse | Heather MacIvor

The rule of law is a fundamental principle of Canada’s Constitution. It requires, first and foremost, that public power be exercised in conformity to the law. Every individual entrusted with government power must do or refrain from doing what the law demands. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 11:43 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 11:59 AM

Federal Court nixes judicial review for SNC-Lavalin; DPAs a ‘classic’ matter of prosecutorial discretion, expert says Jennifer Quaid

The Federal Court has lobbed the SNC-Lavalin hot potato back into the lap of Justice Minister David Lametti in a novel — but widely anticipated — decision that declines to judicially review the Director of Public Prosecution’s (DPP) refusal last fall to negotiate a remediation agreement with the Montreal construction giant headed to trial on bribery and fraud charges. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 8:35 AM

PROCEDURE - Information or indictment - Joinder or severance of counts

Appeal by Durant from his conviction, by jury, of two counts of first degree murder. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

Nova Scotia vulnerable feel ‘helplessness and disappointment’ in accessing justice, official says Luther

Nova Scotia has been pairing cutting-edge data gathering with old-fashioned legwork to address a lack of access to justice for the province’s most vulnerable — many of whom, it was found, have given up on the justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 1:18 PM

Legal aid system has ‘lost its way’ in B.C.: report

A review of the B.C. legal aid system says change is needed in order to reverse years of underfunding and make it more effective, but an organization representing legal aid lawyers in the province is saying it does not go far enough because of a lack of focus on financial concerns and is threatening to withdraw its services unless action is taken to put more money into the system. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 9:42 AM

POWERS OF SEARCH AND SEIZURE - Search warrants - Validity

Application by the accused, charged with two counts of first degree murder, for a declaration his s. 8 Charter rights were breached in connection with the police search of his cell phone. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 1:03 PM

Importance of political friendship Bunch of people

On this International Women’s Day, I want to honour two women in Canadian politics who have dominated the news headlines this week: former cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Dr. Jane Philpott. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

We salute the ‘Notorious RBG’ and Canadian women legal trailblazers women lead men

“Why are you crying, mummy?” asked my 9-year-old daughter out of immense concern for me. I don’t recall the last time she saw me cry. ... [read more]

Friday, March 08, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

International Women’s Day: Empowering a cultural shift in law industry worklifebalance

On Women’s Day 2019, my hopes for the legal profession: that we embrace the need for an intersectional approach; that we appreciate the benefits of diversity; and we focus on those causes that unite us. ... [read more]