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Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 8:57 AM

Ottawa reintroduces bill on sexual assault law training for judges Justice Minister David Lametti

The federal government has revived legislation on sexual assault training for judges, which had died on the order paper when Parliament was prorogued in August. Justice Minister David Lametti introduced Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code, in the House of Commons Sept. 25. ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 2:04 PM

East Coast Appeal Court hears dispute over senior’s plan for medically assisted death

Nova Scotia’s Court of Appeal has reserved its decision in a controversial case involving a woman trying to stop her ill husband from having a medically assisted death. The Sept. 24 decision to reserve judgment involves a husband and wife referred to in past court documents as X, aged 83, and Y, aged 82, respectively, and their dispute over a chronically ill X wanting medical assistance in dying (MAiD) and Y being vehemently opposed to it. ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Sustaining our justice system in pandemic times | Roger Bilodeau

In recent months, several judges, court officials and observers have stated that the pandemic has thrust the justice system further along into the 21st century with the push to use all available technologies to maintain court operations. Many of them have also rightly pointed out that access to justice is still a challenge for a great number of Canadians. As courts take steps to resume regular operations, what does the future hold in terms of sustaining our justice system? Here are a few points to consider as governments, courts and other interested parties move forward to map out the future. ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 10:53 AM

The truth about small-town lawyering: ‘Oh you know that Sayers girl!’| Naomi Sayers

When I was first called to the Ontario bar, I was working in-house at Hydro One, on Bay Street in Toronto. I have nothing but great things to say about my experience at Hydro One. In fact, I credit my time at Hydro One for helping me navigate complex and unique files that I find myself encountering after I returned home to the Algoma region. ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 6:06 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Communication with a child by computer in order to commit an offence (luring)

Appeal by the accused from conviction for luring. The conviction on transmitting sexually explicit materials was conditionally stayed. The appellant posted an advertisement on Craigslist soliciting a sexual encounter with a female. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 2:48 PM

I spy with my little eye: Monitoring employee computers shockedcomputeruser_Sm.jpg

It makes sense, if you think about it. An employer hires someone to do a certain job. The employer wants to make sure that the employee is, in fact, doing the very work that they were hired to do. The easiest way to monitor employees’ use of time and employer resources is to monitor them — either overtly or covertly. Many employers have implemented computer monitoring software that logs information such as the websites visited by employees and the length of time on the websites. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 10:53 AM

Justice Department chief general counsel wins Catzman award

Rob Frater, chief general counsel for the federal Department of Justice, was awarded the Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility at the virtual Opening of the Courts of Ontario ceremony on Sept. 22. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 5:02 PM

Liberals pledge to create one million jobs, tackle health care and criminal justice in throne speech

The Trudeau government has set a broad agenda in its continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, planning to create one million jobs, expand access to health care and taking action to address racism and inequality, including in the criminal justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 3:33 PM

Ontario’s chief justices call for reinvestment in legal aid at court opening ceremony George_Strathy

Two of Ontario’s top judges have urged the provincial and federal governments to reinvest in legal aid at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has left many Ontarians at their most vulnerable. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 1:31 PM

Access to Justice: Gladue reports: We all have role to play | Michelle O’Bonsawin

This column has allowed me to share my perspective on A2J for the past year. It is now time to widen that perspective and so I have decided to invite guest writers — dedicated and innovative A2J actors — to share the column with me from time to time. I am extremely pleased to introduce our first guest, Madam Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin. — Beverley McLachlin ... [read more]