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Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

International Women’s Day a call to arms for lawyers | Leanne Townsend

It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and it’s a great time to be a woman. There is an energetic movement underway resulting from the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. Women are joining forces and banding together in unprecedented ways, holding men who have abused their power accountable and demanding equal treatment. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Equality rights - Legal rights

Application by the defendant De Sousa challenging the constitutionality of the criminal prosecution. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 7:56 AM

Ontario needs legislative reform to tackle gender-based violence, lawyer says Elizabeth Grace sm

Building on action plans to end domestic abuse and sexual harassment, the Ontario government has launched a gender-based violence strategy aimed at prevention and providing survivors with more support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Wellness: Being a witness turned me into a lawyer with empathy | Darryl Singer

This column is about listening, learning, developing empathy and compassion as a lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 6:56 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

Joyal says impaired driving bill violates Charter, is ‘full of holes’; Senators worried Bill C-46 will overburden courts Serge Joyal

The Trudeau government’s proposed alcohol-and drug-impaired driving legislation violates the Charter and will clog already overburdened courts with Charter challenges from coast to coast to coast, says Senate Liberal Serge Joyal, the influential chair of the red chamber’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Federal government reviewing what to do about delays in Nunavut, lawyer says James_Morton_sm

There wasn't anything in the federal budget to help speed up Nunavut’s court system, but one lawyer is hopeful an ongoing government review will oil the wheels of justice in that vast northern territory. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

Killers with dementia: Canada’s overlooked criminal defendants dementia_killer_sm

In October 2009, Ottawa nursing home resident Peter Lee allegedly smothered his bathroom-mate to death. Police believe that the 84-year-old, who had dementia due to Parkinson’s disease, suffocated the victim, who was asleep in bed, and then dragged the body toward the bathroom. Lee was charged with second degree murder. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Why cocaine is expensive: Time for a real war on drugs | Ryan Handlarski

Why is the price of cocaine so damn high? Cocaine looks just like sugar, but I can walk into any Starbucks and get a gram of sugar for free. Cocaine would cost me around $100 per gram. This is the principal question that we must be concerned with in order to understand, and reduce, the incentives for drug trafficking. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Corruption and disobedience - Breach of trust - Obstruction of justice

Trial of Levesque, charged with attempting to obstruct justice and committing breach of trust. Levesque was the Thunder Bay Chief of Police. ... [read more]

Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 3:19 PM

New trial ordered in sexual assault case due to errors in credibility evaluation Richard Shekter sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in a “he-said, she-said” date-rape case in a decision lawyers said highlights the difficulty courts have in credibility evaluations. ... [read more]