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Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 3:16 PM

PAWS Act ‘tremendous step,’ advocates say, but power of regulations remains to be seen Camille Labchuk

Advocates are lauding the Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) Act as a “tremendous step” in the right direction and that it “captures a broader scope” of animal welfare. However, one animal rights lawyer noted that the “devil will be in the details” and there are still some deficiencies that remain to be addressed.   ... [read more]

Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

Role of secret surveillance in workplace Hi tech video

The most frequent use of secret surveillance is when an employee is off work and collecting benefits due to an injury, and the employer or the insurer has reason to suspect that the employee is exaggerating. The employer will sometimes hire a private investigator, who will follow the injured worker around and take secret videos.   ... [read more]

Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 8:41 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 10:26 AM

Saskatchewan law society to ‘run more smoothly’ via amendments Melanie_Hodges_Neufeld_sm

The Law Society of Saskatchewan will become more efficient following legislative changes that give it greater autonomy in running its operations, say officials with the regulatory body. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 6:25 AM

EVIDENCE - Hearsay rule - Exceptions - Character evidence - Inferences

Appeal by the accused from conviction for second degree murder. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 2:00 PM

Rethinking the obituary in digital age digital_obituariy

We’re told not to click on links in e-mails, not to open attachments from unknown sources, and not to provide personal information to someone we don’t know on the phone or on the Internet. So why is it we still create obituaries, also known as death notices, as if we are completing a job application regardless if its purpose is a legal declaration or memorial announcement. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 6:22 AM

EVIDENCE - Methods of proof - Inferences - From conduct

Appeal by the accused from conviction and sentence for attempting to possess heroin for the purpose of trafficking. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 1:19 PM

Law doesn’t recognize any right to blockade, says judge in pipeline dispute

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has issued an injunction against members of a First Nation who have erected barriers to prevent the construction of a contentious natural gas pipeline and argue it does not have consent under the terms of their traditional, hereditary laws. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

Cross-examination on motive to fabricate unfair in incest case, court rules Catriona Verner sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of incest and sexual interference in relation to one of his daughters due to “improper” questioning on the motive to fabricate during cross-examination and failure to provide limiting instruction to the jury on a prior inconsistent statement. ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Multiple masters: A modern lawyer’s dilemma | Gary Joseph

The website for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) states that it exists to govern the legal profession in the public interest. LSO governs its members through the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules). Professional standards for lawyers are governed by these regulatory codes but also by legal standards determined and imposed by the courts and by statute. The distinction between regulatory and court-imposed standards are often theoretical but at times not. The most recent example of where these standards may conflict can be found in the now resolved dispute between lawyer Joseph Groia and the LSO. ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 2:14 PM

Saskatoon lawyer questions police use of database after client’s unlawful arrests Blaine_Beaven_sm

A criminal lawyer in Saskatoon is calling on his city’s police to “do a better job” of maintaining its database after a former client was arrested multiple times despite being granted a prior stay of proceedings. ... [read more]