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Monday, June 06, 2022 @ 12:22 PM

What do we owe descendants? Abortion, equal protection under the law Hands holding kidneys

 A discussion of abortion nearly always leads to a discussion of sex, as in procreation. Some people argue that since a woman’s sexual activity is what caused the pregnancy to come into being, the woman is therefore in some way responsible for saving the “life” of that particular embryo. So — what about these “lives” that have come into being, because of our sexual activity? ... [read more]

Monday, June 06, 2022 @ 12:07 PM

Three judges appointed to Nova Scotia provincial court

The provincial court of Nova Scotia is welcoming three new judges, Kelly J. Serbu, a criminal defence lawyer in private practice, and Brad G. Sarson and Nicole A. Rovers, both from Nova Scotia Legal Aid, were appointed to the bench on June 3. ... [read more]

Monday, June 06, 2022 @ 11:38 AM

Quebec justice system in crisis, legal experts say Catherine Claveau

The Quebec justice system, buckling under the weight of years of chronic underfinancing, is stricken by such a serious manpower shortage that hardly a day goes by without a trial, a preliminary inquiry or a sentence being delayed or postponed, an untenable situation that could lead to “significant harm” to the public and undermine faith towards judicial institutions, warn top legal officials. ... [read more]

Monday, June 06, 2022 @ 9:28 AM

APPEALS - Grounds - Bias - Insufficient reasons

Appeal by Ouellette from his convictions for first degree and second degree murder. Appeal by Delaire from his conviction for manslaughter. Ouellette’s convictions related to the shooting deaths of Reitberger and Amr in a Superstore parking lot in Calgary on May 21, 2017. Delaire was convicted of manslaughter for abetting Ouellette to shoot Reitberger. ... [read more]

Friday, June 03, 2022 @ 3:57 PM

Costs awarded to Mercedes-Benz after leased van used in ‘unlawful manner’ as getaway car

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has awarded costs to Mercedes-Benz after a leased vehicle was used as a getaway car in a police chase in Vancouver. ... [read more]

Friday, June 03, 2022 @ 2:32 PM

‘You’re not alone’: Donnelly reflects on pandemic, outreach as LSO treasurer term ends Teresa Donnelly, LSO treasurer

As Law Society of Ontario (LSO) treasurer, Teresa Donnelly, approaches her final days as leader of the regulator, she’s expanding her outreach and visiting First Nations communities in Northern Ontario with Chief Justice George Strathy and Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz. Although the treasurer’s second term ends on June 28, she’s not slowing down. ... [read more]

Friday, June 03, 2022 @ 2:29 PM

You can’t heave your cake and eat it too | Marcel Strigberger

The crime of the century has just been perpetrated in Paris. We are talking big time crime … in art. A gentleman disguised as an elderly woman, attended in a wheelchair at the Louvre. When he got to the Mona Lisa, he jumped out of the wheelchair and smeared cake across the iconic painting. He apparently tried to bring attention to climate issues, shouting in French something like artists should think about the Earth. This guy’s caper really takes the cake. Or rather gives the cake ... [read more]

Friday, June 03, 2022 @ 10:53 AM

Informed consent, what this means for abortion Hands holding kidneys

When scientists or physicians are dealing with humans, those humans must give clear permission, in advance, for any procedures or experiments that are done to them. ... [read more]

Friday, June 03, 2022 @ 9:23 AM

Goodbye Earl: A legal fairy tale | Murray Gottheil

Once upon a time, in a common law jurisdiction not that far away, there was a partner in a law firm who did what all good law firm partners do. He billed a lot. He brought in many clients. He trained the junior lawyers. He supervised the clerks. All in all, he was somewhat of a star. I will call him Earl. ... [read more]

Friday, June 03, 2022 @ 9:11 AM

Ottawa proposes new disability benefit; regulations will establish offences, penalties for fraud Carla Qualtrough

The federal government has reintroduced a bill to create a new monthly “Canada Disability Benefit” for working-age people with disabilities. ... [read more]