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Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

B.C. Law Society updates rules for trust accounts, cash transactions

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has changed its rules surrounding use of trust accounts and cash transactions by lawyers as part of a nationwide push to combat money laundering in the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Government inaction on saliva test data risks wrongful convictions | Kyla Lee

There’s something inherently insulting in the fact that as Canadian citizens we are not permitted to have access to the data, research and information about saliva testers that has been collected by the government. After the approval of the Abbot SoToxa device, a saliva testing device designed to measure tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrations in the blood, earlier this month, one would expect that government would release the basis of its approval. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Access to Justice: Legal aid critically important part of justice system | Beverley McLachlin

This spring, the Ontario government announced drastic cuts to legal aid in Ontario. The Legal Aid Ontario budget was cut by almost 30 per cent and funding was eliminated for refugee and immigration cases. This meant deep cuts to clinics and services, striking hard at the province’s most vulnerable inhabitants. These cuts were felt especially strongly in the larger centres, including Toronto. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

Manitoba law school hopes certificate in French will mean more bilingual lawyers Gerald_Heckman_sm

Manitoba’s law school is looking to improve access to justice for the province’s French population by producing more bilingual lawyers with a common law certificate in that language, says a legal mind behind the project. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Senate bill could serve as ‘template’ for any Criminal Code amendment to ban conversion therapy, Joyal says Serge Joyal

As the federal government explores the idea of criminalizing conversion therapy, it could rely on a bill introduced in the Senate in April that would amend the Criminal Code to make it an offence to advertise conversion therapy services and obtain a “financial or other material benefit,” such as a donation to another organization, for the provision of conversion therapy to a person under the age of 18. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 2:26 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:08 AM

LSO debate on Statement of Principles pushed back till September 11 Malcolm Mercer sm

The debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), which was supposed to continue at a special Convocation in July, won’t be before the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) until September, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 9:32 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:42 AM

Canada investing almost $2 million in two women’s legal organizations Maryam Monsef sm

The government of Canada will be dedicating almost $2 million to national women’s legal organizations in an effort to “help women receive greater support from, and fair and equal treatment by, Canada’s justice system.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 10:43 AM

HIV decriminalization changes welcome but not enough | Ryan Peck

For many years, Canada has had the very unfortunate distinction of being a world leader in criminalizing people living with HIV. However, the law is finally, albeit slowly, being brought in line with science and human rights in a manner that is supportive of HIV-related care, treatment, and prevention. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Lawyer tries to do more than just pay ‘lip service’ to prisoners’ rights Hanna Garson

Hanna Garson has always been interested in how society is structured and its ability — or inability — to put in place systems that work fairly and effectively for everyone. With this philosophy well entrenched, Garson entered law school at Dalhousie University four years ago knowing she would inevitably gravitate to criminal law and sentencing. What she didn’t know was that the issue of prisoner rights would become a driving force in her personal and professional life. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 8:42 AM

PROCEDURE - Trial judge's duties - Charge or directions - Defences

Appeal by the accused, Gallant, from a conviction for first degree murder. ... [read more]