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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Canada must pay compensation for failing to disclose documents in First Nations human rights case Cindy Blackstock sm

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) has ordered Canada to pay for knowingly failing to disclose 90,000 documents in a case revolving around the unfair funding of child welfare services on First Nation reserves. ... [read more]

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

N.B. government criticized for shelving courthouse project Robert McKee

Last summer, designs for a new courthouse in Fredericton were unveiled with fanfare. Four months later, those plans were permanently put on hold. New Brunswick’s new Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs has called for an abrupt end to the construction of the capital city’s new courthouse, as well as other major construction projects underway in the province. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 12:11 PM

Relationship between police and forensics impedes independence | Laurelly Dale

We are loyal to those that retain us. Biologists at the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) are assigned case files to process exhibits submitted to them from the police. These cases are almost always of a serious nature, involving dozens to hundreds of exhibits. What ensues are ongoing teleconferences, meetings and e-mail correspondence between the biologist and Ident officer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 1:03 PM

How cannabis might factor in divorce Divorcinghippies_jpg

After nearly a century of cannabis prohibition, on Oct. 17, 2018, the Canadian government made recreational cannabis legal. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 03, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

Indigenous peoples often prefer to deal with conflict resolution within own communities, conference told Katherine Hensel sm

Approaches to conflict dispute resolution are different in the Indigenous family context and legal professionals need to educate themselves on cultural variances in order to ethically and effectively assist them, explained Katherine Hensel to attendees of the Family Dispute Institute of Ontario’s annual conference on family dispute resolution. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 03, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Child abduction - Hague convention

Appeal by the mother from an order to return the parties' child to the state of Washington. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 11:19 AM

Website message signals serious access to justice problem | Rachel Goldenberg

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) has recently posted a notice on its website advising that it is undergoing challenges which are affecting the HRTO’s ability to “meet its service standards.” Despite the HRTO’s mandate to provide timely resolution services, mediations and hearings are being booked months in advance, and mediations and hearings that were scheduled months ago are now being rescheduled to a later date. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 02, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

SCC’s winter session looks at military justice, lawyers’ fees, Crown copyright, Jordan Mark Letourneau

Military justice and Crown copyright are among the topics the Supreme Court of Canada will explore in its winter session that includes criminal appeals asking if defence counsel’s legal fees can be paid from the proceeds of crime forfeited to the state and if the Jordan time limits apply in provincial youth court. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

Judge’s political lobbying, advocacy on behalf of black Canadians crossed line, but wasn’t ‘misconduct’ Mark Sandler

The Ontario Judicial Council (OJC) has ruled that a judge who founded an advocacy group for black Canadians, and lobbied politicians with the “highly laudable” aim of helping his community overcome racism and poverty, engaged in a form of impermissible “advocacy and political activity” — but his actions did not amount to “judicial misconduct” that could merit his removal from the bench. ... [read more]

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

From autonomous cars to smartphone zombies, analysis and opinion highlights of 2018

Here are 16 memorable and outstanding stories from 2018, as selected by The Lawyer's Daily Analysis Editors Richard Skinulis and Peter Carter. ... [read more]