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Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 8:06 AM

EXTRADITION AND CRIMINAL MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Appeal by S from his committal for extradition to the US to stand trial on charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and filing a false return and for judicial review of the Minister’s surrender order. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 2:34 PM

Ontario’s cuts to legal aid for refugees: Possibly unconstitutional | Shiva Bakhtiary

The Ontario provincial government has called on the federal government to cover the full cost of refugee and immigration law services. Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is now prevented from doing refugee and immigration law with provincial funds. The organization will now have to rely solely on federal funding, which is not nearly enough to cover costs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

New Alberta legislation aims to speed up foreign credential recognition Cori Ghitter, Law Society of Alberta

The Alberta government wants to ensure professionals who have been trained outside Canada have their credentials assessed in a faster and more transparent manner, but its full effect on the legal profession remains unclear. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Statement of Principles stays for now as LSO Convocation becomes mired in debate Malcolm Mercer sm

After a full day of debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) was unable to come to a decision on the diversity initiative that has not only divided Convocation, but the profession as well. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 1:18 PM

Challenges in litigating AI, focus on transparency, highlighted at LCO event Jill Presser new sm

Technological literacy, transparency, security and client-centred technology were highlighted as emerging legal issues by a panel of experts at “AI for Lawyers: A Primer on Artificial Intelligence in Ontario’s Legal System” hosted by the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) at Osgoode Hall Law School. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 8:37 AM

Border guards targeting artists for secondary exams artists_immigration_sm

There have been many recent incidents of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers stopping artists for secondary screening when they enter or return to Canada. The incidents have occurred at multiple border crossings, so — not a coincidence. In all cases, a CBSA officer informed the artist that the CBSA officer thought the individual was a drug mule because they were an artist. Status as an artist was one of the important indicators.   ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Misguided cuts to Legal Aid Ontario’s funding | Shiva Bakhtiary

On June 7, Ottawa’s legal clinics and local lawyers joined to rally against the provincial budget cuts after the Ontario government announced, on April 11 that Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) annual funding will be reduced from $456 million to $323 million. This is a 29 per cent reduction in the amount of funding provided by the province. The province also plans to reduce its annual funding by another $31 million in 2021-2022. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Carleton announces two new research chairs, renews two others

Two Carleton University professors, Robert Barsky and Robin Chhabra, have been announced as new Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada research chairs (CRC) respectively, in addition to the renewal of Rowan Thomson, Canada research chair in radiotherapy physics, and Merlyna Lim, Canada research chair in digital media and Global Network Society. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Ottawa appoints Smith as chief justice of N.S. Supreme Court

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the appointment of Deborah K. Smith as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 2:32 PM

Downey commits to collaborative approach as Ontario’s new attorney general Exclusive

Lauded by former colleagues for his collegiality, Ontario’s new Attorney General Douglas Richard Downey plans to take a collaborative approach on new initiatives and lingering issues that dogged his predecessor, including one that drew a comment from Canada’s top judge. ... [read more]