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Tuesday, March 16, 2021 @ 8:44 AM

Protecting the prince: Estate planning in the royal family A crown by an antique scroll

In a recent primetime interview with his wife, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry revealed that his family had “cut him off financially” on short notice during the first quarter of 2020, leaving him unable to afford security for his family. However, Harry was able to access the inheritance he received following the death of his late mother, Princess Diana, and embark on a new life in the U.S. Harry told Oprah Winfrey, “I’ve got what my mum left me, and without that, we would not have been able to do this.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 2:41 PM

Historic Express Entry draw: Ottawa’s plans to meet 2021 immigration levels | Colin Singer

Canada’s immigration authorities have shown their hand on exactly how they intend to meet ambitious newcomer targets in 2021 — by slashing required scores and smashing the record for the number of candidates invited in the most recent Express Entry draw. ... [read more]

Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

Ascertaining witness, defendant locations in video trials Line drawing of woman's head emerging from computer screen

With new technologies, new challenges arise. The last year has seen adoption of technology in the court system on an unfathomable scale. Things which required in-person appearances for centuries transitioned to virtual appearances in a matter of weeks. The stresses were substantial but the growing pains have been largely beneficial. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

The duty of courts to give adequate reasons Letters coming out of a pencil

Written reasons are the voice of a decision. They are the means by which a decision maker communicates the rationale for its decision. Their presence explains how and why a decision was made. Their absence creates the perception of arbitrariness in the exercise of judicial power. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Lessons from the pandemic | Jennifer Lynch and Margot Mary Davis

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. The pandemic drastically altered many individuals’ lives. People could no longer do many day-to-day activities like meet up with friends. The world went virtual. New terminology entered the lexicon like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”  ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 9:50 AM

COVID-19 has led to ‘monumental’ shift in thinking on immigration detention issues, research shows Efrat Arbel, UBC School of Law

The havoc wreaked upon the legal system by COVID-19 has been well-documented, as filing goes electronic and hearings are held by platforms like Zoom. And research out of British Columbia shows this has led to a shift in thinking on immigration detention matters as COVID-19 has become a consideration when determining whether detainees should be released, a shift which is being called monumental because in the past a condition of detention would not be something decision makers would have likely taken a look at. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 1:35 PM

Ontario anti-human trafficking legislation could victimize sex workers, say critics Sandra Ka Hon Chu, a lawyer and director of research and advocacy for the Toronto-based HIV Legal Network

Advocates for sex workers are expressing concern that recently announced legislation in Ontario geared to fighting human trafficking will victimize consensual sex workers. Bill 251, the Combating Human Trafficking Act, 2021, is currently being debated in the legislature and is expected to be passed by the provincial government later this month, building on a five-year, $307-million anti-human trafficking strategy it announced in March 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 12:50 PM

The different immigration experiences of women and men Five ethnically different women

Women and men move from different parts of the world to start a new life in Canada all the time. But the immigration experiences of women and men differ in terms of how they apply and what their settlement trajectory looks like. It is therefore important to understand how gender interacts with immigration and understand that gender can affect type of migration, access to services and economic integration. Failure to address these differences can perpetuate inequality and exacerbate the risks and vulnerabilities that immigrant women face. ... [read more]

Friday, March 05, 2021 @ 12:27 PM

Does a judge’s physical location matter? Two stick figures conferring online

In the past weeks, there have been suggestions that judges of both the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Justice have been hearing matters while outside the country. This is causing great debate about whether this should be allowed and whether it even can be allowed. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 9:15 AM

Agenda offers ‘roadmap to action’ on revamping justice system in British Columbia: bar association CBABC president Jennifer Brun

Despite the watershed (and much-needed) change foisted on the justice sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) says much more needs to be done to improve access to the system. It has now set out a plan of action for the province to achieve that goal. The CBABC’s Agenda for Justice 2021 offers more than 40 recommendations in 22 key areas and essentially runs the gamut of the entire justice system, from legal aid to court modernization to contracts. ... [read more]