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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]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 8:18 AM

U.S. looking for ways to reduce legal immigration visa_denied_sm

Immigration policy proposals under the current administration represent a continuing trend toward discouraging legal immigration to the United States. While current efforts to thwart illegal immigration dominate headlines, the opaque measures to reduce and frustrate legal immigration tend to fly under the radar. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 8:44 AM - Last Updated: Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

Ontario court slams CBSA’s ‘systemic’ illegal warrantless border searches, excludes child porn on phone Craig Penney

An Ontario provincial court judge has condemned the “serious, longstanding and systemic” practice of Canadian border officials illegally using their broad Customs Act powers to warrantlessly search digital devices for the sole purpose of conducting Criminal Code child pornography investigations. ... [read more]