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Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 1:21 PM

New B.C. Indigenous rights legislation called ‘crucial step’ toward reconciliation Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

British Columbia is entering a new phase in its relationship with its First Nations following the adoption of a bill to align its laws with the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and legal observers are saying, despite the fact that the legislation leaves some questions as to the details of what adopting the declaration will look like, it will create more certainty on issues of consent and collaboration and may lead to less reliance on the court system to resolve disputes. ... [read more]

Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 10:35 AM - Last Updated: Friday, December 06, 2019 @ 3:55 PM

Gov’t’s indemnity doesn’t insulate ex-paper mill owners from costs to monitor, maintain waste disposal site Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 4-3 that two former owners of a northern Ontario pulp and paper mill which polluted nearby rivers with mercury are not insulated by a 1985 indemnity signed by the Ontario government from paying the costs to monitor and maintain a mercury disposal site, as ordered in 2011 by the Director of the Ministry of Environment. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

Serving legal papers via social media Thumbsupicon.ca

As many lawyers know, locating and personally serving a defendant with a statement of claim can at times be an onerous process and it can especially be troubling if you are having difficulties locating the defendant. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

Why death row dog Punky should head to Supreme Court Punky3

We the lawyers for Team Punky, Canada’s death row dog, are working hard to try to get this unprecedented case about a “dangerous dog” heard at the Supreme Court of Canada. I wrote two earlier articles about the important animal law case of Punky Santics: Getting Punky off death row and How Punky the dog got to Supreme Court. ... [read more]

Monday, December 02, 2019 @ 2:48 PM

Corporate boards walking increasingly thin line on climate emergency melting_earth_sm

We live in changing and sometimes contradictory times. It used to be that most companies wanted as little regulation as possible, and lobbyists would use time lobbying for less stringent environmental rules — but that seems to be changing. ... [read more]

Monday, December 02, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Gender diversity in legislative drafting act | Lawrence David

One never truly knows to where a simple cup of vanilla chai can possibly lead. Case in point: I went to an unnamed, yet well-known coffee shop around the block after a day of writing. Aside from placing my order, I had an incredibly insightful conversation with a barista. Their name is Jaclyn, and they are an exemplar of human warmth, decency and going above and beyond preparing a customer a cup of vanilla chai. Jaclyn inspired this column and I am privileged to dedicate it to them. ... [read more]

Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Environmental group challenging Alberta inquiry says it is being brought for ‘improper purpose’ Devon Page

An environmental law group is taking the Alberta government to court over a controversial inquiry established to look at supposed foreign influence in campaigns against its oil and gas sector, saying it is being done for political reasons aimed at harming the reputation of those who may be opposed to energy development in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 28, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

More economic injustice for Indigenous people as result of Van der Peet | Angelique EagleWoman

Author’s note: In the first part of this two-part series, I discussed how courts have exacerbated Indigenous poverty by falsely redefining pre-contact economic activity and thereby limiting economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples. It is important to note that all of the decisions discussed involved criminal charges brought against Indigenous peoples engaged in commercial activity which was the primary point of contact with Europeans who entered North America. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 5:12 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 10:55 AM

Lametti remains as federal Justice minister but other key Justice-related posts get new ministers David Lametti

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has left McGill University law professor David Lametti in place as federal Justice minister, but has promoted ex-federal prosecutor Marco Mendicino to minister of Immigration in the re-elected Liberal government’s expanded 37-member cabinet. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

Ongoing injustice of poverty for Indigenous consequence of Van der Peet | Angelique EagleWoman

According to the Canadian Poverty Institute, Indigenous peoples are experiencing the highest levels of poverty with one in every four persons in poverty and 40 per cent of Indigenous children living in poverty. As Indigenous leaders attempt to assert self-government and engage in economic development, systemic barriers undermine their efforts. ... [read more]