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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 1:42 PM

Sexual assault training bill for judges passes second reading in House of Commons Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef

The House of Commons has once again approved in principle a bill that will provide for the training of judges on sexual assault law. Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code, passed second reading unanimously Oct. 19. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Reconciliation, resilience part of new Indigenous cultural competency training Law Society of Alberta (LSA) president Kent Teskey

The Law Society of Alberta has approved a mandatory Indigenous cultural competency training program which will launch next year. The program, approved by the law society’s board is the Path, a six-hour series of online modules which deals with such topics as the cultural and historical differences between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, the evolution of the relationship between Canada and Indigenous people, stories of social and economic success, reconciliation and resilience and understanding intercultural communication in the workplace. ... [read more]

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 2:53 PM

End of opioid treatment program in Alberta violates Charter, patients argue

A group of patients participating in an Alberta drug therapy program aimed at treating people with serious opioid addiction issues are alleging the government has violated their constitutional rights by choosing not to continue funding their treatment, and is seeking the courts’ assistance to keep it going. ... [read more]

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Victims of violence petition headed to Ottawa; could help unmuzzle Mounties Jo_Anne_Dusel_sm

A petition in Saskatchewan to have federal privacy laws changed to allow the Mounties in that province to participate in alerting people of possible risk of violence at the hands of a romantic partner is on its way to the House of Commons. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 3:11 PM

York Region returns to modified stage 2 of pandemic restrictions

Faced with rising new COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government is moving York Region back into “modified” stage 2 of public health restrictions for at least the next 28 days, one week after announcing the same reversal for Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 2:28 PM

Closure of Milton courthouse due to mould will have ‘serious impact,’ says local law association head Ken Kelertas sm

Milton’s beleaguered courthouse was surviving the pandemic. It couldn’t survive mould. In an Oct. 15 notice, the Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) and the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) announced the immediate suspension of all in-person proceedings due to a recurrence of mould, which has been a longstanding problem in the building. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Legal aid agreement reached with Quebec government Mylene_Lemieux

After three years of negotiations, the Quebec government and the provincial bar association reached an agreement to raise legal fees and to establish an independent working group that will conduct an exhaustive review of the tariff structure. The agreement, widely perceived to be a “step in the right direction” by the Quebec legal community, calls for a five per cent retroactive increase in legal aid fees for the period of October 2017 to May 2019, and a 14.7 per cent increase in fees from June 2019 to September 2022. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Law professor deems medically assisted dying amendments welcome, needed Jocelyn_Downie_sm

A legal mind is lauding Ottawa’s renewed bid to amend assisted dying laws that would remove an eligibility requirement deemed unconstitutional and widen the ability to consent to a life-ending medical procedure. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 9:28 AM

Change needed on mandatory minimum sentences, criminal records: senator Sen. Kim Pate

A Canadian senator has once again brought forward legislation on mandatory minimum sentences and criminal records, which she says has the potential to deliver concrete anti-racist steps forward for the criminal legal system. The two bills, S-207 and S-208, were recently introduced by Sen. Kim Pate, former executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 12:46 PM

Immigration ruling on gay-straight relationship reflects influence of family law, says lawyer Kelly Jordan sm

A trailblazing Federal Court of Canada immigration-sponsorship decision that ruled that a gay man and a heterosexual woman are in a conjugal relationship reflects the growing interplay between immigration and family law, says a Toronto family lawyer. ... [read more]