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Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 12:36 PM

Quebec Court of Appeal awards protesters $2,000 in damages for prolonged detention Julius Grey

Two protesters who occupied a public square in downtown Montreal won a partial victory after the Quebec Court of Appeal awarded them $2,000 each for moral and material loss because the police no longer had reason to keep them handcuffed and detained in the back of a police car to drive them to another part of the city. ... [read more]

Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 07:15 AM

Debate on definition of diversity dominates CBA meeting

The Canadian Bar Association’s annual meeting, held in Montreal on Aug. 17, marked the transfer of office from the past president to the new, as well as the passing of amendments made to the association’s bylaws. ... [read more]

Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 03:09 PM

Nunavut sound to become Canada's largest protected area Signa Daum Shanks

The federal government is making a Nunavut sound the largest protected area in the country. ... [read more]

Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

CBA questions proposal to lower blood alcohol concentration level Ian Carter sm

The Canadian Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section has grave concerns over Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s proposal to lower the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for drivers from 80 milligrams to 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. ... [read more]

Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 07:28 AM

Mental health group urges zero tolerance in vehicles, minimum age of 19 to buy pot

Experts are divided on the correct approach to the legalization of cannabis after a mental health advocacy organization released a report calling for the government of Ontario to take a number of steps to ensure reductions in the health risks and harm of making the drug legal. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 02:45 PM

B.C. holding consultation to re-establish Human Rights Commission

British Columbia is the only jurisdiction in Canada that doesn’t have a human rights commission, but it won’t be that way for long. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 11:36 AM

NL Supreme Court to hear first case for non-binary birth certificate Joanna Radbond

This fall Gemma Hickey will come face to face with the government of Newfoundland and Labrador in the province’s Supreme Court. At issue is not what Hickey wants; it’s what the transgender activist doesn’t want: to have to identify as either “male” or “female” on a birth certificate. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 07:02 AM

Retailer ordered to pay $1 million in punitive damages in class action Elise Theriault

Leon's Furniture Limited, Canada’s largest discount furniture and appliance retailer, was ordered to pay $2.36 million, including $1 million in punitive damages, to thousands of consumers after the Quebec Superior Court found that it engaged in deceptive advertising and marketing with its popular “buy now, pay later” promotions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 02:38 PM

New Ontario Bar Association president driven to make profession more inclusive Quinn Ross sm

While waiting to catch a flight to Montreal to attend the Canadian Bar Association’s annual meeting on Aug. 17, Quinn Ross reflected on what it’s like to be the new president of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

Federal court decision on airline safety called 'wake-up call'

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is calling a recent decision on airline safety by the Federal Court of Appeal a “wake-up call” for government, but observers say that statement may be a bit premature. ... [read more]