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Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 2:29 PM

Special program to resettle Afghans in Canada announced Marco Mendicino, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship

On July 23, the government of Canada announced that “special immigration measures” will be implemented to “offer a path to protection in Canada for those at risk due to their work” supporting Canadian forces and staff in Afghanistan. ... [read more]

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 2:24 PM

National Summit on Islamophobia leads to funding for anti-racism projects

The federal government has committed to support eight projects through the Anti-Racism Action Program to “address Islamophobia and aim to remove systemic barriers faced by Muslim communities.” According to a government release, issued July 22, the government’s announcement was made as part of the National Summit on Islamophobia. ... [read more]

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 8:35 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal confirms splitting of gift, survivorship interest, lawyers say Ira Marcovitch, of Nelligan Law

In a dispute over the division of sale proceeds from a home held in joint tenancy, the Ontario Court of Appeal has sided with the appellant in a decision, counsel said, confirms that a gift and survivorship interest is “separate.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 8:22 AM

Law society misconduct case examines meanings of ‘specialize’

While Ontario’s lawyers cannot claim to be specialists in something without law society certification, they may continue to say they “specialize” in a particular area, says a lawyer involved in a failed professional misconduct case brought by the province’s regulator. ... [read more]

Friday, July 23, 2021 @ 8:10 AM

Single regulator coming for financial services, including real estate, in British Columbia B.C. Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) CEO Blair Morrison

The financial sector in British Columbia will undergo a realignment next month as oversight for the real estate market will be brought under the umbrella of the same body which regulates insurance companies and credit unions in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 4:02 PM

Anti-Black racism cited as factor as Ontario court dismisses officer’s appeal of assault sentence

In dismissing off-duty Toronto Police Const. Michael Theriault’s appeal of his June 2020 assault conviction and upholding the nine-month jail sentence imposed on him, the Ontario Court of Appeal, in a 78-page unanimous ruling has taken “a very significant step forward in the justice system acknowledging the realities of anti-Black racism on the part of the police” said Toronto lawyer Julian Falconer, who represents Dafonte Miller, the Toronto Black man who was severely beaten by Theriault in December 2016. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 2:33 PM

P.E.I. launches provincewide restorative justice initiative Bethany Knox, provincial restorative justice co-ordinator in Charlottetown

Prince Edward Island’s first provincewide restorative justice program is now up and running. “It is an opportunity for people impacted by crime to come together,” said Bethany Knox, provincial restorative justice co-ordinator in Charlottetown. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 1:27 PM

Telecom seeking to appeal CRTC decision on wholesale Internet rates Julie Mouris, Conway Litigation

An Ontario company is seeking leave to appeal a recent decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on wholesale broadband Internet rates which sent shock waves through the industry. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 9:21 AM

Ottawa to fund more security projects for communities at risk of hate crime Bill Blair, federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Canada’s government is giving millions to fund a myriad of projects aimed at helping at-risk communities protect themselves against hate crimes. On July 21, Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair, along with Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade May Ng, announced that $6 million will go toward 150 projects to help vulnerable communities develop and enhance methods of security. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 @ 1:27 PM

Chief Justice Wagner gives thanks for time as interim Governor General Chief Justice Richard Wagner

Canada’s top judge is giving thanks for the chance to fill in as Governor General, saying the role of “administrator” has given him “a deeper understanding” of the country’s institutions and constitutional monarchy. ... [read more]