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Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 5:06 PM - Last Updated: Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 6:13 PM

Top court applies entrapment doctrine for first time to virtual space in ‘dial-a-dope’ appeals Justices Andromache Karakatsanis

The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified how the entrapment doctrine and the reasonable suspicion standard apply to “dial-a-dope” investigations in a 5-4 judgment that for the first time applies the decades-old entrapment doctrine in the context of a virtual (rather than a physical) location — i.e. a cell phone number used to sell illegal drugs. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 4:14 PM

Trudeau boosts help for Indigenous peoples, addresses long-term care homes crisis Justin_Trudeau_sm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced more than half a billion in additional COVID-19 aid for Indigenous communities but stopped short on what specific measures Canada’s government will take to help address deaths in long-term care homes. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

LSO moves treasurer election online as COVID-19 forces cancellation of in-person voting Malcolm Mercer

As the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) met for its second virtual Convocation May 28, the COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind as benchers voted to move June’s treasurer election online. ... [read more]

Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 9:20 AM

LSO reduces Call to Bar fee as recent calls rally profession to support students Ava_Williams_sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has reduced its Call to the Bar fee due to “presently challenging times” after recent calls and law students took to Twitter to express their ire at the regulator charging full price despite ceremonies being cancelled and articles being shortened. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 4:02 PM

University of New Brunswick drops Ludlow name from law building

The University of New Brunswick has struck a “balance” between denouncing racism and preserving history by removing the name of the province’s first chief justice from the school’s law faculty building but continuing to acknowledge the judge’s important place in time, says the president.   ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 border laws, police powers face Charter challenge Cara_Zwibel_sm

Canada’s defender of civil liberties is concerned that new powers given to police in Newfoundland and Labrador to stop, detain and remove from the province those who breach public orders in place to combat COVID-19 could be “resuscitated” in the post-pandemic future, whenever emergency measures are enacted. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 3:06 PM

Regulators came together on co-ordinated response to COVID-19 financial challenges, lawyer says Philippe Tardif, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

An international association of legal professionals has released a report analyzing the responses by securities administrators across the globe to the COVID-19 pandemic, and observers are noting the Canadian response has shown a significant amount of co-operation among the provinces and territories to ensure the market performs properly as it navigates largely untested waters. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 12:10 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

Post-pandemic austerity will require Ontario’s judicial system ‘to work smarter’: chief justice Ontario Chief Justice George Strathy

Ontario’s justice system will face a challenging period of austerity following the COVID-19 pandemic that will demand a new examination of efficiencies that goes beyond technology alone, Ontario Chief Justice George Strathy recently predicted. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 9:15 AM

Financial impact of COVID-19 on lawyers, paralegals key issue in LSO treasurer campaign Teresa Donnelly (left) and Philip Horgan (right)

Candidates in the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) treasurer election are advancing campaigns that highlight financial responsibility and governance in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of the virus on the membership, and the justice system as a whole, cannot be ignored, so how to move the law society forward at this time is top of mind for both candidates.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 1:13 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 1:01 PM

Feds plan to suspend, extend federal time limits, extend civil notice periods during pandemic Justice Minister David Lametti

Ottawa says it wants to be fair and flexible during the COVID-19 fallout, and is seeking feedback from the bar until May 29 on draft legislation that would, if enacted: temporarily suspend some key time limits under federal legislation; allow other time limits to be suspended or extended where the circumstances of the pandemic may make compliance difficult or impossible; as well as extend certain other periods so that their expiration does not produce “unfair or undesirable” effects. ... [read more]