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Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 9:56 AM

Ruling weakens input of Inuit in polar bear kill quota, lawyer says Nick_Dodd_sm

A group advocating for Inuit in Northern Quebec may be appealing a court’s upholding of an Environment Canada decision to reduce the yearly number of polar bears hunters can kill off a coastal area of Nunavik, says the group’s lawyer, who is concerned this gives the government more latitude in its decision making and less obligation to properly consider treaty rights and Inuit knowledge of wildlife. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 3:24 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 5:36 PM

SCC splits 5-2 to acquit Quebec naturopath of unlawful act manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death Rosalie Silberman Abella

In a 5-2 judgment on the elements of the offences of criminal negligence causing death and unlawful act manslaughter, the Supreme Court of Canada has reinstated the acquittals of a Quebec naturopathic doctor whose client died of septic shock after she injected the 84-year-old heart patient intravenously with a nutrient solution that was later discovered to be contaminated. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 9:20 AM

B.C. legal clinic funding aimed at improving access to justice Josh Paterson, Law Foundation of British Columbia

The government of B.C. is committing $2 million to fully fund eight legal clinics across the province, money which will be dedicated to enhancing access for people on issues of poverty law, disability, tenancy and immigration. Each clinic will receive a grant of up to $250,000 to hire lawyers and other staff such as legal assistants or paralegals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Ruling on peremptory challenges a ‘measured response’: Indigenous Bar Association Drew Lafond sm

An Ontario Superior Court judge’s ruling that the elimination of peremptory challenges violates an accused’s Charter rights has prompted mixed reactions from the Indigenous Bar Association (IBA), the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) and members of the profession over its impact on the court system and the potential to influence other jurisdictions.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Rural Albertans have ‘complete lack of confidence’ in legal system, says justice minister Alberta Justice Minister and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer

The government of Alberta has announced plans to bring in a variety of measures to address crime in rural communities, ranging from a new integrated force aimed at reducing police response times to eliminating liability for individuals who have taken steps to protect their property, moves the provincial justice minister says are necessary because the justice system is failing individuals who live outside the province’s major cities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 1:05 PM

Access to justice, diversity likely among issues to face new B.C. benchers, president says LSBC president Nancy Merrill

With the vote underway to elect a new slate of benchers to govern the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC), observers are noting that the successful candidates will be facing a number of challenges as they look to guide the law society over the next two years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Complex Nova Scotia court case goes hi-tech Michael_Wood_sm

Nova Scotia’s court system has taken a big leap in its embracing of technology after a recent high-profile financial fraud case went almost completely digital. This latest move towards greater use of technology in the justice system came in the form of enhancements to Courtroom 502 at the Halifax Law Courts — changes made in preparation for the September appeal of disgraced tech executives Daniel Potter and Blois Colpitts. ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 5:06 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

Ontario Divisional Court warns family bar to cease routine leave apps which clog the court system Sheila Gibb

Ontario’s Divisional Court is telling family law lawyers to stop routinely applying for permission to appeal temporary support orders. That message was delivered loudly and clearly when the court recently took the extraordinary step of issuing reasons for dismissing Imran Khan’s bid to appeal a temporary spousal and child support order: Lokhandwala v. Khan 2019 ONSC 6346. ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 10:46 AM

No ‘silver bullet’ to solve equity issues in legal profession, says Manitoba law society official Alissa Schacter, Manitoba Law Society Equity Officer and Policy Counsel

As the legal profession struggles with ensuring a more inclusive and open profession, Manitoba has established an equity officer to co-ordinate its efforts on equality and ensuring no one is subject to harassment and discrimination by a lawyer. But whereas the title may be unique to law societies in Canada, the officeholder says what she does is not. ... [read more]

Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

Civil rights groups seek first-ever Supreme Court ruling on constitutionality of solitary confinement Jessica Magonet

Nearly five months ago, the British Columbia Court of Appeal held that indefinite, prolonged solitary confinement violates prisoners’ rights to life, liberty and security of the person under Charter s. 7, and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the John Howard Society of Canada (JHSC), which were involved in that case, now seek a similar finding from the Supreme Court of Canada, which has yet to rule on the constitutionality of administrative segregation. ... [read more]