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Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

Intercepted communications violated Charter: Ontario Court of Appeal

In a rare double ruling, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has delivered a decisive message that the admissibility of intercepted communications by police forces pursuant to the Criminal Code must adhere to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms if convictions are to withstand a legal challenge. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 1:27 PM

Proposed Alberta legislation would prevent long-term offenders from changing their names

A bill winding its way through the Alberta legislature would prevent violent offenders from changing their names, but a criminal lawyer is saying the legislation raises a number of red flags and could be seen as running afoul of the Charter. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 9:45 AM

Alberta street check legislation would ban carding, refine interactions between police, public Lisa Silver, an associate professor at the University of Calgary law school

A bill before the Alberta legislature would ban the controversial practice of carding in the province, and while legal observers are applauding the government for taking steps on the issue they are worried it may not have the effect it should. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 3:16 PM

COVID-19 restrictions reinstated at Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border

Nova Scotia is once again tightening its border with New Brunswick following new cases of COVID-19 and its variants in the latter province. According to an April 13 news release and announcement by Nova Scotia Premier Ian Rankin and chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang, anyone coming into Nova Scotia from New Brunswick as of 8 a.m. on April 15 will have to complete a check-in form and once again self-isolate for 14 days. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 9:36 AM

B.C. extends COVID-19 state of emergency once again

B.C. has extended its COVID-19 state of emergency as the province faces a surge of cases as part of the pandemic’s third wave. Premier John Horgan made the announcement April 13, which extended the state of emergency, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act (EPA), until end of day April 27. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 9:05 AM

Decision revisits intersection between a religious marriage and requirements under Family Law Act Muhammad Alam, founder and managing barrister, Mississauga-based Alam Law

A recent Superior Court decision in Ontario sheds light on a potential legal predicament that could affect couples who rely entirely on religious rites for marriage and divorce, says a lawyer involved with the case. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 4:21 PM

Liberals recognize right to healthy environment as part of legislative overhaul Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

The Trudeau government has unveiled changes to Canada’s cornerstone environmental protection law which includes recognition that every Canadian has the right to a healthy environment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 9:56 AM

New Indigenous law institute at Lakehead University meets growing need, says law dean Jula Hughes, Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay

The launch of a new Indigenous law and justice institute at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law will help meet the increasing demand for skills in Indigenous law in Northern Ontario and beyond, says dean of law Jula Hughes. The Thunder Bay, Ont.-based institute, which has been named Maamawi Bimosewag — They Walk Together, officially started operations April 1 thanks, in part, to $437,000 in funding from the federal Department of Justice’s Justice Partnership and Innovation Program. ... [read more]

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 4:47 PM

Ontario returning all schools to online learning after April break

Ontario is moving all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools to online learning beginning April 19 as the COVID-19 variants drive a record level of new infections and nearly exhaust ICU capacity. ... [read more]

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 2:03 PM

Feds help fund B.C.’s battle against drug abuse, overdoses

Ottawa is giving millions to substance abuse programs in British Columbia — five years after that province declared its epidemic of drug overdoses a public health emergency. According to an April 9 news release, Health Canada announced that the federal government has earmarked $16.5 million for 11 projects “to help support communities in [B.C.] in their efforts to address and prevent substance use-related harms.” ... [read more]