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Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

Federal judges’ travel and other work-related expenses were $34 million in 2017-2018, senior official discloses Marc Giroux

Canada’s 1,181 federal judges spent nearly $34 million in the past fiscal year on job-related travel, education, public outreach and representation, and incidentals, the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs has informed the Senate. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 10:13 AM - Last Updated: Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 3:04 PM

Top court rules constitutional path is clear for proposed pan-Canadian securities regulation Chief Justice Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 9-0 that the Constitution authorizes pan-Canadian securities regulation by a single national securities regulator, as per the national “Cooperative System” for the regulation of capital markets proposed by Ottawa and five provinces and one territory. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

First Nations authority over cannabis hazy, legal experts say Robert Hamilton, University of Calgary Faculty of Law

The legalization of cannabis in October saw massive lineups, short supply and a likely uptick in sales of Tim Hortons doughnuts. But amid all the celebration, serious questions emerged over what role Canada’s Indigenous peoples have in making their own laws on marijuana, and legal experts are saying those questions do not have clear answers. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

Senators urge Canada ‘to do better’ in treatment of nation’s prisoners Senator Jane Cordy sm

Members of the Senate Human Rights Committee are speaking out about the state of Canada’s prisons, urging “human rights for all” be upheld as Bill C-83, an Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Criminal Records Act, is considered by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.   ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

Lawyer says court decision in spying case ‘victory for transparency and freedom of expression’ Paul Champ, Champ & Associates

A British Columbia civil liberties group has won an early victory its case against Canada’s national spy agency after a Federal Court judge ruled a hearing into the agency’s conduct could not be held behind closed doors. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 8:44 AM

Review-based accountability measures needed for government surveillance, academic says Chris Parsons sm

While Toronto’s adoption of ShotSpotter technology and its plans to develop a smart city on the waterfront make headlines, a leading researcher in privacy is raising concerns of accountability and transparency in surveillance practices. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

‘Massive’ budget implementation bill replete with legal measures of note to bar and clients Jan Borowy

The Trudeau government’s latest jam-packed budget implementation bill (Bill C-86), which is under scrutiny this week at the Commons Finance Committee, includes scores of proposed regulatory measures — many of them unheralded and deserving of lawyers’ attention. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

B.C. introduces legislation to create provincial human rights commission B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The government of British Columbia has taken further steps to ensure it is no longer the only province in the nation without a commissioner for human rights. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Marketing guide highlights uncertainty in cannabis promotion rules, lawyers say Denes_Rothschild_sm

A new industry guide for cannabis companies on the do’s and don’ts of marketing their products is a good primer but also speaks to lingering ambiguity on what is prohibited when it comes to basic branding and the use of social media, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 5:42 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Judicial council says judge was ‘ill-advised’ and violated rules by acting as Lakehead University’s interim law dean Brian Gover

In a decision expected to be challenged in Federal Court, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has decided that Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith breached his obligations to devote himself solely to his judicial duties, and to stay out of public and potential legal controversy, when he took a leave of absence formally approved by his chief justice to act pro bono as interim dean of Lakehead University’s struggling new law school. ... [read more]