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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Police turning to 3D technology for crime, accident scene investigation Brian Harder

As 3D scanners are increasingly becoming the tool of choice for police departments across the country to use while investigating accident and crime scenes, it makes sense for lawyers to have a better understanding of how the technology works and how it is used. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 9:17 AM

B.C. youth advocates calling on provincial government to amend labour laws

As summer begins and young workers head into seasonal work, advocates in British Columbia are calling on the provincial government to change labour laws that allow children as young as 12 to work with little regulatory oversight other than parental consent. First Call: B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition is championing a campaign to bring B.C.’s labour laws in alignment with international conventions, which would bring the work start age up to 16. ... [read more]

Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 12:34 PM

Nunavut drug charge acquittal may end ‘paternalistic’ policing in remote hamlet, lawyer says

An appeal decision acquitting a Nunavut man of drug charges will likely break the “paternalistic” habit police in remote Sanikiluaq have of unlawfully searching the baggage of incoming air travellers. So says criminal lawyer Alison Crowe of the June 19 Court of Appeal of Nunavut decision in R. v. Ippak 2018 NUCA 3, a case involving the unlawful detainment and baggage search of Moses Ippak after he stepped off a plane at Sanikiluaq’s airport. ... [read more]

Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

Mercer takes charge at LSO as self-regulator faces governance, tech issues Malcolm Mercer sm

In his first address to Convocation, Malcolm Mercer, the newly elected treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), confided that he was a little bit nervous. However, that humble declaration is backed up by a serious desire to ensure the legal profession is “listened to and understood” while maintaining the self-regulator’s mandate to govern in the public interest. ... [read more]

Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 4:04 PM - Last Updated: Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 10:36 PM

SCC to decide when crime proceeds spent on legal fees not subject to ‘fine-in-lieu of forfeiture’ Gregory Lafontaine

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to decide when a sentencing judge can refuse to order an offender to pay a fine in cases where the seized crime proceeds were previously court-ordered to be spent on his legal defence — and thus cannot be forfeited to the Crown in the usual course under the Criminal Code. ... [read more]

Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 7:10 AM

Judiciary discloses more about its sexual assault law training as Parliament considers compelling judicial progress reports Kim Pate

The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has rolled out a new website disclosing the courses it provides to 1,100 federally appointed judges — including courses aimed at training judges to avoid rape myths and other egregious errors in sexual assault trials. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

Connection must be made between work fitness tests, ability to do job, lawyers say Crystal_Norbeck_sm

Employers must demonstrate a “rational” and “necessary” connection between physical fitness tests given to employees and the work being done, say lawyers following an appeal decision finding discrimination against woodland firefighters. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Trudeau government breaks promise to disclose info on new federal judges ‘shortly’ Jody Wilson-Raybould

The Trudeau government’s pledge to shed more light on the qualifications, backgrounds and relevant views and attitudes of the scores of superior court judges it appoints below the Supreme Court of Canada remains a mostly unfulfilled promise so far. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 10:15 AM

Two new judges for Nunavut but more needed, lawyer says James_Morton_sm

Two new judges for Nunavut’s strained court system will “make a difference,” but more are still needed “to make the system work properly,” says a lawyer regularly in the remote northern territory. On June 22, the federal Department of Justice announced the appointments of Justices Susan Charlesworth and Christian Lyons, both of whom have years of experience as lawyers practising in the trenches of Nunavut’s challenged justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

B.C. pledges action on casino money laundering Richard Fowler

The B.C. government has vowed to crack down on money laundering in the gaming sector after a scathing report identified millions of dollars in dirty money that passed through provincial casinos, but an expert is saying it is likely organized crime has started to shift its focus to other areas of the economy. ... [read more]