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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]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 1:01 PM - Last Updated: Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

Tough road ahead for company fighting job program’s attestation of Charter rights, scholar says Beverley Baines

An uphill battle likely lies ahead for an Ontario concrete company hauling Canada’s government to court over having to attest to women’s abortion rights before taking part in a summer jobs program. This is the view of at least one legal mind following an application filed to the Federal Court by Sarnia Concrete Products Ltd., alleging its Charter rights were violated when its application was turned down for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) — a federal program giving employers wage subsidies to hire secondary and post-secondary students. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

LSO approves guidelines for working with Indigenous people, gets paralegal licensing update William McDowell sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) first Convocation under new treasurer Malcolm Mercer saw the approval of guidelines for lawyers working with Indigenous clients and an update on the state of paralegal licensing. The motion to approve the guidelines was brought forward by William McDowell, chair of the Professional Regulation Committee, who noted that the committee directed a review of the “Guidelines for Lawyers Acting in Cases Involving Claims of Aboriginal Residential School Abuse” in May. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

New judge advocate general vows to correct delays and inefficiencies that mar Canada’s military justice system Exclusive

Commodore Geneviève Bernatchez says she and her team at the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are working to fix the delays and inefficiencies in the military justice system that were spotlighted by Auditor General Michael Ferguson in his recent hard-hitting report. ... [read more]

Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 10:03 AM - Last Updated: Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

SCC sheds first light on 2008 sentencing reforms that hiked penalties for breath sample refusals Michael Moldaver

The Supreme Court of Canada has for the first time provided guidance on the 2008 Criminal Code reforms that hiked penalties — and created two new offences — for refusing to provide a breath sample in impaired driving cases where death or bodily harm occurs. ... [read more]

Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Mercer elected LSO treasurer, recognizes role of technology Paul Schabas and Malcolm Mercer sm

After two rounds of voting, the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation erupted into applause as Malcolm Mercer was elected as the governing body’s 67th treasurer. Mercer, who edged Jaqueline Horvat 34-24 on the second ballot, was congratulated by former treasurer Paul Schabas as he took his leave of the law society. ... [read more]

Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 7:23 AM

New rules broaden security vetting of cannabis players but past crimes don’t automatically bar them from industry Eileen McMahon

The Trudeau government’s aim of barring organized crime from infiltrating the legalized adult-use cannabis industry is reflected in the sweeping new security clearance rules that will apply to owners, directors, controlling influences and other key players in the multibillion-dollar industry set to launch here in October. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 1:02 PM

Court of Appeal decision highlights issues faced by self-represented litigants, expert says Julie Macfarlane sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has granted a self-represented litigant leave to appeal a speeding ticket in an endorsement legal experts say will provide guidance to the courts below. In R. v. Morillo 2018 ONCA 582 the court heard that Lindsey Morillo, the moving party, was charged with speeding on Highway 2 in the Region of Durham. The traffic officer claimed that Morillo was travelling at 107 kilometres per hour in a 70 km/h zone. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

Decision in $1 billion lawsuit shows contracts will be interpreted to ‘mean what they say’: lawyer Blair Yorke-Slader, Bennett Jones LLP

Despite its complexity involving a multitude of contracts, the science involved in making chemical compounds and a judgment of over $1 billion, the lawyer for a company in a case involving the operation of an ethylene plant in Alberta says ultimately the principles of contract interpretation that were applied are ones that are very familiar and straightforward. ... [read more]