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Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 12:13 PM

Manitoba Justice ‘reviewing’ judges’ criticism of northern bail system Cliff_Cullen_sm

Manitoba’s Justice minister will “carefully consider” a call now being made by two judges that an independent review take place into deficiencies and delays plaguing the bail system in the province’s remote north. Comment from Justice Minister Cliff Cullen comes after a second judge in Manitoba’s northern court system used his recent decision in a criminal case to echo a previous recommendation for an outside look into what he called “worrisome shortcomings” that are hindering an “overburdened” system.  ... [read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 9:43 AM

Indigenous ceremonies at B.C. school did not interfere with family’s religious beliefs, judge rules

A B.C. Supreme Court justice has ruled a smudging ceremony and a dance held at a public elementary school were an admirable effort to teach children about Indigenous beliefs and did not violate the Charter’s protections on freedom of religion. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 12:26 PM

Loosening rules for non-lawyers needed for north Saskatchewan: law society president Gerald_Tegart_sm

Relaxing the rules around tasks paralegals and other non-lawyer service providers are barred from performing could be a key to greater access to justice in northern Saskatchewan, says the new president of that province’s law society. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 10:26 AM

More legal work needed to protect new Arctic waterways: experts Aldo Chircop

The Arctic is warming at a rate two times faster than anywhere else in the world, according to the vast majority of environmental experts.  As once-impenetrable sea ice becomes navigable waterways, travel corridors open that had never before existed or been contemplated to exist. The new landscape raises serious environmental, Indigenous — and legal — issues. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

Complainant can’t intervene as a ‘person interested’ in assailant’s appeal, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed a motion by a complainant to intervene as a “person interested” in an Ontario Review Board (ORB) appeal brought forward by her assailant, who was deemed “not criminally responsible” (NCR). The court stressed that the “mechanism” for a complainant to have a voice in a sentencing stage is through a victim impact statement.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

NL non-profit expands free legal clinics due to high demand Kevin O'Shea

Individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador looking for legal advice — but not necessarily looking to hire a lawyer — are getting a helping hand from the province’s legal community. Legal clinics launched in the St. John’s area in 2016 have expanded outside the capital city to Gander and Grand Falls. Further expansion is planned for this year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Lametti consulting this month with legal experts, public on changes to medical-assistance-in-dying law Justice Minister David Lametti

As a court-imposed deadline fast approaches, Justice Minister David Lametti is meeting with legal experts and law groups, and surveying the public online, about what they think impending amendments to the medical-assistance in dying (MAiD) law should look like. On Jan. 13, Ottawa launched an online consultation that closes Jan. 27, and which solicits the public’s views about: eligibility for MAiD; advanced requests for MAiD (not currently allowed); and what safeguards should be implemented. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 12:05 PM

B.C. set to open seventh Indigenous court B.C. Attorney General David Eby

B.C. will see its newest Indigenous court open in the spring, and the provincial attorney general says the move is a step towards creating a justice system that is more respectful of Indigenous needs and practices. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 9:39 AM

Alberta Appeal Court ruling on campus free speech hailed as precedential Jay Cameron, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

In a ruling that is being called the first of its kind in Canada, a unanimous panel of the Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled the Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies when considering students’ free expression at universities in the province. ... [read more]

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 2:26 PM

New family law self-represented litigant project launches in Toronto Andrea Himel sm

Ontario’s family law bar has come together to launch a project aimed at assisting self-represented litigants through the system at the  Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. ... [read more]