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Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 2:53 PM

Ryerson to name law school after Lincoln Alexander Lincoln Alexander, former lieutenant governor of Ontario

Ryerson University’s new law school will carry the name of pioneering Black lawyer and former federal cabinet minister Lincoln Alexander, it has announced. In an April 7 news release, the founding dean of the faculty of law, Donna Young, called Alexander a “trailblazer.” ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 12:47 PM

Report urges insurance companies to start thinking about climate change now Janis Sarra, UBC School of Law

Climate change has been called an existential threat to our planet, with scientists saying rising temperatures are causing more frequent and severe weather-related events such as flooding and wildfires. And now a group of legal experts is saying the time has come for insurance companies in Canada to start thinking about how to manage climate-related risk because of the unique challenges they face. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 9:03 AM

Appeal Court ruling on video hearings could impact courts during pandemic, says lawyer Amy Ohler, founding partner, AJO Law, Toronto

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision endorsing a lower court’s finding that a not criminally responsible (NCR) accused woman cannot be forced to attend a video hearing against her will could have wider implications for courts during the COVID-19 pandemic, says a Toronto lawyer. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 08, 2021 @ 8:49 AM

B.C. seeking stay of automobile insurance decision B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The B.C. government is applying for a partial stay of a recent court decision which struck down as unconstitutional its move to send certain automobile insurance matters to a provincial small claims tribunal. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 5:11 PM

Ontario implements another provincewide stay-at-home order, third state of emergency

Under growing pressure from doctors, hospitals and some local medical officers of health, Ontario has declared its third state of emergency and issued a provincewide stay-at-home order effective April 8 at 12:01 a.m. in a desperate bid to reverse a dramatic increase in new cases of COVID-19 variants and relieve overflowing hospital ICUs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 3:40 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal overturns sex assault acquittal over trial judge’s reliance on rape myths

An Ontario man faces a fresh sexual assault trial after the province’s Court of Appeal found the original judge hearing the case relied on rape myths to acquit him. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 11:46 AM

Alberta moves back to ‘step one’ of COVID-19 restrictions as cases rise in province Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta is moving back into step one of its four-step COVID-19 restriction framework as part of its fight against the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 @ 7:55 AM

Ontario Human Rights Commission celebrates 60th anniversary Ena Chadha, chief commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Ontario is honouring its human rights heroes past, present and future as the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) celebrates its 60th anniversary and prepares to mark six decades since the passage of the province’s Human Rights Code in June of next year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 4:18 PM

Trudeau talks Safe Start Agreement; health minister talks inquiry Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

As a punishing third wave of COVID-19 grips Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the “final instalment” of Ottawa’s multibillion-dollar Safe Start Agreement is being given to the provinces and territories. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 1:11 PM

Nova Scotia opens COVID-19 compliant courthouse

A high-tech, COVID-19 compliant “criminal jury courthouse” has opened its doors in Atlantic Canada. The courthouse, in Dartmouth, N.S., opened March 31 and has been specially designed for the physical distancing of those inside. According to a news release, it is the first of its kind to be opened in Atlantic Canada. ... [read more]