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Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

Groups helping crime victims teetering with unstable funding, says advocate Karen_Busby_sm

A boost of almost half a million dollars from Manitoba’s government to organizations helping victims of crime will have a positive impact, but stable funding is needed to keep them from the edge of extinction, says a legal mind. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

B.C. law society referendum approves general meeting changes

Participants in the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC)’s next annual general meeting (AGM) are going to see things being done a little differently. In a referendum which ended May 30, law society members passed two resolutions regarding the meetings, one allowing for advance online voting on motions and another amending the rules to ensure disputes concerning procedure are to be resolved in accordance with applicable common law rather than strictly in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 5:33 PM

SCC greenlights class action in Quebec for alleged historic child sexual abuse Clément Gascon

In an important ruling for Quebec class actions, the Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed that a mass tort action — alleging historic sexual assaults committed against children by members of Catholic entities — can proceed, notwithstanding that some of the alleged abuses date back to the 1940s. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Sentences for terrorism could guide those for random mass murder, lawyer says

Severity of punishment for those guilty of planning indiscriminate mass murder may be guided by what has been meted out for terrorism offences, says a Crown following the failed appeal of a woman sentenced to life for conspiring to shoot up a Halifax shopping mall. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 9:15 AM

Judicial training bill passes Senate committee with changes easing judicial independence concerns of bench, bar André Pratte

A government-endorsed judicial training bill, that stalled for two years in the Senate due to blowback from the judiciary, is poised to become law after the upper chamber amended the proposed legislation to forestall a separation of powers battle with the judicial branch. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 12:42 PM

Consent required for divorced party’s use of embryo: court Shantona Chaudhury sm

In a dispute over the use of an in vitro embryo with no genetic ties to either party, the Ontario Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of an ex-husband to withdraw consent of use from his ex-wife, who wished to have a second child. The court determined that under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act and the Assisted Human Reproduction (Section 8 Consent) Regulations, divorced parties maintain their “donor couple” status and consent can be withdrawn. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

Time to update Alberta’s international commercial arbitration rules: law reform institute Sandra Petersson, executive director, Alberta Law Reform Institute

The Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) is calling on the provincial government to change its commercial arbitration law in order to keep it up to date with current international standards. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 06, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal ruling upends commercial leasing law

Although neither party raised the legal provision in the case, the Ontario Court of Appeal has changed a law regarding commercial leasing by referring to a section of the province’s Commercial Tenancies Act (CTA) whose origins in Ontario date back to 1895. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 12:40 PM

Montreal man who killed ailing wife to serve two years in prison

In a case that drew province-wide attention over the fate of caregivers and Quebec’s health system in the face of an aging population, a Montreal man who was found guilty of manslaughter for killing his ailing wife in what he argued was a compassionate killing was sentenced to serve two years in prison, minus a day. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 9:59 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 3:01 PM

Law groups welcome MMIWG report, pledge to consider and reflect on inquiry’s ‘Calls for Justice’ Marion Buller

Bar groups and legal regulators are welcoming the sweeping final report and recommendations of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) — although it remains to be seen how much the bar and bench will do to implement the inquiry’s demands, including that regulators mandate (and enforce) Indigenous cultural competence training with respect to lawyers and judges. ... [read more]