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Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 1:46 PM

Former judge to lead consultations on conviction review commission

Canada’s government has tapped a former Ontario judge to lead consultations on forming an independent commission to review cases of possible wrongful criminal conviction. According to a March 31 news release from Justice Canada, former Ontario Appeal Court Justice Harry LaForme has been appointed to lead “public-facing consultations” on the creation of the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 01, 2021 @ 9:08 AM

Regulators issue new guidelines for crypto asset trading platforms in Canada Geoffrey Cher, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

Canada’s securities regulators have unveiled long-awaited guidelines for regulation of cryptocurrency trading, as the popularity of such platforms continues to grow and reshape financial markets. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) issued a notice March 29 providing guidance on how securities legislation applies to crypto asset trading platforms (CTPs). ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 3:35 PM

Ontario’s youth bail system failing disadvantaged, racialized young people, says report Safiyah Husein, senior policy analyst, John Howard Society of Ontario

Young people in Ontario’s youth bail system can breach bail conditions in some cases by simply not doing the dishes — a seemingly innocuous transgression that can land them right back in youth court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 12:11 PM

B.C. transitioning responsibility for Gladue services to First Nations Justice Council B.C. Attorney General David Eby

B.C. is transitioning responsibility for Gladue reports away from the provincial legal aid program as part of its commitment towards implementing an Indigenous justice strategy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 9:00 AM

Ontario budget outlines plans to modernize, expand mandate of securities regulator Walied Soliman, Norton Rose Fulbright

The Ontario government is moving ahead with plans to modernize the province’s securities regulator after a task force report earlier this year recommended sweeping reform to equip it with more tools to better deal with rapid change in the global financial systems. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 8:04 AM

New Brunswick must compensate First Nations for carbon tax, court rules Nick Kennedy, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

Governments cannot use legislative amendments to get around fulfilling their contractual obligations, says a lawyer after a court in New Brunswick found that the province must share its carbon tax revenue with a group of First Nations communities. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 4:41 PM

Trudeau urges vaccine participation, talks AstraZeneca reactions Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau maintains the right COVID-19 vaccine for any Canadian is “the very first vaccine that you are offered,” despite recent concerns raised around reactions occurring in some overseas recipients of AstraZeneca. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 11:33 AM

Banking proposals aimed at more proportional approach for smaller institutions, legal experts say Maziar Peihani, Lawson Lundell UBC Professor in Business Law at the University of British Columbia

Canada’s banking regulator is seeking input on a number of proposed regulatory changes aimed at fully implementing an international framework which was designed to help ensure the solvency of financial institutions after the 2007-09 financial crisis. The federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI)’s consultation on introducing the latest and final round of Basel III framework into its capital, leverage and related disclosure guidelines for banks runs until the beginning of June. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 9:37 AM

B.C. issues ‘circuit breaker’ protections to address rising COVID-19 case counts

British Columbia has issued new restrictions on indoor dining and fitness as it begins a three-week “circuit breaker” process to address the rise in COVID-19 case counts in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 9:36 AM

Gravestone, memorial coming for first Canadian-born Black lawyer Abraham Beverley Walker

A group in New Brunswick is raising money for a monument to mark the grave of Abraham Beverley Walker, the first Canadian-born Black lawyer. The team, which includes the New Brunswick Black History Society (NBBHS), Pride of Race, Unity, Dignity through Education (PRUDE) and several local lawyers is aiming to raise $6,000 for the gravestone and a memorial plaque for the courthouse in Saint John, according to Peter Little, an amateur historian and researcher of Walker’s past. ... [read more]