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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 06:31 AM

Canada’s first transgender judge being his ‘authentic self’ Kael McKenzie

When Kael McKenzie was named to the Manitoba provincial court in 2015 his appointment was reported by CBC News, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and numerous other media outlets. What made the seemingly routine announcement so newsworthy: McKenzie was Canada’s first self-identified transgender member of the judiciary. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 03:15 PM

Protectionism fuels Boeing and Bombardier trade dispute Lawrence Herman, Herman and Associates

The spat between North American aerospace giants The Boeing Company and Bombardier Inc. over a jet sale is a microcosm of the larger trend toward protectionism in international trade. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 01:39 PM

Re-evaluation of institutional delay leads to overturned stay on murder charge Palma Paciocco, Osgoode Hall Law School

Observers say a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision on trial delay offers some lessons for prosecutors on how they approach the issue of ensuring people’s right to a speedy trial is maintained. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 01:27 PM

Ontario reforms unlikely to eliminate cannabis black market Robert Solomon

Legal observers say the Ontario government's new guidelines for the sale and use cannabis are reasonable, but they will not lead to an end of the black market trade in the product. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 09:28 AM

Lawyer warns cannabis bill is constitutionally flawed and harmful Michael Spratt

An Ottawa defence counsel says the federal government’s decision not to fully decriminalize cannabis possession will exacerbate court costs and delays, while disproportionately harming young, racialized and poor members of society. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 08:40 AM

Ontario’s Election Act under spotlight in Liberals’ bribery trial Solomon Friedman

An Ontario Court of Justice trial underway in Sudbury, Ont. is likely to create bad optics for premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government, but it may also clear up some disputed terminology in the provincial Election Act. ... [read more]

Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 04:04 PM

Ontario Provincial Police using GPS darts make roads safer, could threaten privacy Michael_Smitiuch_sm

The Ontario Provincial Police have a new pilot project in place where they shoot at fleeing cars using Global Positioning System (GPS) darts which track the vehicles' movements. ... [read more]

Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 12:14 PM

Judges must be wary of pseudoscience 'nonsense,' study says Vincent Denault

New research from a former litigation lawyer has found that pseudoscience is alive and well — and it may be lurking in Canada’s courtrooms. At the heart of the research: a look at non-verbal behaviour and the often mistaken beliefs that abound. ... [read more]

Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 08:41 AM

Prisoners' access to medical assistance in dying focus of discussion at meeting Adelina Iftene sm

Discussions about death can be sensitive in even the most common scenario, but tackling the discussion in the context of prison and an incarcerated person’s access to palliative care raises its own set of unique challenges. ... [read more]

Friday, September 08, 2017 @ 05:23 PM

SCC clarifies how to assess reliability of diplomatic assurances in extradition cases Adriel Weaver

In an important extradition ruling, the Supreme Court has unanimously restored Ottawa’s decision to surrender two Canadians to India to face charges that the pair arranged the murder 17 years ago of a family member in Punjab who married against their wishes. ... [read more]