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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 @ 9:01 AM

Ontario securities consultation to look at outdated rules, streamlined disclosure Nadia_Campion

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is turning to the public to find ways to reduce regulatory burdens and ensure the province becomes a more competitive place to do business, and experts are saying it is an important step in addressing the challenges of 21st century financial markets. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

B.C. criminal law boot camp ‘like no other training for judges in Canada’: provincial court justice Justice Gregory Koturbash, B.C. Provincial Court

Making the transition from lawyer to judge can be a daunting task, especially with the prospect of hearing cases that may not necessarily be in one’s area of expertise. But since spring 2018, the B.C. provincial court has been offering a program to allow incoming justices a chance to be immersed in the world of criminal law as they take their seats on the bench. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 1:03 PM

Counsel praises Crown for ‘holistic’ approach using Indigenous mediation circle in Manitoba John Corona

Legal minds are hoping for more restorative justice similar to that of an Indigenous mediation circle taking place for two Manitoba women suspected of spewing online hatred toward local Aboriginals. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal orders new murder trial on defence of provocation

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of killing his roommate in a decision, counsel says, shows provocation as a partial defence to murder is still alive and well in Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Feds consulting on changes to ‘unfair’ salary overpayment policy David Rotfleisch, taxpage.com

The federal government is proposing changes to tax rules so people who receive a salary overpayment will only have to pay back the net amount to their employer, a move experts are calling long overdue. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 4:19 PM - Last Updated: Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 4:58 PM

Supreme Court rules ‘Henson’ trust does not limit disabled beneficiary’s access to social assistance Michael_Feder

In a positive decision for persons with disabilities, the Supreme Court of Canada has pronounced for the first time on the discretionary “Henson trusts” long used to set aside money or property for the benefit of persons with disabilities in a way that doesn’t jeopardize the trust beneficiaries’ eligibility for means-tested social assistance. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Proposed assisted reproduction regulations unfair to surrogates, say experts Lisa Feldstein

The federal government’s proposed regulations to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act are unfair, unrealistic and unconstitutional, according to health law experts who fear that they may end up dissuading donors from participating in the altruistic undertaking. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 1:42 PM

Alberta Law Society faces strategic planning year in 2019: incoming president Rob Armstrong, president-elect, Law Society of Alberta

The Law Society of Alberta needs to focus on training, access to justice and legal innovation as it plans for the challenges of the future, says the regulator’s president-elect. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 10:20 AM

SCC to look at constitutionality of genetic discrimination ban nixed by ex-AG Canada but supported by new AG David Lametti

Canada’s new Attorney General David Lametti voted to create a federal ban on genetic discrimination two years ago that the then-Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, vigorously argued — and the Quebec Court of Appeal later agreed — is not a constitutionally valid exercise of Ottawa’s criminal law power. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Legal Aid Ontario emphasizes leveraging technology in new five-year strategic plan David Field sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has released a five-year strategic plan that highlights collaboration with social service organizations as well as increased use of technology as central parts of its effort in assisting low-income Ontarians with their legal needs. ... [read more]