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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Going to authorities not viable option for many sexual assault survivors, report says Kasari Govender, West Coast LEAF

The experience of women who have suffered sexual assault is an issue that is receiving more focus than ever thanks to the #MeToo movement and increased realization among the public that an endemic problem needs to be addressed. And now, a report from a legal advocacy group is shining some light on the experience of survivors and why they feel the justice system is not responsive to their needs. ... [read more]

Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

Employers best not stick heads in sand when told of sexual harassment, says lawyer Jeff_Hopkins_sm

Beefier legislation and the rise of #MeToo has meant a greater “duty to inquire” for Ontario employers when it comes to looking into sexual harassment allegations — no matter how informal the complaint, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Section of Criminal Code targets arsonists who endanger others, not themselves, rules court Cate Martell sm

In the case of a man convicted of setting fire to his own home, the Ontario Court of Appeal grappled with whether an arsonist is an “occupier” in their own dwelling under the Criminal Code. The court quashed the conviction noting that it is not a crime to intentionally cause damage by fire to one’s own property, other than for fraudulent intent, “unless that fire causes bodily harm to another.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

Federal judges’ travel and other work-related expenses were $34 million in 2017-2018, senior official discloses Marc Giroux

Canada’s 1,181 federal judges spent nearly $34 million in the past fiscal year on job-related travel, education, public outreach and representation, and incidentals, the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs has informed the Senate. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 10:13 AM - Last Updated: Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 3:04 PM

Top court rules constitutional path is clear for proposed pan-Canadian securities regulation Chief Justice Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 9-0 that the Constitution authorizes pan-Canadian securities regulation by a single national securities regulator, as per the national “Cooperative System” for the regulation of capital markets proposed by Ottawa and five provinces and one territory. ... [read more]

Friday, November 09, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

First Nations authority over cannabis hazy, legal experts say Robert Hamilton, University of Calgary Faculty of Law

The legalization of cannabis in October saw massive lineups, short supply and a likely uptick in sales of Tim Hortons doughnuts. But amid all the celebration, serious questions emerged over what role Canada’s Indigenous peoples have in making their own laws on marijuana, and legal experts are saying those questions do not have clear answers. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

Senators urge Canada ‘to do better’ in treatment of nation’s prisoners Senator Jane Cordy sm

Members of the Senate Human Rights Committee are speaking out about the state of Canada’s prisons, urging “human rights for all” be upheld as Bill C-83, an Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Criminal Records Act, is considered by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.   ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

Lawyer says court decision in spying case ‘victory for transparency and freedom of expression’ Paul Champ, Champ & Associates

A British Columbia civil liberties group has won an early victory its case against Canada’s national spy agency after a Federal Court judge ruled a hearing into the agency’s conduct could not be held behind closed doors. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 8:44 AM

Review-based accountability measures needed for government surveillance, academic says Chris Parsons sm

While Toronto’s adoption of ShotSpotter technology and its plans to develop a smart city on the waterfront make headlines, a leading researcher in privacy is raising concerns of accountability and transparency in surveillance practices. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

‘Massive’ budget implementation bill replete with legal measures of note to bar and clients Jan Borowy

The Trudeau government’s latest jam-packed budget implementation bill (Bill C-86), which is under scrutiny this week at the Commons Finance Committee, includes scores of proposed regulatory measures — many of them unheralded and deserving of lawyers’ attention. ... [read more]