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Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 10:57 AM

Military ends prosecution of its top judge, withdraws all charges against Dutil Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil

The Director of Military Prosecutions has withdrawn the four charges that remained against Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil, ending an unprecedented case that exposed serious problems within Canada’s military justice system. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 9:33 AM

New defamation law needed to regulate ‘harmful Internet speech,’ LCO reports Nye_Thomas_sm

After four years of research and international consultations, the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has released its “Defamation Law in the Internet Age” report, which proposes 39 recommendations for reforming Ontario’s defamation law to address online attacks on reputation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 12:36 PM

B.C. unveils legislation to allow for paid leave for victims of domestic or sexual violence B.C. Minister of Labour Harry Bains

The B.C. government has moved to ensure employees who have been forced to deal with domestic or sexual violence have paid time off from work, a move which brings the province more in line with other jurisdictions across Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 12:04 PM

Nova Scotia looking to overhaul property division for common law couples

Nova Scotia is about to redefine common law marriage. The province is preparing to introduce new legislation that will give common law couples similar property benefits and obligations as married couples. It’s time for a new law, according to the province’s Department of Justice. Indeed, the province is actually a latecomer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

Proposed increase of judicial appointment list to six candidates informed by consultation, AG says Doug_Downey_sm_new

After further consultation with justice stakeholders, Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey has released his proposed changes to fill judicial vacancies. These revisions have not been introduced in the legislature yet, and legal organizations are continuing to voice their opinions on what they think will work and what needs to change. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 1:27 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 9:19 AM

Pluralism in public law shouldn’t be a cover for pursuing judicial preferences: Fed CA Judge Stratas Justice David Stratas

Federal Court of Appeal Justice David Stratas cautions that judges should not develop public law to suit their own personal policy preferences, under the guise of engaging in legal “pluralism.” The judge, a leading thinker on administrative law in Canada, said he shares what he described as University of Ottawa law professor Paul Daly’s perspective that well-established legal doctrine is not “an inconvenient obstacle to progress” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 12:01 PM

Coastal GasLink dispute rooted in conflicts over title, governance: legal experts Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

The dispute over a natural gas pipeline through the traditional territory of a B.C. First Nation has garnered almost daily headlines both in Canada and abroad. But legal experts note the conflict goes far beyond any adverse environmental effects the project may have, and strikes at the very heart of long-simmering issues between Canada and Indigenous people — who actually has title over the land, and who actually speaks for First Nations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 9:59 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

New offences proposed to ban ‘conversion therapy’ of children, coercive practices against adults Bardish Chagger and David Lametti

The Liberal government has introduced what it calls the world’s most “progressive and comprehensive” criminal prohibitions in relation to conversion “therapy” for both children and LGBTQ2 adults in a move which may also raise some constitutional questions implicating freedom of expression and religion. ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 3:16 PM

Canada’s border guards not documenting device searches, says lawyer Cyndee_Todgham_Cherniak_sm

A recent statistic on the number of personal electronic devices being searched at Canada’s border is “understated” due to officers often failing to complete paperwork required for such inspections, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 1:52 PM

Equality, passionate advocacy championed at Toronto Lawyers Association gala Susie_Whaley_John_Honsberger_Gillian_Hnatiw_sm

The Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) celebrated advocacy and professional excellence by presenting the TLA Award of Distinction, the Honsberger Award and the TLA Emerging Excellence Award to three lawyers at its annual gala on March 5. ... [read more]