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Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 9:32 AM

Shifting culture of human rights in province focus of new B.C. commissioner B.C. Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender

British Columbia’s newly minted human rights commissioner says she hopes to change people’s “hearts and minds” as she hits the ground running as the first person to take the office in 17 years. ... [read more]

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 5:01 PM

Senior civilian RCMP official faces rare national security charges

The director-general of an intelligence unit within the RCMP faces national security and criminal charges, the Mounties revealed on Sept. 13. ... [read more]

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

LSO maintains scope of practice for paralegals, law students on summary convictions Robert Burd sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved measures to preserve the work paralegals, law students and lawyer licensing candidates do on summary convictions in the wake of Bill C-75. ... [read more]

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 8:58 AM

Alberta launches challenge of federal environmental assessment legislation Martin Olszynski

Alberta will once again find itself in court to fight Ottawa after it announced it was asking the provincial Court of Appeal to look at the federal government’s recently passed environmental assessment legislation, but a law professor is saying the challenge will likely be an unsuccessful one. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 1:34 PM

Ontario’s top judges unite in defence of legal aid, pro bono (L-R) Frank Marrocco, Geoffrey Morawetz, George Strathy, Lise Maisonneuve sm

The chief justices from Ontario’s top three courts banded together on Sept. 10 at the opening of the courts to stress the importance of legal aid, pro bono and the need for the courts to control their own resources. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Restriction on homegrown cannabis ruled unconstitutional by Quebec Superior Court Julien Fortier

A Quebec Superior Court ruling that struck down the provincial ban on homegrown cannabis may set the stage for another constitutional legal battle over the province’s proposed strict draft regulations on cannabis edibles, according to legal experts. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

New B.C. treaty policy will be as effective as political will to implement it, lawyer says Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

Members of the legal community in British Columbia are hailing a new policy for negotiating treaties with First Nations in the province as a step forward in advancing reconciliation, but say issues remain that could lead to complications down the road. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 3:34 PM

LSO repeals Statement of Principles, replaces it with acknowledgement of human rights laws Malcolm Mercer

After multiple votes on several motions, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has come to a decision on the Statement of Principles (SOP). ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 1:13 PM

Federal Court of Appeal provides clarity on leave motions in Trans Mountain ruling, lawyer says Margot Venton

The latest court ruling on the Trans Mountain pipeline project might well be remembered in legal circles for the surprising twists that occurred in the case and in the decision itself. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 11:39 AM

Ontario fraud office ‘a step in the right direction’: lawyer Eric Brousseau, Ross Barristers

Observers are applauding the Ontario government’s efforts to combat white-collar crime such as securities and real estate fraud, which they say often requires complex resources beyond what traditional law enforcement can muster. ... [read more]