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Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

Hitting ‘Goldilocks number’ on taxation of cannabis key to reducing black market: lawyer David Rotfleisch, taxpage.com

As D-Day for the legalization of cannabis edges ever closer, the federal government has released a framework for taxation of the herb and is seeking public input on it. And a legal expert is saying the black market will continue to thrive unless a delicate balance on price and taxation can be found. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 6:04 AM

Artificial intelligence used in immigration systems raises human rights concerns, report says Petra Molnar sm

A new report released by the University of Toronto (U of T) is drawing attention to the use of automated decision-making technologies in Canada’s immigration and refugee systems, with academics calling on the government to implement best practices to protect vulnerable peoples. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

N.L. ruling on revealing public employees’ pay sign of trending transparency, lawyer says David_Fraser_sm

A recent decision by Newfoundland’s Appeal Court to allow disclosure of the names and salaries of all public sector employees is a sign of the legal “pendulum” swinging towards transparency rather than privacy, says an expert.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

Ministry of Attorney General urged to ‘fix’ rules regarding court transcription fees Mark Halfyard sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has given direction on the fees associated with transcripts to be used on appeal in a decision, counsel says, will govern until the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) clarifies regulations directing costs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

Edmonton allowing undocumented immigrants access to services without having to prove status John Mascarin, Aird & Berlis LLP

Edmonton is moving toward ensuring undocumented immigrants are able to access city services without having to worry about their status being discovered. ... [read more]

Monday, September 24, 2018 @ 3:17 PM

SCC asked to stay ruling that guts military justice system; military warns sexual assault prosecutions in jeopardy Exclusive

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is asking the Supreme Court of Canada for an immediate stay of a recent bombshell Charter decision that guts the military justice system, and which prosecutors contend jeopardizes dozens of serious criminal prosecutions, including for sexual assault, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Monday, September 24, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Next move being considered after Appeal Court rejects oppression remedy, lawyer says Dave_Hill_sm

A Manitoba Appeal Court judge set a “dangerous precedent” in taking it upon herself to broach and then rule on the inappropriateness of an “oppression remedy” given to a plaintiff who sued his brother after a deal to split up their business went sideways, says a lawyer involved. ... [read more]

Monday, September 24, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Trans community faces myriad legal problems, rarely seeks help, says report Nicole Nussbaum

Trans people in Ontario appear to face more justiciable legal problems than the general Canadian population, yet rarely seek legal assistance to address or resolve them, according to a recently released report by the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario. ... [read more]

Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 6:21 PM

Reforms urged to reduce Federal Court’s ‘arbitrary’ dismissal of refugee claims Sean Rehaag

The Federal Court says it will “closely study” recommendations to reform its practices in refugee cases, following another recent study which indicates that the outcome of life-and-death refugee claims in Canada too often depends on “the luck of the draw” — i.e. which judge happens to be randomly assigned to a failed refugee claimant’s application for judicial review. ... [read more]

Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 3:53 PM

Ontario faces ‘uphill battle’ in fight against carbon tax: experts Eric Adams, University of Alberta Faculty of Law

The Ontario government has followed Saskatchewan’s lead in bringing a challenge to its provincial Court of Appeal on the federal government’s carbon tax, arguing the scheme is not within Ottawa’s powers to do so. But constitutional and tax experts are saying both provinces will most likely have a difficult time convincing courts to rule against Ottawa. ... [read more]