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Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

Workplaces need inclusive leaders to break through implicit bias, speaker says Delee Fromm sm

Everyone has implicit bias. Whether it’s toward a specific culture, gender, or age, biases learned from childhood impact how people behave in a workplace which, Delee Fromm explained, need to be broken in order to change social norms. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 1:46 PM

N.S. project seeks to make domestic violence court programs ‘more culturally responsive’

The Nova Scotia government and numerous partners, including the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network and the Elizabeth Fry Society, have come together to reshape and redefine services available to survivors of gender-based violence and their families. The initiative is believed to be a first in Canada, said Shannon Kerr, spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 11:55 AM

Change in sentencing regime must come with pot legalization: lawyer Randolph_Piercey_top

Sentencing for crimes involving marijuana should change now that the drug has been legalized, says a lawyer following a decision in which a judge cites a Bob Dylan classic in ruling that a Maritimer will not face jail for pot possession. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

New rules concerning drones come into effect June 1 Nathan Baker, Nathan Baker Law

The federal government has unveiled long-awaited rules on the use of drones, but a lawyer is saying it is surprising that there are no requirements for pilots to get insurance given the number of high-profile incidents where drones did damage to both people and property. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 10:42 AM

Top court rejects Ottawa’s bid to stay Charter ruling that guts military justice system Bruce_MacGregor

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected the federal government’s motion to temporarily stay a Charter ruling which has gutted the military justice system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Legal aid paralegals not qualified to handle risky refugee cases: lawyer Alastair_Clarke_sm

Manitoba’s legal aid office should increase what it pays immigration lawyers rather than have staff paralegals act for refugee claimants in potential “life or death cases,” says a lawyer opposed to the planned pilot project. ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 12:41 PM - Last Updated: Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 3:23 PM

Wilson-Raybould defends record at DOJ as ex-law prof Lametti succeeds her as AG Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promoted former McGill University law professor David Lametti to Justice minister and attorney general, shuffling incumbent Jody Wilson-Raybould to the less-senior, but prominent, Veterans Affairs portfolio. ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Court decisions on administrative segregation wake-up call for change: expert Debra Parkes

A trio of recent court decisions on the use of administrative segregation in Canadian prisons show the urgent need for the federal government to reform a harmful and constitutionally dubious practice, lawyers are saying. ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

In-house counsel relying on expert help to run departments Warren Bongard

Legal departments south of the border are evolving to meet changing expectations from senior management, and that evolution includes reaching out for a helping hand to ensure legal departments are run like business units, according to the 2018 Chief Legal Officer Survey from legal consultants Altman Weil. The trend is not unique to the United States, however, legal experts from Canada told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 12:59 PM

Proposed changes to Law Society Tribunal Rules of Practice highlight modernization, accessibility Isfahan Merali sm

Improved accessibility through technology, plain language and transparency are some of the goals behind proposed changes to the Law Society Tribunal’s Rules of Practice, which committee members hope will lead to enhanced best practices for the tribunal. The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Tribunal Committee has invited stakeholders and the public to provide comment on the proposed changes up until Jan. 15. ... [read more]