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Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Alberta proposing changes to youth employment rules

After making a number of significant changes over the last year to its labour and employment laws, Alberta is now looking to change provincial rules surrounding young workers. The provincial government announced June 8 it was seeking feedback on a number of proposed new regulations on youth employment. Labour Minister Christina Grey said the government’s priority “has always been to make sure young workers don’t get hurt while on the job.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

SCC rules prison service must take all reasonable steps to ensure parole tools valid for Indigenous offenders Justice Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court of Canada has declared 7-2 that the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is breaching its statutory obligations by using psychological tools to assess Indigenous offenders’ suitability for parole — without first taking all reasonable steps to ensure that those tools are valid — and not culturally biased — vis-a-vis Indigenous inmates. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

Both ‘opportunity’ and loss for lawyers in revamp of Manitoba family law, says legal mind Allan_Fineblit_sm

A report calling for the use of mandatory couples mediation in fixing Manitoba’s combative family law system could mean “opportunity” for some lawyers but less work for those doing “high conflict” cases, says a legal mind behind the paper. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 8:03 AM

Senate dumps random breath testing, sets stage for showdown with Commons Marc Gold

In a dramatic tie vote, the Senate has removed mandatory alcohol screening (MAS) from the Trudeau government’s impaired driving bill (Bill C-46) — a controversial move pushed for by many lawyers’ groups that also sets the stage for a showdown between the red chamber and the House of Commons. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 10:39 AM

New ‘use of force’ training in Manitoba means more accountability of officers: expert Michael_Weinrath_sm

A new “use of force” simulation lab in southern Manitoba will help the justice system further evaluate police accountability in high-stakes crisis encounters with the mentally ill, says a scholar. The Use of Force Simulation Lab, developed by the Brandon Police Service (BPS), Manitoba’s government and Assiniboine Community College, uses a life-sized video screen that places trainee officers in various virtual situations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

‘I am nobody’: A lawyer’s experience as a victim in the criminal justice system John_Macfarlane_Greg_Gilhooly_sm

Greg Gilhooly has an impressive list of accomplishments. A graduate of Princeton and the University of Toronto’s law school, he played varsity hockey for both schools and went on to become a successful lawyer and family man. However, he hid a dark secret from the world for many years, one that led him to attempt suicide, to eventually seek help and then become an advocate for reform in the criminal justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 5:13 PM

Top military judge to face court martial after independent prosecutor prefers eight charges Mario Dutil

The top judge of the Canadian military will face a court martial — presided over by a fellow military judge and with additional new charges including fraud under $5,000 — in an unprecedented case that opens a legal can of worms. ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

Appeal decision acknowledges ‘borderline’ Charter breach but keeps evidence Zilla_Jones_sm

An Appeal Court decision to include evidence in the name of upholding justice sat at the heart of a “borderline” Charter breach case involving a pot-filled suitcase, a drug-sniffing dog and an unlawful arrest. In what seemed like a conflicting two-part decision, the Court of Appeal of Manitoba recently ruled that while a woman was unconstitutionally arrested for transporting marijuana across Canada, evidence in the case would remain in play and her conviction of possession for the purpose of trafficking would stand. ... [read more]

Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Former Justices Cromwell and O’Connor discuss civility and the art of advocacy Dennis O'Connor and Thomas Cromwell sm

The recent decision in Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada 2018 SCC 27 hung in the air as former justices Thomas Cromwell and Dennis O’Connor discussed civility, professionalism and the future of the litigation bar at a fireside chat hosted by the Toronto Lawyers Association on June 6. ... [read more]

Friday, June 08, 2018 @ 12:49 PM - Last Updated: Friday, June 08, 2018 @ 2:40 PM

Supreme Court declines to hold rioters solidarily liable for damaging police cars Nataly_Gauvin_and_Mélany_Renaud

The Supreme Court has shed light on when solidary liability attaches to wrongful acts under the Civil Code of Québec (CCQ) in a decision which holds 6-1 that rioters who contributed to damaging municipal police cars during a 2008 Montreal hockey riot can only be held liable for the specific damage each caused to a given car, and not for the total damages caused by all the rioters in respect of that car. ... [read more]