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Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 3:07 PM

Business lobby group calls on feds to deliver more aid to industry, post-pandemic recovery plan Goldy Hyder sm

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and rebound from its devastating economic impact, says one of the country’s leading business lobby groups. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:09 PM

Federal Court of Appeal stays decision on safe third country agreement

The Federal Court of Appeal has agreed to a stay of a lower court decision which declared Canada’s safe third country agreement (STCA) on refugees to be unconstitutional. The agreement, which came into force in 2004, requires people seeking refugee status to make their claim in the first country in which they arrive. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Current model of lawyering unequally distributes legal power in society, scholar says Joshua_Sealy-Harrington

Substantive change is required in the legal system — and legal education — to meaningfully address access to justice and systemic racism. That was the message from scholars who spoke on an Oct. 26 panel set up as part of Access to Justice Week. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 2:26 PM

Ottawa promising action on sexual violence in correctional facilities Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair

The federal government is promising to take action on the issue of sexual coercion and violence in prisons after Canada’s correctional investigator said the issue is largely being ignored or dismissed as part of the prison experience. Correctional investigator Ivan Zinger recommended action as part of his most recent annual report, which was tabled in Parliament Oct. 27. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Dalhousie law school launches clinic for early tech startups Jacqueline_Walsh

Dalhousie University’s law school has started a new clinic for students — and a new law firm for early stage startups. The initio Technology and Innovation Law Clinic is intended to help startups in the formative phases to have affordable and easy access to legal services, said director Jacqueline Walsh. “At this stage, they don’t know what they don’t know, and they don’t have the money to hire a law firm.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 3:24 PM

New Alberta immigration pathways aimed at encouraging international students to stay in province Alberta Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer

Alberta has launched two new immigration pathways aimed at attracting investment and encouraging international graduates to start their businesses in the province, and it is also limiting the number and types of jobs available for temporary foreign workers (TFWs) aimed at providing more opportunities for unemployed Albertans. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 1:31 PM

Alberta, B.C. implement new gathering limits in COVID-19 fight

Both British Columbia and Alberta have brought in new measures to help reduce COVID-19 transmission after weekend statistics showed rising case numbers in both provinces. B.C. provincial health officer Bonnie Henry issued an order Oct. 26 which limits gatherings in private homes to no more than a person’s immediate household, plus six others. The order is provincewide and applies to all homes for all occasions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 9:45 AM

Ontario Appeal Court decision a victory for not criminally responsible accused: lawyers Jeff Marshman sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that the Ontario government and the Ontario Review Board violated a man’s Charter right to liberty for the past six years by keeping him confined to a psychiatric hospital — even after his medical team and the board agreed in 2014 he could be moved into supportive housing in the community. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 1:57 PM

Ontario Appeal Court reminds trial judges to scrutinize inconsistencies in evidence

On issues of credibility, trial judges need to adequately scrutinize inconsistencies in evidence — particularly with reference to prior consistent statements — said the Ontario Court of Appeal in ordering a new trial for a man convicted in 2018 of one count of sexual interference involving his stepdaughter, who was about 10 years old when the offence allegedly occurred six years earlier. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

LSO Convocation adopts revised proposals on fee exemptions for older practitioners Atrisha Lewis

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has tweaked its proposals to remove fee exemptions for certain older members of the profession, adopting measures which would provide a reduced rate for practitioners 65 and older and ensuring those individuals who are currently covered by an exemption for those who have practised 50 years or more will still be able to benefit when it is eliminated next year. ... [read more]