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Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 01:51 PM

Inadequate jury instructions bring new trial for convicted murderer Julie Bolduc

The Quebec Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of killing three people, saying the trial judge provided inadequate instructions to the jury. ... [read more]

Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

Lawyers leveraging AI technology to boost access to information, justice Marc-André Séguin sm

When people have a question about a legal matter, where are they most likely to turn to first — a lawyer that they pay for, or the Internet? ... [read more]

Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 07:02 AM

Two federal departments for Indigenous issues could bring headaches, scholar says Signa_Daum_Shanks

Interested lawyers will need to have “the best peripheral vision they’ve ever had” after the federal Liberal government divided the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs in two, says one legal scholar. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 12:39 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal upholds free speech as it throws out trespass notice

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that quashed a trespassing charge against a self-described citizen journalist for protesting on town property is being described by lawyers as a victory for free speech rights. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

Indigenous youth workshop results in ideas for access to justice apps Nicole Aylwin sm

Over 25 Indigenous youth from across Ontario gathered in Thunder Bay to brainstorm technological solutions that could improve access to justice in their communities. Their ideas, inspired by their own experiences, ranged from teaching youth about their rights to building better relationships with law enforcement. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 07:06 AM

Recalls of tainted medical marijuana could lead to an increase in class actions, lawyers say Ted Charney

Recent medical marijuana recalls and the impending broad legalization and regulation of pot could mean future class actions aimed at tainted bud, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 02:59 PM

Alberta launches consultations on street checks Steven Penney

The government of Alberta's decision to undertake community consultations on street checks, also known as carding, is being praised by members of the province's legal community. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 10:23 AM

Toronto must use caution in banning graphic anti-abortion signs, says municipal lawyer John Mascarin

A Toronto councillor looking to ban “blood and gore” signs used by anti-abortion demonstrators on city streets could end up opening a constitutional can of worms down the road, says one prominent municipal lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 07:24 AM

Total fees paid to lawyers working for Quebec public bodies not always privileged information: Appeal Court Pierre Trudel

The total amount of professional billings paid to lawyers working on behalf of public bodies is not necessarily automatically protected by solicitor-client privilege, the Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 03:22 PM

Federal Court of Appeal ruling on labour discrimination called 'intriguing in a variety of areas'

The Federal Court of Appeal has reversed a decision by a labour relations board that eight employees of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) were discriminated against in calculating absences from work, a decision that a Western University law professor says attempts to strike a balance between employer and employee rights. ... [read more]