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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 12:01 PM

Coastal GasLink dispute rooted in conflicts over title, governance: legal experts Merle Alexander, Miller Titerle & Co.

The dispute over a natural gas pipeline through the traditional territory of a B.C. First Nation has garnered almost daily headlines both in Canada and abroad. But legal experts note the conflict goes far beyond any adverse environmental effects the project may have, and strikes at the very heart of long-simmering issues between Canada and Indigenous people — who actually has title over the land, and who actually speaks for First Nations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 9:59 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

New offences proposed to ban ‘conversion therapy’ of children, coercive practices against adults Bardish Chagger and David Lametti

The Liberal government has introduced what it calls the world’s most “progressive and comprehensive” criminal prohibitions in relation to conversion “therapy” for both children and LGBTQ2 adults in a move which may also raise some constitutional questions implicating freedom of expression and religion. ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 3:16 PM

Canada’s border guards not documenting device searches, says lawyer Cyndee_Todgham_Cherniak_sm

A recent statistic on the number of personal electronic devices being searched at Canada’s border is “understated” due to officers often failing to complete paperwork required for such inspections, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 1:52 PM

Equality, passionate advocacy championed at Toronto Lawyers Association gala Susie_Whaley_John_Honsberger_Gillian_Hnatiw_sm

The Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) celebrated advocacy and professional excellence by presenting the TLA Award of Distinction, the Honsberger Award and the TLA Emerging Excellence Award to three lawyers at its annual gala on March 5. ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

Everything’s interconnected in justice system, lawyers say in response to Alberta budget CBA Alberta president Ola Malik

Alberta’s recent budget funding package for the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General is meeting mixed reactions from observers in the legal community, who are saying the government’s focus on targeting things like rural crime is positive but could have a cascading effect across other sectors of the justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 3:02 PM

Fight for equality, need for sisterhood highlighted at International Women’s Day event Justice_Shaun_O’Brien_sm

In celebration of International Women’s Day, prominent lawyers and legal leaders came together to discuss the importance of equality in the profession and society, as well as the history of s. 15 of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 1:29 PM

B.C. Court of Appeal confirms gambling addiction as mitigating sentencing factor Reza Mansoori-Dara

A diagnosed gambling addiction should clearly be taken into account as a possible mitigating factor when sentencing defendants convicted of theft or fraud involving a large amount of money, the British Columbia Court of Appeal confirmed in a recent decision. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 11:10 AM

Canadian Judicial Council ‘urges’ Ottawa to apply pension accrual freeze to embattled judge Chief Justice Richard Wagner

A disagreement has emerged between the Canadian Judicial Council and the federal government over whether legislation coming down the pipe should apply to potentially freeze the pension accrual of sidelined Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Girouard, who is fighting in court the CJC’s recommendation that he be removed from office for misconduct. ... [read more]

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

‘Bright line’ needs to be drawn around jurors searching Internet, lawyer says Allen_Wynperle_sm

The issue of jurors searching the Internet for information during a trial, and the potential this has to skew verdicts, has been raised as a red flag by lawyers after the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal in a personal injury case where the jury’s foreperson turned to a government website for information during deliberation. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 05, 2020 @ 1:19 PM

Labour Board’s finding that Foodora couriers dependent contractors called ‘vindication’ for workers Ryan White

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has declared that Foodora couriers in Toronto and Mississauga are dependent contractors, an important step for them securing eventual representation by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). ... [read more]