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Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 9:29 AM

LSUC Professional Regulation division revamped William McDowell sm

The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Professional Regulation division has undergone a restructuring as the length of time to resolve investigations reached an all-time high in 2016. ... [read more]

Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 1:28 PM

Appeal court ruling contains a 'lot of lessons' for legal profession: lawyer Richard Fowler, Fowler and Smith Barristers

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of assault and sexual assault against a former girlfriend after it ruled he received ineffective assistance of counsel, and the accused's appellate lawyer says the decision contains a "lot of lessons" about ensuring proper training for trial lawyers and any mistakes made were "utterly avoidable." ... [read more]

Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 12:53 PM

B.C. fires had firms scrambling to stay in business, protect data

This summer as most Canadians were enjoying a relaxing day at the beach with a cold beer and a hamburger fresh off the grill, more than 37,000 British Columbians were fleeing their homes as 180 wildfires raged nearby, often uncontrollably. The impact on families and communities was devastating. The impact on business — including the business of law — was equally shattering. ... [read more]

Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

Nova Scotia course on consumer racial profiling poised to go national Christine Hanson

Four months after the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC) launched the country’s first — and only — free online course in consumer racial profiling, the one-of-a-kind program is poised to become national. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 2:12 PM

Justice the focus of special day camp for NL youth Kevin O'Shea

For many young people, going to camp means swimming in a local lake, telling ghost stories around a fire and eating far too many hotdogs. For 40 campers in Newfoundland, however, camp took on a whole new meaning this year. It included touring the local police station and defending a client in a mock trial in a real courtroom. Those campers attended youth justice camps put on by the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN). ... [read more]

Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

Law commission project examines defamation law in Internet age Susan Gratton sm

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) recently released four papers as part of its Defamation Law in the Internet Age project and has invited policy-makers, stakeholders and the general public to comment on them as a part of its consultation process. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 6:55 AM

Lawyers raise concerns about clarity of provincial 'move over' traffic laws Nathan Baker

The Ontario government is calling for people to pay more attention to provincial “move over” laws when dealing with emergency vehicles, but some criminal lawyers are saying a possible reason for the steadily rising increase in charges under the laws is their lack of clarity. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal overturns drug, firearms convictions due to unlawful search James Lockyer

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned the conviction of a Hells Angels member on a multitude of drug and weapons charges after finding police knowingly violated the Charter while conducting a search and seizure, and the trial judge erred in entering the search evidence during trial. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

Chief justice's rare order in Trinity Western case ensures 'all voices could be heard' Justice Richard Wagner

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s unusual decision to vary an order from one of her colleagues that denied intervenor status to LGBTQ groups in a major case involving equality rights and religious freedom is a largely procedural matter that stemmed from a desire to hear more points of view, say several observers of the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 7:17 AM

Transport Canada’s proposed regulations on drones open for comment Laura Emmett sm

Transport Canada recently released proposed amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations with regards to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. The new regulations focus on three main areas: safety issues, an increase in administrative burden and regulatory predictability. ... [read more]