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Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

JP is lauded for comments on bail system

When justice of the peace Julie Lauzon wrote in a recent National Post opinion piece that Ottawa’s main bail court and others across Canada “have devolved into dysfunctional and punitive bodies,” she expressed what many in the Canadian criminal law community have been saying for years: The bail system in Canada is broken and needs to be fixed. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 31, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Coroner’s role is in grey area for assisted death

Do physician-assisted suicides qualify legally as deaths from disease, as an Ontario judge recently ruled, or are they deaths from drug toxicity — thus requiring doctors to report them to coroners for investigation and possible autopsies? ... [read more]

Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

‘Weak’ standard for vetting bills upheld as reflecting intent of law

Former Department of Justice lawyer Edgar Schmidt has lost his legal  battle in Federal Court, but the policy debate he ignited goes on in Parliament and the court of public opinion. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Winning lawyer hopes for path out of deepest weeds on pot file

The latest Charter ruling striking down the federal medical marijuana regulation regime as arbitrary and overbroad could help the Liberals implement their campaign pledge to legalize marijuana for recreational use, suggests the lawyer who has led a series of successful court challenges to Canada’s cannabis laws. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Inuit detainees face ‘deplorable’ jail conditions

Nearly three years after the president of the Quebec legal society warned the provincial government about appalling conditions faced by Inuit inmates, the province’s ombudsman upbraided the government for turning a blind eye to the daily violation of basic human rights, unacceptable detention conditions and systemic shortcomings in the administration of justice in Nunavik. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Lawmakers face profound issues in weighing law on assisted death

Division of powers, advance directives, mature minors, conscientious objection, oversight — these are just some of the thorny issues Parliamentarians are debating as they race to enact a criminal law that permits physician-assisted dying before the Supreme Court’s looming deadline. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Pot businesses caught up in legal haze

A recent Federal Court of Appeal ruling in a tax case involving medical marijuana may have resulted in more confusion than clarity about the classification of therapeutic cannabis. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Landmark tort creation worries some

The Ontario Superior Court’s recent creation of a sweeping U.S-style privacy invasion tort does more than provide civil recourse for people whose intimate images are disseminated without their consent — it also provides new redress for those whose “private lives” are publicized without permission when it “would be highly offensive to a reasonable person and is not of legitimate concern to the public.” ... [read more]

Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Nation ‘can and must do better’ say ministers of child treatment

It’s rare to witness the attorney general of Canada, or other cabinet ministers for that matter, enthusiastically welcoming a tribunal decision against Ottawa, especially when it means millions more in federal spending — in this case on upgrading First Nations child welfare services to be “substantively equal” to those protecting other children. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 04, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Lawyers face uncharted waters with assisted death applications

Lawyers and judges facing people seeking personal constitutional exemptions for physician-assisted death are entering uncharted, and possibly choppy waters, which could include court interventions by family members or interest groups opposed to such a remedy, counsel say. ... [read more]