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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 @ 9:36 AM

B.C. virtual public legal clinic aimed at underserved areas of law, improving equity in articling Jamie Maclaren, Access Pro Bono

British Columbia, like most jurisdictions across the country, is grappling with ways to make sure people are able to access legal services that meet their needs. And a new legal clinic set to launch next year is aimed at not only doing that, but also offering a new articling experience for law students. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 4:35 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 5:42 PM

Federal justice agenda features bills which died in last Parliament, many Liberal election pledges Canadian Bar Association president Stephen Rotstein

The justice agenda of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s newly elected minority Liberal government is expected to include some justice-related bills that died in the 43rd Parliament — pushing forward with judicial discipline reforms, as well as a ban on so-called “conversion therapy,” for example — along with legislative measures to deliver on the party’s many campaign pledges. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 3:20 PM

COVID-19 ‘remains an emergency,’ Ford says ahead of vaccine certificate deadline Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued a statement the day before step one of the province’s proof of vaccination policy comes into effect urging people to get their COVID-19 shots and stressing that the virus “doesn’t care about partisanship or politics.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Minister’s decision to dismiss applications to French-language schools ‘reasonable,’ court rules

The Northwest Territories Court of Appeal has restored decisions made by the minister of education, culture and employment to not allow several families to send their children to French-language schools as they did not qualify under s. 23 of the Charter. ... [read more]

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 2:45 PM

Judges on New Brunswick Appeal Court, Queen’s Bench all vaccinated

All judges on both New Brunswick’s Appeal Court and Queen’s Bench have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — no mandatory policies needed. Officials with the courts recently confirmed that all eight on the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick and the 33 on the Court of Queen’s Bench have received their full round of shots. ... [read more]

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 1:31 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 12:29 PM

B.C.’s new automobile insurance model puts crash victims at a disadvantage, lawyers say Ron Nairne, Sager Nairne LLP

Lawyers in British Columbia are saying the province’s no-fault automobile insurance system, which came into effect earlier this year, has left injury victims out in the cold because because it largely takes away the ability to sue and means that they may not get the compensation they are entitled to. ... [read more]

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 9:22 AM

Report calls for ‘real change’ to Quebec’s legal aid system Catherine Claveau

An independent panel of experts is recommending sweeping reforms to Quebec’s administration of the legal aid system to simplify the process to seek legal aid and alleviate the administrative encumbrances faced by private sector lawyers who take on legal aid mandates. ... [read more]

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 2:17 PM - Last Updated: Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 3:15 PM

Platforms of Greens, People’s Party differ starkly but might be influential in a minority Parliament

Two of the federal parties that are led by lawyers are not expected to win the election Sept. 20, but the policy platforms of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) and the Green Party could be influential if another minority government is elected. ... [read more]

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 11:22 AM

Lawsuit against RCMP for delays in complaints process heads to court Paul Champ, Champ & Associates

Findings that the Mounties had been wrongfully spying on peaceful environmental protesters — including a group of seniors gathered in a church basement — is what led to a landmark lawsuit aimed at making Canada’s police force address delay in dealing with public complaints. On Sept. 9, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) stated it is now headed to Federal Court in its effort to hold the RCMP and its commissioner, Brenda Lucki, accountable for “extreme delay in the complaints process.” ... [read more]

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Alberta had ‘no choice’ but to implement COVID-19 proof of vaccination measures: premier Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency in the face of a rising fourth wave of COVID-19 in the province, with the provincial government of Jason Kenney doing a U-turn on its pledge to not bring in a proof of vaccination system. ... [read more]