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Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 10:39 AM

End of alternative fee arrangement program impacts criminal bar, clients, lawyer says Christopher Hicks sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has cancelled its alternative fee arrangement program in a move that criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks is calling a loss for the criminal bar and its clients. ... [read more]

Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 6:26 AM

Judge seeks to quash CJC’s discipline proceedings for his volunteer work approved by chief justice Brian Gover

Can a judge be kicked off the federal bench for engaging in unpaid activity during a pre-approved leave of absence — activity for which he sought, and received, prior approval from his chief justice and from the federal Justice minister? ... [read more]

Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

Lots of case law in CRA worker’s paid leave grievance, lawyer says Christopher_Schulz_sm

“Established principles” for when unionized employees are unable to make it into work due to severe weather sat at the centre of a federal adjudicator’s ruling that a worker who stayed home because of a snowstorm still be paid. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 9:15 AM

B.C. government pledging to use results of Indigenous justice summit to inform action plan Patricia Barkaskas, UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law

The B.C. government says it will use a report arising from a summit on Indigenous justice to help guide its strategy as it works toward a plan to make improvements in the way that the justice system interacts with First Nations and Métis peoples in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

N.S. paying to legally entitle African Nova Scotians to their land Tony Ince

Nova Scotia is moving full steam ahead with efforts to give title to African Nova Scotians entitled to property — but denied that legal option until now. “For generations, African Nova Scotians have been without clear title to the land they live on. This has been a systemic barrier,” Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Tony Ince told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 2:25 PM

Crowns add their voices to chorus of opposition to key criminal justice reforms proposed in Bill C-75 Ursula Hendel

In a rare show of solidarity, federal, and some provincial, Crowns are joining with defence counsel and law groups to challenge the efficacy of major Criminal Code reforms proposed by Ottawa that prosecutors warn will not fix — and could exacerbate — delays in the nation’s overburdened and backlogged criminal trial courts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

Hitting ‘Goldilocks number’ on taxation of cannabis key to reducing black market: lawyer David Rotfleisch, taxpage.com

As D-Day for the legalization of cannabis edges ever closer, the federal government has released a framework for taxation of the herb and is seeking public input on it. And a legal expert is saying the black market will continue to thrive unless a delicate balance on price and taxation can be found. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 6:04 AM

Artificial intelligence used in immigration systems raises human rights concerns, report says Petra Molnar sm

A new report released by the University of Toronto (U of T) is drawing attention to the use of automated decision-making technologies in Canada’s immigration and refugee systems, with academics calling on the government to implement best practices to protect vulnerable peoples. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

N.L. ruling on revealing public employees’ pay sign of trending transparency, lawyer says David_Fraser_sm

A recent decision by Newfoundland’s Appeal Court to allow disclosure of the names and salaries of all public sector employees is a sign of the legal “pendulum” swinging towards transparency rather than privacy, says an expert.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

Ministry of Attorney General urged to ‘fix’ rules regarding court transcription fees Mark Halfyard sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has given direction on the fees associated with transcripts to be used on appeal in a decision, counsel says, will govern until the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) clarifies regulations directing costs. ... [read more]