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Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 07:28 AM

Ottawa given until Christmas to address discriminatory provisions in Indian Act David Schulze

The federal government dodged a potential crisis that would have halted Indian status registrations after the Quebec Court of Appeal begrudgingly gave Ottawa until Christmas to address sex-based discriminatory provisions in the Indian Act and complete a bill that has been held up by the Senate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 01:42 PM

Newfoundlander banished for one year to serve probation Toby Goldback

There’s no going home for Gordie Bishop. Well, at least not for a year. Under the terms of a sentence imposed by the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, the 32-year-old Newfoundlander is being legally banished to Alberta to serve out his probation.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

Groups call for increased police oversight in Ontario, but some say it is not enough Clayton Ruby

A coalition of advocacy groups is joining with the Ontario Human Rights Commission to call on the provincial government to implement recommendations on police oversight made after a public review, but observers say additional steps are needed to ensure police are accountable to the public. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 07:23 AM

Ontario's moves to diversify judiciary praised, but more needs to be done: observers Faisal Mirza

Observers are applauding Ontario’s moves to create more diversity on the bench, but warn there is still a long way to go until the judiciary better reflects the population as a whole. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 02:12 PM

Queen's law professor 'surprised' at probe into big banks' sales practices Gail Henderson

A federal government agency tasked with overseeing the solvency of the banking sector is undertaking a review of Canadian banks’ sales practices, but a Queen’s University professor says the agency doesn't have jurisdiction over consumer protection provisions of the Bank Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

Legal Aid Ontario to cease funding African Canadian Legal Clinic in September Julian Falconer sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has decided to defund the African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) as of Sept. 30 after its dispute resolution process revealed "financial mismanagement" at the clinic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 07:17 AM

Youth's conviction in gun case tossed over blurry surveillance video Dineen Dawe

A ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal offers a cautionary tale about recognition evidence arising from poor quality surveillance video, in a decision that one legal expert sees as an important companion case to Nikolovski. ... [read more]

Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 02:38 PM

Ontario First Nations sign self-education agreements with federal, provincial governments

An Ontario First Nations group has signed an agreement with the federal government that is being called the largest education self-governance agreement in the nation. ... [read more]

Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 12:36 PM

Quebec Court of Appeal awards protesters $2,000 in damages for prolonged detention Julius Grey

Two protesters who occupied a public square in downtown Montreal won a partial victory after the Quebec Court of Appeal awarded them $2,000 each for moral and material loss because the police no longer had reason to keep them handcuffed and detained in the back of a police car to drive them to another part of the city. ... [read more]

Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 07:15 AM

Debate on definition of diversity dominates CBA meeting

The Canadian Bar Association’s annual meeting, held in Montreal on Aug. 17, marked the transfer of office from the past president to the new, as well as the passing of amendments made to the association’s bylaws. ... [read more]