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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

University of Ottawa law school offers cannabis courses for 2018-2019 term Adam Dodek

Starting in the fall, law students at the University of Ottawa will be able to study issues pertaining to the legalization of cannabis. Two courses are on the 2018-2019 schedule. The first, a French-language offering, starting in September, is “La réglementation du cannabis au Canada.” It will be taught by Diane Labelle, general counsel, Health Canada Legal Services. The second, “Cannabis Law” which will begin in January 2019, will be taught in English by Joël M. Dubois and Megan D. Wallace from Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

University of New Brunswick law students hardest hit by tuition hikes George MacLean

The University of New Brunswick is looking to balance its budget by 2020-21 and law students may pay the price for the black ink. UNB plans to raise tuition fees for all faculties. Highest hit, however, will be the law school. Initial proposals called for a 50.92 per cent increase in tuition for law students to more than $10,000 a year from the present $6,626. After student protests, this has been reduced to $8,786. ... [read more]

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

Legal aid eligibility increase means greater access to justice for low-income Ontarians Yasir Naqvi sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has received a boost from the provincial government as the financial eligibility threshold for legal aid has increased by six per cent. ... [read more]

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

Case headed to Supreme Court will have impact on future voyeurism decisions, LEAF says Karen Segal sm

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision regarding a teacher caught secretly filming his female students with a camera-pen has inspired the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) to act as an intervener as the case heads to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 7:58 AM

Newly introduced amending legislation designed to modernize B.C.’s arbitration regime William Horton

The government of British Columbia is moving to change its legislation on international commercial arbitration in order to attract more business to the province, a move observers say is needed to more closely align the province with accepted international standards. ... [read more]

Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 12:15 PM - Last Updated: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 4:19 PM

Supreme Court clarifies law of unlawful confinement in case where parents beat young child to death Moldaver and Abella

The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified what constitutes unlawful confinement of a child by a parent in reasons for judgment that explain why the top court upheld the first-degree murder convictions last year of an Alberta couple who fatally battered their 6-year-old daughter. ... [read more]

Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

Merger underway between McCullough O’Connor Irwin, Bennett Jones Radha Curpen

Even though it’s not official until June 1, 2018, work is already well underway to merge the operations of McCullough O’Connor Irwin LLP (MOI) and the Vancouver office of Bennett Jones LLP. ... [read more]

Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

P.E.I. decision guides self-represented litigants in residential tenancy disputes, lawyer says Jonathan_Coady_sm

A recent ruling in P.E.I. provides “clarity” to self-represented litigants when it comes to appealing decisions of residential tenancy tribunals to the correct court, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

McLachlin’s diplomacy, caring helped defuse tensions, build consensus at SCC: ex-judge LeBel Retired SCC Justice Louis LeBel and retired SCC Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin’s behind-the-scenes diplomacy in dealing with the inevitable disagreements and rivalries among the Supreme Court of Canada’s competitive and “ambitious” nine members helped the top court achieve a remarkable level of consensus during her 18 years as its leader, says retired Supreme Court Justice Louis LeBel. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

B.C. Appeal Court decision clarifies duty on forest fire watches: Crown

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial to determine liability for a 2010 forest fire that caused over $5 million in damages, stating the original trial judge erred when interpreting provincial regulations on when a company’s obligation to conduct a fire watch begins and ends. ... [read more]