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Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

B.C. gun legislation targets gangs, protects health-care professionals who breach confidentiality Kyla Lee

British Columbia’s NDP government has brought forward a raft of measures aimed at tackling the gang problem in the province by targeting illegal firearms, but a criminal lawyer in the province is raising concerns about the constitutionality of some of the proposals. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 4:42 PM

Ontario moves Sarnia area into Grey-Lockdown as COVID-19 cases increase

As new COVID-19 cases continue climbing, Ontario has again implemented its so-called emergency brake policy to move the Sarnia-Lambton area into the Grey-Lockdown level of public health restrictions effective March 15 at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 9:33 AM

Trial judge’s ‘stereotypical inferences’ spur new trial in sex assault case

In what one lawyer describes as an important decision for sexual assault cases, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial after finding a lower court judge improperly relied on stereotype to reject the accused’s motive theory and his evidence about securing the complainant’s consent. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 8:58 AM

New B.C. real estate regulatory changes aimed at combating fraud Ryan Klassen, Richards Buell Sutton LLP

In light of the concerns over money laundering which have plagued the province for the last few years, the B.C. government is bringing oversight of the real estate industry under the umbrella of the same body which oversees credit unions and insurance companies. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 4:25 PM

Sudbury moved to Grey-Lockdown as phase 2 vaccination starts at some pharmacies

Spurred by a sudden surge in new COVID-19 cases, Ontario is using its so-called emergency brake to move the Sudbury area back to the Grey-Lockdown level of public health restrictions. According to a March 11 government news release, the Public Health Sudbury and Districts region will move into Grey-Lockdown effective March 12, at 12:01 a.m. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 3:16 PM - Last Updated: Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 9:29 AM

Feds’ proposed sentencing reforms ‘a step in the wrong direction,’ says Tory justice critic Rob Moore

Most of the mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs) for firearm offences the federal government seeks to eliminate through its sentencing reform Bill C-22 were introduced before and not after Stephen Harper’s Conservatives took power in 2006, according to the Official Opposition Conservative shadow minister for justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 2:24 PM

Commission probing Nova Scotia mass shooting to invite additional participants

Officials leading a public inquiry into last year’s mass killing in Nova Scotia by a denturist disguised as a police officer are inviting people and groups to apply to be part of the probe into the massacre. On March 9, the Mass Casualty Commission released word that it will be issuing a call for applications for participation, which will allow individuals and various groups to be players in the commission’s proceedings. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 8:21 AM

Stay always possible remedy, no matter how serious the allegations: B.C. Court of Appeal Lisa Silver, University of Calgary

A new chapter has emerged in a decade-long gangland murder case after the B.C. Court of Appeal quashed the convictions of two men due to allegations of police misconduct, saying courts must always retain the ability to dissociate themselves from disreputable state conduct by staying the proceedings, no matter how serious the offence. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 4:52 PM

Feds launch website to track First Nations water advisories as unattainable deadline looms

Canada’s government is launching a website to show its progress in ending long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities — but offering no new target date as to when all advisories will have been lifted. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller made the announcement as part of an update on March 10 — three weeks before Ottawa will miss a deadline set by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a promise to have all long-term advisories on reserves lifted by March 2021. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 2:39 PM

Major law firms commit $1.75 million over 10 years to Black Future Lawyers program Josh Lokko, associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, co-founder, Black Future Lawyers program

Dave Leonard, the Toronto-based partner and CEO for McCarthy Tétrault LLP, said it only took a 20-minute conversation with Torys LLP managing partner Matthew Cockburn to convince him to sign on to one of the Canadian legal community’s largest ever recruiting drives. Now, 14 of Canada’s largest law firms are committing $1.75 million over the next 10 years to encourage Black students to pursue legal careers and, they hope, to join their firms. ... [read more]