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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

Federal court decision on airline safety called 'wake-up call'

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is calling a recent decision on airline safety by the Federal Court of Appeal a “wake-up call” for government, but observers say that statement may be a bit premature. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 9:22 AM

Canadian research institute studying cost of resolving family law disputes John-Paul Boyd sm

The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (CRILF) and the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice are tackling a piece of the access to justice puzzle together by conducting a study on the cost of resolving family law disputes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

B.C. court rules Indigenous heritage doesn’t override child’s best interest in adoption Jasmeet Wahid sm

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has determined that a child’s Indigenous heritage does not attract a “super-weight” over other factors in adoption in a decision the birth mother plans to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

Nunavut urges compliance with signage law in move to protect use of Inuit language

Nunavut is taking steps to protect Inuit languages by enforcing provisions of the Inuit Language Protection Act  and the Official Languages Act that apply to business signage and customer service communications. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 9:21 AM

Retired senator Runciman rails against court delays, corrections’ ‘stall tactics’ Bob Runciman

Bob Runciman likes to joke that, as a Conservative Ontario senator for the past seven and a half years, he could have delivered a fantastic speech in the upper chamber, but often felt like “the guy wearing a dark suit and peeing his pants. It gives you a warm feeling, but nobody notices.” ... [read more]

Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 1:42 PM

Increased snooping powers of police could have chilling effect on rights, book warns

As John Anderton in the blockbuster film Minority Report, Tom Cruise purposefully and passionately tracked down criminals — before they committed a crime. Holding people accountable by “developing opaque and flexible techniques in the arena of criminal investigation,” however, is not the stuff of science fiction, three Canadian lawyers argue in their new book. ... [read more]

Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

B.C. solicitor general plans to expand restorative justice throughout province

Mike Farnworth, British Columbia’s new solicitor general and the minister of Public Safety, has decided to make province-wide restorative justice a priority. ... [read more]

Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 9:29 AM

LSUC Professional Regulation division revamped William McDowell sm

The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Professional Regulation division has undergone a restructuring as the length of time to resolve investigations reached an all-time high in 2016. ... [read more]

Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 1:28 PM

Appeal court ruling contains a 'lot of lessons' for legal profession: lawyer Richard Fowler, Fowler and Smith Barristers

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of assault and sexual assault against a former girlfriend after it ruled he received ineffective assistance of counsel, and the accused's appellate lawyer says the decision contains a "lot of lessons" about ensuring proper training for trial lawyers and any mistakes made were "utterly avoidable." ... [read more]

Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 12:53 PM

B.C. fires had firms scrambling to stay in business, protect data

This summer as most Canadians were enjoying a relaxing day at the beach with a cold beer and a hamburger fresh off the grill, more than 37,000 British Columbians were fleeing their homes as 180 wildfires raged nearby, often uncontrollably. The impact on families and communities was devastating. The impact on business — including the business of law — was equally shattering. ... [read more]