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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 2:20 PM

Canada’s ‘Warren’ court: Early criminal law cases under Chief Justice Wagner | Lawrence David

A contextually sensitive comparison of the Supreme Court of Canada’s criminal law jurisprudence in the early days of Richard Wagner’s chief justiceship draws favourable parallels to the heralded civil libertarian jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren in the early 1960s. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

Dilemma of maternity leave | Leena Yousefi and Julianne Yeager

This article is written by two mothers who are also lawyers. This is not an article about feminism. This is an article about the harsh reality female lawyers face when they decide to have a child. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

Re-establishing B.C.’s Human Rights Commission, one year later | Kurt Sandstrom

Shortly after taking office in 2017, Premier John Horgan reaffirmed his government’s commitment to re-establish a human rights commission in British Columbia. At the time, B.C. was the only province in Canada without a human rights commission, the previous commission having been dismantled in 2002. ... [read more]

Monday, December 16, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Immigrants ‘flagpoling’ for fast immigration services | Colin Singer

Temporary residents are increasingly turning to “flagpoling” to receive fast immigration services such as a work permit or new permanent residence status.  ... [read more]

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 1:48 PM - Last Updated: Monday, December 16, 2019 @ 8:09 AM

My Christmas wish list | Sam Goldstein

Convocation, on Nov. 29, opened with Myeengun Henry, former chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and co-chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group, performing a ceremony in which the Indigenous peoples of Ontario renewed their relationship with the Law Society of Ontario. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

An ironic day, in week of coincidences | John MacMillan

December 9 has become an ironic day for me. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 8:21 AM

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? | Stuart Rudner

We often hear sentiments such as “peace on earth and goodwill to all” at this time of year. And yet we cannot even discuss whether it is “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” without controversy. Efforts to promote inclusiveness are often derided as “political correctness gone overboard” as some lament the fact that they are “not allowed” to have a Christmas party anymore while those who celebrate other holidays are often frustrated that unlike their Christian colleagues, their holiday is not statutorily protected. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

New Quebec impaired punishment does not fit crime | Kyla Lee

The Quebec government has recently enacted legislation that would require repeat impaired driving offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles, for life. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 8:38 AM

Taking off the gloves: Russia called to account | Richard Pound

The velvet glove treatment did not produce the hoped-for conduct change within Russia’s sport-doping culture. ... [read more]

Monday, December 09, 2019 @ 11:40 AM

Charter on death: Religious conscience, legislation | Barry W. Bussey

Should the law accommodate religious conscience in the definition of death?  ... [read more]