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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 9:02 AM

Protesters, police and pandemic | Michael Bryant and Cara Zwibel

The tornado of injustices of late has wrought a clash of rights proving that truth is stranger, more tragic, more horrible even, than fiction. A pandemic causing mass public anxiety and restrictions on crowd congregations, plus physical distancing rules, plus George Floyd anti-racism protests in the U.S. and Canada, plus U.S. mass arrests of protesters and global news coverage with headlines about racism, police brutality, rioting and looting and some arrests of protesters in Montreal. All of this involving issues of liberty, due process, discrimination, equality, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and the limits of protest. A lot of people in a lot of pain with no justice in sight. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 1:01 PM

Laws alone are only part of answer | Pamela Cross

Since Gabriel Wortman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia in April, there has been much talk about what needs to be done to stop anything like this from happening again. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

Body camera cost debate is smokescreen | Kyla Lee

With the increased attention on violence by police against visible minorities, many are renewing the calls for mandatory body cameras for police forces. The theory is that if police are on camera and know that they are being filmed, they are less likely to engage in violence, racial profiling or use excessive force. ... [read more]

Monday, June 08, 2020 @ 12:39 PM

How to fight systemic injustice against racialized, Indigenous people | Angelique EagleWoman

For Indigenous and racialized lawyers and judges, the experience of racial profiling occurs when entering courthouses and being seen as either an offender or a victim. On page 22 in the “Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples” a joint project of The Advocates’ Society, the Indigenous Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario, it is noted that there has been and continues to be a distrust in the Canadian legal system by Indigenous peoples for good reasons: ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 2:50 PM

Let my pupil go | Marcel Strigberger

We want to go to school. Open up them schools. School closures are not fair.   ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 12:47 PM

Quebec investor reform will change business immigration | Colin Singer

The Quebec government’s decision to delay the opening of the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program until at least April 2021 signals a significant change in direction for the province and for Canada’s business immigration landscape. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Elder abuse: Ontario’s dirty little secret | Jasmine Daya

The province’s long held secret was finally exposed when Premier Doug Ford stated, “It is clear the long-term care system in Ontario must be fixed.” This issue was not caused by the pandemic but by the strain on the system caused by the numerous deaths of long-term care residents, which forced public recognition of what has been happening behind closed doors for years. ... [read more]

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

World Environment Day: Opportune time for better business, climate laws | David Israelson

While the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, some experts, policymakers and legislators are wondering if this crisis is something of a test run for managing the issue that will still be with us once the virus has gone­ — climate change. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

Genocide against Indigenous women and girls continues | Pamela Palmater

Under the guise of elections, holidays, pipelines and pandemics, genocide against Indigenous women and girls in Canada has been allowed to continue unabated with no plan to end it in sight. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

Administrative segregation and vertical stare decisis | Lawrence David

Stare decisis — or the doctrine of deciding cases according to binding precedents addressing the same or similar legal issues — is a perennial hot topic in Canadian legal discussions. ... [read more]