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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

Why Rohingya genocide case is making history | Ashley Major

For the first time in history, a non-affected state has brought a claim against another state for alleged violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention). On Nov. 11, 2019, The Gambia instituted proceedings against Myanmar before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Supported by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, The Gambia alleged that Myanmar violated the Genocide Convention by carrying out mass killings, rapes and other forms of violence against the Rohingya since 2016 during its so-called “clearance operations.” While over 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, over 600,000 remain in Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader, has denied all allegations of genocide. ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 2:13 PM

A look ahead: Canada immigration in 2020 | Colin Singer

With a new federal immigration minister at its helm there are a number of noteworthy developments expected in 2020 by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). ... [read more]

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

2020 Vision: Collaboration, co-operation, co-ordination | Kurt Sandstrom

The beginning of a new year — and even more so a new decade — inspires resolutions and future focused thinking. We all make New Year’s resolutions, so why shouldn’t the justice system? The system should vow to get itself in shape by focusing on the three C’s of justice reform: collaboration, co-operation and co-ordination.   ... [read more]

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

‘I wish I were in an Oscar Mayer wiener’ | Marcel Strigberger

OMG! Or rather OMW! Oscar Mayer Wiener! Here’s the big scoop. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 3:14 PM

A sad story about Mr. X. from country Y | Dale Barrett

Meet Mr. X. Don’t judge him by his country of residence. He was taken there as a child by his parents who were fleeing another country for a better life. They could never have predicted how the government of Mr. X’s adopted country would treat him when he grew up. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 12:51 PM

Law not always fair to litigants who retain counsel | Gary Joseph

Recently I commented on what I perceived to be issues arising from the increasing presence of self-represented litigants in family law matters. In that column I commented on the Canadian Judicial Council’s Statement of Principles. I raised concerns with respect to these principles. I stated the following: ... [read more]

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 10:27 AM

Universities as state actors | Barry Bussey

Recently, the Alberta Court of Appeal made a momentous decision (UAlberta Pro-Life v. Governors of the University of Alberta 2020 ABCA 1) that the University of Alberta is subject to the Charter. Until now, public universities were thought to be private entities, not government actors. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 3:03 PM

The erosion of contingency based representation | Michael Lesage

Within the Ontario justice system, no phrase is used more nor carries less meaning than “access to justice.” It was previously written into the Law Society Act by the government of the day. Meanwhile, more and more people are forced to face their legal problems without representation. In part, this is the result of the decreased feasibility of contingency based representation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 3:09 PM

The dreaded prenuptial agreement: It’s the family’s business | Phil Kriszenfeld

The “prenup agreement” is one of the many uncomfortable topics that may (and should) be brought up before a family member gets married. Ideally it should be brought up before the ring is even purchased. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 1:22 PM

Deadline nears for public input on medical assistance in dying | Nathan Baker

Medical assistance in dying (MAiD), euthanasia, assisted suicide. The terms all evoke particular reactions in each person. People have intensely personal views on the matters and the law has evolved over time when dealing with the issue. ... [read more]