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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 10:51 AM

End of Roe: Glaring blight on judicial legitimacy, progressive democracy | Ryan Wozniak

The fight over abortion rights in the United States has always been far more political than legal. The U.S. Supreme Court’s scandal-ridden decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overrule Roe v. Wade was made not because of evolutions in the principles of constitutional interpretation or after careful judicial deliberation, but simply because one group of justices had secured more votes than the other. The court’s granting of certiorari in Dobbs was a Trojan Horse: once in the building, the new majority of highly conversative Trump-appointed justices could finally slay the beast they had been chasing for decades. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 10:19 AM

Camelot in the woods | Evert Akkerman

For years, I wondered about Ontarians’ fascination with cottage life, and became increasingly exasperated by articles in printed and digital boosters of the cottage cult. What always gets on my nerves are the words “casual,” “up” and “come up” that seem to be key ingredients. Sure, I can relate to casual in the sense of relaxed, informal and non-regimented. But the irritating side of casual is blasé, careless and non-committal. Sure, I don’t have to read these interviews, but it’s like turning off your TV — just because I’m no longer watching, doesn’t mean it isn’t out there. ... [read more]

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 3:30 PM

B.C. seeking members for anti-racism data committee

British Columbia is looking for people from diverse backgrounds to be part of its first anti-racism data committee. The committee is being set up as part of the recently enacted Anti-Racism Data Act, which allows public bodies to collect personal information on things like ethnic origin, ancestry and gender identity to help identify gaps in programs and services and allow government to better meet the needs of Indigenous, Black and racialized British Columbians. ... [read more]

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 12:14 PM

Ottawa appoints judge to Ontario Superior Court of Justice

On June 27, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Charles C. Chang, principal at Chang Advocacy Professional Corporation in Concord, Ont., is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Milton. Justice Chang replaces Justice D.F. Fitzpatrick (Milton), who resigned effective April 4, 2022. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 4:44 PM

Parliament passes self-induced extreme intoxication and budget bills before rising for summer David Lametti

Before MPs fled Ottawa for the summer, the minority Liberal government managed to enact its multipronged 2022 omnibus budget bill, as well as a new Criminal Code amendment that restricts the use of the self-induced extreme intoxication defence in prosecutions for violent crimes. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 3:57 PM

The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week Friday Brief

Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 2:36 PM

It’s OK! I’m with the ban | Marcel Strigberger

Once upon a time there was a ... Hold it. Shhh! Publication ban. No comments allowed. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 12:37 PM

WeirFoulds welcomes new partner

WeirFoulds LLP announced that Ben Kates has joined the firm as a partner in the regulated professions and industries practice group. ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 12:36 PM

Lawson Lundell welcomes new associate to Kelowna office

Lawson Lundell welcomed Emma Plasteras as an associate in the Kelowna, B.C., office. She is a member of the firm’s corporate commercial group and the technology group.   ... [read more]

Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 9:17 AM

Confessions of a possible juror, part two | Joan Rataic-Lang

If you read my first article you know that I received a jury summons. I was torn between my responsibility as a citizen vs. the challenges of work and potentially missing some of my planned vacation while sitting on a jury. I know the altruist in all of us would say, absolutely if given the chance you must appear on a jury, but let’s be real. It’s easy to justify why the inconvenience should not apply to me. ... [read more]