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Access to Justice


Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 2:22 PM

Conductor unbecoming | Marcel Strigberger

Lunacy in the deep South? An Alabama high school band director at a sporting event was shocked with a stun gun and arrested after Birmingham police said he wouldn’t tell his band to stop playing. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

New president of Manitoba legal regulator eyes access to justice, technology, diversity Wayne Onchulenko, president of the Law Society of Manitoba.

Keeping lawyers up to speed on using technology and continuing to improve access to justice in remote communities are high priorities for the Law Society of Manitoba’s new president. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 12:31 PM

Ottawa invites funding proposals from organizations working for women’s equality Women and Gender Equality and Youth Minister Marci Ien

The federal government is calling for funding proposals from organizations that are fighting for women’s equality. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 9:40 AM

Insurers need to be more accepting of alternative care for long-COVID | Courtney Mulqueen

Clinical trials to test the safety and effectiveness of potential long-COVID treatments have the added bonus of discovering treatments for other “invisible illnesses” with similar symptoms. ... [read more]

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 8:08 AM

Canada’s benighted record on India-related terrorism | John L. Hill

A Canadian citizen believed to be a terrorist by India was murdered on Canadian soil. Prime Minister Trudeau told the House of Commons on Sept. 18 that Canada attributes the killing to a state-sponsored assassination at the behest of the Indian government. Tensions between the two countries have escalated to the point of the recall of ambassadors and the halting of all visa services for citizens of Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 2:07 PM

Voice of experience on sex worker constitutional challenge | Naomi Sayers

In law school, I took a class called constitutional litigation. It was one of the most interactive and useful classes in my entire law school experience. We talked about different litigation pathways for constitutional challenges, from applications to actions, and what sort of evidence may be useful to support such a challenge. It was also taught by one of the leading constitutional law scholars. I felt very honoured to be in his class. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 10:26 AM

B.C. Court of Appeal: Death of woman with Down syndrome warrants harsher sentence | Kate McInnes

On the morning of Oct. 13, 2018, emergency services were called to Astrid Dahl’s Port Coquitlam residence. Inside, they found the body of 54-year-old Florence (Flo) Girard. At her death, Flo weighed just 51 pounds; the medical examiner who performed her autopsy described her appearance as “emaciated” and “almost skeletal.” The cause of death was severe malnutrition, which was explained to the court as a slow, preventable process that may occur over the course of several months and can be treated with timely medical attention. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @ 2:02 PM

Appeal Court offers roadmap for dealing with stereotypical reasoning Stereotype

A review of many Court of Appeal decisions in sexual assault cases recently shows a surprising similarity in the grounds advanced for appeal. These oft-repeated grounds include (1) a reliance by the judge on myths and stereotypes in assessing the credibility of an appellant’s evidence, (2) improper assessment of reasonable doubt due to uneven scrutiny of the witnesses’ evidence; and (3) ineffective assistance of counsel. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @ 1:15 PM

Acquittal highlights need for police to learn about immunity at drug overdose scenes: lawyer Pierre Hawkins, The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan.

Police forces need to educate officers on “Good Samaritan” laws, which protect people seeking help for those experiencing drug overdoses from being arrested for carrying illegal narcotics, themselves, say lawyers behind the acquittal of a man in Saskatchewan. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

Environmental groups, First Nations continue fight against $16B oil and gas project Ecojustice managing lawyer Ian Miron

The fight over a multi-billion-dollar energy project has entered a new stage as environmental groups and an organization representing several Indigenous communities have appealed a court ruling which gave the development the green light. ... [read more]