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  • March 05, 2024

    Federal lawyers ratify new collective agreement gains that achieve ‘comparable’ pay to Ontario Crowns

    Members of the union representing more than 3,300 federal government lawyers and Crowns voted overwhelmingly to ratify a “hard won” new collective agreement, featuring pay increases of 12.5 per cent (13.14 per cent compounded) over four years — and making the pay rates for federal Crowns “comparable” to those of their Ontario counterparts, who are the highest paid public-sector lawyers in Canada, says the Association of Justice Counsel (AJC).

  • March 04, 2024

    Canada sanctions six Russians ‘involved’ in Alexei Navalny’s ‘ill treatment and death’ in prison

    Canada has announced dealings bans, including asset freezes, and entry bans against six Russians for their roles in “gross and systematic human rights violations;” the list includes “senior officials or high-ranking employees in Russia’s prosecution, judicial and penitentiary services who were involved in the ill-treatment and death” last month in an Arctic prison of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader and outspoken critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s kleptocratic regime.

  • March 01, 2024

    SCC rules police must get prior judicial authorization to seek IP addresses in crime investigations

    The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 5-4 that there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in IP addresses, which attracts the Charter’s s. 8 protection against unreasonable search or seizure and requires police investigating crimes to get prior judicial authorization to seek IP addresses from third parties.

  • March 01, 2024

    Reports on harassment, specialization, helpline released for Ontario Convocation

    Almost all of the Law Society of Ontario’s most recent Convocation was held behind closed doors, but several reports were published detailing numbers around harassment complaints against lawyers, members becoming certified specialists and those making use of the regulator’s practice helpline.

  • March 01, 2024

    Define ‘tough judge’ | Norman Douglas

    There are many countries in the world with tough judges. Perhaps these countries have a lower crime rate — we don’t know, because what goes on in their criminal courts is kept secret.

  • February 27, 2024

    Online harms bill would create new hate crimes, duties for social media, stiff fines, imprisonment

    The federal government’s proposed Online Harms Act was welcomed by several advocacy groups who rated it a substantial improvement over Ottawa’s proposed blueprint three years ago; however red flags were raised, including questions around new hate crime provisions and penalties; whether the definitions of the targeted online harms are appropriately tailored; and whether a proposed new online regulator’s broad discretionary powers have adequate safeguards.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ford slammed by bar for politicizing judge appointments; JPs threaten suit over pay review delays

    Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is garnering sharp criticism from the legal community for further politicizing an appointment process that four years ago was lauded as the “the gold standard for the appointment of an independent and qualified judiciary,” free from partisan considerations.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ottawa files its appeal of Federal Court’s ruling that gov’t illegally invoked emergency powers

    Citing multiple grounds of appeal, Ottawa has asked the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn last month’s Federal Court judgment that the federal Liberal government acted unreasonably and illegally two years ago when it declared a public order emergency and purported to arrogate to itself under the federal Emergencies Act extraordinary powers to end truckers' disruption of the capital and ports of entry in protest of government-mandated pandemic measures.

  • February 23, 2024

    Two new associate chief judges for Nova Scotia

    Judge Ronda van der Hoek and Judge D. Shane Russell have been named associate chief judges, who can, in addition to hearing matters in court, assist the chief judge with responsibilities related to the administration of the Nova Scotia Provincial Court.

  • February 21, 2024

    Canada sanctions Guatemala’s attorney general, justice officials for undermining rule of law

    Canada has established a new sanctions regime under the Special Economic Measures Act to address corruption and anti-democratic actions in Guatemala.

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