• April 22, 2024

    SCC’s spring session features weighty constitutional & admin law appeals but case volume is light

    Constitutional and administrative law cases dominate at the Supreme Court of Canada this spring, with the handful of appeals to be heard involving class actions, standard of review, the honour of the Crown and the right to vote.

  • April 22, 2024

    Understanding the E-1 Treaty Trader visa for Canadian companies in the U.S.

    The E-1 Treaty Trader visa permits executives, managers, supervisors, and essential employees of non-U.S. companies that engage in substantial trade between the U.S. and a treaty country to obtain work permits valid for five years. Canada has the requisite treaty, the U.S. Mexico Canada Free Trade Agreement (often referred to as “CUSMA” by Canadians), to permit Canadians to obtain this flexible visa.

  • April 19, 2024

    Mystery of bail in Canada | Norman Douglas

    Case 1: Alcoholic steals liquor from local LCBO.

  • April 18, 2024

    Gap in the legal field diversity pipeline | Fatima Ahmed

    Diversity in the legal field is an ongoing discussion that has been occurring repeatedly within our profession’s ranks for many years. The problem was identified years ago and continues to plague the industry as a mainstream area of concern. Despite many law firms recognizing the necessity for diversity in the workplace, many of them continue to be predominantly white and male. Anecdotal and qualitative data have demonstrated repeatedly that the legal profession, while getting incrementally better, is not moving the needle enough on the diversity scale. Law firms and law schools alike often place the blame on one another. Meanwhile, the diversity pipeline is running dry, and we have yet to identify the root cause.

  • April 17, 2024

    Technological revolution in legal institutions | Tega Adjara

    The backlog of court cases has surged to crisis levels in numerous countries, prompting a critical examination of how state institutions manage this pressing issue. Despite the availability of technology, the legal industry has long been hesitant to depart from its traditional reliance on paper and ink.

  • April 17, 2024

    Digital solutions through an Indigenous lens | Lawrence Lewis

    In a world where digital transformation shapes every aspect of our lives, the narrative of technological advancement often overlooks the diverse needs and voices of Indigenous communities. But creating digital solutions through an Indigenous lens — combining traditional values through innovative pathways — gives rise to progressive structures that honour cultural significance.

  • April 16, 2024

    Legal aid funding, auto theft crack down and redistribution of judgeships feature in federal budget

    Funding for legal aid to reduce court delays; redistributing “unused” Alberta unified family court posts to other superior courts; and creating new offences and harsher penalties for auto theft are among dozens of justice-related measures proposed in the latest federal budget, which the minority Liberal government says aims to enhance the affordability of shelter, groceries, internet and other necessities for Canadians.

  • April 11, 2024

    Ottawa unveils affordability measures to aid ‘first-time’ homebuyers, mortgage-strapped owners

    The Trudeau government is proposing measures aimed at assisting “first-time” buyers to save for a home as well as helping cash-strapped owners hang on to their mortgaged homes.

  • April 11, 2024

    B.C. introduces legislation on legal profession reform; law society, bar association opposed

    The B.C. government has unveiled long-promised legislation to bring lawyers, paralegals and notaries under the umbrella of one regulator. But the provincial law society and bar association have both come out swinging against the proposals, saying they would erode the independence of the legal profession.

  • April 10, 2024

    Canada’s temporary resident dilemma | Sergio R. Karas

    Canada is currently grappling with a significant dilemma concerning its temporary resident population. In recent years, there has been a huge increase in temporary residents, driven by various factors such as a rise in international student enrollment, foreign labour filling job vacancies, and individuals filing refugee claims.

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