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Tuesday, September 26, 2023 @ 1:45 PM

Quebec court ruling ‘important step forward’ for labour rights, lawyer says Jean Francois Raymond

A Quebec Superior Court decision that deemed unconstitutional a provincial law which banned police officers from wearing non-regulation uniforms while on duty may represent a significant advance for labour because it recognizes the right to modify uniforms as an “associational activity” that could be protected by the Canadian Charter, according to legal pundits. ... [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]

Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 1:53 PM

Federal law ‘prohibits the most exploitive aspects of the sex trade’: Ontario judge

An Ontario judge has rejected a constitutional challenge of Canada’s criminal prohibitions on sex work, but an alliance representing sex workers is pledging to take the issue all the way to the Supreme Court. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ 12:18 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court: Amazon justified in denying user access to personal information over verification concerns

The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a finding that Amazon did not violate the privacy rights of a user by denying her access to her personal information as it was not able to verify her identity. ... [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]

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 @ 2:11 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Report: Finance, telecommunications sectors top business sources of privacy complaints, breaches

Businesses in the financial and telecommunications sectors were among the largest sources of privacy complaints and privacy breaches in 2022-23, according to the annual report of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) submitted to Parliament on Sept. 19. ... [read more]

Monday, September 18, 2023 @ 11:17 AM

Nunavut lawyer leading mental health support service draws from experience John MacLean, Nunavut Lawyers Assistance Program.

Nunavut lawyer John MacLean is intimately familiar with the unique challenges of living and working in the territory. Having been practising there for 13 years now, he knows about the depression, the anxiety and the burnout that can result from feelings of isolation; job stress; long hours; and the departure of valued colleagues. But the 42-year-old is at the fore in doing something about it. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 @ 10:32 AM

Ontario’s top court sends Aboriginal title to submerged lands case back to trial judge

The Saugeen Ojibwa Nations (SON) – comprised of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and the Saugeen First Nation – will have another chance to argue their right to Aboriginal title to submerged lands in a large section of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay bordering their territory, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 @ 10:29 AM

Supreme Court of Canada, U.S. Supreme Court conclude ‘judicial exchange’

The Supreme Court of Canada announced that Chief Justice Richard Wagner concluded a productive two-day meeting with a delegation from the United States Supreme Court last week. ... [read more]

Monday, September 11, 2023 @ 2:14 PM

All lawyers must know technology used by courts: experts Trevor Farrow, dean of Osgoode Hall Law School.

Regardless of age, practice or jurisdiction, lawyers must stay up-to-speed on technologies now being used by courts post-pandemic, say experts following a strongly worded “cautionary tale” out of Alberta’s highest court. ... [read more]