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Focus on improving our communities – CBA National

Women’s empowerment events need to take a different approach. The pancakes and waffles were the last straw. News broke recently about a 2018 “Power-Presence-Purpose” event for women executives at Ernst & Young where, among other sexist lessons, attendees were told that women’s brains were like pancakes, but men’s were like waffles: “Women’s brains absorb information […]

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Sask. homicide rates among highest in Canada: StatsCan – CTV News

December 2, 2019 REGINA — Saskatchewan has the second highest homicide rate in the country according to a new report by Statistics Canada. The report is based on police-reported homicides in 2018. Last year, Saskatchewan saw the highest rate of firearm-related homicides in the country with 1.03 per 100,000. This is up from 0.87 per […]

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Aboriginal Law Report – First Peoples Law

In the News The Federal Court heard Canada’s challenge to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s compensation order for First Nations children. Webcast of Federal Court Hearings – Federal Court Ottawa formally criticizes Indigenous-children compensation ruling – National Observer Compensation owed for suffering of First Nations children – Star Phoenix Vancouver rally shows support of tribunal ruling to compensate […]

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Treaty Commission celebrates provincial Indigenous rights legislation aligning BC laws with international standards

November 28, 2019 VANCOUVER – Today history was made when Bill 41, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act), received Royal Assent in the BC Legislature. This historic law makes BC the first province or territory in Canada to enact legislation that implements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of […]

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UNDRIP bill becomes law in BC after it fails federally – APTN News

November 28, 2019 British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to formally enshrine the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law. The province’s Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin gave the bill royal assent in a ceremony Thursday morning in Victoria. Indigenous leaders were ecstatic about the event. Chief Don Tom, […]

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 201946 Views

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The Indigenous Bar Association Applauds the Unanimous Passing of Bill 41 by British Columbian Lawmakers

Ottawa, Ontario [November 27, 2019] – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (“IBA”) is commending the leadership and efforts of the government of British Colombia in unanimously passing Bill 41, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act on November 26, 2019. British Columbia’s historic Bill 41 is the first jurisdiction to explicitly bring […]

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CBABC applauds unanimous passing of BC Indigenous human rights legislation

November 27, 2019 Vancouver, BC – The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) congratulates the BC Legislature on unanimously passing Bill 41, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples act. In its 2017 platform paper, An Agenda for Justice, CBABC called on the provincial government to recognize aboriginal justice systems in a manner consistent […]

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Why B.C.’s Indigenous rights bill is ‘impractically broad’ and inconsistent with Canadian law – Financial Post

The main issue with Bill 41 appears to be whether the legislation gives First Nations a veto on resource projects British Columbia’s Bill 41, aimed at implementing the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into provincial legislation is — depending on one’s perspective — either a forward-looking framework that will provide much-needed […]

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 201993 Views

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More economic injustice for Indigenous people as result of Van der Peet | Angelique EagleWoman – The Lawyer’s Daily

November 28, 2019 Author’s note: In the first part of this two-part series, I discussed how courts have exacerbated Indigenous poverty by falsely redefining pre-contact economic activity and thereby limiting economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples. It is important to note that all of the decisions discussed involved criminal charges brought against Indigenous peoples engaged in […]

by ahnationtalk on November 28, 201964 Views

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uOttawa Faculty of Law receives $1 Million to support Indigenous Learners

Indigenous learners in the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) will have access to $1 M in scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor. The gift will be used to support Indigenous learners in various ways: Most of the funding will be devoted towards three-year entrance scholarships, and […]

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Aboriginal Law Report – First People’s Law

November 24, 2019 Sipekne’katik and Millbrook First Nations approved a Specific Claim settlement in Mi’kmaq territory. Indigenous land claim stretching back to Halifax Explosion settled | The Guardian 2 N.S. First Nations settle century-old land dispute with Ottawa | CBC News Mining and the duty to consult were front and centre in Saskatchewan. First Nations […]

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 201934 Views

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Province Announces Appointment of New Provincial Court Judge

November 22, 2019 The Manitoba government has appointed Stacy Cawley as a provincial court judge to serve in Winnipeg, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced today. “Judges in the provincial court play one of the most important roles in Manitoba’s justice system,” said Cullen.  “I believe Ms. Cawley will perform this role to the highest standard […]

by ahnationtalk on November 22, 201962 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – Bruce McIvor

November 17, 2019 Trans Mountain pipeline litigation continues to top the headlines. B.C. First Nation reverses decision, signs up for piece of Trans Mountain expansion project – APTN News Two B.C. First Nations drop out of court challenge, sign deals with Trans Mountain – Globe and Mail Jurisdiction over utilities is a hot topic in BC. […]

by ahnationtalk on November 18, 201935 Views

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BC Prosecution Service: Media Statement – Appointment of Special Prosecutor

Victoria – The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced today that on February 22, 2019, Michael Klein QC was appointed Special Prosecutor following receipt by the BCPS of a Report to Crown Counsel (RCC) relating to sexual offences alleged to have occurred in and around Prince George in 1974. The suspect identified in the report was […]

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201952 Views

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Bill 41: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act – First Peoples Law

November 14, 2019 On October 24th, the Government of British Columbia introduced Bill 41 – 2019: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. If passed, the new legislation will require the Province to embark on a process of legislative reform to ensure that provincial laws are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the […]

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Ruling on peremptory challenges a ‘measured response’: Indigenous Bar Association – The Lawyer’s Daily

November 13, 2019 An Ontario Superior Court judge’s ruling that the elimination of peremptory challenges violates an accused’s Charter rights has prompted mixed reactions from the Indigenous Bar Association (IBA), the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) and members of the profession over its impact on the court system and the potential to influence other jurisdictions. In […]

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201943 Views

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Media Advisory – Law Society of Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario host special event on Louis Riel Day

TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2019  – Every year on November 16, Canadians commemorate the life and work of Louis Riel, a dedicated Métis leader and a visionary. To mark this occasion, the Law Society of Ontario and the Métis Nation of Ontario will be hosting a special event entitled “From Powley to Self-Government” at Osgoode Hall […]

by ahnationtalk on November 12, 201974 Views

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The Indigenous Bar Association Applauds the Efforts of First Nations and Government of British Columbia To Make History as The First Jurisdiction to Adopt Undrip As A Framework for Reconciliation

The Indigenous Bar Association Applauds the Efforts of First Nations and Government of British Columbia To Make History as The First Jurisdiction to Adopt Undrip As A Framework for Reconciliation OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association applauds the tabling of the co-developed Bill 41, Declaration  of  the  Rights  of  Indigenous  Peoples  Act,  which  will  […]

by pmnationtalk on November 8, 2019143 Views

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The Indigeous Bar Association Is Honoured To Designate Romeo Saganash as Honourary IBA Member at Our 31st Annual Conference in Ottawa, Ontario

The Indigeous Bar Association Is Honoured To Designate Romeo Saganash as Honourary IBA Member at Our 31st Annual Conference in Ottawa, Ontario OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association is honoured to designate Cree lawyer, diplomat and outgoing Member of Parliament, Romeo Saganash as an Honourary Member of the Indigenous Bar Association at our 31st […]

by pmnationtalk on November 8, 201958 Views

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The Indigenous Bar Association Designates Justice Leonard (Tony) Mandamin As A Member of The Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel

The Indigenous Bar Association Designates Justice Leonard (Tony) Mandamin As A Member of The Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (“IBA”) is honoured to designate Justice Leonard (Tony) Mandamin as a member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel (“IPC”) at our 31st Annual Conference in Ottawa. Justice Mandamin is an […]

by pmnationtalk on November 8, 201986 Views

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The Indigenous Bar Association Applauds the Efforts of First Nations and Government of British Columbia To Make History as The First Jurisdiction to Adopt Undrip As A Framework for Reconciliation

The Indigenous Bar Association Applauds the Efforts of First Nations and Government of British Columbia To Make History as The First Jurisdiction to Adopt Undrip As A Framework for Reconciliation OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association applauds the tabling of the co-developed Bill 41, Declaration  of  the  Rights  of  Indigenous  Peoples  Act,  which  will  […]

by pmnationtalk on November 7, 2019119 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – Bruce McIvor

November 3, 2019 In the News The “grassroots grandmothers” were in Halifax court challenging an injunction in Mi’kmaq territory. Mi’kmaw lawyer wants Alton to stop work until court injunction is decided – Ku’ku’kwes News Also in Nova Scotia, the “conquered peoples” argument made a return to the headlines. Nova Scotia premier still refusing to disclose […]

by ahnationtalk on November 4, 201943 Views

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Why a UN declaration on Indigenous rights has struggled to become Canadian law – Global News

November 2, 2019 For nearly a decade, Canada refused to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The country, under former prime minister Stephen Harper, was one of four in the world to hold back — 144 other nations accepted it. The UN declaration, which was eventually adopted by the […]

by ahnationtalk on November 4, 201948 Views

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LSO: Access to Justice Week 2019

October 28, 2019, 10:00AM to November 01, 2019 5:00PM The Action Group on Access to Justice kicks off its 4th annual Access to Justice Week on October 28 with five unique and compelling public sessions. This year’s theme is “deepening the A2J conversation.” Panel discussions and workshops will focus on Indigenous justice, returns on justice […]

by ahnationtalk on October 29, 201940 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – Bruce McIvor

In the News The BC government tabled its UNDRIP legislation. Celebrations as BC Government Moves to Adopt UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights | The Tyee B.C. Indigenous rights law aims to make First Nations full participants – APTN News Unravelling B.C.’s landmark legislation on Indigenous rights | The Narwhal Power-sharing bill is giving First Nations […]

by ahnationtalk on October 28, 201935 Views

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Indigenous human rights recognized in B.C. law with new legislation

Oct. 24, 2019 VICTORIA – Legislation introduced Oct. 24, 2019, creates a path forward to recognize and uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples in B.C. “Today’s legislation is a crucial step towards true and lasting reconciliation,” said Premier John Horgan. “With this new law, Indigenous peoples will be part of the decisions that affect […]

by ahnationtalk on October 24, 201976 Views

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Access to justice week agenda: Indigenous law, legal aid funds, big data and self-reps – Law Times

21 Oct 2019 The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) will hold its fourth access to justice week from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. A2J Week is an annual series of events that features panel discussions and workshops with experts engaged in improving access to justice. It is funded by the Law Foundation of […]

by ahnationtalk on October 22, 201962 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – Bruce McIvor

October 20, 2019 This week’s edition includes land claims, Treaty interpretation, the duty to consult, cannabis, intellectual property, UNDRIP, and more. In the News A joint legal action is underway over the right to safe drinking water. First Nations announce a coordinated legal and political campaign to confirm human right to safe drinking water – Newswire […]

by ahnationtalk on October 21, 201954 Views

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MB Government: Province Seizes Over 310,000 Contraband Cigarettes

October 18, 2019 Manitoba Finance’s Taxation Special Investigations Unit, along with members of the RCMP, the Ontario Ministry of Finance’s Compliance Branch and the Treaty Three Police Service, recently completed joint contraband tobacco enforcements at the Manitoba/Ontario provincial boundary. As a result, 52 individuals face a variety of charges under The Manitoba Tobacco Tax Act, […]

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SK Government: Government Signs Historic MOU With First Nations Toward Enforcing Laws

October 18, 2019 The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Muskoday First Nation and Whitecap Dakota First Nation to address longstanding issues with the enforcement of First Nations’ laws. As part of the MOU, a task group will consider ways First Nation laws enacted under First Nations […]

by ahnationtalk on October 20, 201964 Views

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The 2019 federal election roundup – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 17, 2019 With Canadians gearing up for the final day of voting on Monday, we’ve put together a collection of insights we’ve published over the past month or so offering some informed perspectives on the important issues of the federal election. Criminal Access to Justice: A law student’s view on why it matters | […]

by ahnationtalk on October 18, 201943 Views

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Halifax hosts annual Canadian Association of Black Lawyers conference – HalifaxToday.ca

A roster of speakers from this province and elsewhere has been put together for the conference This year in Ottawa, the Canadian Bar Association addressed diversity and inclusion in its own organization and in the legal profession. A motion was passed without debate defining diversity, as the bar association sees it, at the group’s annual […]

by ahnationtalk on October 16, 201938 Views

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The Indigenous Bar Association Call upon Canada to Uphold the CHRT Decision and Honour Its Commitment to Fund First Nations Children

The Indigenous Bar Association Call upon Canada to Uphold the CHRT Decision and Honour Its Commitment to Fund First Nations Children OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association calls upon Canada to honour its commitments to First Nation’s children. The October 4, 2019 announcement by the Attorney General of Canada to seek both a judicial […]

by pmnationtalk on October 16, 2019109 Views

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Economic reconciliation presents opportunities for Indigenous lawyers and business owners – LawTimes

15 Oct 2019 There is a need for more corporate and business lawyers with Indigenous backgrounds, says Jaimie Lickers, an indigenous rights lawyer and a partner in Gowling WLG’s Hamilton office. While it may seem like litigators are “a dime a dozen,” her clients struggle to find corporate and tax lawyers, says Lickers, who made […]

by ahnationtalk on October 16, 201936 Views

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Abolishing the Indian Act means eliminating First Nations’ rights – Macleans.ca

Oct 10, 2019 Pam Palmater: The Indian Act is used as a target to deflect blame for racist decisions made by the federal government; a clever guise to force the surrender of all First Nations’ rights Pam Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of Eel River Bar First Nation. She has been a practising […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201995 Views

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NU Government: Legalization of edible cannabis, extracts and topicals

The Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NULC) advises Nunavummiut that as of October 17, 2019, edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals will be legal. Due to Health Canada’s approval process, these new cannabis products will not be available for legal purchase in Canada until mid-December 2019 at the earliest. The NULC also reminds Nunavummiut […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201982 Views

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Top legal official contradicts Higgs on duty to consult to First Nations – CBC

Deputy attorney-general says ‘the duty to consult is quite clear’ after premier called it vague Oct 11, 2019 The top official in charge of the province’s legal battles has contradicted Premier Blaine Higgs on the duty to consult Indigenous people on resource projects. Earlier this year, Higgs expressed frustration over the legal requirement for consultations, […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201941 Views

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Party platforms on crime and justice – CBA

CBA National summarizes the most relevant pledges affecting the legal profession. Lawyers know well that government decisions loom large in their impact on the community and legal profession. Justice issues are sometimes perceived as strictly related to criminal law. But an election platform can touch on many aspects of our practices, as well as influence […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201956 Views

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Aboriginal Law Report – By Bruce McIvor

This week’s edition includes water rights, Treaty rights, court orders, UNDRIP, an apology and more. It was Orange Shirt Day. The list of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential school system – Globe and Mail FNLC Celebrates Orange Shirt Day to Honour Residential School Survivors | BC Assembly of First Nations Names of children who […]

by ahnationtalk on October 7, 201945 Views

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City’s new police chief on the job – Brantford Expositor

October 4, 2019 Brantford’s new police chief says it feels good to be home. It has been a hectic few days for Rob Davis, on the job since Monday, as he settles into his new role heading the 185-member force. But there’s a lot that’s familiar to Davis, Brantford’s first Indigenous police chief, who grew […]

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201965 Views

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Violation of court order in Trans Mountain appeal ‘attack on the rule of law,’ judge says – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 02, 2019 The Federal Court of Appeal has ordered one of the First Nations involved in the appeal of Canada’s most recent approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to rewrite its application for judicial review, saying it made a “serious and deliberate” violation of the order granting leave. On Sept. 4, […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201970 Views

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Permits needed to transport alcohol, cannabis in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation under new community law – CBC

New regulations follow temporary ban earlier this year following beating death of NCN man Oct 01, 2019 Anyone caught moving alcohol and cannabis without a permit within Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation could face penalities including fines or banishment, under a new community law that came into effect this week. As of Oct. 1, all community members […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201949 Views

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Firm awards two Indigenous law student scholarships – The Lawyer’s Daily

October 01, 2019 As part of its commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law announced the recipients of its first annual Indigenous Law Student Scholarship. According to the Vancouver firm’s press release, it had initially intended to award one scholarship, but in the end it couldn’t decide between the two finalists, […]

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Meet the Recipients of our Indigenous Law Student Scholarship!

As part of our commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law is pleased to announce the recipients of our first annual Indigenous Law Student Scholarship. While we had initially intended to award one scholarship, in the end we couldn’t decide between the two finalists so decided to award them each a […]

by ahnationtalk on October 1, 201940 Views

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LSO honours Indigenous rights advocate with doctor of laws degree – The Lawyer’s Daily

September 27, 2019 The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) presented a degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa (LLD), to distinguished Indigenous advocate Delia Opekokew at its Call to the Bar ceremony on Sept. 25 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. According to the LSO’s press release, the law society awards honorary doctorates at call […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201959 Views

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Does a Federal ‘re-do’ Trigger a Provincial ‘re-do’? Recent BC Court of Appeal Decisions on Trans Mountain – Fasken

September 25, 2019 Federal and provincial approvals of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (the “Project”) have elicited many judicial challenges. Notably, in Tsleil-Waututh Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 FCA 153 (“Tsleil-Waututh”), the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the Project’s federal approval, holding that Canada had failed to adequately consult with Indigenous groups and that […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201993 Views

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Law Society presents honorary LLD to Delia Opekokew at Call to Bar ceremony

September 25, 2019 TORONTO, ON — The Law Society of Ontario presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to distinguished Indigenous advocate Delia Opekokew at its Call to the Bar ceremony today at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. The Law Society awards honorary doctorates at Call ceremonies each year to distinguished people […]

by ahnationtalk on September 25, 201951 Views

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Court examines border agent powers at Cornwall Island in unique case – Law Times

The people of Cornwall Island are the only Canadian citizens who must go through an international border when travelling from one continuous part of Canada to another A unique island in Ontario has raised legal questions about the powers of the Canada Border Services Agency at a mixed traffic corridor. The appeal decision, which is […]

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 201950 Views

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B.C. must revisit environmental certificate for Trans Mountain pipeline, Appeal Court says – The Lawyer’s Daily

September 23, 2019 In another twist in the saga surrounding the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered the provincial government reconsider its environmental certificate for the project because the assessment it was based on is no longer valid. In a pair of related decisions (Squamish Nation v. British Columbia […]

by ahnationtalk on September 23, 2019111 Views

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Law Society to award Indigenous advocate Delia Opekokew with LLD – Law Times

The Law Society of Ontario will confer an honorary doctor of laws (LLD) degree to Delia Opekokew, a distinguished Indigenous advocate. Opekokew will receive the award on Sept. 25 at the Call to the Bar ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, an announcement by the law society said. A member of the Canoe Lake […]

by ahnationtalk on September 23, 201991 Views

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