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Legal Aid Ontario stops taking new refugee cases after Ontario budget cuts – National Observer

April 16th 2019 Legal Aid Ontario has stopped accepting new immigration and refugee clients after the Doug Ford government delivered the largest cut to the organization in two decades. The agency has stopped all funding for new legal services for immigration and refugee clients, except for the preparation of asylum claim forms, the organization’s CEO […]

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Murder conviction appeal claims banning convicted criminals from juries discriminates against Aboriginals – Edmonton Journal

The arguments stem from Jeremy Newborn’s 2012 deadly attack of John Hollar on the Edmonton LRT. The Court of Appeal of Alberta rejected Newborn’s complaint An appeal of an Aboriginal man’s murder conviction — after beating a fellow passenger on the Edmonton LRT in 2012 — argued Alberta’s jury selection is unconstitutional because prohibiting anyone […]

by ahnationtalk on April 9, 201950 Views

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UVic plans new centre for Indigenous law – Daily Commercial News

April 8, 2019 VICTORIA — After receiving significant funding from the federal government, the University of Victoria (UVic) is in the early stages of planning construction of a national centre for Indigenous law and reconciliation. Ottawa recently announced it would contribute $9.1 million to the project, which will create a national centre of excellence for […]

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Protest injunctions must indicate presence of journalists, lawyers say following appeal decision – The Lawyer’s Daily

April 04, 2019 Those requesting injunctions against protests must act in “good faith” by identifying to the court any working journalists covering such events, says the lawyer of a Newfoundland reporter cleared of civil contempt for being at an illegal Indigenous demonstration. On March 28 the Court of Appeal and Newfoundland and Labrador dismissed a […]

by ahnationtalk on April 4, 201952 Views

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York U: Osgoode Hall Law School hosts 22nd annual Constitutional Cases Conference

TORONTO, April 1, 2019 – Osgoode Hall Law School of York University will present its 22nd annual Constitutional Cases Conference on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 8:30am to 5pm at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Recognized as the leading constitutional law conference in Canada, the event will bring together […]

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BCAFN: Register for First Nations Cannabis Forum – March 27, 2019

March 13, 2019 REGISTER A travel subsidy will be made available for one Chief or delegate per First Nation to attend the BC Forum only. Details to follow. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Froese at Sarah.Froese@bcafn.ca or 1 (778) 855-7439. NT5

by aanationtalk on March 14, 2019107 Views

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Law Society announces 2019 award recipients

March 13, 2019 Toronto, ON — Members of Ontario’s legal professions will be recognized for their exceptional career achievements and contributions to their communities at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony on May 22, 2019, at Osgoode Hall. “This year’s award recipients have all demonstrated outstanding achievements, along with an exemplary commitment to service,” says […]

by ahnationtalk on March 13, 2019102 Views

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Buying alcohol in Nunavut

March 12, 2019 Did you know that there are different rules on having and drinking alcohol depending on if the community you are in is prohibited, restricted or unrestricted? Here are the three basic rules for buying and bringing alcohol into Nunavut: 1. It is illegal to import, purchase or consume any amount of alcohol […]

by pmnationtalk on March 13, 201938 Views

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Revised impaired driving law likely to trigger appeals: Grey – Advocate Daily

New legislation granting police more discretion during roadside checks could soon face court challenges, Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey tells AdvocateDaily.com. Prompted by the legalization of marijuana, Bill C-46 changed Canada’s impaired driving laws and gave police enhanced powers to conduct roadside intoxication tests. Grey, a senior partner with Grey Wowk Spencer LLP, says the legislation is flawed and will undoubtedly face […]

by ahnationtalk on March 11, 201946 Views

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Indigenous legal traditions of stewardship and the rights of nature | Angelique EagleWoman – The Lawyer’s Daily

March 05, 2019 Indigenous peoples worldwide have a deep and abiding relationship with the earth. The Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere commonly refer to the earth as “Mother Earth” and regard her as providing sustenance for all life. When you observe the material objects that surround you on a daily basis, it becomes quite […]

by ahnationtalk on March 5, 2019116 Views

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Canada: NEB Recommends TransMountain Expansion Project Be Approved – Mondaq News Alerts

March 4 2019 Earlier this morning, the National Energy Board (“NEB”) delivered its Reconsideration report to the federal government, ultimately recommending that the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (“TMX” or the “Project”) should be approved in the public interest of Canadians. The NEB found that the potential effects from the Project can be justified in light […]

by ahnationtalk on March 4, 201961 Views

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Schulich Law to host Kawaskimhon Moot for the first time – Dal News

February 27, 2019 The Schulich School of Law is proud to host this year’s Kawaskimhon National Moot for the first time in the law school’s history. The moot, taking place March 1–3, is also celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019. Though it started small at the University of Toronto, it now has participants from nearly […]

by ahnationtalk on February 27, 201998 Views

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National Energy Board’s Trans Mountain Recommendation Not The Final Say

February 22, 2019 Environmental groups and intervenors warn of further legal challenges VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories — Today’s National Energy Board recommendation is far from the final say, given that the latest NEB review repeated the same mistakes as previous reviews that landed the federal government in court, say intervenors, environmental organizations and citizen […]

by ahnationtalk on February 22, 2019144 Views

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CBABC Responds to BC Budget 2019

February 19, 2019 The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) is pleased the BC government intends to partner with the Law Foundation of BC to establish or expand community advocacy programs. However, CBABC is clear in its continued call for additional necessary funding of legal aid services through the Legal Services Society of BC. “We […]

by pmnationtalk on February 20, 2019103 Views

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CBA-Yukon deeply saddened by passing of Melissa Atkinson

February 19, 2019 WHITEHORSE – February 15, 2019 – The Yukon Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA-Yukon) is deeply saddened by the passing of tireless volunteer and branch leader Melissa Atkinson. “Melissa brought an incredibly important voice to the CBA-Yukon. Her involvement made the organization a more understanding, diverse and professional Association. She was […]

by pmnationtalk on February 20, 2019142 Views

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Canadian Aboriginal Law in 2018: Essays and Case Summaries

February 14, 2019 By Bruce McIvor Our new book, Canadian Aboriginal Law in 2018: Essays and Case Summaries, is now available as a free download through our website. The book includes essays and analysis as well as short summaries of over 40 court decisions from 2018, hyperlinks to the full decisions and a detailed index by issue. It also […]

by pmnationtalk on February 20, 2019105 Views

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The IBA Congratulates the Appointment of Jodie-Lynn Waddilove as a Judge to the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie

The IBA Congratulates the Appointment of Jodie-Lynn Waddilove as a Judge to the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (the “IBA”) celebrates the appointment of Jodie-Lynn Waddilove as a judge to the Ontario Court of Justice as of December 26, 2018, with her swearing in taking place on […]

by pmnationtalk on February 13, 2019121 Views

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Canada: Case to Watch: Does the Duty to Consult Apply to Maintenance of Existing Pipelines? – Mondaq News Alerts

February 12 2019 In Aroland First Nation v Transcanada Pipelines Limited, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice declined to decide on a motion whether the duty to consult applies to routine maintenance activities, specifically integrity digs and hydrostatic testing, for pipelines approved before the courts articulated the duty to consult.1 The issue was brought before […]

by ahnationtalk on February 12, 201993 Views

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Lawless colonialism in Canada – The Martlet

News Unsettled: the Native Students’ Union regular column In the wild west of Aboriginal law, Canada shoots first and asks questions later. For several hundreds of years, the Crown has disregarded Indigenous sovereignty in order to access land resources. From beaver to bitumen, colonial forces have wielded their military might to extract as much profit […]

by ahnationtalk on February 11, 201983 Views

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WCEL: Senate must ensure Bill C-69 passes while hearing from all sides, environmental lawyers say

VANCOUVER, BC, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories – The Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources voted unanimously yesterday to travel to select regions in Canada during its study of Bill C-69, which introduces important measures to improve federal environmental reviews. The Senate Committee’s motion involves travelling to Atlantic Canada, Quebec and […]

by ahnationtalk on February 7, 2019138 Views

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KRG: All Communities to Receive Help to Register Firearms

In the following weeks, the Kativik Regional Police Force, jointly with the Inuit Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Support Program and the northern villages, will provide assistance for firearms registration in all the Nunavik communities. Police officers and Inuktitut-speaking staff of the KRG will be available to answer questions and provide help filling out registration forms. […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 2019100 Views

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First Nations groups want fixes to draft child welfare law as Ottawa faces time crunch – CBC

Feb 06, 2019 Concerns remain over jurisdiction, statutory funding after reviewing promised child welfare legislation A draft of the federal Liberal government’s proposed Indigenous child welfare bill recently received negative reviews from First Nations representatives involved in co-development talks with Ottawa, according to a grand chief. Ottawa announced last November it would table the bill that […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 201979 Views

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LSO bencher hopefuls advocate for recent calls, mental health awareness – The Lawyer’s Daily

February 04, 2019 As the deadline for bencher nominations at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) looms, some candidates have already kicked off the race by sharing their platforms on social media. Challenges facing the legal community dominate their campaigns and include: mental health, Indigenous issues, high tuition rates at law schools and technological competence. […]

by pmnationtalk on February 5, 201998 Views

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New Judge Appointed to the Ontario Court Of Justice

February 4, 2019 The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General for Ontario, has announced the appointment of a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective February 13, 2019.Justice Krista Lynn Leszczynski was called to the bar in 2002. For the past eight years she has worked as an assistant Crown attorney and as the […]

by ahnationtalk on February 4, 2019166 Views

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Advocating for a First Nation’s interests – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

February 4, 2019 Sawridge First Nation has just signed a memorandum of understanding with the federal government to gain further recognition for self-determination. Michael McKinney has seen a dramatic evolution of First Nations self-governance in the last three decades, going from a period of little to no recognition to now a period in which the […]

by ahnationtalk on February 4, 2019121 Views

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Compliance with the Firearms Registry: The AFNQL Considers that the Legault Government Is Missing the Target

Montréal, January 31, 2019 – On January 21, 2008, the Vice Premier and Minister of Public Safety, Geneviève Guilbault, announced measures to ease the requirements of the Quebec Firearms Registration Act. The AFNQL responded to Quebec’s approach by denouncing the absence of any consideration of the realities experienced by First Nations’ firearms owners. Taking advantage […]

by ahnationtalk on January 31, 2019124 Views

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Visiting Law speaker builds intercultural understanding – TRU

January 30, 2019 TRU Faculty of Law’s Visiting Speaker Committee hosts Dr. Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Family and Child Caring Society of Canada, for presentations to the TRU community on Wednesday, January 30, and to first-year law students on Thursday, January 31. Blackstock is an internationally recognized researcher and advocate for […]

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 2019111 Views

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Cannabis legalization ignores First Nations – Pamela Palmater – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 30, 2019 For decades, federal and provincial governments, through their local, regional and national police agencies and court systems, have arrested, charged and imprisoned thousands of First Nations people for engaging in the cannabis trade. Many had hoped that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s stated commitment to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples and his […]

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 2019104 Views

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Counsel praises Crown for ‘holistic’ approach using Indigenous mediation circle in Manitoba – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 28, 2019 Legal minds are hoping for more restorative justice similar to that of an Indigenous mediation circle taking place for two Manitoba women suspected of spewing online hatred toward local Aboriginals. Deemed by many as historic, the circle, which sat Jan. 16 for the first of several sessions, involves two non-Indigenous women who, […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 2019125 Views

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Canada failed to engage, dialogue meaningfully and grapple with real concerns of Indigenous applicants – Law Times

Canada failed to engage, dialogue meaningfully and grapple with real concerns of Indigenous applicants National Energy Board issued report concerning proposed expansion of Trans Mountain pipeline system. Board’s report recommended that Governor in Council approve expansion. Governor in Council accepted Board’s recommendation and issued Order in Council. Applicants brought applications for judicial review of Board’s […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 201998 Views

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Time to get out of the way of Indigenous justice systems – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

January 28, 2019 Over the years, I have not really thought carefully or with an open mind about the history of the Indigenous communities in this country. I have not always appreciated that, at one time, their lives and customs were suddenly smothered, often extinguished and replaced by European settlers — oppressors, really. I have […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 201983 Views

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Private Pension Plans – Federal v. provincial jurisdiction – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 25, 2019 Application by the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority Inc. (NITHA) and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services Incorporated (PBCNHS) for judicial review of decisions by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions of Canada (OSFI) that the applicants’ pension plans did not fall under federal jurisdiction and as such were to be […]

by ahnationtalk on January 25, 2019154 Views

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VIU Honours Lawyer for Helping Shape Canada’s Legal History

field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden Marvin Storrow believes that even though something is law doesn’t always mean it is just or right. An accomplished lawyer with 55 years’ experience, Storrow has challenged the law numerous times, and due to his determination and courage he has steered the course of legal history in Canada. Storrow’s legal contribution towards […]

by ahnationtalk on January 23, 201983 Views

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Buying legal cannabis in Nunavut

January 23, 2019 The Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NULC) reminds Nunavummiut that they can only buy cannabis legally from licensed agents of the NULC. A list of legal cannabis providers can be found at www.nulc.ca/cannabis/. Legally-bought cannabis containers are identified with the Nunavut excise stamp: For more information, consult the NULC’s frequently asked questions section […]

by pmnationtalk on January 23, 201983 Views

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N.W.T community leaders seek clarity on how to enforce cannabis laws – CBC

Workplace safety and youth using cannabis remain key issues for some communities Jan 18, 2019 Leaders from communities across the Northwest Territories continue to seek clarification on how exactly their people could be affected by new legal cannabis rules. Since cannabis legalization was introduced in October, some communities still don’t know how they can enforce […]

by ahnationtalk on January 18, 201997 Views

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Court must balance rules of evidence while recognizing Indigenous traditions, B.C. judge rules – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 17, 2019 In a ruling being characterized as a first in Canada, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled an Indigenous elder can present evidence as part of a panel during depositions in a land claims case, which the First Nation’s counsel is describing as “righting a historical wrong” and providing a method for […]

by pmnationtalk on January 17, 2019144 Views

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First Nations must be able to engage with pipeline proponents confidentially in accordance with agreement – Law Times

Case management judge in pending judicial review proceedings ordered that admissibility of impugned evidence be determined by panel hearing the consolidated challenges to decision of Governor in Council. Case management judge issued order protecting confidentiality of information pending decision of panel. Impugned evidence was struck. TM conceded that information was confidential. This was consistent with […]

by ahnationtalk on January 14, 201994 Views

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Importing alcohol from outside Nunavut

10 January 2019  Did you know that whether you live in an unrestricted or restricted community, you need a liquor import permit to bring in more than three litres of spirits, nine litres of wine, or 26 litres of beer (72 x 355 millilitre containers) to Nunavut? Import permits are available from your region’s […]

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 201987 Views

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Why Canadian Law Should be on the Side of the Wet’suwet’en in the Pipeline Confrontation – First People’s Law

January 10, 2019 The standoff between Wet’suwet’en hereditary Chiefs and the RCMP in northern British Columbia is strewn with painful ironies. Below I outline two of them. Irony #1: The Wet’suwet’en Chiefs’ actions are a manifestation of Aboriginal title Under Canadian law, the exclusive occupation of Indigenous lands is both a requirement to prove Aboriginal […]

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 201980 Views

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Sudburians busted in Henvey Inlet as OPP raids of First Nations pot dispensaries continue – Sudbury.com

Three arrested and charged as police seize nearly $200K in cannabis products Three Greater Sudbury men are facing charges as the OPP continue to raid cannabis dispensaries in First Nations communities. On Jan. 4, police raided two dispensaries in Henvey Inlet First Nation, located south of Greater Sudbury, seizing $33,730 worth of cannabis products from […]

by ahnationtalk on January 9, 2019164 Views

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We can all learn from Wet’suwet’en laws – National Observer

January 8th 2019 The Unist’ot’en Camp near Smithers in northern British Columbia offers a crucial lesson for all humanity — that the land provides for everyone who lives on it, and we in turn have a responsibility to reciprocate and care for the land. The remote camp has been led by Indigenous Wet’suwet’en people of […]

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 2019112 Views

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New Year’s Greetings and Prediction From Bimaadzwin: “2019 will be a breakthrough year for First Nation jurisdiction and economic development”

New Year’s Greetings and Prediction From Bimaadzwin: “2019 will be a breakthrough year for First Nation jurisdiction and economic development” (Serpent River First Nation, January 7, 2019) In just six short months since the inception of Bimaadzwin, much work has been undertaken, accomplished, and new partnerships and priorities have been established. On behalf of myself and the Bimaadzwin team, we wish everyone […]

by pmnationtalk on January 7, 2019189 Views

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Addressing systemic racism in legal profession: Angelique EagleWoman – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 04, 2019 In the legal profession, we are often concerned about access to justice and ensuring equal justice for all. For Indigenous peoples, a variety of past policies and attitudes impact what is experienced today in legal actions and processes. One of the challenges facing the legal profession today is understanding what is systemic […]

by ahnationtalk on January 4, 2019182 Views

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Legal Feeds in January 2019 – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

January 04, 2019 Katanga Mining Ltd. has paid $28.5 million, plus costs of $1.5 million, as part of a settlement agreement for “material misstatements and failures to make adequate disclosure,” according to reasons released by the Ontario Securities Commission Bulletin. Craig Lockwood, a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto who represented respondent […]

by ahnationtalk on January 4, 201996 Views

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Indigenous peoples often prefer to deal with conflict resolution within own communities, conference told – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 03, 2019 Approaches to conflict dispute resolution are different in the Indigenous family context and legal professionals need to educate themselves on cultural variances in order to ethically and effectively assist them, explained Katherine Hensel to attendees of the Family Dispute Institute of Ontario’s annual conference on family dispute resolution. Hensel, founder and principal […]

by ahnationtalk on January 3, 2019118 Views

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Lytton lawyer named Provincial Court Judge – Bridge River Lillooet News

January 2, 2019 A Kamloops lawyer whose roots are in Lytton has been appointed as a provincial court judge in the city. Raymond Phillips’s appointment fills a vacancy in the Kamloops Law Courts, the provincial government said in a news release. He was born in Kamloops and is a member of the Lytton First Nation […]

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 2019123 Views

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Jeff Beedell on what to expect from the SCC in 2019 – CBA National

January 2, 2019 We recently sat down with Jeff Beedell, a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office whose practice provides Supreme Court of Canada agency services. In a recent interview with CBA National, he gave us a preview of what to look out for in the coming year at the SCC. CBA National: It’s been […]

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 201985 Views

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Alberta’s only Indigenous bencher hopes to offer new perspective – Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Corie Flett is a Fort McMurray lawyer and one of 20 lawyers who serve as benchers on the board of directors of the Law Society of Alberta. Flett was elected in 2017 by members of the LSA to represent the north of the province. She is one of nine women on the board and the […]

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 2019125 Views

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The new laws that will affect the lives of Ontarians in 2019 – Breakfast Television Toronto

From a minimum wage freeze, to expanded marijuana sales — changes are in store for Ontarians in 2019. A slew of new Canada-wide and provincial laws are set to come into effect on January 1, and throughout the year. Here’s a rundown of some of the key changes that could affect your life. January 1, […]

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 201991 Views

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Minister Wilson-Raybould Appoints Deputy Judges to the Territories

From: Department of Justice Canada December 20, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced 13 appointments of Deputy Judges of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Yukon, and the Nunavut Court of Justice. ‎These […]

by ahnationtalk on December 20, 2018138 Views

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